Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 28 November, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For November 28, 2012 on Technorati.

Black Friday has come and gone and it left solid sales numbers, but maybe not the growth economists hoped for. However, all the specials that were announced weren't limited to traditional retailers. Comic Book retailers were out in full effect with major events all over the country.

Now that Cyber Monday has passed, as well, retailers are back to their normal release schedule. IDW Publishing is contributing to the economy with six new releases this week. Titles are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best possible. We take the time to read these books so your time isn't wasted. 

My Little Pony - Issue 1

This is the perfect comic for eight year old girls and ... Bronies? The artwork is pleasant and the coloring is vivid. There's just the right amount of peril to keep things interesting but not too much to overwhelm younger readers.

And, seriously, who knew My Little Pony needed twenty-one different covers?

Score: 5 out of 10

Ghostbusters - Issue 15

This may be the biggest threat the Ghostbusters have ever faced and they handle it with their typical aplomb and mirth. It's not as funny as prior issues but the stakes were much higher. Which made the sudden resolution a bit of a let-down.

The ending was remarkably sad, as well. A plus side is that there may be an expansion to the supporting cast. The interior artwork is excellent, in a stylized manner. The covers are more odd, than anything, 

Score: 8 out of 10

Transformer Prime : Rage Of The Dinobots - Issue 1

This comic book is bursting at the seam with robots and dinosaurs. Well, specifically robot-dinosaurs. And it's exciting, while managing to give the protagonists distinct personalities and clear motives.

What isn't clear is where this fits in the over-all Transformers universe. It has a good look but it's not enough to fully differentiate all the robots.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Issue 16

This is an issue full of lessons learned for the turtles as they face a cousin in an out of control battle. There is a very sad ending to the fight, but it seems like the fight isn't over. A lot of groups are marshaling their forces for different conflicts.

There are several covers and the quality varies but mostly they're pretty cool. Interior artwork is of similar quality.

Score: 8 out of 10

Godzilla - Issue 7

It was a rather fun issue, even if it doesn't feel like much happened. Until the heroes' plan kicks in. Then, it's crazy up until another group starts their plan and everything implodes. Given their choice of job, the unexpected casualty isn't as profound as it should have been. Interior artwork is OK and the cover is alright.

Score: 6 out of 10

True Blood - Issue 7

This issue seems to coincide with the most recent season, though, perhaps after the last batch of cliff-hangers are resolved. The recap at the start doesn't line up with what's happening. And it's a choppy story. The interior art OK and the covers are underwhelming.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

This was the kind of week that retailers will be fond of. Though not reviewed well, My Little Pony should be a big seller with all of the fanatics out there. Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are both worth checking out. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews for IDW Publishing.