Monday, December 10, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 5 December, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For December 5, 2012 on Technorati.

For all the highs and great accomplishments by publishers, the industry is still about people. And given the longevity of the industry, deaths are becoming more common. Recently, two artists of note have passed away. Ray Zone, one of the great pioneers of 3D comics died right before thanksgiving. Not only did he draw quite a bit of 3D, he published books on the history and science of the art.

IDW Publishing had a recent loss, as well. Josh Medors passed away at a young age from cancer. Medors had provided artwork to IDW series 30 Days Of Night and Criminal Macabre. Both artists are mourned by the creative community. The show continues for IDW Publishing with six new comics 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.

The Pound : Ghouls Night Out - Issue 4

This series is a fine mix of serious drama as well as sporadic light humor. This is a frustrating example of too many high-powered characters without any fear. It's hard to become invested as there is little doubt they'll be victorious.

Still, it's an imaginative universe and it has a lot of potential. Plus the artwork and cover are solid, with lots of drama. 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Joe Schreiber's Chasing The Dead - Issue 2

This is a horrendous story about a very awful person doing some very awful things.The violence and gore is extraordinary and kind of unreal. There is some sort of supernatural mystery at play and it's more frustrating at times. The first issue's cliff-hanger was resolved very poorly. The art is bland and the protagonist has one facial expression. It's hard to become excited about future issues. 

Score: 5 out of 10

The Adventures Of Augusta Wind - Issue 2

This is an interesting series that is reminiscent of The Brothers Grimm and classic stories embraced by younger readers. Wildly imaginative and subtly dark. It is somewhat harsh, in the way the protagonist is treated by the monsters in this world. The artwork is very impressive but the lettering leaves a lot to be desired.

Score: 6 out of 10

Doctor Who - Issue 3

This series matches the television program with the right mix of adventure and humor. Much like the program, this comic showcases the Doctor and his companions' strengths and personalities all the while mixing is fun little historical trivia.

Plus there is beer and dinosaurs. The artwork is fun and the drawn cover is much better than the photo cover.

Score: 7 out of 10

G.I. Joe : A Real American Hero - Issue 185

There is a lot of conflict in this story-line and most of it seems to be the bad guys fighting with each other. There is way too much G.I. Joe dialogue about the plan, and not enough behind their motivations. The interior artwork is alright and the cover is very angry.

Score: 7 out of 10

Transformers : Regeneration One - Issue 86

There is a certain over-the-top quality to the villains. The reader can almost imagine them twirling mustaches.What was surprising was the amount of depth displayed by the Dinobots.

And there was high dram with Optimus Prime and Autobot casualties. It's not clear where this fits in with the other series. The covers were excellent.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Condolences are sent to the families of Josh Medors and Ray Zone. Two artists who will be greatly missed. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.