Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For December 12, 2012 on Technorati.
New Release Reviews continues to focus on the business of comic books. The sales numbers are in for November 2012 and Marvel Comics dominated with 52 of the top 100 selling comics. Much of this was a result of the launch of the Marvel Now! line.
IDW Publishing placed pretty high with the release of its new My Little Pony series. Issue one hit number 15 with over 80,000 copies sold. The first issue of the new Judge Dredd
series hit number 69. Perhaps one of IDW's seven new releases will
chart in December. 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.
Transformers Spotlight : Orion Pax - One Shot
What makes this historical story so pleasing is the small cast. Most Transformers
comics are so bogged down by an enormous cast of characters. It didn't
actually shed a lot of light on Optimus Prime, though it did delve into
the guard over his mouth.
Plus, it dug into the significance of the
Autobot symbol, which elevated the story. The artwork is just fine.
Score: 7 out of 10
G.I. Joe - Issue 20
This issue is just one fight after another and it's a lot of fun. The
military lingo is a bit much at points but the story doesn't get slowed
down by it. And the cliff-hanger is great. Interior artwork is excellent
and the cover is cool, not matter how off the anatomy is.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
30 Days Of Night - Issue 12
This issue seems to be the end of this story-line. It's not clear if the
series is over or if it's just transitioning into the crossover with
Cal MacDonald. Mostly, the issue is a big fight involving Eben and a
very sweet flash-back. The artwork is moody but it works for the subject
Score: 8.5 out of 10
Borderlands : Origins - Issue 2
This issue continues to focus on the back-story of one of the game's
characters. The initial inner monologue could have been done more
efficiently, and many of the other characters are vague in their
Lilith is not the deepest character but her power is fun.
Artwork is fun, though the proportions are a bit off.
Score: 5.5 out of 10
Ghostbusters - Issue 16
This issue seems to be hinting at major changes coming for the team,
including Winston who is given the focal point of this story. What's
outstanding is that it shows his life outside of the Ghostbusters and it
gives some back story for him. The cover is perfect for the holidays
and the interior artwork is a lot of fun.
Score: 8 out of 10
Love And Capes - Issue 5
This series skillfully straddles the fence between sad and hysterically
funny. A major relationship is rocked in ways that weren't expected.
Still, the resolution was uplifting and game changing.
The B plot was a
classic screw-ball adventure. The cover sets a lot up. The interior art
is a lot of fun.
Score: 9.5 out of 10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Issue 17
This is the first time that the Turtles have ever seemed to have some
significance besides being hunted by Shredder. This issue sets up a
valuable use for their skills. It's a somber story, as many of the
characters are dealing with trauma.
This is at odds with the more
cartoon-style art, but it's not out of place. The cover is pretty cool.
And, the issue has an actual letters page.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Though IDW Publishing only had two comics crack the top 100 in sales,
they still publish some great comics. In particular, this week there
was the new Love & Capes and 30 Days Of Night. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.