Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 12 December, 2012

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 matter.

 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 purpose.

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.