Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 28 November, 2012

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

Image Comics has been riding high with the success of The Walking Dead. The series regularly charts high on the top one-hundred in sales of new releases. Now, it's charting high in back-issue sales. A private sale of an mint copy of issue one raised a lot of eye-brows.

A copy of the issue, originally printed with only 7,300 copies, sold on eBay for over ten-thousand dollars. This is nearly four times what an issue sold for last year. A lot of this is attributed to the success of the television series. It's possible that one of the eight new comics from Image this week might be a major deal in the future. 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.

Nowhere Men - Issue 1

This is a new series that seems to be delving into the ethical and philosophical aspects of progress and science. It touches upon commerce and the ego involved with innovation. This is a very engaging and interesting starting point.

It looses a bit of momentum when it suddenly jumps to a completely different set of characters in a very distant location. It's disjointed but if you hang with it there seems to be a payoff of sorts. The cover is incredibly stylish and the interior artwork is great.

Score: 8 out of 10

Witch Doctor : Mal Practice - Issue 1

This introductory issue has a manic quality, yet still manages to be kind of fun. It's self-contained as it introduces all of the characters in way that is enjoyable. There's nothing new about the concept but it's still engaging. The interior artwork is solid while the cover is a mix of impressive and bizarre.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Planetoid - Issue 4

What's interesting about this issue is that complicated ethical and moral questions are faced by the protagonist. This leads to questions about his motivations. It's an excellent character study. The art and covers are fantastic and the coloring is very subtle.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

'68 Scars - Issue 3 (of 4)

This series is trying to do several things at once. Be a zombie story. Be a war story. And offer commentary on humanity. Those first two usually do the third, when handled properly. This series doesn't seem to be handling it properly.

At points it connects the dots but most of the time it's so hung up in the jargon and getting the period right, it doesn't do anything else. And most of the characters are pretty gross. The artwork is adequate and the covers are interesting and disturbing.

Score: 3 out of 10

Bedlam
- Issue 2

This series is strange. The first issue is wildly creative and disturbing in practice. This issue is similar in style and quality. Though, it starts expanding upon what was covered in the prior issue. What is admirable is the way monsters are presented as something other than monsters.

Yest, they're still terrifying and horrible. The opening portion shows that there are more villains than just the lead. And even the lead's redemption is tenuous. There are some quiet moments that are laced with humor. The art and cover help convey all of this in a interesting manner.

Score: 8 out of 10

Chew - Issue 30

What a remarkably clever and original series. This issue may have been one of the best, yet. There is some truly imaginative ideas about combining catering and DJs into one thing. There was a superb vision of how a wedding could be.

There are warm, tender moments with the characters. And all of this makes the ending that much more devastating than. The characters are fun and believable. The interior artwork is solid and witty. The cover is hysterical with the worst possible cake possible.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

Morning Glories - Issue 23

This series continues to be alright in serialized form, but it sings when it's in collected editions. Much of this is because there are so many characters and the story-line jumps forward and backwards in time. A solid recap at the start of the issue would be very helpful.

Regardless, the artwork almost makes up for this as it is outstanding. In particular, the covers are amazing. This one has two and one is particularly messed up while the other is cutesy.

Score: 7 out of 10

Prophet - Issue 31

This comic is equal parts confusing and magical. Often times it is incomprehensible but the style and imagination involved helps the reader forget about it. No matter how alien things become, little bits of humanity just burst forth and make it all enjoyable. The interior artwork is very engaging and the cover is pretty cool.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Overall, this week's releases from Image Comics stands a great chance for a break-out comic book to sell well in the future. Planetoid, Chew, and Prophet are all definitely worth an extra look. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.