Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 12 December, 2012

Article first published as Image Comics - New Release Reviews For December 12, 2012 on Technorati.

An important support organization, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, has been popping up in the news of late. The biggest stories involve the new board members elected. New members include Jeff Abraham and Andrew McIntire. Abraham is a director at Random House Publisher Services and McIntire is senior director of retail operations for TFAW.com.

Other news involves fundraising and contributions. December 12th is the last day of the Spirit Of Giving drive which gets extra donations from The Will And Ann Eisner Family Foundation for every contribution to the CBLDF. Comic book author Neil Gaiman announced a sizable contribution, as well. Image, a strong supporter of the CBLDF, has 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.

Artifacts - Issue 23

This is a choppy issue that is, essentially, two fights between the same people. For as much fighting as there is, it's a remarkably drama-less story. At least it has a great recap of previous issues.

However, it has some of the best artwork found in comic books today. It's surprising that the cover isn't as good as the interior art.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

It Girl And The Atomics - Issue 5

This comic is full of interesting characters and strange adventure for all involved. It contains the most virtual of virtual battles ever as heroes control their own avatars to save one of their friends trapped in a game.

Sort of like Tron on acid. The art is fine. The cover is fantastic.

Score: 7 out of 10

The Activity
- Issue 10

 What's clear in this story is that the team's actions have collateral damage. Everything else is messier but in bad ways. Though the jargon makes it seem more realistic, it also feels more distant as it's not easily understood. The artwork is interesting, but its style makes many sections hard to follow.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Point Of Impact - Issue 3 (of 4)

This series is finally starting to turn into something now that it's half over, which is unfortunate. Things are starting to make sense though it still feels like it hasn't quite hit its stride. The characters seem to be a bit more competent as well. The art is decent.

Score: 7 out of 10

Change - Issue 1 (of 4)

This comic is constantly shifting. It starts as an indictment against the film industry, and turns into a cosmic Lovecraft horror. Much of the story is very insular and a bit too obtuse for most readers. The macro-level monster reveal was handled brilliantly.

It has a stylish and hip cover. The artwork inside has some excellent parts while others are raw and slightly confusing.

Score:  7.5 out of 10

Clone
- Issue 2

What's most interesting about this series is the politics, which is not so good as the clone story-line is not interesting. There is a history lesson which is borderline unbelievable. The credit page was fantastic. The artwork has skill, even if the design and coloring were lack-luster. The series has some upside.

Score: 5.5 out of 10

Tis the season for supporting the arts through organizations like the CBLDF. Or you can stop by your local comic book retailer and see what's available from Image Comics. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.