Article first published as Image Comics - New Release Reviews For December 5, 2012 on Technorati.
Comic Books have long had a great deal of potential for transmedia
opportunities such as animation, films, television, and video games.
With advances in awareness and technology, they're crossing over into
the realm of journalism. Examples of this include Army combat
photographer Jose Torres recreating a six-month tour in Afghanistan or Political Editorial by Syrian protestor Ali Farzat.
Technology expands the way the stories can reach audiences. The new start-up Symbolia has a new platform allowing tablet users to get news stories
created by comic book illustrators. Regular comics can still be read on
tablets including seven new releases from Image Comics. 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.
I Love Trouble - Issue 1
This is one of two releases this weak with a Grrrrl as the lead, all
decked out in Hot Topic's current clothing line. The underlying story
would be more interesting if the protagonist was more interesting
besides simply being an fetish.
If the creative team can move past the
criminal aspects, it could become something more worthwhile. The
interior art and cover have great style.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
Black Acre - Issue 1
The best thing about this series is the clever introduction, and it's a
pretty ambitious one. There are hints of a mixing of zombies and
pirates, and it's done rather humorously. The meat of the story is
pretty straight-forward and less exciting.
The protagonist will become
more interesting once he's broken free of society's conventions. The art
work is alright, though it sometimes makes the story hard to follow.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
Alpha Girl - Issue 5
Everything about this series is meant to shock. The characters are
miserable and the fate bequeathed females is awful. Misogyny at its
worst. It is so overly violent it becomes laughable. Profanity bursts
forth without direction. The sudden swerve at the end isn't a swerve if
the reader thinks it through. The artwork is stylish, yet tries to hard
to be clever.
Score: 5.5 out of 10
Epic Kill - Issue 7
A lot of credit is deserved by writer/artist Raffaele Ienco, as he
handles pretty much all aspects of the comic book's production. This is
quite an accomplishment, however, that doesn't excuse the end result.
Everything is cinematic. Bad cinematic. All the story points are cliches
and the dialogue is amalgamated from numerous average film sources.
Sudden things happen like the arrival of some pervert at the factory.
And the Uncle's never-ending, one-sided conversation. The art is a
mixture of excellent and terrible.This applies to the cover, as well.
It's not clear why blood even appears in the comic as it comes from no
where and disappears instantly. Funny bad? Odd bad? Bad bad.
Score: 3 out of 10
The Legend Of Luther Strode - Issue 1
This is a new series involving a lot of bad guys being killed by an unstoppable vigilante. Sort of like the Punisher,
but without any explanation or insight. The deceased are hard to care
about as they're rotten and they spend the rest of their time talking
about Luther Strode. Not so great. The artwork is interesting in a
westernized manga style. Violent and vulgar.
Score: 7 out of 10
Storm Dogs - Issue 2
This series deals with a future law-enforcement group investigating
mysterious deaths. The characters are very dark which matches the
situation. The aliens are very alien, but there are doors left open that
make the reader want to learn more about them.The cover and interior
artwork have a good style, even if they tend to feel very flat. The
grammar is odd and stiff, and there are spelling errors.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Great Pacific - Issue 2
It's starting to seem that the protagonist's plan was not very good. Bad
weather, giant squids, and an Indian invasion seem to be throwing his
plans off course. There is a lot of over-powered arrogance by the
characters which seems poorly written. The cover is fun, as is the
interior artwork which comes across as very efficient.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Comic books have a great deal of untapped potential in conveying
complex ideas such as current events. It's an exciting time for the
medium and for the traditional publishers like Image Comics. Stop back
next week for more New Release Reviews.