Sunday, December 9, 2012

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 5 December, 2012

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.