Thursday, January 24, 2013

IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For January 23, 2013

Editor's note. This column normally appears on the website, first, and then is reprinted on this blog. Unfortunately, Technorati's editorial focus has shifted and they're no longer interested in publishing these columns.

So, until a new home is found, they're going to be exclusive to The Previous Title Was Capriciously Censored. Which is still pretty cool. However, we do like the dual exposure so don't get too comfortable.


The comic book history is rich with publishers who produce content such as IDW Publishing and the majors like DC and Marvel. Equally rich are the publications by and for fandom at large. One of the juggernauts in that realm is Comics Buyer's Guide, which has been in publication for over four decades, announced that it will cease publication later this Spring.

The publication originally began as a monthly with the title The Buyer's Guide for Comic Fandom. Eventually, it's name changed as it evolved into a weekly periodical. Unfortunately, with changing market conditions including online free content and declining advertising revenues, publisher Krause Publications had no choice but to shutter the title.

IDW Publishing is still here, however, with 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.

Star Trek : Countdown To Darkness - Issue 1

This series is the official prequel to the new Star Trek movie coming up. It seems to be setting up that there are many forces at work outside of the control of the heroes on the Enterprise.

More so, it shows that the traumas from the first movie have not been resolved. The interior art is fine and the covers are decent.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Foot Clan - Issue 2

This is a fun, straight-forward story that is exciting and action packed. The back-story is very interesting and filled with emotion. And it has a fantastic cliffhanger. The interior artwork is great and the covers are excellent. Easily, the better of the two TMNT stories being offered this week.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Godzilla - Issue 9

Much of this issue was the lead character sort of bringing the reader up to speed. It, almost, felt as though this were an issue number one. Fortunately, things are starting to make sense and everyone's actions are starting to pay off.

Godzilla is starting to seem like the solution, and not the problem. This series might actually be building up to something cool. The interior artwork is adequate and the covers are a little better.

Score: 7 out of 10

Mars Attacks Transformers - One Shot

This is, easily, the best of these cross-over books. It doesn't exist within the current batch of Transformers continuity but it doesn't matter. The story is just fun, and kind of silly.

It even makes sense of some of the bizarre aspects of the cartoon. The artwork is excellent, and the covers are mostly amazing. Light and frothy and full of fun.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Issue 18

This issue was kind of flat, even if the turtles are dropped in the middle of an intergalactic war. Much of the problem is that they're so utterly confused by the events, it makes the drama disconnecting.

Once things are explained, it starts making more sense but it's still kind of bland, The Earth stuff is wordy, and slow. Once the turtles have objectives and become proactive, then it picks up. The interior art is just OK, as are the covers except for the Nevermind one which is awesome.

Score: 7 out of 10

G.I.Joe Cobra - Issue 21

The combat taking place within the issue is far less exciting and thrilling than the political maneuvering. Even within organizations. There are multiple forces at war in this issue and allegiances shift every page.

Amazingly, the characters who start in the weakest places manage to come out the strongest. The interior artwork is solid, and very stylish. Covers are alright.

Score:  8 out of 10

It was a sad week for news about Comic Buyer's Guide. We wish that team, all the best. From IDW Publishing, it was a solid week with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Foot Clan, G.I. Joe, and Star Trek being worth your time. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.