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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 December 2012
comic books sales numbers are in and Image Comics had a great month for
a non-Big Two publisher. Three of the top 100 titles were published by
Image including The Walking Dead, Happy, and Saga. The top selling comic book was issue 700 of Amazing Spider-Man which sold over two-hundred thousand copies.
The Walking Dead Vol. 1
was the top selling collected edition. Image Comics has six new
releases and many are deserving of better sales numbers. 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
Bedlam - Issue 3
to be a cat in this issue is not a good thing. The only other people
having such a hard time are the police who seem to be missing the point
of the story's "hero." It's understandable as he is rather ill-equipped
to help out.
The creative team does an excellent job showing the
dichotomy of the characters, even if this is an extremely contained
conversation of an issue. The cover is brilliant and the interior
artwork is cool and low-fi.
Score: 8 out of 10
Chew - Issue 31
issue, and series, deftly handles both humor and drama effortlessly and
it blends them seamlessly. This may be the funniest and most meaningful
funeral in comic book history.
Then, the creative team takes the story
back to strange cases which are a lot of fun. The tone shifts seem
natural and reasonable. The interior artwork is stylish and filled with
detail. The cover dynamic.
Score: 9 out of 10
Revival - Issue 6
is a very interesting concept that is executed in a very flat way. The
drama is almost incomprehensible and the conflict seems arbitrary.
Characters are reacting to situations that are very hard for the readers
to care about. At least there is an excellent recap to start the
issue. This is marred by the grammar/editing mistakes. Artwork is OK,
and the cover is solid.
Score: 4.5 out of 10
Witch Doctor Mal Practice - Issue 3 (of 6)
is an unfortunate example of telling, not showing. The conflict, which
takes the entire issue, is mostly discussed instead of playing out. The
Doctor makes a big deal of the trouble he's in, even though it never
He's the type of character that seems to have contingency
plans and this seems like another instance where he'll come out on top.
At least he's entertaining while doing this. The artwork is excellent,
seeming to spring from the hands of the master, Bernie Wrightson. The
cover is just messed up.
Score: 7 out of 10
Hell Yeah - Issue 6
is an interesting comic filled with strange conflict and even less
clear resolution. The lead character is extremely unhappy and it makes
him hard to care about. Objectives are vague and unclear on both sides
of the conflict. Still, the interior art is excellent and creates
excitement. The cover is outstanding and conveys attitude.
Score: 7 out of 10
Prophet - Issue 33
do not read this is comic. Instead, you let it wash over you. You let
this strange, alien story hit you like a tsunami of oddness. It's
cosmic in scope yet the best moments are the little character bits. In
particular, the Scatalogical moments don't seem sophomoric.
challenging to grasp all the things going on but it still is a lot of
fun. The initial recap was very helpful. The cover, and interior
artwork, are beautiful and weird.
Score: 8 out of 10
to Image Comics for having three of the top 100 selling comics in
December. And for having three comics worth your attention in Prophet, Chew, and Bedlam. Stop by next week for more New Release Reviews.