Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 19 December, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For December 19, 2012 on Technorati.

The holidays tend to be a tricky time for retailers and publishers. Lead times for production and shipping are challenging and many publishers don't release little or no product during the week between Christmas and New Years. A different issue came up that is affecting IDW Publishing.

A strike closed the port of Los Angeles last week, impacting releases for not only the week of the 26th, but for some titles originally scheduled for this week. Hopefully the seven titles reviewed below aren't affected. 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.

Doctor Who Star Trek The Next Generation : Assimilation - Issue 8

Unfortunately, this was the best issue of this series as it was entertaining and full of action. And it was particularly emotional for Riker. Additionally, it seems to be setting up future stories for these characters. The art isn't so great but the covers are mostly solid. 

Score: 7 out of 10

Joe Palooka - Issue 1

This is a typical piece of fiction about a person wrongly convicted of a crime and forced to flee. Along the way, he tries to right wrongs. Oh, and he's a boxer.

The cover tells you half that. The rest of the time he's in Latin America with one set of clothing. It's not very good.

Score: 3 out of 10

Judge Dredd - Issue 2

This issue is all steak and no sizzle. It's a good value but it comes at the expense of reflection and introspection. It's a violent tale but not without some cleverly placed humor. The back-up story was not very engaging. There were several covers and most were fun. Especially the ones with Dredd wielding batons.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Alan Robert's Killogy - Issue 2

It's a bad sign when the reader hopes the zombies eat the humans quickly. That's the kindest thing that can be said about this bizarrely, horrible comic book.

The characters are miserable and the situation is intolerable. What's worse is that the creator has obvious talent. The art has great detail and style while the dialogue gets to the point. It's just terrible points.

Score: 3 out of 10

Mars Attacks! - Issue 6

This appears to be the first part of a new story arc involving a boy genius and his dog.The story is fun and it has a good look to it. There's just not a whole lot of emotional connection with the characters. What is kind of cool is the exploration of a secret history which is rather interesting. Overall it ties in nicely with the collectible card series

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Star Trek The Next Generation : Hive - Issue 3

This series should be way more exciting than it is. It's very clumsy the way it unfolds. And the drama at the end is just confusing, though, it could rebound. The interior artwork is just OK. The covers are solid, though the photo cover is weak.

Score: 6 out of 10

Transformers : More Than Meet The Eye - Issue 12

This issue had the potential to be an excellent musing on the nature of war, and what it means to be a soldier. Instead, the creative team is so focused on presenting a non-linear narrative that they manage to strangle all the sophistication out of the comic.

It's confusing and the humor seems out of place. The interior art is flat with unappealing colors. The covers were kind of funny, especially the Beatles one.

Score: 6 out of 10

If there is going to be a week to miss comics from IDW, this might be a good one as most of the offerings are just OK.  The best comic book would be the new issue of Judge Dredd. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews. Unless the strike messes things up.