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
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.