Monday, January 21, 2013

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, 16 January, 2013

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For January 16, 2013 on Technorati.

In major comic book news last week, a decisive decision was made concerning Superman. The 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals ruled in favor of Warner Bros., regarding the rights to the Man Of Steel. They found a prior ruling to be "wrongful," allowing DC Comics to continue using the character. In 2008, a Federal Judge had ruled the heirs of one of Superman's creator retained his rights, in a case that had begun in 2001.

DC Comics claimed that the rights reverted back to them in a prior settlement. IDW Publishing is releasing a new series by John Byrne, one of the more well-known artist who have handled Superman over the years, as well as five other comics 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.

The High Ways - Issue 1

John Byrne is back and he brought with him some excellent science-fiction. Not just sci-fi but hard science fiction. Most noticeably in the complicated space physics of interstellar travel. He does a fine job of creating a futuristic civilization and creating rules within that society.

Really, the weakest part were the characters who were kind of flat. In particular is the lead who is extremely passive. Still, the artwork is wonderful, as is the cover.

Score: 8 out of 10

Joe Schreiber's Chasing The Dead - Issue 3

Three issues in and this series isn't making more sense. Characters suddenly are introduced and they are integral to the story, even if doesn't make narrative sense. And then many of the mysteries are answered with supernatural explanations, yet it still doesn't make things flow any better. There are major revelations that seem to come with no effort. The cover is pretty cool and the interior art is adequate.

Score: 5 out of 10

Mars Attacks Ghostbusters - One Shot

This seemed like a great idea until it was revealed that it is not the Ghostbusters that IDW has been publishing lately. It's a series called The Real Ghostbusters which isn't as well written or drawn. In fact, it's just not very good at much of anything. The covers are pretty excellent, though.

Score: 3 out of 10

Transformers Spotlight : Thundercracker - One Shot

This issue focuses on the Decepticon known as Thundercracker. Much like many of the other series, they demand that the reader know every aspect of this universe intimately, and know when all things are happening. That makes things tricky for new readers and this one-shot is no different.

Worse, it's not all that interesting and it doesn't add much to the character. The cover is outstanding. The interior artwork is fine.

Score: 7 out of 10

G.I. Joe - Issue 21

This is a pleasant little self-contained story about Hawk, in retirement. It's not clear how it fits into the greater G.I. Joe narrative but it is very entertaining and it shows just how dangerous any of the Joe's are.

Some aspects are unbelievable as this seems to be very important to Cobra Commander and the mission leader freely admits not doing her home-work and some of the squad seems incompetent. The cover is fun and the interior art is solid. 

Score: 8 out of 10

Tranformers : Generation One - Issue 87

This series is difficult to hang on with because it comes before all the great newer IDW Transformers series being published, so it's difficult to keep track of. The violence, also, is had to manage from a stand-point of scale. And, really, when is there a Transformers story where Optimus Prime doesn't leave everyone behind? Interior artwork is fine and the covers have varying quality.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

It was a "Super" week for DC Comics and a fairly decent week for IDW Publishing. The new series from John Byrne as well as the new issue of G.I. Joe are worth good looks this week. Stop on back next week for more New Release Reviews.