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