Image Comics have long been a trend setter and innovator with content and operating procedures. It's very origin began with artists who fled the major publishers so they could own their own content and not have to work for others. Image Comics recently announced that there will be no multiple print runs on its better selling titles.
Much of this is designed to encourage retailers to be more aggressive in their initial ordering of materials. Retailers are disappointed by this decision as they believe it's designed to increase speculation and drive digital sales up. Creative types seem to be remaining neutral. Hopefully readers won't miss out on some of the great new releases, including seven new releases 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.
Comeback - Issue 2
This series continues to have an interesting concept that is, unfortunately, handled way too clinically. There's a great deal of drama but it comes suddenly and none of the parties are very memorable. It's bland and forgettable. The artwork is adequate and the cover is kind of cool.
Score: 5.5 out of 10
Happy - Issue 3
Everything about this story is deliberately obfuscated. Is this psychosis or something paranormal? Whatever it is, the body-count is rising and it most likely will sky-rocket next issue. This is a disturbing tale, but it looks like the protagonist is about to assume the mantle of hero.
The part on the train was bizarre and it's not quite clear what really happened, other than a lot of people having a bad Christmas. What was interesting was being shown all the little things that lead up to the fate that has befallen the hero. It's a complicated story. When things get real, that is when this story is at its best. The cover and artwork are excellent.
Score: 8 out of 10
Nowhere Men - Issue 2
The best part of the issue is the cover, which is colorful and dynamic. The inside is wildly disappointing. The story is baffling with all the corporate espionage. It's not clear who all the people are and what their relationships are.
Everything else was about one escape from the space station and the escapees just fought with each other, endlessly. It was really annoying. The back-up portions focus on history and that's far more interesting.
Score: 4.5 out of 10
Saga - Issue 8
Though the pacing was a little strange, this issue was still fantastic. The best moments involved Alan and her new Father-in-law bonding. It was fantastic and devastating. The "meet-cute" was just tragic.
The baby-sitter search was amusing and a perfect cliff-hanger, until the arrival of Marko's ex stole the show. If all comic books were this good, no one would bother doing anything else for fun.
Score: 9.5 out of 10
Supreme - Issue 67
Other than the annoying dialogue by the mouse and the duck, this was just a blast. The art is silly but just perfect for the story. And the story is easy to follow. There's a surprise at the end that you just go with. There is strangest conversation occurring as the city is destroyed in a battle by two super-human power-houses.
Score: 7 out of 10
Thief Of Thieves - Issue 11
This series is disappointing. The artwork is very good and the writer is involved with one of the biggest comic book series being published, The Walking Dead. This series is a mixture of things. Characters that are impossible to care about. Dialogue filled with cliches. A smugness to everyone's action. It's very hard to care about what's happening.
Score: 4 out of 10
Witch Doctor Mal Practice - Issue 2
This issue sets up a lot of fun, future stories with action, mystery, and a lot of humor. And, then, suddenly it turns dark and vicious. Some answers seem obvious but the lead is dynamic enough to make the reader forget that. The sudden appearance of some Clive Barker style villains broadened the scope of the adventure. The artwork is just fine.
Score: 7 out of 10
There are two definite comic books from Image this week that fit the criteria of to popular to reprint. Happy is a great book and Saga is phenomenal. They're worth waiting for the collected editions. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.