Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 9 January, 2013

Article first published as Image Comics - New Release Reviews for January 9, 2013 on Technorati.

Last year, Cinematic Auteur David Cronenberg had some less than flattering things to say about movies made from comic books sources. In particular, his diatribe seemed pointed at The Dark Knight Rises and its director Christopher Nolan. Cronenberg, in a recent interview clarified this by saying he never mentioned Nolan or the Batman film.

He then launched a complaint about how his comments were taken out of context and bandied around the internet. He even mentioned he still hasn't seen The Dark Knight Rises. In Cronenberg's defense, neither has New Release Reviews.  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 End Times Of Bram And Ben - Issue 1 (of 4)

Not only is this new mini-series focused on the rapture very strange but it's wildly entertaining. The thing that keeps it moving so well is a finely tuned sense of humor which is impressive given the apocalyptic aspect of the story.

It's very funny, while still having some believable human moments. It drags at a few points but this over-sized issue is a blast. The artwork is solid and the cover is excellent.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Repossessed - Issue 1 (of 4)

This series seems to be some kind of joke that misses the mark. Like a parody of some sort of fan-boy created comic of the nineties with ridiculous, caricatures of video-game heroes being so over the top, you can only laugh. And one sexy female character that only seems to be there so the reader has something feminine to look at.

Information is dumped, simply to move the plot forward, and it seems to be earned with no visible effort. The pacing is stop and go. The dialogue is bizarre and terrible. The artwork is below average, though some layouts are inventive. The cover is weird and gross.

Score: 2 out of 10

Guarding The Globe - Issue 5

The best moments of this comic are when it focuses on the characters outside the world of super-heroes. Then it's pleasant, dealing with matters of trust and parenting. There is a particularly interesting philosophical matter brought up that isn't handled spectacularly but it deserves kudos for trying. Art is fine, as is the cover.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Savage Dragon - Issue 184

The interior artwork is a mix of awesome and silly, much like the cover which is very cool. The story, unless you are a long-time reader, is baffling. It demands total recall of everything that came before it. And there is a never-ending argument, but the legal aspects are kind of funny.

Score: 7 out of 10

Change - Issue 2 (of 4)

This comic has an excellent look, with striking visuals that harken back to something European or from the 60s underground genre. Unfortunately, everything else is so focused on telling a trippy story, it forgets about the characters. Even with the interesting artwork and subtle color schemes, it's still a highly difficult story to follow.

Score: 6 out of 10

Mind The Gap - Issue 7

This series is very disappointing. It is blessed with enormously high quality artwork. The covers are beautiful, and slightly disturbing. The interior artwork is gorgeous, as well, even if it's very clinical. Really, the problem is more the story than anything. It's confusing, pointless, and utterly emotionless. It does have a recap that is very helpful to new readers.

Score: 6 out of 10

Supreme - Issue 68

This is , arguably, the most dynamic cover art imaginable. And it's utter rubbish, with it's bizarre structure and anatomy. It's very much like the interior artwork, filled with big style. The story is kind of disjointed.

 The unpowered Supreme section is all over the place and the powered sections are extremely violent.

Score: 5 out of 10

There were a couple of great releases from Image, this week. And a few titles that are deserving of Cronenberg's ire. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.