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
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
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
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.