This is the first official New Release Reviews for Image Comics not written for Technorati. I'm not going to be doing those short newsy intros. They never really flowed for me, and I only did that so there wouldn't be SEO issues. Perhaps I'll do it on occasion if there is something topical.
I'm just trying to work through not having quite such a hard dead-line as I had with Technorati. Even though there wasn't one and there was almost no editorial input. So, without further ado … 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.
Glory - Issue 32
This is the penultimate issue of this outstanding series. Outstanding, of course, once Rob Liefeld's stink was no longer present. Unfortunately, this issue ends with his stink getting back all over this series. That may be the only positive to come out of next issue being the last.
This was a different sort of story. The heroes know an impossible battle is ahead of them and they spend much of the issue making peace with their probable fate. Each character got their own section. Each section was a little bit different and they were all outstanding. It was a calm tale with some amazing and unusual artwork.
Score: 9 out of 10
Invincible - Issue 100
This is an example of where the blurb that everything changes seems to ring true. In a certain sense. In another sense, everything regressed to the way things used to be. Other than hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths and the possible ending of the big, bad, not much changed.
Well, there were some unexpected changes in one supporting character. The villain's plan seemed complicated and it didn't really pay off like expected. The art is fine, and gruesome. Cover is alright.
Score: 8 out of 10
Mara - Issue 2
This series, so far, has been an interesting concept. in theory. The execution has been rather flat. Even though its's extremely topical given what happened with Lance Armstrong, it's a very dull story.
The characters are virtually emotionless and this makes it very hard to care. The interior art is OK and the cover was awesome.
Score: 6 out of 10
Hack / Slash - Issue 23
This continues to be a clinic on telling, not showing. So much of the information gained by the characters comes off panel. Including the cliffhanger which was slightly confusing since the artwork makes the characters sometimes hard to tell apart. What is nice is how the emotional damage the characters have is conveyed. The covers are dark and vulgar and they match the insides of the issue.
Score: 5 out of 10