Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 2 January, 2013

Article first published as Image Comics - New Release Reviews For January 2, 2013 on Technorati.

Several image Comic properties have shifted from comics to the big screen and television such as Spawn and The Walking Dead. Recently, an original movie has been adapted into comic book form by DC/Vertigo Comic. On Christmas, the film Django Unchained was released into theaters. It's a virtual comic book in design.

This is one of the reasons writer/director Quentin Tarantino decided to create a comic book version of his movie. Tarantino mentions, in his prologue, how much he enjoyed western comic books as a kid. Perhaps one of Image's new releases this week might see its way to the silver screen. 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

Invincible - Issue 99

The cover to this comic book prepares the reader for how big an event this issue is. It's big. And it carries over into issue. The creative team deliberately emphasized this one panel per page.

It's an exciting story, filled with violence and calamity. It was a simple tale and that made it a bit disappointing as it seemed like not a whole lot happened.

Score: 8 out of 10

Black Acre - Issue 2

Everything about this series is just alright. Artwork. Cover. Action. Politics. Story. Just alright. The themes about class aren't very subtle and the physical conflict is confusing at points. Issues one and two probably could have been edited into one issue. Could have upside is the creative team get to the heart soon.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Glory - Issue 31

It's remarkably sad that this wonderful series is rapidly coming to a close. Every aspect of this comic book fires on all cylinders. The cover is so bizarre it becomes awesome. The mundane smash into crazed adventure, effortlessly.

The story-line veers suddenly in an unexpected direction and it doesn't seem out of place. Even family dynamics seem reasonable. The artwork is amazing in how strange and beautiful it is.

Score: 9 out of 10

Great Pacific - Issue 3

There is a lot of undelivered promise in this series. This series could be something cool but it's not obvious. The characters are bland and rather whinny. There is a strange threat beneath the surface that only seems important when it serves the story. Otherwise, there is no sense of scale to things. And many events are rather random. The artwork is adequate.

Score: 6 out of 10

Manhattan Projects - Issue 8

This issue was easily the most action packed issue of the series. Both story halves were shocking, violent, and utterly fascinating. The creative team managed to elicit sympathy for monsters and madmen in the face of stranger monsters.

The artwork continues to be low-fi and it continues to work. The covers are an excellent of style complimenting substance.

Score: 9 out of 10

I Love Trouble - Issue 2

This series, so far, has been less than appealing. Mostly because the characters are so repellent. The non-linear story-telling was a bit confusing, as well. Still, the artwork is solid with particular attention given to the layouts. The cover is great, especially the title treatment. The expansion of the lead's world may elevate this into something more meaningful.

Score: 7 out of 10

It's been an excellent holiday season for Django Unchained and for Image Comics. Particularly excellent comics this week include Glory and Manhattan Projects. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews. Happy New Year.