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
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
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
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
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
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.