Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New Release Reviews For Image Comics, for 6 February, 2013

Check this action. Occupy Wall Street,  who we support generally, is working on a comic book with Alan Moore. Hopefully there won't be any rape in it. Cause pretty much everything he writes seems to have some rape.

Nothing like that in Image's new releases this week. Though, really, it's not a great week for them, either. As always … 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.

Think Tank - Issue 5

It took a while before the sheer smartness of this series shown through. The protagonist was always a genius and had all the angles played. But they were minor angles. A game, really, that a petulant child plays with it's parents. This issue we see the cynical, pragmatic solutions to serious problems the lead can come up with.

Far more interesting and important. Plus, this issue shines brilliant light on meaningful relationships and how they shape characters actions. Not everyone is bad or good. The issue has silly, fun artwork that is playful and colorful, but not very skillful. The cover is much the same, though the alternate cover is amusing.

Score: 8 out of 10

Dia De Los Muertos - Issue Uno

This is a collection of short stories about the supernatural and with a obvious Latino flair. There are different qualities in the individual stories but they got better as it went. The artwork is rather lowfi but it seems to mesh with the tales.

The final story was the best as it dealt with a character, clearly still mourning the love of his life encounters a woman who resembles her. The two of them have a night of passion that, perhaps, offers a little bit of healing. A lot of fun. Maybe future issues will be better.

Score: 7 out of 10

Mudman - Issue 6

This is a fun issue of a fun series about a strange super-hero with a dumb power. A really dumb power. The hero can turn into mud and create mud. In lesser hands this would be the silliest story imaginable. However, the series is created by veteran writer and artist Paul Grist and it soars under his appreciable skill.

The creator series spends the right amount of time developing the lead character. He's not helpless and he's not overly confident. Really, he'd rather not bother as he has a life and family and school and would rather spend his time doing other things.

The story is a bit choppy but it still manages to work. The training is especially funny. The cover is cool, and it has a quirky look. This mirrors the interior work.

Score: 8 out of 10

Repossessed - Issue 2 (of 4)

The best thing about this issue was the recap from issue one. Once the new story began, it went downhill. The cliffhanger resolves itself with a whimper. The overall story was over the top with crazy violence and gratuitous sexuality. Not even really attractive sexuality but just sleaze. It's very disappointing.

The dialogue is filled with punctuation and grammatical errors. And it's just not very interesting. Plus, information comes without any effort making payoffs flat. The cover insanely bizarre and childish. The ending of the issue has one character do something completely pointless, with no set up.

Score: 3 out of 10

Son Of Merlin - Issue 1

This new series feels like every other speculative fiction story about a average individual with a  major destiny and how they stumble there. Matrix meets Harry Potter meets ... fill in the blank. The writer confuses mystery with character development and it just drags.

The peril the characters face is meaningless. There is no time to develop any connection to the characters so danger is not seemingly dangerous. The dialogue is flat, and riddled with cliches. The artwork, as well as the cover, is sort of solid and sort of bland. There is skill there but no artistic maturity to find any sort of voice of their own.

Score: 5.5 out of 10

68 Scars - Issue 4

The best of the zombie stories have all had undercurrents of social commentary running through them. For instance Night Of The Living Dead dealt with racism in challenging period of American history. It was apparent up until the end where the few survivors are freed but Duane Jones' character of Ben (an African American) is shot by the rescuers.

In this series, ethnicity is barely touched upon and the art doesn't really help as it isn't always clear who the characters are. Even the antagonist, who are Vietnamese, are sometimes not clear especially when surrounded by zombies.

Another thing the best stories have is excellent writing. This issue got the commentary right but the writing wrong. The story is forced. The dialogue was cliched. Even the copy editing missed the boat. It's a strange story, that ultimately disappoints.

Score: 4 out of 10