Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 17 July, 2013

Welcome back to another edition of New Release Reviews for IDW Publishing. It's an interesting week for them but it all seems to pale in comparison to the majesty and splendor that is Comiccon International, San Diego. If any of you loyal readers are going, give me a shout and we'll figure out how to say howdy.

For now, we've got four reviews including X-Files and My Little Pony. I want to believe that friendship is magic. 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.
X-Files - Issue 2

A lot of old characters return in this issue which was better than the prior issue as it was about the heroes being active instead of passive. Always more enjoyable. It was a lot of fun to see supporting cast including Mulder's replacement Agent Dogget. SPOILERS. Even better was the return of the Lone Gunmen. It was refreshing to see them and not all that surprising that they made it. Their presence was always a treat and allowed for further dynamics between the Mulder and Scully. Possibly, even bigger news, was the hint that Cigarette Smoking Man might still be alive. END SPOILERS.

Series creator Chris Carter is doing a solid job of connecting this series to the television show and movies. There's a lot of weird, supernatural stuff going on to keep fans happy. For new fans, they might be impressed with the very political story going on. Carter isn't pulling punches with the dialogue. There's a fair amount of talking in the middle but it seems to be setting things up. The interior artwork is below average and it's the writing holding the issue together.  The cover is emotional, with decent art.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Dinosaurs Attack - Issue 1

This series is very similar to the Mars Attacks comics IDW is publishing these days. Sort of nostalgic, sort of modernized. This issue spends a fair amount of time establishing the macro story but does manage to dig into the three (apparent) main characters. Motivations are clear, even if their end goals are a bit odd. The conflict in the story is a bit messy and isn't quite clear. There does seem to be some sort of greater threat occurring. Besides the dinosaurs attacking. Cause, that's what you paid your money for.

It takes a little while for them to get there but once it does, it sure seems like it's going to be a lot of fun. The interior artwork is just adequate. Conveys what's happening but doesn't push to much farther. The cover is great. It's a throwback to 1950s style horror movies with a touch of Jurassic Park thrown in.

Score: 5 out of 10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Micro-Series : Aloplex - Issue 4

My biggest complaint with this very solid series has been the title. This issue is a perfect example of why they shouldn't be called villains. Instead, it should be something like ... "morally ambiguous and motivational confused characters who are at odds with the heroes." Or something like that. I mean, that's a bit cumbersome. But it's not far off the mark.

Aloplex is questioning everything, even though she's a company woman. Sort of. The conflict that erupts in the forest was a bit odd. Her nobility is questionable as she executes traitors without mercy and then is upset when some forest is burnt. This may have been one of the weaker tales. The interior art is OK and the covers are quite lovely.

Score: 6 out of 10

My Little Pony Micro-Series : Apple Jack - Issue 6

This is another issue in this series that should appeal to all Bronies out there. For the rest of us, it's just there. I will give the creative team a lot of credit for being creative. The Sass Squash is one the best names I've read in a while. The story, much like the interior artwork, is bright and cheery. It's fun. It's a silly story and the hunt is pretty crazy.

The creative team deserves kudos for the Hearth's Warming Eve which should offend lots of persecuted Christian Conservatives out there. If any of them complain, it just continues to show what bullies they really are. Also, is it weird that Applejack has a regular dog that doesn't talk? And, even strange, there never seems to be any BOY ponies. Where do they come from? Do they have sex? I might be over-thinking this.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

This was an alright week from IDW Publishing. Not the best but given the distractions coming up in the comic world, that might not be a bad thing. Stop on back next week for more New Release Reviews.