Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 14 August, 2013

Welcome back to another edition of New Release Reviews For IDW  Publishing. Interesting week ahead with four titles released including Star Trek, G.I. Joe and a revamped T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AgentsAs 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.

Star Trek - Issue 24

There's nothing bad about this comic book but there's nothing we haven't seen a million times before. The basics story is about people making assumptions and that what drives the conflict. Perhaps the gem within the story is how traumatic first contact can be. Using the Gorn as an example, a prior run-in with the crew of the Enterprise seemed to have left some scars that the crew are ill-prepared to deal with. It starts to make more sense having a counselor as happened on The Next Generation. This trauma causes them to react when they should be acting.

There's an additional theme that resonates very much right now and that's the power that corporations have and how destructive that power can be. Even more so, is the officers acknowledging that they will just get their way in the end. Poignant. The worst part of this story was Kirk's casual reference to Spock and Khan fighting through San Francisco. It was played as though he wasn't clear on what happened which doesn't make much sense. It did kind of save his life. Sloppy. Helpful recap starts things off. Covers are solid. Interior artwork is fine.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents - Issue 1

There was a lot of talking in this issue and not much of it made sense. Conversations were occurring that assumed you've read anything else about this series. Apparently there's this belt that does special things but it hurts the people that wear it. Enter the guy that feels no pain. Instant super-hero. I think think. And there's a bad-girl who likes monologues.

Score: 3 out of 10

Doomsday.1 - Issue 4

John Byrne's new series seems to be in transition. Just about 9 months (or the amount of time for one character to bring a baby to term) has passed and the survivors are trying to create stability, even if the series creators ends the issue suggesting a title change is coming. It's not quite clear if this is the end of a volume or the issue numbering will continue but it does hint at the title now being Doomsday.2. Fascinating information.

The biggest thing that jumps out at me is the formal dialogue. It's not a knock on it, it just seems a little stiff for people who should be more concerned with the fate of humanity. Still, the characters perhaps reinforces the formal qualities by behaving like humans did before. Self-centered. Compassionate. Love. Hate. The whole range of emotion. And somewhere in there is some discussion about religion which is highly appropriate given the circumstances. There's even a bit of hope. The cover, as the interior, is by Byrne and it's outstanding.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

G.I. Joe Special Missions - Issue 6

This issue was (depending upon how ardently you follow the comics) interesting for what it reveals about Zartan. A year of reviewing the comics and I didn't know that he's a clone. And there are more of him out there. It's not clear how it impacts the other books. But it's interesting. The Dreadnoks are kind of silly and their Aussie slang is hard to follow. It's got a strange pace and action isn't always clear. The interior is OK and the cover is pretty cool, though sort of silly at the same time.

Score: 6 out of 10

Not really the best week imaginable but it could have been worse. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents really brought the average down but maybe there is hope for it. Stop on back next week for more New Release Reviews for IDW Publishing.