Welcome back to another edition of New Release Reviews for IDW Publishing. This is a small week from this publisher who often releases huge amounts of product. Overall, this is a lack-luster week, as well. You might think otherwise, though. 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.
Judge Dredd - Issue 10
This has always been an unusual comic book series. This one is no exception. There's this whole thing where Dredd is working with the ickiest looking mutant imaginable who has vaguely helpful psychic powers. Vaguely. Honestly, the weirdest part is the antagonist. A bunch of hillbilly mutants that are trying to kill Dredd for some reason.
Where it goes nuts is that the whole family is just clones of the patriarch/matriarch. It's dual like that because it's just one guy in a maternity dress. He's the crime boss, as well. Interior art is below adequate. The covers are nice, though. Including the one to the left. It has a certain feeling of propaganda that seems in keeping with the themes of this series. And, it's eerily appropriate for modern times given the erosion of our civil liberties.
Score: 4.5 out of 10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Micro Series : Karai - Issue 5
These micro-series have been enjoyable, thus far. There's been similar tales but mostly about the turtles and their friends. Which is fine. The original series way back when were great. But, honestly, there isn't enormous amounts of new ground to cover. Besides the story-point about everyone being reincarnations of earlier humans. The original turtles comics seemed to be about generic conflict. Sure, there was Shredder but most of their enemies were faceless members of the Foot or aliens. Their enemies got little attention or detail. Which is why this series has been excellent.
This issue was solid because it presented Karai's motivation and some motivation for what's to come. Actually, a lot of motivation. A case could be made that it's weak but I would say it's strong for her. She's obsessed and it makes for good drama. Better drama is what's happening with Leonardo. Kinda creepy but amazing drama. Funny note that the Foot training center is in the same town Xavier's School is in. Also, why would anyone join the Foot? What a terrible job. Covers are fun. Interior artwork is OK.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
So, when it's all said and done, this wasn't the best week from IDW Publishing. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was solid but will only work for fans. Judge Dredd was fairly disappointing. Well, maybe next week will rebound? Stop on back, then, for more New Release Reviews.