IDW Publishiing - New Release Reviews for June 27, 2012
There is a lot of talk these days about serious fans of comic books driving much of the success of film adaptations of comic books. Comic films such as The Avengers, The Dark Knight, and Spider-man owe much of their success to these fans through creative feed-back and their intense lobbying of the properties.
IDW publishing is releasing several comics this week that have benefited from fan support. In fact, the G.I. Joe movie has been pushed back to next year in order to make fixes benefiting the fans. 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.
G.I. Joe Roots of Retaliation - Collected Edition
This edition collects several of the most important original series issues including the landmark "Silent Interlude." It doesn't flow in a linear sense as it's designed to introduce a lot of characters and situations and set up the movie which got pushed back till next year. It's a good value and rather entertaining.
Score: 7 out of 10
Magic The Gathering : Spell Thief - Issue 1
This mini-series continues the adventures of the story's protagonist. It's unclear how many prior stories there are but it's not an easy story for a new reader to pick-up. The conflict is strange and the antagonist stops being dangerous fairly early. The artwork is pretty but it doesn't help the story-telling at all.
Score: 4 out of 10
Star Trek - Issue 10
This a fun and exciting story, even if the solution to the big problem was akin to just stomping on the ant-hill. It wasn't a huge problem, at the end of the day. Luckily, there is some good conspiracy issues ahead. The art is fine in that you know who the characters are but it does very little to add to their personalities.
Score: 7 out of 10
Star Trek The Next Generation / Doctor Who : Assimilation - Issue 2
This is another example of licensed properties where the artist is so focused on making the characters look just like the actors portraying them, and not enough time making them interesting. The main characters in this storyline don't even meet until midway through issue two which is frustrating. The writers get the Star Trek voices but not the Doctor Who voices. The story is fairly dull.Continued on the next page