IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For October 24, 2012
Not all comic books involve super heroes or have sales at the same level as IDW Publishing. The late, underground creator Harvey Pekar knew this quite well. Best known for his landmark series American Splendor, Pekar never had mass appeal. Even after appearing in the film based upon his comic book which was based upon his life. The people in his home town of Cleveland aren't going to forget him any time soon.
A bronze statue of Pekar was recently unveiled at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System. The library system, also, honored him by creating a limited edition library card with his image. Maybe a creator of one of IDW Publishing's releases this week might be worthy of such awards. 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.
Alan Robert's Killogy - Issue 1
This comic book is wildly bizarre. It's some sort of zombie survival story where the characters are based upon the likenesses of actors Brea Grant and Frank Vincent, as well as musician Marky Ramone. You may have to look some of them up but you'll probably recognize most of them. Why the creator did this is not clear. Nor is it clear why they are so angry/crazy/cliched. The dialogue is terrible. The artwork is incredibly inconsistent, with very bland coloring.
Score: 3.5 out of 10
Let's Play God - Issue 1
This new series seems to be about a group of musicians being pursued by a serial killer, but this isn't completely clear. It's very much about Hot Topic/Suicide Girls-type characters that are virtually impossible to connect with. The tale is so heavily focused on shocking the reader through perversion and violence, no time is spent developing the characters. There is a short-hand to the dialogue that's confusing. The art is OK.
Score: 5 out of 10
Star Trek : The Next Generation / Doctor Who : Assimilation - Issue 6
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This series only took six issues to finally become interesting. The first five issues could have been squeezed into two and this would have been a much more enjoyable experience. The look of this series continue to nail the detail of the characters yet does nothing to expand upon things. Riker's reaction to one of the Borg seemed sudden, and the Borg's comment about not needing a conference room was brilliant.