IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For July 11, 2012
Gimmicks in comic books have been a long standing tradition for decades. In celebration of silly, yet novel ideas to promote comic books comes the latest whacky-idea to connect smart phones to comic books. It fits right in to this week of Comic-Con International.
Not to be outdone, IDW Publishing is trying to counter with the best trick of all ... well produced comic books. 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.
The Crow : Death And Rebirth - Issue 1
Trying to differentiate from the original series, the creative team take a long time to set-up this story. They do a fairly good job of establishing some complex characters, though it does feel a bit slow. The tale is heavily influenced by Japan, though it still has a lot of Western in it. There is upside but it needs to pick up the pace.
Score: 6 out of 10
Battle Beasts - issue 1
This story has a sword and sorcery kind of beginning and suddenly changes direction into modern science fiction. Even with the major tonal shift, the story still makes sense and is entertaining. It's pretty straight-forward structure but it is fun and the characters have depth. The artwork is pleasing.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Ghostbusters Volume Two - Collected Edition
This series has been a revelation tht is best exemplified by this collected edition. Though the covers are kind of hit or miss, the interior artwork is generally excellent and you never are confused about which character you're seeing. The art team has managed to convey the subtleties of the source material which is great.
The art isn't the only selling point as the writing is excellent. The stories are clever and the characterization is perfect. The team doesn't always win but when they do it's by using their large brains more than their Photon Packs. Oh, and there is a lot of humor found within as well.Continued on the next page