IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For July 25, 2012
The perception of comic books being highbrow and sophisticated reading is taking on a new shape and form these days. Archie Comics Co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit has a belief that reading comics can be beneficial for young readers. "Reading Archie Comics for 30 minutes is what I like to call 'Archie Therapy,'" she said.
Several foundations that Silberkleit created were designed to help children with issues such as obesity and literacy. IDW Publishing is committed to quality reading materials, as well, and this quality can be found in their nine new comics this week. 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.
Ghostbusters - Issue 11
The creative team on this comic continues their superb run, doing something that their Hollywood counterparts have not been able to do which is tell more excellent Ghostbusters stories. The art team has the look of the characters down and the overall design is excellent. The stories are consistently funny and this one has a clever little X-Files homage. Simple yet substantive.
Score: 8 out of 10
Godzilla - Issue 3
Three issues in and the readers are finally starting to get some insight into the characters as they begin having success against the monsters. It's almost as though the pendulum has swung the other way and their victories are getting easier. There is a sublime critique of capitalism in the way the mercenaries operate. Covers are fun and interior artwork is alright.
Score:6 out of 10
Hawken - Issue 5
This is the typical weird-west stories that fans have come to expect form artist Timothy Truman. They tend to be modern in feel and extremely violent with superb art. Hawken does not disappoint. The destruction, betrayal, and mayhem explode from the page in an orgy of depravity. There is a mystical aspect that plays nicely with the ever-expanding death-toll. Not for kids.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Snake Eyes And Storm Shadow- Issue 15
Sometimes when comics have stories that bounce back and forth in time, they're distracting. Not the case with this issue, or this series, so far. The contrasting time lines further enhance the relationship between Snake Eyes and Stormshadow. This is an emotional story that leaves the reader wondering what Snake Eyes will do. Artwork is adequate enough to tell the story.
Score: 8 out of 10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Issue 12
One of the best things about this issue was the rival gang bailed out of the fight as they had no real good reason to get involved. Everything else was straightforward as expected. There was plenty of action and excitement. Even a little romance towards the end. And a mystery that has yet to be revealed. This would score higher if the art was better.Continued on the next page