Image Comics - New Release Reviews For May 30, 2012
Not only does Wednesday bring the start of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils, it also brings seven new releases from Image Comics. The best of seven series kicks off in New Jersey, while your local comic store can help you with the comics. 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.
America's Got Powers - Issue 2 (of 6)
This continues a very bleak combination of reality TV competition shows and young adults with super-powers. This should be a favorite with readers who don't trust the government with their civil liberties. A nice mirror of post-9/11 paranoia.
Still, it finds a great way to show how some characters try to work against the oppression in their own way and it finds time to have a sweet, romantic moment. And the art is amazing.
Score: 9 out of 10
Bloodstrike - Issue 28
Though the plot is slightly more coherent than the prior issue, it really doesn't matter. It's a weird tale with characters that are bizarrely aggressive mixed with characters who are introspective beyond reason. The dialogue is ridiculous. The cover is horribly bad and the interior art isn't much better.
Score: 2 out of 10
Bomb Queen VII - Issue 4
There are some clever aspects to this issue that are brought down by the general unpleasantness of the story. There are biting comments on culture and politics but they're done in a way that is more ham-fisted than instructional.
The story is vulgar with no one who really seems sympathetic or heroic. The artwork is below average and seems to only focus on titillation and gratuitous violence. The ending is beyond nihilistic and seems to suggest there will be a Bomb Queen VIII.
Score: 2 out of 10
Grim Leaper - Issue 1
This is a high-concept story that requires much more engaging characters for interest to be sustained. Or, it will require some greater purpose which is not obvious at this point. The dialogue does not seem to convey a skill-level by the writer that is needed to elevate.Continued on the next page