Image Comics - New Release Reviews For July 18, 2012
It's the first week after Comic-Con and we hope you crazy kids had a good time and have finally caught up on some sleep. Arguably the biggest news of the week involved an Image Comics title you may have heard of called The Walking Dead. This past week, the extremely popular series released its milestone one-hundredth issue.
The issue shattered sales records becoming the highest selling comic of the 21st century, with nearly four-hundred thousand copies sold. Image Comics isn't content to rest on their laurels as they have plenty of new releases this week including six new issues. 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 Activity - Issue 7
This series has a quality visual style that helps it weave an intricate story. The characters' humanity are expertly inter-cut with the military aspects. This forces them to make, seemingly, arbitrary decisions that have profound consequences in their lives.
Of particular note is the deft hands used to tell a tale of a covert operations team and their attempts to turn a terrorist into an asset. The simplicity with how they accomplish this task is only slightly less horrifying than their indifference to international laws.
Score: 7 out of 10
The Darkness - Issue 105
The Darkness is a viscous and disturbed series and this issue is no exception. The lead, Jackie, is a very bad man which makes it hard to empathize with him. What helps is many of the problems he has are with his family relationships which do provide some insight. They touch all the people he cares about but the supernatural aspects make it hard to hold onto the connection. There is a sudden revelation that is shocking, yet not surprising.
Score: 5 out of 10
Elephantmen - Issue 41
This issue seems to have a guest creative team as it delves into the history of this universe, and how the Elephantmen were created. The story is told in a cold, clinical manner but the raw humanity underneath is painful.
There is a certain connection to older horror-comics as the protagonist is given a gift. The giver isn't really sure if it will be a good or bad gift, and will never find out the answer. Not bad for a guest creative team.Continued on the next page