Image Comics - New Release Reviews For July 25, 2012
Image Comics recently announced a large initiative to bring in some of the biggest comic book creators for a new slate of releases. A former comic great has announced his return to the series that launched his career. Neil Gaiman has delighted comic book fans with news that he'll be returning to his seminal series The Sandman, with a prequel series.
The former contributor to the Spawn comic-book excited quite a few people with this news. Image Comics is still releasing great comics including eight new releases 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.
Debris - Issue 1
This debut issue has a nice look to it. Low-Fi but still possessing some style. In particular the layouts are quite clever and its use of negative space and restrained coloring gives it a lot of spunk. There is a typical post-apocalyptic story involving a misunderstood chosen one. Solid and some upside.
Score: 8 out of 10
Manhattan Project - Issue 5
The covers to this series are just about perfect. No real art, just design and information which matches the story's themes. The interior art is just as deceptive as it's almost ugly in appearance. Much like the characters.
It's a choppy story with very angry people doing very awful things to save humanity. In light of the consequences, their actions seem rational. No matter how disgusting they are. It does a great job dealing with sci-fi view on xenopolitics.
Score: 9 out of 10
Elephantmen - Issue 41
Issue reviewed last week. 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.
Score: 7 out of 10
Graveyard Of Empires - Issue 4
This story had a lot of heart and is fairly well told but it still misses the mark. Much of this is the choppiness of the story-telling. It jumps around a lot between a large group of characters, though the creative team deserves credit for two pages of character breakdowns. Their motives are hard for new readers to pick up.Continued on the next page