Image Comics - New Release Reviews For August 15, 2012
The Walking Dead has had an incredible year. The television show has shattered ratings. The comic book has reached issue one-hundred and broken through numerous sales barriers, as well. Even with all the positives, this zombie-apocalypse is still dealing with some problems.
Original series artist Tony Moore has filed another lawsuit against series writer Robert Kirkman over claims of co-ownership of the property. This is the second lawsuit he's filed over the hit property. The Walking Dead publisher Image Comics has seven 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.
Butcher Baker — Issue 8
The cover to this comic mirrors the inside. It's strange, colorful, and kinda awesome.There is several crazy, metaphysical fights with the villains. Maybe they're villains. The protagonist thinks they're bad news enough to talk one of them into killing itself. The art is solid and very overt.
This seems to be the end of a story-line, though it's not clear if it is the end of the series. If so, that will suck because this thing is very cool. Where else can someone find Darth Cheney in league with Jay Leno?
Score: 8.5 out of 10
68 Scars - Issue 2 (of 4)
This is an unusual mash-up of alternate history and zombie horror. The interior artwork is utterly forgettable as is the coloring and lettering. Characters aren't rendered well enough to determine ethnicity. However, the story is dramatic and rather exciting and the artwork doesn't negatively impact that. This series has some upside.
Score: 7 out of 10
Saga - Issue 6
Saga continues to be one of, if not the, best comic on the stands.The story is beautiful.Events continue to spiral out of control and violent moments are naturally contrasted with tender and emotional sequences. There aren't heroes. There are just beings trying to live. And the villains aren't one-dimensional. It's possible to argue that they're not villains.
The artwork is gorgeous. It's vivid and imaginative and the art team has perfect control over the use of space. And, at times, it enhances the humor that pops up unexpectedly. Normally narration in comics is bland and perfunctory. Here it gushes with joy and mirth.
Score: 10 out of 10
Elephantmen - Issue 42
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Elephantmen is a challenging book to read. Easily one of the most atmospheric comics on the stand, it's not easily digested by new readers. The story jumps around a lot and spends a great deal of time exploring philosophy and morality. It's got some action, some sexuality, and some science.