Image Comics - New Release Reviews For September 26, 2012
The subject of creator rights were the foundation of Image Comics. Established in 1992 by many of the top artists from Marvel Comics, it was intended to be a place where the talent was most important. Not the lawyers and accountants. A continuing lawsuit shows the very thing those creators fled.
Gary Friedrich, the creator of the Marvel Comics published character Ghost Rider, has been engaged in a long running lawsuit over copyrights on the character. Much stemmed from movie adaptation and licensing of merchandise. The courts have been siding with Marvel.
This includes a counter-suit over convention signings earnings. New Release Reviews supports creators' rights and urges Disney/Marvel to reconsider their course of action.
Image is releasing ten 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.
Happy - Issue 1 (of 4)
This is, quite possibly, the most horrible holiday story. Renegade, junkie cop hired to kill mobsters. A missing password. An imaginary talking, blue horse. Violence. Sexual perversions. Serial killers. Drugs. Over the top profanity. When is the next issue?
Score: 9.5 out of 10
Mind The Gap - Issue 5
If you missed the prior issues, that's not so bad. Things are starting to make sense and connections are clearer. Almost no time was spent on the main character and that's not such a bad thing.
The characters focused on are not passive so that helps. The cover art is excellent and the interior continues to be solid.
Score: 8 out of 10
Debris - Issue 3
The art team deserves a lot of credit. This is a stylish series with imaginative layouts and unusual color choices. The story-line is exciting and strong with emotion, no matter how odd the pacing. The only complaint is the journey seems to be over in a time frame that belies the true sense of scale.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Elephantmen - Issue 43
This series is stunning. The main artist's skill is phenomenal. And the guest artist, Dave Sim, is greatly under appreciated by this generation of fans. The story, however, is rather flat. It could be described as clinical, by some. A lot happening but very emotionless.
Score: 7 out 10
Prophet - Issue 29
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The absolute best part of the issue was the prologue that actually explained what this series is about. Should be in every issue. The series is stunningly beautiful and weird. The art is gorgeous, though there were way too many double-page spreads. There was real peril for the characters, creating real stakes.