Image Comics - New Release Reviews For October 31, 2012
The Comic Book Legal Dense Fund is launching its "Be Counted" campaign to increase membership in the organization. There goal is to add one thousand new members. The CBLDF's web-site states it is focused on "protecting First Amendment Rights of the comics medium."
Their site discusses comic books that have been banned or challenged by schools and libraries. Contributions allow the Fund to continue to helps artists and retailers. 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.
Bedlam - Issue 1
At first glance, this issue seems like the typical indie publication that is more a amateurish passion project than a substantive graphic novel. That view drops away quickly as this excellent story about an unfortunately named city unfolds.
We've seen all the characters before, but the creative team takes the reader in a fresh new direction. The story is dark and disturbing, yet lyrical in dialogue and clever in concept. The artwork is wildly interesting and the coloring unique. Add to that the above-extra number of pages and this becomes a must have.
Score: 9.5 out of 10
Happy - Issue 2
This series has been wonderfully messed up. It's typical Grant Morrison in that the very minimum of story is present. It's not that the reader is ripped off. Morrison just strips away everything but the purely necessary. It's efficient. It can be a bit disconcerting but multiple reads pulls more detail each time.
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There is an interesting mix of things going on. You have the ultra-dark and violent hard-boiled portion that collides with this Loony Toons plot and they mesh seamlessly. The artwork is amazing in how it handles this, though a spots it felt slightly sterile. Still, the sum of its parts are fun and demented.