Image Comics - New Release Reviews For November 14, 2012
The comic book industry has become big business with transmedia expansion and corporate alliances that generate billions of dollars of revenue. Even the retailers and online distributors seem to be making money. There is a small subsection of the country that has found ways to make money off of comic books and they are the collectors. But is this a good idea?
Much like the bubble that happened in the nineties with Superman and X-men, there are major initiatives with variant covers such as The Waking Dead or DC Comics' upcoming Justice League relaunch with fifty-two covers.Can the industry sustain the influx of speculators who will leave when the bust comes?
Or will it lead to a crash that nearly destroyed the direct market in the late nineties? Image Comics survived that bust and is poised to continue growing. This week they're releasing seven new comics, most with just one cover. 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.
Where Is Jake Ellis - Issue 1 (of 5)
This appears to be a sequel series, as the first few pages recap prior story lines. Very poorly. The recap is almost impossible to follow and understand. Worse, it took several pages when it could have been summed up with a few paragraphs of text.
The actual new issue is pretty good. The look is great. Covers are moody and the interior art is excellent. The story is interesting, as it jumps between two tales that are probably connected. It's exciting, though nothing we haven't seen before.
Score: 7 out of 10
Great Pacific - Issue 1
This has a theme of people trying to make a difference in a world humanity is quickly killing. Overall this is an inconsistent comic book. The writing is fine, but not ground-breaking. The cover is excellent and the interior is very good, with a few odd moments. It has a great deal of potential.
Score: 8.5 out of 10
Saga - Issue 7
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The key to any story is how believable and interesting the relationships are between characters. Saga's relationships are off-the-charts amazing. Everything about this comic book is amazing. The cover is fantastic. The interior art is excellent. Even the lettering is special.