Image Comics - New Release Reviews For December 5, 2012
Comic Books have long had a great deal of potential for transmedia opportunities such as animation, films, television, and video games. With advances in awareness and technology, they're crossing over into the realm of journalism. Examples of this include Army combat photographer Jose Torres recreating a six-month tour in Afghanistan or Political Editorial by Syrian protestor Ali Farzat.
Technology expands the way the stories can reach audiences. The new start-up Symbolia has a new platform allowing tablet users to get news stories created by comic book illustrators. Regular comics can still be read on tablets including seven new releases from Image Comics. 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.
I Love Trouble - Issue 1
This is one of two releases this weak with a Grrrrl as the lead, all decked out in Hot Topic's current clothing line.The underlying story would be more interesting if the protagonist was more interesting besides simply being an fetish. If the creative team can move past the criminal aspects, it could become something more worthwhile. The interior art and cover have great style.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
Black Acre - Issue 1
The best thing about this series is the clever introduction, and it's a pretty ambitious one. There are hints of a mixing of zombies and pirates, and it's done rather humorously. The meat of the story is pretty straight-forward and less exciting. The protagonist will become more interesting once he's broken free of society's conventions. The art work is alright, though it sometimes makes the story hard to follow.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
Alpha Girl - Issue 5
Everything about this series is meant to shock. The characters are miserable and the fate bequeathed females is awful. Misogyny at its worst. It is so overly violent it becomes laughable. Profanity bursts forth without direction. The sudden swerve at the end isn't a swerve if the reader thinks it through. The artwork is stylish, yet tries to hard to be clever.
Score: 5.5 out of 10
Epic Kill - Issue 7
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A lot of credit is deserved by writer/artist Raffaele Ienco, as he handles pretty much all aspects of the comic book's production. This is quite an accomplishment, however, that doesn't excuse the end result. Everything is cinematic. Bad cinematic. All the story points are cliches and the dialogue is amalgamated from numerous average film sources.