Image Comics - New Release Reviews For January 16, 2013
An Image Comics property, The Walking Dead, continues to dominate entertainment headlines. Hot on the heels of the end of the third season of the television adaptation comes word that show-runner Glen Mazzara has been terminated. This follows the dismissal of original show creator Frank Darabont. There has been some speculation that comic book writer Robert Kirkman was behind the dismissal.
Also, in the news was the fact that in 2012, the 100th issue of The Walking Dead was the highest selling comic book. This issue beat out all others including Avengers, X-men, and Batman titles. Maybe one of Image's six new releases this week might lead the 2013 sales. 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.
Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth - Issue 1
This is not a very pleasant story, no matter how much the creative team tries to make it funny. And they are sort of successful at points. It quickly establishes a sort of playful tone but then tears it all apart with bullying and murder. It has characters that are one-note and not very engaging. The artwork is rather impressive.
Score: 6 out of 10
Comeback - Issue 3
This is a comic book that has a very interesting concept that explodes with near infinite possibilities and just about completely fails on every level. The story is barely comprehensible. Not because it is complicated, but as a result of deficiencies in story-telling. The art is very cool, but almost useless for telling characters apart, There is a conspiracy that is neither interesting nor engaging. Perhaps it will improve when read as a collected edition.
Score: 5 out of 10
Saga - Issue 9
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This issue focused entirely on the bounty hunter. It was a nice change of pace even if it was an extremely heavy story that deals with war and sexual slavery. The opening sequence was as fascinating as it was tragic. The color is vibrant, to the point of fine art. And the art itself is wonderful. The cover is disturbing, yet gorgeous. Just a fantastic comic book.