IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For August 8, 2012
Comic Books are big business, these days, as adaptations into other mediums and forums. One of the ways that comics are infiltrating other forums is through education settings. A recent article by the Toronto Star discuss the inclusion in the University Of Toronto's curriculum to help medical students deal with patients dealing with cancer. This emerged from a recent conference in Toronto bridging Medicine and Comics.
IDW Publishing is offering five new comics and one collected edition this week that will cure your ails better than any bowl of chicken soup. 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.
Godzilla : The Half Century War - Issue 1 (of 5)
This is a very cool comic book. The artwork is fantastic including the cover in particular. This series is very heavily influenced by manga but it still has a sensibility that Westerners can relate to.
The story focuses on a Japanese soldier who spends most of his life fighting one giant, irradiated lizard. It's a great set-up and the characters make very believable choices. This could become an epic story.
Score: 8.5 out of 10
Dead World : War Of The Dead - Issue 2 (of 5)
This is the second issue in this mini-series being published weekly by IDW. Not much has changed from the prior issue. It's still dark and brutal in story and theme. The interior art, much like the cover, is impressive. However, it's style is one that is not conducive to sequential story-telling as it's hard to grasp what's occurring. There is a lot of history to this world that is obscured by the art. Add in the unpleasantness of the situation and it comes across as disappointing.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
G.I. Joe : A Real American Hero - Issue 181
The cover to this issue is fun and stylish with just a hint of sexiness thrown in. The inside has artwork that is not ground-breaking but it doesn't detract from the story, either. This is a sort of bridge issue as one major arc is wrapping and a new one seems to be starting out. It's exciting and has plenty of intrigue to keep the reader's attention.Continued on the next page