Image Comics - New Release Reviews For March 21, 2012

Author: Zachary Hunchar
Published: March 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

Welcome to our first installment of New Release Reviews for Image Comics. We're excited to add a second publisher and are looking forward to some of their best new titles including a crack at the newest issue of The Walking Dead, next week. 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.

The Darkness - Issue 101

Let's start off with the most significant issue of the week. The Artifacts event ended and now everything is different. And only lead character Jackie Estacado remembers how things were. This appears to have a profound impact on the rest of the Top Cow universe.

This is a very dark and angry comic with solid artwork that conveys the horror. The downside is that the writers attempt to create drama and conflict by contrasting the challenges of being a father and husband with being a super-powered crime lord. This comes off as silly and it takes the reader out of the story.

Score: 6.5 out 10

Hack/Slash - Issue 14

This is a strange concept for a story that there is a woman fighting against serial killers and monsters and weirdness. Kind of like Buffy The Vampire Slayer but with lots more nakedness and swearing. Coming in cold is harder for new readers but it's still fairly fun. The backup story, Monstro City, was much more fun.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Hoax Hunters - Issue 0

For an issue zero, this isn't too bad. The art is adequate and it sets up a fun concept of a reality team that investigates the paranormal and the members all are paranormal themselves. Somewhat cliched but it was better than other things released this week and it has potential.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Infinite Vacation - Issue 4

Right off the bat, this issue begins with a jarring public service announcement. Jarring and strangely informative. It matches the story which clever but kind of tricky to hang onto for first time reader. What remains to be seen is if the protagonist continues to be worthy of the readers' concern.

The artwork is almost as confusing but that's important to the story. The layouts are extremely inventive and push the norms of traditional panel design. It's a very colorful book, as well.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Near Death - Issue 6

Being polite would be describing this book as convention instead bland and unoriginal. The dialogue is cliched and the protagonist one-note. The artwork is below-average and the layouts don't rise above that. The best part of the issue is the thoughts by the writer about Magnum PI.

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I've written several comic book series published by Bluewater Comics. My most recent series, JULIET, will be published this summer and I'm adapting the INSANE JANE series for motion picture development. …

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