Image Comics - New Release Reviews For August 29, 2012
Image Comics founder and Prophet series-creator Rob Liefeld is in the news this week, as he acrimoniously left DC Entertainment over a dispute with editorial, and editorial might not even be aware of the dispute. It seems Liefeld was frustrated with the fluid editorial decisions across the numerous comics he was attached with.
Though Hawk & Dove, for which he wrote and drew, was cancelled he was still on Deathstroke, The Savage Hawkman, and Grifter. Details are still spotty about what really went down. There's no ambiguity, here, at New Release Reviews as Image Comics has seven new releases this 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.
Mudman - Issue 5
The thing that jumps out the quickest, besides all the mud, is the artwork in this series. From the covers, the insides, and all the innovative layouts, the reader is reminded of just how talented series creator Paul Grist is.
There are many mysteries flowing through the story and it's obvious that even the hero's friends are as troublesome as his enemies. The story suffers a bit from the disjointed nature of the tale and the the peril seems a little weak. Still, it's entertaining and filled with many real moments.
Score: 8.5 out of 10
Grim Leaper - Issue 4
This is another series that suffers from disjointed story-telling. Unfortunately, the weak story and reprehensible characters can't elevate this (at times) confusing story. Not helping is the very ineffective coloring and average artwork. The back up story is a little better, but not much better.
Score: 4 out of 10
Witchblade - Issue 159
This issue, much like the series, suffers from some gorgeous cover art and some solid interior art. Never is an opportunity missed to draw an impossibly hot woman. Just about all the females in this series look like lingerie models.
The art teams has some weakness as certain details are missed. Hands are particularly bad. The story is OK. The tension is weak and the dialogue is cliched. Lack of knowledge of the back-story creates challenges for some readers.Continued on the next page