The playoffs begin today for the National Hockey League but Image Comics gives you something as good as the Stanley Cup … a bunch of new comics released 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.
Saga – Issue 2
Not only is the new issue of Saga the best comic released by Image Comics this week, it may be the best comic released this week by any publisher. Pretty much every aspect of this comic is perfect. The artwork is magnificent with loving detail and superb coloring.
The characters are engrossing and compelling. The story unexpectedly changes directions at multiple points leaving the reader wanting more. The villains are nuanced and some are flat out disturbing. Even the narrator’s method of communication is lovely. Perhaps not for all ages but that still leaves a lot of people who should be reading it.
Score: 9.5 out of 10
Peter Panzerfaust – Issue 3
This is an excellent tale that seems awfully familiar. Perhaps you’ll find familiar the premise of a boy who doesn’t want to grow up named Peter. Similarities aside, there is a heavy tale about how war forces children to grow up very quickly. The art is pleasant, though simple and the overall theme is rather violent but a younger audience should still be able to handle this.
Score: 7 out of 10
68 Scars – Issue 1 (of 4)
This is an interesting concept. Take a popular monster and an unpopular war and mashing them together. Unfortunately, when executed it comes across as nothing special. The characters are so over the top, as is the violence, that it’s hard to care about anything. And the artwork is mostly average with some below average moments. It’s disappointing.
Score: 4 out of 10
Artifacts – Issue 16
This is a major series in the Top Cow universe and it seems to be handled well by the creative team. It’s an unoriginal tale of old characters in a new universe. Most of the characters aren’t very nice but that’s not the point. What is of particular note is the fantastic artwork. It is stylish with a great amount of detail. Skilled hands produced the art and it’s full of expressive design and innovative layouts.