Typos and a repugnant lead character minimized the chances of emotional connections. The art is adequate with pleasing colors. Perhaps it will get better in time. Writer Robert Kirkman seems to be spreading himself thin with The Walking Dead and Invincible.
Score: 7 out of 10
Manhattan Project – Issue 3
This book could be classified as a sort of precursor to Hellboy, given the revisionist history mixed with paranormal aspects. It’s an immensely suspenseful story that builds amazing drama in a short time.
Kudos should be given to the art team for creating images that are unusual for this medium yet are strangely complimentary to the story. The cast of characters, at the end, were a perfect addition to this complicated story.
Score: 8 out of 10
Saga – Issue 3
Saga continues to be the best comic being published by Image Comics. It’s in serious contention to be the best comic book, period. There are so many aspects of this comic deserving of attention. The cover is both cool and gross.
The narration continues to be both awesome and not appropriate for kids, much like the comic. Though plenty of action, the series is all about relationships which make the cliff-hanger that much more poignant. The joy found within truly is a result of the writing, though the art is outstanding.
The themes presented are universal. Wars that make no sense. Profiteering. Politics. All wrapped around a truly human adventure. Of particular note is the subtle complexities of linguistics in the middle of conflict. Simply breathtaking.
Score: 10 out of 10
The Activity – Issue 6
The atmospheric and cinematic cover compliments the solid interior artwork. This is at odds with the choppy dialogue and punctuation errors. There’s a little too much military lingo for the average reader and this affects the flow of the story.
The story benefits from complicated politics in a region Americans know little about. There is an immensely resourceful and brave female lead, anchoring the story. The double-crosses only compound the tragedy that comes with a seemingly arbitrary decision.
Score: 8 out of 10
The Gay Marriage debate continues to dominate the national discourse with no clear outcome in the near future. Still, there are some things that we can all agree on. Saga is worth everyone’s time. Danger Club, Glory, Manhattan Project, and The Activity are probably worth your time, as well. Stop back next week for nine new reviews for Image Comics.