The Image Round Up column aims to get some words down on every single Image Comics book published for the week. These reviews are handled by Liam Jose, Hansel Moreno, and William Tournas. They'll be dropping non-spoilery reviews the day before the books are available so you can best make up your mind on what to buy tomorrow. We offer this service because Image has been putting out some amazing content lately and it will be nice to shine a light on every single title they produce. This week our intrepid team looks at Invincible Universe #1, Saga #12, Sex #2, and The Walking Dead #109.
This week after flipping listlessly through 200+ channels of mind numbing cable Saga #12 takes the illustrious prize of the COVER OF THE WEEK! Read William's preview for more info!
The reviews are graded according to the following scale:
Must Read. -- Do not miss this hot piece of comic action!
Buy It. -- For memories sake.
Check It. -- This is a toss up. Up to you really.
Byrne It. (skim it on the rack). -- Look at it but don't leave with it.
Avoid It. -- Steer clear.
Invincible Universe #1Story by: Phil Hester
Art by: Todd Nauck & John Rauch
Verdict - Check It.
Saga #12Story by: Brian K. Vaughan
Art b: Fiona Staples
I love the idea of the Robot Kingdom and it's people having TV's for heads. It's an imaginative idea that works quite well. They show their emotions with images/footage from various media. In this instance PR IV's dream is being played on his screen while he sleeps.
This issue focuses on PR IV's continuing search for the author D. Oswald Heist, as he believes finding him will provide some clue as to the whereabouts of Alana & Marko.
The issue is mainly all dialogue which is change of pace for recent issues, but Brian K. Vaughan doesn't ease up on the suspense and tension. This issue felt like a scene out of a Tarantino, where the dialogue keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the shit to hit the fan.
Fiona Staples is as always breathtakingly amazing. Each page is a work of art that i would gladly hang up on my wall if had the chance. The Cover, First Page, and Last Page are amazing splash pages that had me drooling.
As always Saga is an ongoing masterpiece that should not be missed.
Verdict - Must Read.
Sex #2Story by: Joe Casey
Art by: Piotr Kowalski
The Walking Dead #109Story by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn
Letters by: Rus Wooton
This book isn't about zombies. It is not about finding a cure or getting back to where they started. This comic is a journey. We see their struggles and admire how they cope or admonish how they fail but we see them act in all too human ways.
On it's own most if this issue is an interlude from the violence and gives us some insight on characters that haven't been in the limelight for a few issues. I hope the pacing doesn't throw off the singles readers and I'm sure in trade form this issue will whip right by because, guess what? Kirkman gives you another cliffhanger. KIIIIIRRRKMMMAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
Verdict - Must Read.