Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Image Round-Up - July 24th 2013


The Image Round Up column aims to get some words down on Image Comics book published for the week. This weeks reviews are handled by Hansel Moreno. He'll be dropping non-spoilery reviews 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 I tell you why you should take consider spending your well earned money or illicit gains on The Bounce #3 and the hardcover collection of Infinite Vacation.


This week the team decided The Bounce #3
 is COVER OF THE WEEK! Just look at that sultry stare!

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.

The Bounce #3

Conceived by Joe Casey and Sonia Harris
Written by Joe Casey
Pencils and Inks by David Messina
Graphic Design Sonia Harris
Inks by Gaetano Carlucci
Colors by Giovanna Niro
Letters by Rus Wooton
Variant Cover by Marco Checchetto

Hansel Moreno: In this weeks episode/issue of The Bounce we flash back to the origin of the bounce!

More importantly, I feel, Terry and Jasper have a conversation on how it is to be who they are and what it means to them. That alone grounds the characters and speaks volumes on what Joe, Sonia and David are building toward in this title. 

Right, so the story has some character exposition and background exploration through the flash back. All good, not sure where the series is headed but I like the general progress it's making.

Let's talk about that cover. Now that is a sexy man. David and Giovanna make that cover POP. The pinks, flesh and red color draw your attention to that deep v on Terry's chest. This cover is sexy and not afraid to show it. The caliber of art inside the comic is just as high quality as the cover. Don't miss out on this title any longer, jump in to The Bounce now!

Verdict: Must Read


Infinite Vacation

Story by Nick Spencer and Christian Ward

Art by Christian Ward
Design by Tim Daniel
Letters by Jeff Powell

Hansel Moreno: Please buy this book. It is gorgeous. Simply beautiful. The story is of a boy meets girl variety with a few clever twists but the art... 

The amazing Christian Ward draws and colors some of the most psychedelic art I have ever laid eyes on. The characters, natural wonders and even corporate locations take a turn to the extraordinary under his creative eye. 

In The Infinite Vacation science has advanced far enough that travel between dimensions has been reduced to nothing more than a play thing. With a simple press on your smart phone (standard fees, sadly, still apply) you can check in on another version of you and see how they live their lives. The main character Mark, after striking out with a girl in his home dimension, decides to see if they hit off somewhere else in the multiverse.

Nick Spencer and Christian Ward are both credited for the story and it shows. This book, while not perfect, is clearly a work of love by both Nick and Christian. The proof is on the pages, the wonderful, wonderful pages. If you missed out on this title in singles now is a great time to get the entire tale in one sitting.

Verdict: Must Read


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