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 Ricardo Guajardo 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 East of West #6, Fatale #17 and Saga #14
This week the team decided Saga #14 is the Book and 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.
East of West #6Writer Jonathan Hickman
Artist Nick Dragotta
Colorist Frank Martin
Letters by Rus Wooton
Ricardo Guajardo: Just when I figured out where Hickman was going with the story, the diabolical chap manages to throw off my deductions and make the book even more grand!
Dragotta's art is more dramatic with the action scenes and tense moments near the final pages and I can't help but be amazed by this team. Frank Martin's coloring really made the comic jump out to my eyes as I wanted to keep looking at the scenes studying each panel for minutes longer.
For faithful readers, the only thing I can say right now is several elements are introduced during this comic that made me smile like a Cheshire cat and for new readers, I have to implore them to pick up the trade paperback that was released last month and pick up this issue...it's about to get interesting folks. I can argue with my fellow review staff that this was the best comic released this week and I dare anyone to argue otherwise.
Verdict: Must Read!
Fatale #17Writer Ed Brubaker
Artist Sean Philips
Colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser
Ricardo Guajardo The plot thickens as the gang continues throughout the rainy days in Seattle as Brubaker delivers a phenomenal issue that darkens the tone of the book as jealousy rears it's ugly face and Sean Philips couldn't make it anymore intriguing.
The cast keeps devolving further into degenerates and new characters pop up in this arc that might make the reader delighted on where it could lead next.
Overall I couldn't help but think this is another stellar release from Image. I cannot recommend enough despite it not being reader friendly but that doesn't stop them from enjoying a dark and chilling story topped with a nice dose of sex and violence.
Verdict: Must Read
Art By: Fiona Staples
William Tournas: This week we have another piece of the tapestry that is Saga released with Issue #14.
This Issue continues the current story arc set in the past leading up to the inevitable cliffhanger at the end of issue #12. All the while Brian K Vaughan leads us further down the rabbit hole and lays further groundwork on the future of established characters.
The use of Hazel as a narrator for the entire series really works on comedic level, as well as a tease for things in the future. A casual sentence from her can make you want to scream "No no no! Don't change the scene now. Go back to what you just mentioned!".
Well maybe it does just for me.
We also learn more about the background of our established characters through the investigative reporters, Upsher and Doff.
Fiona Staples artwork continues as always be out of this world. Each panel is a breathtaking, with line work showing the emotion of each character, and vibrant gorgeous colour work.
Issue #14 of Saga made cry, laugh and smile all at once. It has some fantastic character moments, one of which is with Lying Cat.
Verdict: Must Read