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Archive for March, 2003

By Jim Smith on 31 March 2003 Comments Off

JMS’ run on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ has been consistently superb and the latest issue – #51 in new money, #492 in old – marks the beginning of a new arc in the book. It is thus a great jumping on point for all you slack-jawed stragglers.

By Jim Smith on 31 March 2003 Comments Off

‘Shade, The Changing Man’ is a lyrical, chaotic delight which engages with issues and ideas through surrealism and metaphor. Where else could one find a JFK Sphinx?

By Jim Smith on 31 March 2003 Comments Off

St Patrick’s Day fatigue? That’s something I can identify with.

By Mark Clapham on 30 March 2003 Comments Off

Daer siht weiver!

By Jim Smith on 29 March 2003 Comments Off

Scott Beaty’s fill-in issue of ‘Green Arrow’ takes place on the fringes of the DC universe and is dominated by characters, situations and even institutions that even a semi-mainstream audience wouldn’t care, or even to be honest know, about.

By Eddie Robson on 27 March 2003 Comments Off

It’s been a long time since the first ‘Grrl Scouts’ mini-series, but judging by this month’s letters page it hasn’t had much trouble regaining its position as one of the coolest indie comics around.

By Iain Hepburn on 25 March 2003 Comments Off

In a year that has already seen so many high quality releases, and we’re not even out of March, Roger Avary may yet have grabbed for himself the ‘Film of the Year’ award nine months early…

By Jim Smith on 25 March 2003 Comments Off

Scott Kolins’ run on ‘The Flash’ comes to an end with #200, and as he’s taken a mere two issues off since his debut back in #170 his absence from this issue…

By Stephen Lavington on 25 March 2003 Comments Off

The name Chuck Barris has pretty much zero recognition here in the UK. In America he is much more famous; Chuck was the TV producer responsible for . . .

By Jim Smith on 24 March 2003 Comments Off

Garth Ennis’ run on ‘The Punisher’ staggers wildly from intelligent handlings of serious and important topics to out-and-out slapstick…

By Jim Smith on 24 March 2003 Comments Off

When a run of a series consists of only three one hour episodes it’s hard to think of the last of the three as a ’season finale’, but in modern television terms that’s exactly what this episode of ‘Jonathan Creek’ is.

By Jim Smith on 24 March 2003 Comments Off

‘The Quatermass Experiment’ was a groundbreaking British TV drama, the BBC’s highlight of 1953. This isn’t it…

By Mark Clapham on 23 March 2003 Comments Off

Season Six may not be the best season of ‘The X-Files’, but it’s certainly one of my favourites…

By Eddie Robson on 21 March 2003 Comments Off

I am probably not as worried as I should be about this movie, since it’s based on one of my favourite books. Nevertheless I’m oddly optimistic and the Mexican beer they serve in the lobby of the preview theatre is excellent.

By Mags L Halliday on 19 March 2003 Comments Off

BBC 3. It sounds so 21st century television, doesn’t it?

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By Jim Smith on 17 March 2003 Comments Off

Last episodes of TV series are important. They define the way a series is remembered by both its fans and the general public.

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By Andrew Plummer on 17 March 2003 Comments Off

Black Panther has been in the capable hands of Christopher Priest since the start of the character’s revival…

By Mark Clapham on 16 March 2003 Comments Off

This is a grown-up film, and sometimes it’s hard to appreciate how rare that is…

By Mark Clapham on 16 March 2003 Comments Off

Well, the cover is nice, if nothing else…

By Jim Smith on 16 March 2003 Comments Off

At a rare quiet moment in ‘Die Another Day’ the new Q (John Cleese) and Brosnan’s Bond discuss how many watches he’s been given by Q branch, ‘Twenty’ is the conclusion in a nicely judged nod to this being the series 40th anniversary installment.

By Jim Smith on 15 March 2003 Comments Off

Feted and hated in equal measure, the last thing you’d expect this controversial movie to be is as bland, unoriginal and undemanding as it is..

By Jim Smith on 12 March 2003 Comments Off

We’re reaching that point that all latter day seasons of ‘Bufy’ reach, that moment where the episodes are blurring into one, becoming indistinct.

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By Stephen Lavington on 10 March 2003 Comments Off

I’m not sure what to feel worse about, that I spent ?8.50 for the privilege of watching second rate skater kids crap their pants and fire bottle-rockets out of their asses or that I enjoyed it so much.

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By Mark Clapham on 09 March 2003 Comments Off

Azzarello and Risso’s ‘100 Bullets’ is well suited to these trade paperback collections…

By Stephen Lavington on 09 March 2003 Comments Off

Like any good middle-class university graduate who grew up as a teenager in the 90s, I’m packed to the gills with ironic shallowness and crippling self-awareness…

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By Andrew Plummer on 07 March 2003 Comments Off

This title had been in the grip of Kurt Busiek ever since the ‘Heroes Return’ event…

By Andrew Plummer on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

After a two-year hiatus, ‘Super Friends’ finest has his own title again…

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By Mags L Halliday on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

‘Alias’ is deeply, deeply silly and I love it…

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By Jim Smith on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

One of the most welcome new strands of programming on BBC 4 is a series of contemporary West End theatrical productions which have been taped for posterity.

By Mark Clapham on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

The third season of ‘Angel’ is perfectly suited to being available in a lovely DVD slipcase…

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By Jim Smith on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

So it takes the UK premiere of an episode written and directed by creator/hero/the don Joss Whedon to get shiny shelf back into the Angel reviewing saddle, eh? Damn straight it does.

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By Mark Clapham on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

And the point was…?

By Jim Smith on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

‘24′ walks an uneasy tightrope, one it is in imminent, indeed continual, danger of toppling off.

By J Clive Matthews on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

12A exists simply to allow kids and their parents to fork out more cash on movies they want to see, no matter if, under old guidelines, some of the content might have been deemed unsuitable.

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By Mark Clapham on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

No, Batman does not battle with a high fibre diet in this issue, no matter
what his expression on the cover of this issue might suggest (a memorable
image tragically missing from the illustration here)…

By Mark Clapham on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

‘The
Avengers’ is a tainted brand. Not only does the Marvel Comic featuring the
‘World’s Greatest Heroes’ bear the same name as a recent box office
disaster…

By Mark Clapham on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

Its early April in 2002, and a heat wave has hit London with a vengeance. Its
lunchtime, I’ve just been to my favourite comics shop, but theres no way I’m
going back to the office just yet…

By Mark Clapham on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

John Constantine is dead. OK, no-one’s in any illusions that he’ll stay deceased,
and chances are the whole thing’s been a scam from the start…

By Andrew Plummer on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

The reign of writer Mike Grell, best known for his mammoth 80 issue run on DC’s Green Arrow, has only just begun, but the change in tone is palpable…

By Eddie Robson on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

Daniel Clowes is high-profile these days (Oscar-nominated, no less, for his work on the script for the movie of his own ‘Ghost World’), so it’s good timing on his part that the new issue of his anthology title ‘Eightball’ (in which ‘Ghost World’ first appeared) is not only excellent, but stands completely alone.
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By Eddie Robson on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

Anybody who caught these issues first time around will remember the letters pages…

By Jim Smith on 03 March 2003 Comments Off

Doug Petrie writes and directs this week, and turns in a textured and interesting contribution to what we now know will be the final series of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’.

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By Iain Hepburn on 03 March 2003 Comments Off

Spike Jonze served notice on the filmgoing public that he wasn’t prepared to play the usual games with the deranged yet eminently watchable ‘Being John Malkovich’…

By Jim Smith on 02 March 2003 Comments Off

The best British TV series of our day returns with a sadly less than vintage episode, albiet one with much to recommend it still.

By Mark Clapham on 02 March 2003 Comments Off

In this final issue of ‘The Archer’s Quest’, writer Brad Meltzer impressively squares a circle, drawing together strands from the various versions of ‘Green Arrow’…

By Jim Smith on 02 March 2003 Comments Off

When ‘True Romance’ first emerged it was on the back of a wave of Tarantino hype. Indeed, the initial VHS release bore the huge legend ‘THE 1ST TARANTINO TO OWN!’

By Mark Clapham on 02 March 2003 Comments Off

Stateside this was the last chance for
Ally McBeal, a two hour all-star gamble to try and revive failing ratings. It
failed, ratings sank to new lows and the series was canned…

By Jim Smith on 02 March 2003 Comments Off

A summer blockbuster sufficiently early to arrive with the dawn of Spring, ‘Blade 2′ is both significantly more violent and appreciably less nasty than its predecessor.
With Guillermo del Toro of ‘Cronos’ and ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ fame behind the camera, the visuals have flair and a certain kind of grim glamour. The costumes too, are remarkably [...]

By Mark Clapham on 01 March 2003 Comments Off

Chris Morris’ BAFTA-winning short film arrives on a unique DVD…

By Jim Smith on 01 March 2003 Comments Off

The Lee/Loeb Batman continues to lead the pack for mainstream superheroics this month…

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