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Archive for June, 2003

By Eddie Robson on 29 June 2003 Comments Off

Channel 4 is in a miserable, disheartening decline and as director of programmes Tim Gardam moves on, this seems like a good time to examine what has gone wrong…

By Eddie Robson on 25 June 2003 Comments Off

Can America’s Best Comics carry on without Alan Moore? ‘Terra Obscura’ is the latest evidence to suggest that it absolutely should…

By Eddie Robson on 22 June 2003 Comments Off

Who can resist a comic with the words ‘Super Fun Summer Special’ on the cover?

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By Mark Clapham on 21 June 2003 Comments Off

‘Birds of Prey’ comes to CNX (a cable channel seemingly programmed to my personal demographic) under a cloud of cancellation, having seen a spectacular decline in ratings during its brief run on the WB network…

By Mark Clapham on 20 June 2003 Comments Off

This new publication comes triply blessed: not only does it concern a pet Shelf obsession, the city of London, but it’s available from our favourite comics shop, the inestimable Gosh!

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By Mark Clapham on 20 June 2003 Comments Off

Imagine a fictional guidebook to America, with details and advice culled from modern fiction’s visions of the USA. Somewhere in the section on the East Coast, there would have to be a strong warning regarding the prosperous peoples of the region…

By Mark Clapham on 17 June 2003 Comments Off

Marvel go where DC fear to tread these days, or so it often seems…

By Stephen Lavington on 16 June 2003 Comments Off

I love ‘Mad Max’. Well, to be fair I love ‘Mad Max 2′. Great stuff, but with one small problem, a problem that this film rectifies; a total lack of dragons.

By Jim Smith on 10 June 2003 Comments Off

I will confess to a sick love for the character of Hawkman. Not the pure, ‘Conan with Wings’ kick-ass Hawkman either. No. I like Hawkman because he’s a mess: because of, not in spite of, the horror of his continuity and backstory…

By Jim Smith on 09 June 2003 Comments Off

There was much celebration here at Shiny central when we learned that ‘Boomtown’ had been renewed. See, we’d heard it was ‘on the bubble’ with an even chance of not being picked up for a second year.

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By Jim Smith on 08 June 2003 Comments Off

Despite the fact that across these episodes we have six writers and five directors there’s little really to distinguish them from one another, and in truth they form one four hour (ish) narrative, a culmination of the series as a whole.

By Eddie Robson on 07 June 2003 Comments Off

A bit of a disappointment, this, after Evan Dorkin’s recent ‘Agent X’ two-parter…

By Eddie Robson on 05 June 2003 Comments Off

Not strictly speaking a comic, but the nature of this publication means that it easily falls under the remit of our reviews section…

By Mark Clapham on 04 June 2003 Comments Off

‘Powers’ has always equated superheroes with celebrity, and this fourth trade paperback gathers together the series’ inevitable story about a ‘manufactured’ team of superheroes, FG-3.

By Jim Smith on 02 June 2003 Comments Off

This movie really shouldn’t be as good as it is. One of the most cynical spin-offs ever devised, it stars a wrestler with almost no previous acting experience,