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Archive for July, 2003

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2003 Comments Off

‘Time Wars’ concludes the time-spanning story arc that began with ‘Target:2006′, as the Autobots and Decepticons of two time zones have to defeat Galvatron in all-out battle…

By Jim Smith on 28 July 2003 Comments Off

While ‘Wildcats 3.0′ is not so much ’slow burn’ as ‘not having reached for the matches yet’, there’s no denying that it’s a right rivetting read, all the same.

By Mark Clapham on 27 July 2003 Comments Off

The second of these three world premiere episodes of ‘Firefly’ comes with the full weight of it’s creative team behind it, being co-written by Executive Producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear…

By Mark Clapham on 25 July 2003 Comments Off

I should warn readers that this review is not future-proofed – I have a bad record when it comes to this franchise…

By Mark Clapham on 25 July 2003 Comments Off

Heeeey… Aceveda!

By Mark Clapham on 22 July 2003 Comments Off

Most of the time ‘graphic novel’ is just a euphemism for ‘a book made out of old comics’. However, DC has something of a tradition of doing the GN thing for real…

By Mark Clapham on 22 July 2003 Comments Off

Jai Nitz’s large format, black and white anthology returns with four more genre-crossing pulp stories. As with the first instalment, Nitz and co crack the hard-to-pull-off anthology format with what seems like little effort…

By Jim Smith on 21 July 2003 Comments Off

Not since Tim Burton’s ‘Batman Returns’ has there been such a vast gap between the aims of a feature film and its portrayal via merchandise and spin-off products.

By Jim Smith on 21 July 2003 Comments Off

In what sense this Bendis scripted Spidey centric treat is ‘Ultimate X-Men’ rather than, as it seems, ‘Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Volume 2′, is so unclear as to be opaque.

By Mark Clapham on 21 July 2003 Comments Off

First things first – the beast is in good shape. ILM have created a Hulk that is convincing, and an effective amalgam of actor Eric Bana and the comic book character…

By Mark Clapham on 20 July 2003 Comments Off

The UK’s Sci-Fi Channel has a bit of a coup here – three episodes of Joss Whedon’s sadly cancelled ‘Firefly’, world premiering in Britain while the Americans have to do without…

By Mark Clapham on 13 July 2003 Comments Off

Seen ‘Hulk’? Need something to fill the yawning gap between now and the next Marvel movie, ‘The Punisher’, comes out next year?

By Eddie Robson on 11 July 2003 Comments Off

Mark Millar has turned in something entirely untypical for Marvel, and in that sense it is a good opening statement for the Epic imprint. Unfortunately, in every other sense ‘Trouble’ is rubbish…

Max

By Stephen Lavington on 10 July 2003 Comments Off

The criticism that a work of art might, whether intentionally or not, make Adolf Hitler ‘more human’ is a powerful one. That ‘Max’ avoids this is a small triumph.

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By Stephen Lavington on 09 July 2003 Comments Off

The sense of original TV making that came in the first season has been lost. Why not show a bit more imagination with setting or plot?

By Jim Smith on 08 July 2003 Comments Off

‘Fortysomething’, a loose adaptation of Nigel Williams’ novel of mid-life crisis, is that great rarity of twenty-first century life – British television which is actually worth watching.

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By Mark Clapham on 07 July 2003 Comments Off

Pitched as a revolution in digital comics, ‘Necrowar’ is less a revolution, more a reinvention of mid-90s ‘2000AD’ strips…

By Mark Clapham on 07 July 2003 Comments Off

You can never accuse Scott Allie of being afraid to put his footprint where his mouth is…

By Mark Clapham on 06 July 2003 Comments Off

This is what going mad must feel like…

By Mags L Halliday on 06 July 2003 Comments Off

I have a soft spot for Adam Buxton. Yes, he’s the short one with the thick eyebrows and the captain’s hat who comes dangerously close to being “cuddly”…

By Mark Clapham on 06 July 2003 Comments Off

Previously on ‘Doctor Fate’…

By Jim Smith on 04 July 2003 Comments Off

If I told you that ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ lacks the discipline, restraint and skilled plotting offered by its predecessor, would you be tempted to run and hide? If so, please find a convenient large object behind which to secrete yourself.

By Jim Smith on 04 July 2003 Comments Off

Comebacks aren’t supposed to be successful. The Beatles posthumous singles didn’t hit #1; only I like ‘The Phantom Menace’; Theodore Roosevelt didn’t regain the White House in 1913 and ‘Never Say Never Again’ sucked very hard indeed.

By Mark Clapham on 01 July 2003 Comments Off

This impressive collection brings together short stories, fill-ins and one-offs written by Alan Moore for DC Comics in the mid 1980s…

By Mark Clapham on 01 July 2003 Comments Off

‘King of the world, ma. King of the world!’