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Archive for 2004

By Shiny Shelf on 29 December 2004 Comments Off

I hate this sort of thing. I should probably be disqualified from commenting on comics this year on account of only really reading ‘Astonishing X-Men’. Likewise my lit reading is woefully behind with only ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’ being published in 2004. I very nearly [...]

By Stephen Lavington on 21 December 2004 Comments Off

Hughes lived, he did some exciting things, he went mad. There are no lessons to be learned…

By Mark Clapham on 19 December 2004 Comments Off

Geof Darrow is clearly not a man to let mere sanity stand in the way of his artistic vision. His ‘Shaolin Cowboy’ is unadulterated psychotic nonsense. Good work, Geof!

By Stephen Lavington on 18 December 2004 Comments Off

In 1998 Peter Biskind’s ‘Easy Riders, Raging Bulls’ was published, taking as its subject the explosion of innovative, eccentric and electric filmmaking in 1970s America…

By Mark Clapham on 12 December 2004 Comments Off

Can the Wachowski Brothers redeem themselves through the medium of comics?

By Mark Clapham on 12 December 2004 Comments Off

‘Blade Trinity’ is a natural development of what we’ve seen before in this series, but with a quirkier sensibility…

By Stephen Lavington on 11 December 2004 Comments Off

Watchmen for kids.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 11 December 2004 Comments Off

It is three years since Danny Ocean and associates successfully robbed the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas, and after three years of searching, the casino owner has found Ocean and wants revenge…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 11 December 2004 Comments Off

Nicholas Cage returns with a brainless yet fun action adventure that asks ‘what if a treasure map was hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence?’…

By Jim Smith on 09 December 2004 Comments Off

Gene Roddenberry was no visionary. What he was a first rate screenwriter of serial television who came up with a cracking idea for a series.

By Matt Hill on 08 December 2004 Comments Off

From the off it’s important to note that anyone who has seen ‘Man Bites Dog’ will have difficulties taking ‘The Last Horror Movie’ seriously as an original construct…

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By Jim Smith on 01 December 2004 Comments Off

Some kind of error has meant that this issue of ‘Batman’ has gone out with Judd Winick’s name on the cover when he didn’t write that which is inside it.

By Eddie Robson on 30 November 2004 Comments Off

Only a naive writer would attempt to write this comic without considering what Cap’s words and deeds might mean in a wider sense. The character represents America, but whose America?

By Jim Smith on 30 November 2004 Comments Off

Mean spirited retro-grade trash, written to a shopping list….

By Jim Smith on 30 November 2004 Comments Off

It’s quite hard for me to express just how bad, and just how fundamentally wrong headed, ‘Green Lantern: Rebirth’ # 1 is.

By Mark Clapham on 28 November 2004 Comments Off

The Marvel universe is a busy, complicated place. This is clearly an attempt to create a fun, entry-level book to the wider Marvel universe for readers only really familiar with the big characters…

By Eddie Robson on 26 November 2004 Comments Off

Quite peculiar watching this light comedy-drama in the knowledge that it comes from the pen of the man who’s doing the new series of ‘Doctor Who’…

By Jim Smith on 26 November 2004 Comments Off

My name’s Wally West, I’m The Flash, the fastest man alive…

By Eddie Robson on 19 November 2004 Comments Off

For some reason, this year the New TV Season arrived one week in the middle of November, but better late than never I suppose…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 19 November 2004 Comments Off

Brad Bird has been a fanboy favourite since his cult classic ‘The Iron Giant’, but with ‘The Incredibles’ Brad has gone from being an outsider on the fringes of feature animation to the major player in town…

By Lance Parkin on 12 November 2004 Comments Off

A number of recent Marvel revamps have clearly had one eye on the movie version. You can almost see Marvel editors handing them round a Hollywood pitch meeting and saying ‘how about this?’.

By Eddie Robson on 10 November 2004 Comments Off

I can easily imagine how exciting this would have been if I’d watched it when I was ten years old: I’d have taped it, and by the following afternoon I would have watched it at least three more times…

By Jim Smith on 09 November 2004 Comments Off

Big ideas, big action scenes and good human writing crash together in a technology and conspiracy heavy book each issue of which really needs a couple of read throughs before it all sinks in.

By Eddie Robson on 03 November 2004 Comments Off

‘The Smoking Room’ has been deemed a failure already as it arrives on BBC2 from BBC3, with the trailers tossing around quotes from glowing reviews in a desperate attempt to win higher ratings than its BBC3 run…

By Jim Smith on 02 November 2004 Comments Off

The notes in the back of the first issue by author, and former ‘Infinity Inc’ hero, Roy Thomas make clear the writer’s great pleasure in this comic book being the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel in any medium.

By Mark Clapham on 29 October 2004 Comments Off

Grant Morrison has a tendency to talk big about his work, but he can afford to – as a writer he has a tendency to takes comics, both mainstream superhero titles and more personal books, into new areas…

By Eddie Robson on 29 October 2004 Comments Off

1960s ‘Doctor Who’ is the bomb. ‘Lost in Time’ is therefore to be welcomed with open arms, a pleasant smile, and a round of drinks…

By Eddie Robson on 26 October 2004 Comments Off

Over the course of four series ‘Teachers’ has replaced every member of its core cast. This kind of turnover just doesn’t work, especially in such a character-driven series…

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By Jim Smith on 24 October 2004 Comments Off

I’m partially reviewing this because some of the series biggest laughs, and most spectacular gross-out moments, are still lurking near the top of my subconscious nearly a week after a single viewing.

By Eddie Robson on 21 October 2004 Comments Off

A glance at the front cover, back cover and first two pages of ‘The Timewaster Letters’ reveals that I am comfortably the least famous person ever to praise this book…

By Stephen Lavington on 15 October 2004 Comments Off

This is a quantum movie: the very act of describing it – whether in a review or to an unaware friend – effects the result…

By Stephen Lavington on 15 October 2004 Comments Off

Ooh hoo, that Lovejoy eh? Tink, Eric, Lady Jane, antiques, Suffolk. Bit of a laugh wasn’t it? All mullets, jeans and leather jackets on a fifty year-old man. What were they thinking?

By Mags L Halliday on 12 October 2004 Comments Off

For anyone whose familiarity with Chinese/HK cinema reaches as far as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, wuxia is a slightly different form of martial arts film…

By Eddie Robson on 11 October 2004 Comments Off

Jeph Loeb continues to demonstrate his remarkable grasp of DCU characters: I’m starting to believe that he could even make ‘Wonder Woman’ work, although naturally writing ‘Wonder Woman’ is not a fate I would wish on anybody…

By Lance Parkin on 11 October 2004 Comments Off

I have a theory about good movies, which has two propositions, which run: 1) you can never have enough robots in a movie…

By Jim Smith on 10 October 2004 Comments Off

In 1970 a young film academic and teacher called George Lucas, whose previous filmwork had been restricted to documentaries and prize-winning shorts, made a very strange film about LA in sixties.

By Stephen Lavington on 09 October 2004 Comments Off

It’s easy to understand the origins of this film in a five-minute showreel dreamed up by wrtier director Kerry Conran of giant robots menacing Manhattan. It’s a classic pulp sci-fi concept…

By Mark Clapham on 09 October 2004 Comments Off

As an obsessive ‘Resident Evil’ player, I feel less like a reviewer and more like a guest academic, wheeled in to provide learned analysis on how this movie fits in with the wider context of ‘RE’ lore. Turn to page 11 in your workbook now…

By Mark Clapham on 04 October 2004 Comments Off

So what if Robert Kirkman created the Marvel Universe?

By Mark Clapham on 02 October 2004 Comments Off

The second season of ‘Millennium’ is one of my favourite seasons of any TV series, and as such its not just a pleasure to see the season released on DVD, but also to at last get an excuse to write about it…

By Eddie Robson on 01 October 2004 Comments Off

What felt a bit hit-and-miss at first is now producing far more hits than misses…

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By Mark Clapham on 01 October 2004 Comments Off

Hellraiser was an odd kind of horror film, but it was an even stranger basis for a franchise. With parts five and six on the way in the US, here’s a DVD collection of the first three instalments to remind us how it all began…

By Eddie Robson on 30 September 2004 Comments Off

To my great alarm and not inconsiderable shock, I now live in a town without a comic shop…

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By Jim Smith on 24 September 2004 Comments Off

It’s “Batman: The Anime Series” essentially with an palette of colours and backgrounds seemingly drawn from Japanimation and character designs that seem to come via ‘Digimon’ or ‘Ultimate Muscle’.

By Lance Parkin on 24 September 2004 Comments Off

Trailers for movies and blurbs on the back of the DVDs often throw around superlatives. The ‘Star Wars’ boxset is almost self-effacing.

By Jim Smith on 22 September 2004 Comments Off

This boxset – nice and shiny with four amaray cases with uniformly bad covers inside it – contains two five star movies and one four-and-a-half star movie which, between them, constitute half of cinema’s premiere own-generated property.

By Eddie Robson on 20 September 2004 Comments Off

Well, that was all a bit of a waste of time, wasn’t it?

By Jim Smith on 19 September 2004 Comments Off

It’s a consistently funny, constantly surprising riot of in-jokes, familiar designs and glorious character moments if you’re a late twentysomething manchild.

By Mark Clapham on 15 September 2004 Comments Off

Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Edison, together at last through time and space. Say what?

By Mark Clapham on 15 September 2004 Comments Off

British superheroes are gaining a bit of attention these days. Here’s a perfectly formed A5 comic from writer Ian Carney and artist Will Kane…