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Archive for 2006

By Mark Clapham on 15 August 2006 Comments Off

Zarjaz, or a load of old munce?

By Stephen Lavington on 14 August 2006 Comments Off

It may be too much to say that Japanese animation is experiencing a renaissance in the UK at present…

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By Eddie Robson on 31 July 2006 Comments Off

It was fundamentally wrong-headed for TOTP’s final edition to be an exercise in nostalgia: a compendium of material from the past, linked by ancient DJs…

By Mark Clapham on 27 July 2006 Comments Off

Like ‘All-Star Superman’, this is a series Grant Morrison has been preparing to write for his entire career, and it shows…

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By Eddie Robson on 27 July 2006 Comments Off

Television is a great arena to communicate issues to a mass audience, so obviously when the BBC makes an issue-led drama, it makes sense to give it a high-profile slot, right?

By Eddie Robson on 27 July 2006 Comments Off

Wonder Woman is one of those characters whom nobody has ever really got right…

By Jim Smith on 26 July 2006 Comments Off

Sadly, Superman’s Return seems to have been eclipsed by the far-less-delayed reappearance of Captain Jack Sparrow…

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By Jim Smith on 21 July 2006 Comments Off

Comics’ oldest continually published title has a new, super-star creative team and by the look of this first issue, it’s going to be an outstanding run.

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 18 July 2006 Comments Off

It was always going to be difficult to live up to ‘The Parting of the Ways’, so people were expecting great things from the conclusion to the second season of Russell T Davies’ ‘Doctor Who’…

By Shiny Shelf on 18 July 2006 Comments Off

Belated Billie bye-bye.

By Stephen Lavington on 13 July 2006 Comments Off

‘Modern Toss’ is an occasional comic book, of the sort that seems at first glance to be designed for the Nathan Barleys of East London, all excessive swearing and low-fi design.

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By Eddie Robson on 13 July 2006 Comments Off

Although the concept of ‘Annually Retentive’ may well inspire suspicion – it wouldn’t be the first TV comedy to attempt to coast on a clever idea without actually being funny – it is very funny, as well as having cleverness beyond its initial concept…

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By Mark Clapham on 12 July 2006 Comments Off

As a sequel to the incredibly excessive ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’, the main achievement of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ is that it manages to make its predecessor seem relatively understated by comparison…

By Eddie Robson on 25 June 2006 Comments Off

It’s perhaps unfortunate that ‘Fear Her’ comes straight after ‘Love & Monsters’ in this season, because after an episode in the company of Elton, stuck on ‘the slow path’, what we could really do with is a big old cosmic epic…

By Eddie Robson on 25 June 2006 Comments Off

Traditionally, ‘Doctor Who’ has often managed to make a virtue of necessity…

By Mark Clapham on 24 June 2006 Comments Off

A thief, his sister, a monster, and a flying casino. Welcome to the world of Casanova Quinn…

By Mark Clapham on 17 June 2006 1 COMMENT

It’s a simple fact that Tove Jansson’s ‘Moomins’ stories are the greatest children’s stories ever written…

By Mark Clapham on 11 June 2006 Comments Off

To the Doctor, a devil.

By Mark Clapham on 03 June 2006 Comments Off

It’s the ultimate team-up in history: Mark Twain! Nikola Tesla! Some guy with one hand to make the title make sense!

By Eddie Robson on 27 May 2006 Comments Off

Mark Gatiss’ previous ‘Doctor Who’ episode, ‘The Unquiet Dead’, attracted some criticisms of playing to the gallery…

By Mark Clapham on 26 May 2006 Comments Off

A true evolution, or a load of old Ratners?

By Stephen Lavington on 26 May 2006 Comments Off

Music biopics are the ‘meh’ genre of films consisting, as they do, of a pretty regular formula of humble origins, emerging talent, the ups and downs of fame, a crisis of some sort and then either triumphant resolution or death…

By Stephen Lavington on 26 May 2006 Comments Off

Who remembers ‘Treasure Hunt’?

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By Jim Smith on 24 May 2006 Comments Off

Call me a heretic but, outside of ‘Year One’, Frank Miller’s Batman has never gelled for me. He is, in the writer’s own words, not a human being but ‘the god of vengeance’. He’s also ethically to the right of Nietzche.

By Eddie Robson on 17 May 2006 Comments Off

For once we’ve been able to peep at an advance copy of this week’s ‘Doctor Who’: however, you’ll find no spoilers here…

By Eddie Robson on 15 May 2006 Comments Off

Considering it’s one of the most shopworn sci-fi clichés in circulation, ‘Doctor Who’ has done surprisingly few alternative universe stories…

By Mark Clapham on 07 May 2006 Comments Off

Steven Moffat’s ‘The Empty Child’ was one of the highlights of last year’s series of ‘Doctor Who’: funny, scary, romantic and ingenious. With ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’, Moffat has done it again – this is as good as ‘Doctor Who’ gets…

By Jim Smith on 05 May 2006 Comments Off

It’s a confused and empty sentimental spectacle with a few good moments here and there but a central core of story that is muddle-headed and painful.

By Jim Smith on 03 May 2006 Comments Off

The fist issue of ‘Ion’ finds erstwhile ‘Green Lantern’ (that title now belongs to a 70s retro mass-murderer) Kyle Rayner both on his own and in his own book again.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 02 May 2006 Comments Off

The Doctor Who New Adventures were a series of novels published during the 1990s that bridged the gap between the old and new series of the television show. ‘School Reunion’ shows that the thinking behind those books was way ahead of its time…

By Eddie Robson on 02 May 2006 Comments Off

The lower overheads of producing DVDs are creating a world of joy for cineastes and TV-astes, as it becomes more viable for obscure material to get a commercial release…

By Mark Clapham on 30 April 2006 Comments Off

‘One Year Later’ brings new launch issues for ‘Checkmate’ and ‘Blue Beetle’…

By Jim Smith on 28 April 2006 Comments Off

‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ comes from a period where ‘Doctor Who’ was tired. Mired in formula, it was flagging badly and ended up reiterating the same plot week after week after week.

By Jim Smith on 28 April 2006 Comments Off

The plot of ‘Damnation’ is slim, obvious, and ultimately unimportant. What matters is (writer/director) Bela Tarr’s vision of life in 1980s Hungary and the skill with which he interests us in, and then scares us with, his world.


By Shiny Shelf on 28 April 2006 Comments Off

“What was ‘Hex’?” you may ask and the answer won’t surprise you even if you’ve never heard of it, as being surprising wasn’t really one of the things that ‘Hex’ was good at.

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By Jim Smith on 25 April 2006 Comments Off

There’s something inherently mid-to-late Nineteenth century about ‘Doctor Who’.

By Mark Clapham on 23 April 2006 Comments Off

The movie adaptation of Konami’s ‘Silent Hill’ games takes us into another plane of reality, an oddly glowing place where films based on videogames can actually be good…

By Stephen Lavington on 22 April 2006 Comments Off

‘King Kong’ came as a pleasant cinematic surprise in the run up to Christmas. However, much of the movie’s plus points are negated by its transition to small screen…

By Eddie Robson on 17 April 2006 Comments Off

For those of us who retained a keen interest in ‘Doctor Who’ when it was a fusty old dead thing, it’s still difficult to get used to it being something that comes and goes like any other TV programme…

By Eddie Robson on 17 April 2006 Comments Off

All credit to 2entertain for coming up with a more sensible selection of old-skool ‘Doctor Who’ to issue whilst the second run of shiny new episodes debuts…


By Shiny Shelf on 14 April 2006 Comments Off

With only one day to go to the new series of ‘Doctor Who’, time to reflect on how far the series has come in a year…

By Mark Clapham on 08 April 2006 Comments Off

In terms of the Marvel characters likely to get picked for a high profile, top talent relaunch, Moon Knight is in roughly the same stratum as Batroc the Leaper and Whistle Pig the Living Totem….

By Jim Smith on 30 March 2006 Comments Off

I’ve bought five comics with the ‘Fantastic Four’ in in my whole life. Four of them were by Grant Morrison and the fifth had art by Jim Mahfood.

By Mags L Halliday on 28 March 2006 Comments Off

Somewhere out in space, about 45 light years out, there’s a transmission. A signal amongst the cosmic noise…

By Mark Clapham on 26 March 2006 Comments Off

If this is heaven, then I choose hell.

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By Stephen Lavington on 19 March 2006 Comments Off

As documentary film-making, ‘Murderball’ is an instance of impeccable timing: a production structured with consummate skill also enjoys sublime luck in terms of the events befalling its protagonists…

By Jim Smith on 16 March 2006 Comments Off

A hugely clever and enjoyable spin-off from Joss Whedon’s splendid, but swiftly cancelled, SF Western TV show ‘Firefly’, the movie ‘Serenity’ succeeds in reuniting all of the regular cast and tying up plotlines from the series’ 15 episodes.

By Jim Smith on 16 March 2006 Comments Off

‘Green Arrow’ has been one of DC’s best, and most consistent, titles since its Kevin Smith-penned relaunch back in the dim and distant.

By Eddie Robson on 12 March 2006 Comments Off

Far be it from me to second-guess the opinion of somebody more notable than myself and employ that opinion for my own purposes, but if I was Ed Brubaker I don’t think I’d be overly impressed with the last few issues of ‘Catwoman’.

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By Jim Smith on 06 March 2006 Comments Off

Paul Levitz is a smart writer of comic books and, on this form, he’s been away from that game for far, far too long…