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Archive for 2009

By Eddie Robson on 22 December 2009 Comments Off

Orson Welles’ decline amid flashes of brilliance is an integral part of what makes his life story so compelling, albeit frustrating…

By Mark Clapham on 17 December 2009 Comments Off

Two great spin-offs from (relatively) recent high-profile runs on the ‘X-Men’ franchise…

By Mark Clapham on 08 December 2009 Comments Off

… Bolton Wanderers Nil.

By Mark Clapham on 28 November 2009 Comments Off

Self-published comics are a long game…

By Mark Clapham on 18 November 2009 Comments Off

A messy pulp.

By Mark Clapham on 15 November 2009 Comments Off

Full-blooded.

By Stephen Lavington on 12 November 2009 Comments Off

Future shockers.

By Mark Clapham on 09 November 2009 Comments Off

Crazy, like.

By Mark Clapham on 06 November 2009 Comments Off

Lipstick vigilantism.

By Mark Clapham on 05 November 2009 Comments Off

Or ‘Thursday Comics’, for readers in the UK.

By Mark Clapham on 04 November 2009 Comments Off

The write stuff?

By Mark Clapham on 03 November 2009 Comments Off

There’s a Criminal practice that takes up most of our – damn, I’ve already done that one.

By Mark Clapham on 24 October 2009 Comments Off

I have mixed feelings about Terry Gilliam. While I like a lot of his films, and love a couple of them, I can’t help feeling that he’s not quite the artistic martyr his fans make him out to be…

By Mags L Halliday on 21 October 2009 Comments Off

This ‘Emma’ isn’t clueless…

By Mark Clapham on 20 October 2009 Comments Off

If Britain has a great TV industry it is because of the BBC, not in spite of it.

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By Mark Clapham on 16 October 2009 Comments Off

Fun with Dick and Damian… oh, and Azrael too.

By Mark Clapham on 15 October 2009 Comments Off

“It’s the 90s, and it’s time for… horrible painted artwork!”

By Mark Clapham on 14 October 2009 Comments Off

Now that’s an uncomfortable title for a white bloke to type.

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By Mark Clapham on 13 October 2009 Comments Off

Just one more thing…

By Mark Clapham on 12 October 2009 Comments Off

From being pencilled by Bob Kane to being made into a game by Rocksteady: a birthday look at Batman both in the beginning and in 2009.

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By Mark Clapham on 09 October 2009 Comments Off

Someone much smarter than me (no heckling at the back) once pointed out the gap in knowledge that a lot of us have regarding the major events that occurred before our birth and through our early childhood, events we are too young to understand, and too re

By Mark Clapham on 08 October 2009 Comments Off

Animal magic.

By Mark Clapham on 07 October 2009 Comments Off

‘Lost’. In space.

By Mark Clapham on 06 October 2009 Comments Off

‘The Rainbow Orchid’ seemed, from the level of activity around the author’s table, to be one of the sleeper hits at this year’s British International Comics Show…

By Mark Clapham on 08 September 2009 Comments Off

Ten Little Preppies. (No spoilers.)

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By Mark Clapham on 07 August 2009 Comments Off

Play is the thing.

By Stephen Lavington on 05 August 2009 Comments Off

‘Taken’ is perhaps the most insidious, reactionary, vile action film of the last 20 years…

By Stephen Lavington on 03 August 2009 Comments Off

The middle of the end?

By Mark Clapham on 24 July 2009 Comments Off

Architecture and mortality.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 22 June 2009 Comments Off

With ‘Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen’, Bay has thrown realism out of the window in exchange for a fantasy adventure closer to ‘Men In Black’ than ‘Pearl Harbour’, and all for the better…

By Abigail Twitch on 11 June 2009 Comments Off

Nice with a slice.

By Finnisht Profeshunully on 04 June 2009 Comments Off

The ‘Terminator’ series has two prevailing themes. One of them is inevitability, how it is impossible to escape from destiny. Terminator: Salvation dramatises this in quite an unusual way, as a form of concept art…

By Stephen Lavington on 01 June 2009 Comments Off

An FBI agent heads a top-secret team dedicated to investigating the strange and the paranormal. Pretty good idea for a TV show – Chris Carter certainly thought so and it worked out for him.

By Mags L Halliday on 24 May 2009 Comments Off

You’ll have someone’s eye out with that…

By Bruce Kent on 20 May 2009 Comments Off

I love DC Comics…

By Mags L Halliday on 19 May 2009 Comments Off

I can’t seem to stop watching ‘Robin Hood’…

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2009 Comments Off

Our hero is a farmboy, raised in a desert by his Uncle. He meets an old comrade of his Father’s who tells him his Dad died a hero and that he should follow in his footsteps… sound familiar, at all?

By Stephen Lavington on 13 May 2009 Comments Off

The danger with satire is that it can swiftly become out of date…

By Jim Smith on 13 May 2009 Comments Off

Creating ‘Best of’ DVDs with running times of only three hours for two TV series that ran for 80 and 178 episodes respectively is going to be a thankless task, whichever way you cut it

By Lance Parkin on 10 May 2009 Comments Off

‘Star Trek’ is a franchise that, instinctively, ought to be strong and vibrant but which had ground to a halt.

By Jim Smith on 04 May 2009 Comments Off

Do I review this for the general audience that will, I suspect, flock to this dazzling, exciting blockbuster in droves or do I review it for my fellow long term ‘Star Trek’ fans?

By Jim Smith on 03 May 2009 Comments Off

With career-best art from Kevin O’Neill and a script that somehow evokes the atmosphere of a great twentieth century Marxist opera on a comic book page, ‘1910′ is nothing short of astonishing.

By Shiny Shelf on 03 May 2009 Comments Off

With four days to the new ‘Star Trek’ movie, we take a look at the first.

By Mark Clapham on 02 May 2009 Comments Off

Bub’ll squabble.

By Jim Smith on 01 May 2009 Comments Off

I’d like to say something new about ‘Star Trek II’, but I probably ‘’KHAAAAAAAAAAAN’T’’

By Lance Parkin on 19 April 2009 Comments Off

With time ticking away until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel (which we’ve actually seen, yeah, look impressed) we review all ten previous movies.

By Jim Smith on 05 April 2009 Comments Off

With time ticking away until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we look at all ten previous movies in reverse order.

By Jim Smith on 30 March 2009 Comments Off

With just weeks until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Mark Clapham on 29 March 2009 Comments Off

… they take up most of our time: recent UK TV crime series ‘Whitechapel’, ‘Moses Jones’, and ‘Red Riding’ hit DVD.

By Lance Parkin on 22 March 2009 Comments Off

With just weeks until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.