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Archive for June, 2010

By Shiny Shelf on 29 June 2010 11 COMMENTS

So, ‘The Big Bang’ went off and there’s no more ‘Doctor Who’ until Christmas. Luckily, we’re here with a recommendation list of ten old ‘Who’ stories (well, not exactly ten, but we’ll get to that later) that are worth watching to help the next six months pass a bit quicker.

By Mark Clapham on 28 June 2010 Comments Off

Superhero team books are a big part of Marvel and DC’s publishing schedules, but does their style of storytelling stand up when taken out of the weekly churn of periodical publishing?

By Mags L Halliday on 25 June 2010 Comments Off

BBC4’s fatherhood season includes one of the channel’s drama biopics, this time on John Lennon.

By Jonn Elledge on 24 June 2010 2 COMMENTS

‘Doctor Who’ the series, like Doctor Who the character, has a tricky habit of regenerating, with producers and other creative types moving on. The current season, which ends this Saturday, marks the first time the show has made that transition since its 2005 relaunch – and even by the standards of such jumps this was a risky one.

By Shiny Shelf on 23 June 2010 19 COMMENTS

We’d like you to vote for pre-2005 ‘Doctor Who’ stories worth catching up with in the long gap between the end of this season and Christmas. Details inside!

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By Stephen Lavington on 22 June 2010 Comments Off

‘Sons of Anarchy’ takes a bold step in solving the perennial puzzle of how to create high stakes drama where power-plays can lead to life or death in the heavily regulated and policed, relatively safe setting of contemporary America.
The majority of shows faced with this problem take the obvious approach and choose their characters from [...]

By Jim Smith on 21 June 2010 1 COMMENT

Paul Levitz’s first issue of ‘Adventure Comics’ invokes the Silver Age and has a charm, directness and clarity that most DCU books simply don’t.

By Jim Smith on 18 June 2010 1 COMMENT

Sherlock Holmes’ fame and appeal began because of, and fundamentally remains sustained by, the popularity and readability of the stories written by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

By Eddie Robson on 17 June 2010 2 COMMENTS

Something different this Thursday – our first webcomic. Younger Looking Flesh was written by Eddie Robson and drawn by Ant Mercer, both of the Lancaster creative mafia.
There’s not a huge amount to say about the creative process. It’s about zombies and it’s only two pages long. Just read it. Click here.

By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 15 June 2010 3 COMMENTS

‘Painkiller Jane’. Insert your own pain-related pun here.

By Mark Clapham on 14 June 2010 Comments Off

Writer Paul Levitz revisits the future of ‘Batman Beyond’ in a story that, in spite of being set in a dystopia, provides an upbeat and refreshing alternative to most of DC’s current books.

By Timothy Waastermann on 14 June 2010 1 COMMENT

Let’s face facts. There are a lot of TV shows and films where the best bit is the title sequence.

By Mags L Halliday on 11 June 2010 Comments Off

Scotland Yard DCI Harker is on a break in Whitby when a mystery novelist, Agatha Fletcher, is murdered at his hotel. Reluctantly, he calls in Critchley, his DS, to solve the murder…

By Stephen Lavington on 10 June 2010 4 COMMENTS

‘Pulse’ delivers high-quality genre stuff, though exactly which genre is hard to pin down. It’s a medical drama that’s also a dark conspiracy thriller that’s also a chilling supernatural horror show that also dabbles in great gouts of Grand Guignol.

By Mark Clapham on 08 June 2010 Comments Off

Introducing John Hannah at this year’s BAFTA awards, Graham Norton described ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ as being like ‘Gladiator’ without Russell Crowe: “Better.”

By Mark Clapham on 07 June 2010 Comments Off

The Fantastic Four have been waiting for a writer like Jonathan Hickman.
While various approaches have been taken in recent years to Marvel’s ‘first family’, often emphasising the ‘family’ angle while torn between retro, silver age callbacks to the Lee/Kirby originals and current comic book fashions, none of these variations have really stuck.
Most spent far too [...]

By Timothy Waastermann on 07 June 2010 Comments Off

In another moment of scheduling genius, ‘The Loneliest Astronauts’ is the second web-strip offering a twist on the ‘mismatched roommates’ concept I’ve recommended in a fortnight.
Steve and Dan are survivors of a lost space exploration mission, stranded on an alien planet with, seemingly, plenty of supplies but no-one to talk to about each other. Which [...]

By Alex Fitch on 04 June 2010 Comments Off

Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Killer Inside Me’ is too well made to be dismissed as a ‘bad film’, but it is morally repugnant.

By Mags L Halliday on 03 June 2010 Comments Off

That was, well, surprisingly good. There’s no reason an adaptation of a Terry Pratchett novel shouldn’t be good, of course, but experience had turned me pessimistic.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 02 June 2010 Comments Off

It’s easy to be cynical about the finale to ‘Lost’.

By Mags L Halliday on 01 June 2010 Comments Off

‘The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’ is one of the best anime series to get an English language release, and the first series has just been re-released as a single Anime Legends box set.

By Timothy Waastermann on 01 June 2010 Comments Off

Bernie Hou’s entirely unofficial webcomic ‘Alien Loves Predator’ is the best use of the two monsters in many years.