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Archive for 2012

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 31 October 2012 Comments Off

The merger between The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm will come as a shock to many, but really it shouldn’t. With the announcement in June 2012 that Kathleen Kennedy was taking over as Chairman of the company, with George stepping back, it was clear that he was making plans to hand Star Wars off to [...]

By Mark Clapham on 22 August 2012 Comments Off

Well, if nothing else ‘Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde’ can’t be accused of decompressed storytelling.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 13 August 2012 Comments Off

After almost two years, the latest ‘Star Trek: Titan’ novel is out.


By Alex Fitch on 01 August 2012 Comments Off

Fun, but over familiar; if you’re bored of the Olympics and have seen The Dark Knight Rises, ‘Ted’ is a reasonable way to spend a couple of hours in an air conditioned room.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 30 July 2012 Comments Off

So, we have, at last long last, the finale to the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy.

By Mark Clapham on 03 July 2012 Comments Off

Here’s a couple of recent British comics that are worth a look. I don’t know whether I can justify a round-up more succinctly than that, so only pausing to highlight the disclaimer at the bottom of this review, let’s get on with it:
‘Nelson’, edited by Rob Davis (the SelfMadeHero adaptation of ‘Don Quixote’, some great [...]

By Alex Fitch on 21 June 2012 Comments Off

Slickly made, the film is captivating in its set pieces which utilise 3D post-production well, including a duel between Abe and a vampire in the midst of a horse stampede and recreations of battles during the civil war…

By Lance Parkin on 07 June 2012 3 COMMENTS

When DC Entertainment confirmed rumours first reported on the Bleeding Cool comics news site that they were indeed going ahead with a ‘Watchmen’ follow-up, the fan reaction was predictably negative.

By Mark Clapham on 06 June 2012 Comments Off

The first issue of the first series of DC’s sprawling ‘Watchmen’ prequel, ‘Before Watchmen’, comes out tomorrow in the UK.

By Mark Clapham on 24 May 2012 Comments Off

‘CLiNT’ #2.1 is a relaunch of Mark Millar’s UK newstand comics magazine, the first volume of which had a first issue so embarrassing I couldn’t bring myself to buy it, even for review.

By Mark Clapham on 23 May 2012 Comments Off

… or, to give it the full title on the inside of the book, ‘Smallville: Season 11′ #1.

By Alex Fitch on 13 April 2012 1 COMMENT

An enormously entertaining horror comedy; ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ updates the fantasy horror genre as seen in films like the Evil Dead trilogy for knowing modern audiences.

By Mark Clapham on 10 April 2012 Comments Off

Seeing a vast array of co-production funders at the start of a film suggests, to me at least, one of two things:
Firstly, that this is some serious art piece where filmmakers of real passion have hustled money from all over, inspiring support with their great idea.
… OR …
… it’s some big tax write-off.
‘Shadow [...]

By Mags L Halliday on 04 April 2012 Comments Off

This new TV version of an old radio programme shows that simplicity can really work.

By Mark Clapham on 02 April 2012 Comments Off

We talk to Matt Wilson, writer of Copernicus Jones and co-presenter of the War Rocket Ajax podcast about robot noir, Doctor Doom and his new book, The Supervillain Handbook.

By Mark Clapham on 29 March 2012 Comments Off

‘Alcatraz’is perhaps the archetypal post-’Lost’ TV series.

By Mark Clapham on 26 March 2012 Comments Off

What if James Bond was a self-involved jerk?

OK, forget that: what if James Bond was an even bigger self-involved jerk than he is already?

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 13 March 2012 Comments Off

‘Judge, Jury, Executioner’ is a compelling hour of television that falters under Rick’s continued half-hearted character arc.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 09 March 2012 Comments Off

‘18 Miles Out’ is a taut drama that allows some long-simmering tensions to bubble to the surface at last.

By Eddie Robson on 05 March 2012 1 COMMENT

The most Yorkshire-accented thing ever made for American television comes to DVD and Blu-ray.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 05 March 2012 Comments Off

‘Conviction’, written by ‘Star Wars’ veteran novelist Aaron Allston, is the seventh in the nine-book ‘Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi’ series.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 01 March 2012 Comments Off

Thankfully, ‘Triggerfinger’ wraps up the ‘what-happened-to-Lori’ arc, for those of you keeping score at home.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 27 February 2012 Comments Off

The inaugural issue to the new era for ‘Star Wars’ brought to us by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 23 February 2012 Comments Off

‘The Rings of Time’ is one of the latest entries in the ‘Star Trek’ original series novel range, written by veteran author Greg Cox.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 21 February 2012 Comments Off

‘Nebraska’ kicks off the mid-season of series 2 of ‘The Walking Dead’.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 08 February 2012 1 COMMENT

This new series is brought to us from the same team responsible for the ‘Star Wars: Legacy’ comic book series, John Ostrander (writer) and Jan Duursema (artist).

By Eddie Robson on 24 January 2012 Comments Off

In the run-up to the Oscars, here’s a short comic strip (five pages, a tea-break read) about the perils of accepting accolades you don’t deserve. Script by Eddie Robson (who writes for Shiny Shelf, when he gets the chance, and is building a website here), artwork by Marc Robinson (more about him here).
Start reading here [...]

By Mags L Halliday on 23 January 2012 Comments Off

Todd Haynes’ latest love letter to Sirkian Hollywood melodrama, ‘Mildred Pierce’, suggests melodrama should get a restraining order.

By Jonn Elledge on 12 January 2012 Comments Off

Despite what Disney cartoons and breakfast cereals may have taught us, animals cannot talk.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 04 January 2012 1 COMMENT

‘Ghost Protocol’ makes no bones about where it stands: it is an action movie through and through.