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By Julio Angel Ortiz on 07 January 2013 Comments Off

I have been reading comics for a long time.

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 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 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 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 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 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 Mark Clapham on 22 December 2011 Comments Off

The New 52 hits UK newsagents with an anthology featuring Justice League, Action Comics and Green Lantern.

By Alex Fitch on 31 October 2011 Comments Off

I have to admit I was never the greatest fan of Tintin comics or the classic animated series, but even a casual knowledge of them makes it obvious this film does a disservice to both.

By Lance Parkin on 03 October 2011 2 COMMENTS

The relaunch of DC Comics’ entire line as ‘The New 52’ has generated sales, it’s generated discussion, and put DC firmly in the spotlight. One of the big talking points, though, has been that something has gone very wrong with its depiction of women.
It didn’t help DC’s case that they launched two books in the [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 23 September 2011 1 COMMENT

The future has arrived. And it spells doom for the remnants of our favourite band of mutants.
‘Ultimate Comics: X-Men’ #1 is the latest series in the relaunching of the Ultimate Comics universe, and in the aftermath of the events of ‘Ultimatum’ and ‘Ultimate Fallout’, this is a very dangerous backdrop for mutantkind.
Due to Magneto’s attack [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 16 September 2011 Comments Off

You know, as a comic book fan, this is one of the most exciting times  to ever strike the industry.
No matter what side of the fence you fall on – whether Marvel, DC, or indie – there’s plenty of stuff to enjoy right now.
DC has relaunched their entire brand, Marvel is relaunching their Ultimate Comics [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 12 September 2011 1 COMMENT

‘Ultimate Comics: Captain America’ is a story distinctly shaped by the politics and sentiment of a post-9/11 America.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 09 September 2011 1 COMMENT

At long last, ‘Action Comics’ #1 is here. Which is something, considering the last time that legitimately could be said was in 1938.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 05 September 2011 1 COMMENT

It has been a rough few years for Marvel’s Ultimate Comics range.

By Bruce Kent on 02 September 2011 Comments Off

‘Justice League’ #1 comes across like the prologue of a novelization of a terrible, terrible movie.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 01 September 2011 1 COMMENT

As a first issue for the new DC universe, ‘Justice League’ #1 is unexpectedly understated.

By Alex Fitch on 24 August 2011 1 COMMENT

A reasonable compromise between the simplistic entertainment of Batman video games, the pop art spectacle of the 1960s TV show and Nolan’s more adult approach.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 22 August 2011 1 COMMENT

Kirkman and Liefeld. It’s an indie comic dream come true.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 18 August 2011 1 COMMENT

I have been catching up on my comic book reading. And by ‘catching up’ I mean that I’m finally getting around to reading some comics that I’ve had my eye on for a while but for whatever reason (work, kids, time, zombie apocalypse) haven’t had a chance to get to.
I used to love the Ultimate [...]

By Mark Clapham on 21 July 2011 2 COMMENTS

Is the status quo of an unmarried Clark and Lois in the DC reboot all that it seems?

By Mark Clapham on 07 July 2011 Comments Off

‘Knight of Vengeance’ is very good work, a beautifully assembled comic that just happened to leave me cold.

By Mark Clapham on 28 June 2011 Comments Off

Green Lantern is a briskly entertaining and enjoyably broad superhero flick that doesn’t seem to know quite which audience it’s aiming for.

By Mark Clapham on 03 June 2011 Comments Off

Following on from INJ Culbard’s excellent graphic adaptation of Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’, SelfMadeHero return to Lovecraft’s work with a selection of seven of his most famous tales, adapted by an excellent line-up of creators.
The stories adapted in this first volume (a second is promised) are those which laid the groundwork for Lovecraft’s [...]

By Mark Clapham on 26 April 2011 Comments Off

Great Odin’s Raven! Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Thor’ is remarkably uncompromised.

By Jim Smith on 19 April 2011 Comments Off

The first issue of the Marvel revival of Mark Waid’s much-missed Eisner winning detective series features sharp dialogue, nice art and easily understandable characters

By Mark Clapham on 29 March 2011 Comments Off

I’ve always had a great fondness for Clive Barker. He’s the same age as my mother, a bit of trivia which always made him seem like the super-cool gay uncle I never had. His work has always sat somewhere between horror and fantasy, while being more humane and creative than 99% of the output in [...]

By Eddie Robson on 22 March 2011 Comments Off

Jarringly, it’s nearly eight years since I posted a breathlessly enthusiastic review of Vertigo’s Human Target on this site. I’ve just been revisiting the series for an upcoming encyclopaedia of comics from Salem Press: it also happens to be coming out again in a new set of trade paperbacks. When I wrote that review I [...]

By Eddie Robson on 09 March 2011 Comments Off

Asterisk introduces Obelisk to his girlfriend.

By Lance Parkin on 21 February 2011 Comments Off

Six months ago, I reviewed ‘Superman’ #700, which had the prologue for Grounded, the new story in which Superman decided he needed to connect with ordinary people and so began to walk from the East Coast of America to the West. I quite liked it.

By Eddie Robson on 16 February 2011 1 COMMENT

Obelisk ponders Asterisk’s inevitable obsoletion.

By Matthew Badham on 18 January 2011 Comments Off

This collection falls into that well ploughed furrow of English language comics on both sides of the pond that can be classified as auto-bio.

By Matthew Badham on 14 January 2011 Comments Off

This collected volume of Eddie Campbell books from Top Shelf features comic strips from the eighties, nineties and the noughties (Is that what that latter decade is called?) And it is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

By Mark Clapham on 01 December 2010 Comments Off

Alan Rinzler, Hunter S. Thompson’s sometime editor, writes a foreword to this book that asks why Thompson isn’t taken more seriously, why the drugs and excesses of his life have overshadowed his achievements as a writer and journalist?
Rinzler’s foreword never directly refers to the content of writer Will Bingley and artist Anthony Hope-Smith’s graphic biography [...]

By Mark Clapham on 19 November 2010 Comments Off

Lovecraft’s ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ gets a classy graphic novel adaptation from writer/artist INJ Culbard.

By Mark Clapham on 01 November 2010 2 COMMENTS

‘DC Universe Presents’ is the latest UK title to reprint US comics for the UK newsstand, and with one great story and two quite good ones it represents very good value for your three quid.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 28 October 2010 Comments Off

‘The Peanuts Collection’ is a wonderfully packaged volume that is a must-have for ‘Peanuts’ fans.

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By Mark Clapham on 23 September 2010 Comments Off

I think the rise and fall of the WildStorm Universe titles (cancelled as of December 2010) tells us something about the role that novelty, rebellion and that nebulous, ‘Wizard’ magazine-backed idea of ‘Hotness’ plays in the comics industry.

By Jim Smith on 10 September 2010 Comments Off

Let me be clear from the off, this is a very high quality comic. It’s very well written and exceptionally well drawn.

By Matthew Badham on 09 September 2010 2 COMMENTS

Comics would be in a healthier state if more fans took a chance on something new. If you agree, then you could do worse than pick up ‘Elephantmen’…

By Mark Clapham on 04 September 2010 Comments Off

Comics love arbitrary numbering milestones, and if there’s one advantage of a weekly publication schedule it’s that those big numbers roll around four times as fast as they do for US monthlies.

By Jim Smith on 09 August 2010 1 COMMENT

The renaissance in both the quality and the number of war comics which have been available in recent years owes a great deal to the work of Garth Ennis, who has almost single handedly revived the genre.

By Stephen Lavington on 22 July 2010 Comments Off

Yes, fine, it’s not actually about Iron Man, who doesn’t personally appear within its pages, but then ‘Invincible Mandarin Annual’ just sounds a bit silly.

By Jim Smith on 20 July 2010 2 COMMENTS

The first real consequence of Marvel’s acquisition of the Marvelman character (assuming that the death of The Sentry, a Marvelman like character if ever there was one, doesn’t count) is the first issue of this six issue series reprinting stories from the 1950s.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 09 July 2010 Comments Off

The roots for ‘COA’s’ story are admirable: the Orwellian nightmare of ‘1984′ and the Kurt Vonnegut short story ‘Harrison Bergeron’. The problem here is the execution.

By Bruce Kent on 06 July 2010 5 COMMENTS

The iPad makes e-comics a more viable proposition, but print comics aren’t dead just yet.

By Mark Clapham on 05 July 2010 Comments Off

A few weeks old this one, but worth a mention now you can read the whole first issue for free online. It’s a new series from writer David Hine, who is doing a lot of DC stuff lately, and artist Shaky Kane, who has a bit of a cult following.
‘The Bulletproof Coffin’ is a remarkable [...]