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  • Saga

    I have been reading comics for a long time.

  • Django Unchained

    ‘Django Unchained’ plays like a beautiful dirge.

    Django Unchained
  • Disney and Lucasfilm

    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 [...]

    Disney and Lucasfilm
  • Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde #1 & 2

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

    Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde #1 & 2
  • Star Trek: Titan: Fallen Gods

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

    Star Trek: Titan: Fallen Gods
  • Ted

    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.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

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

    The Dark Knight Rises
  • UK comics round-up: Nelson & The Scarifyers

    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 [...]

    UK comics round-up: Nelson & The Scarifyers
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    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…

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Beyond Watchmen

    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.

    Beyond Watchmen

The Night Before…

By Mark Clapham on 06 June 2012

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

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CLiNT #2.1

By Mark Clapham on 24 May 2012

‘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.

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Smallville #1

By Mark Clapham on 23 May 2012

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

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The Cabin in the Woods

By Alex Fitch on 13 April 2012

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.

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Shadow of the Sword

By Mark Clapham on 10 April 2012

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 [...]

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Just A Minute

By Mags L Halliday on 04 April 2012

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

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Watching the robot detective: Matt Wilson on Copernicus Jones and the Supervillain Handbook

By Mark Clapham on 02 April 2012

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.

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By Mark Clapham on 29 March 2012

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

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Archer: The Complete Season Two DVD

By Mark Clapham on 26 March 2012

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?

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The Walking Dead #2.11: Judge, Jury, Executioner

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 13 March 2012

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

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