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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 [...]

By Jim Smith on 02 July 2010 Comments Off

‘Detective Comics’ #866 marks the return of Denny O’Neil to Batman comics, and it’s cracking stuff.

By Lance Parkin on 01 July 2010 Comments Off

‘Superman’ #700 marks the launch of a new direction for Superman, under the aegis of J. Michael Straczynski, who’s kept himself busy, but is probably still best known as the creator of Babylon 5.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

By Scott Harrison on 18 May 2010 Comments Off

It seems to be an unwritten rule in Hollywood that the second film in a major motion picture franchise has to be the darker, more introspective entry.

By Mark Clapham on 14 May 2010 1 COMMENT

‘King Tut’s Tomb’ collects three issues of ‘Batman: Confidential’, smartly re-inventing a villain from the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV show as a far more serious threat in a story well-served by the gorgeous pencils of José Luis García-López.

By Mark Clapham on 13 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Written by the highly respected Jason Aaron and drawn by superstar artist Adam Kubert, ‘Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine’ is a fun, frothy stand-alone adventure for Marvel’s two most popular heroes.

By Timothy Waastermann on 10 May 2010 1 COMMENT

It shouldn’t really be possible to make something as universal as stick figures your trademark, but I’ve been reading Randall Munroe’s ‘xkcd’ for so long that when I see someone else doing stick figures, I now automatically consider them to be pastiching ‘xkcd’.

By Steffan Alun on 07 May 2010 1 COMMENT

If Grant Morrison’s introduction is to be believed, the comics chosen for DC’s ‘The Black Casebook’ – a collection of Batman issues from the 50s and 60s which influenced Morrison’s run – are generally unpopular among Batman fans, owing to their supernatural and sci-fi content.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 05 May 2010 1 COMMENT

‘First Wave’ features a curious mash-up of DC heroes (including a gun-toting Batman) and pulp characters (Doc Savage), as well as throwing in the Spirit for good measure. The first issue is passable, but not terribly exciting.

By Mark Clapham on 28 April 2010 1 COMMENT

‘Turf’ may be written by Jonathan Ross, but it breaks new territory for celebrity written comics with a thoughtful approach to its vampires vs gangsters vs aliens high concept.

By Mags L Halliday on 27 April 2010 1 COMMENT

One of the big drawbacks of being an indie/small press comics fan is that you find yourself reading a lot of autobiographical stuff.
In itself, that’s not a problem – it’s pretty much par for the course. The problem arises when you read a lot of it en masse. You start to notice that quite a [...]

By Timothy Waastermann on 26 April 2010 1 COMMENT

You’ve doubtless heard of ‘Penny Arcade’, and may well know the basics: videogame based webcomic by Jerry Holkins (writer, aka Tycho) and Mike Krahulik (artist, aka Gabe); undoubtedly the most successful webstrip in the short history of the medium; vast empire of spin-off projects including a game, a convention and a charity; creators currently riding high on the ‘Time’ most influential people list.

By Eddie Robson on 19 April 2010 2 COMMENTS

I lately dumped a pile of weak ‘Catwoman’ comics (everything post-Brubaker – and I was tempted to get shot of the ones with the terrible Paul Gulacy art, too) at the Notting Hill music/DVD/book/comic/clothing exchange. I love that place for two reasons: one, they promise to take anything off your hands, even if it’s just [...]

By Stephen Lavington on 19 April 2010 1 COMMENT

I really loved the Great Ten – a Chinese super-team with an outlook pointedly different from Western groupings like the JLA – from the moment they first appeared in the pages of ‘52′. Their mini-series has been anything but disappointing.

By Timothy Waastermann on 19 April 2010 1 COMMENT

I’m not sure whether Kevin Church is the first person to treat writing webcomics as a career where you can work in a number of different genres with different talent at once, rather than grabbing an over-arching brand name for your gag strip, seizing the URL and then hammering any idea you have into your [...]

By Timothy Waastermann on 12 April 2010 1 COMMENT

If you like comics, and want to use your iPod’s earphones as an innocuous way of frittering away the many, tedious hours of the working day, you could do a lot worse than investigate the archives of the Word Balloon podcast.

By Mark Clapham on 18 March 2010 1 COMMENT

‘Green Arrow’ crosses over with ‘Blackest Night’, in a competently written, beautifully drawn issue. There’s a lot of talent at work here, but is it put to good use in an issue full of sex, violence and hardcore… continuity?

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 16 March 2010 1 COMMENT

Remember when you were a kid, and you thought that growing up would be great because you could buy all the candy that you wanted? And that you absolutely would, without fail, do exactly just that, because how can too much sweetness be bad for you? Then you grow up and you realize that you weren’t so keen on eating all of that candy after all?

Yeah. ‘Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds’ is like that.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 10 January 2010 Comments Off

Julio chats to writer Geoffrey Thorne about writing, the pitfalls of indie publishing and his new comic series ‘Prodigal’.

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 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 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 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 08 October 2009 Comments Off

Animal magic.

By Mark Clapham on 24 July 2009 Comments Off

Architecture and mortality.

By Bruce Kent on 20 May 2009 Comments Off

I love DC Comics…

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 Mark Clapham on 20 March 2009 Comments Off

Angel delight.

By Mark Clapham on 08 March 2009 Comments Off

Kirby your enthusiasm.

By Mark Clapham on 01 March 2009 Comments Off

The status of ‘2000AD’ on Betelgeuse may justify Tharg’s bragging, but its sales figures here on Earth don’t.

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By Lance Parkin on 01 February 2009 Comments Off

‘Final Crisis’ is more like the Elgin marbles than it is like a traditional comic book…

By Mark Clapham on 25 January 2009 Comments Off

It’s musical team rosters as ‘Dark Reign’ really gets underway in ‘Dark Avengers’ #1, ‘Thunderbolts’ #128 and ‘Mighty Avengers’ #21…

By Mark Clapham on 22 January 2009 Comments Off

Not about racist jam, thankfully.