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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 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 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 22 December 2011 Comments Off

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Mark Clapham on 21 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Under the Red Hood’ manages the surprising feat of taking a comic book story mired in sprawling continuity and turning it into a highly enjoyable, accessible action thriller.

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 Mark Clapham on 23 July 2010 Comments Off

Now into its ninth and penultimate season, belated showing on E4 in the UK, ‘Smallville’ is definitely not fresh produce.

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 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 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 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 Mark Clapham on 22 April 2010 1 COMMENT

The latest animated incarnation of Batman has been running in the States for a while and is, I believe, shown in the UK at an hour in the morning that I refuse to acknowledge the existence of. Thankfully, it’s being very slowly released on DVD, four episodes at a time.
With ‘The Dark Knight’ providing a [...]

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 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 16 October 2009 Comments Off

Fun with Dick and Damian… oh, and Azrael too.

By Mark Clapham on 12 July 2008 Comments Off

A review of this week’s ‘Batman: Gotham Knight’, and a bit about ‘New Frontier’ and ‘Superman: Doomsday’ while we’re at it…

By Mark Clapham on 22 September 2007 Comments Off

Ignore the ‘C’ word, this is actually good…

By Mark Clapham on 12 December 2006 Comments Off

Tim Burton’s sequel to ‘Batman’ is riddled with perverse decision making – not only is it a big summer movie set at Christmas, but it’s also loaded with bleak moments of humorous violence and fetishistic relationships…

By Mark Clapham on 08 December 2006 Comments Off

Just in case you thought this advent calendar business was all going to be dewy eyed nostalgia about the movies we used to watch on TV when we were still young… here’s something new.

By Jim Smith on 21 October 2006 Comments Off

Grant Morrison’s take on one of Image’s most recognisable properties crossbreeds the two most notable previous ‘eras’ of the book to incendiary effect.

By Jim Smith on 21 October 2006 Comments Off

Well, I never expected that.

By Mark Clapham on 30 August 2006 Comments Off

It’s that time of decade again – DC’s premier super team needs a conceptual spring clean and relaunch…

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By Mark Clapham on 27 July 2006 Comments Off

Like ‘All-Star Superman’, this is a series Grant Morrison has been preparing to write for his entire career, and it shows…

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By Eddie Robson on 27 July 2006 Comments Off

Wonder Woman is one of those characters whom nobody has ever really got right…

By Jim Smith on 26 July 2006 Comments Off

Sadly, Superman’s Return seems to have been eclipsed by the far-less-delayed reappearance of Captain Jack Sparrow…

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By Jim Smith on 21 July 2006 Comments Off

Comics’ oldest continually published title has a new, super-star creative team and by the look of this first issue, it’s going to be an outstanding run.

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By Jim Smith on 24 May 2006 Comments Off

Call me a heretic but, outside of ‘Year One’, Frank Miller’s Batman has never gelled for me. He is, in the writer’s own words, not a human being but ‘the god of vengeance’. He’s also ethically to the right of Nietzche.

By Jim Smith on 05 May 2006 Comments Off

It’s a confused and empty sentimental spectacle with a few good moments here and there but a central core of story that is muddle-headed and painful.

By Jim Smith on 03 May 2006 Comments Off

The fist issue of ‘Ion’ finds erstwhile ‘Green Lantern’ (that title now belongs to a 70s retro mass-murderer) Kyle Rayner both on his own and in his own book again.

By Mark Clapham on 30 April 2006 Comments Off

‘One Year Later’ brings new launch issues for ‘Checkmate’ and ‘Blue Beetle’…

By Jim Smith on 16 March 2006 Comments Off

‘Green Arrow’ has been one of DC’s best, and most consistent, titles since its Kevin Smith-penned relaunch back in the dim and distant.

By Eddie Robson on 12 March 2006 Comments Off

Far be it from me to second-guess the opinion of somebody more notable than myself and employ that opinion for my own purposes, but if I was Ed Brubaker I don’t think I’d be overly impressed with the last few issues of ‘Catwoman’.

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By Jim Smith on 06 March 2006 Comments Off

Paul Levitz is a smart writer of comic books and, on this form, he’s been away from that game for far, far too long…