Shiny Shelf
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 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 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 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 Mark Clapham on 08 December 2009 Comments Off

… Bolton Wanderers Nil.

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 22 December 2005 Comments Off

‘Infinite Crisis’ #3 is another confused and confusing issue of the potboiling mini-series.

By Jim Smith on 24 November 2005 Comments Off

I was, I’ll admit it, really quite moved by the final page of ‘Infinite Crisis’ #1 the appearance of Kal-L, the Golden Age Superman, the first, best, character in super hero comics and the progenitor of the whole of this medium’s primary genre.

By Lance Parkin on 16 October 2005 Comments Off

After months and months of the set up burbling away in the background, much of it rather humdrum and offputting, the first actual issue of Infinite Crisis is here.

I like it.

By Jim Smith on 19 April 2005 Comments Off

If yellow is the colour of fear in the spectrum of emotion… what are puce, aquamarine, indigo and lavender?

By Jim Smith on 04 January 2005 Comments Off

The most ungainly retcon in history sits at the heart of this wibbling mess of an issue and the cliffhanger ending is probably the worst I’ve ever read.

By Jim Smith on 30 November 2004 Comments Off

It’s quite hard for me to express just how bad, and just how fundamentally wrong headed, ‘Green Lantern: Rebirth’ # 1 is.

By Jim Smith on 30 November 2004 Comments Off

Mean spirited retro-grade trash, written to a shopping list….

By Jim Smith on 26 November 2004 Comments Off

My name’s Wally West, I’m The Flash, the fastest man alive…

By Mark Clapham on 06 July 2003 Comments Off

Previously on ‘Doctor Fate’…

By Jim Smith on 10 June 2003 Comments Off

I will confess to a sick love for the character of Hawkman. Not the pure, ‘Conan with Wings’ kick-ass Hawkman either. No. I like Hawkman because he’s a mess: because of, not in spite of, the horror of his continuity and backstory…

By Jim Smith on 25 March 2003 Comments Off

Scott Kolins’ run on ‘The Flash’ comes to an end with #200, and as he’s taken a mere two issues off since his debut back in #170 his absence from this issue…

By Andrew Plummer on 07 March 2003 Comments Off

This title had been in the grip of Kurt Busiek ever since the ‘Heroes Return’ event…

By Jim Smith on 15 February 2003 Comments Off

I like the art, I like the characters, and I think the cliffhanger is exceptional. I’m not keen on the cover, but not for the first time in recent months I find myself troubled by the ethical and social implications of a superhero comic.