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 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 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 05 November 2009 Comments Off

Or ‘Thursday Comics’, for readers in the UK.

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 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 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…

By Lance Parkin on 27 February 2006 Comments Off

Alan Moore did what almost no British comic creator had done before, and what almost every British comic creator would do from that point, and started working for American comics companies.

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 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 Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

Some ideas are as good or as bad as the execution. So much of ‘New Frontier’ sounds terrible in abstract – but in the hands of writer/artist/genius Darwyn Cooke, this may well be the superhero series of the year…

By Jim Smith on 09 September 2003 Comments Off

Reaching as it does the dizzying heights of ‘almost readable’ and ‘bearably mediocre’ this is by far and away the best issue of Ben Raab’s disgracefully merit free run on ‘Green Lantern’.

By Jim Smith on 16 May 2003 Comments Off

The main problem with ‘Black Circle: Urban Knights’ is that, from a writing point of view, it has no merit at all. Zip. Nada. None whatsoever.

By Mark Clapham on 19 November 2002 Comments Off

‘Green Lantern’ has a long history of being a socially conscious comic…