Shiny Shelf
By Julio Angel Ortiz on 23 September 2011 1 COMMENT

The future has arrived. And it spells doom for the remnants of our favourite band of mutants.
‘Ultimate Comics: X-Men’ #1 is the latest series in the relaunching of the Ultimate Comics universe, and in the aftermath of the events of ‘Ultimatum’ and ‘Ultimate Fallout’, this is a very dangerous backdrop for mutantkind.
Due to Magneto’s attack [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 16 September 2011 Comments Off

You know, as a comic book fan, this is one of the most exciting times  to ever strike the industry.
No matter what side of the fence you fall on – whether Marvel, DC, or indie – there’s plenty of stuff to enjoy right now.
DC has relaunched their entire brand, Marvel is relaunching their Ultimate Comics [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 12 September 2011 1 COMMENT

‘Ultimate Comics: Captain America’ is a story distinctly shaped by the politics and sentiment of a post-9/11 America.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 05 September 2011 1 COMMENT

It has been a rough few years for Marvel’s Ultimate Comics range.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 18 August 2011 1 COMMENT

I have been catching up on my comic book reading. And by ‘catching up’ I mean that I’m finally getting around to reading some comics that I’ve had my eye on for a while but for whatever reason (work, kids, time, zombie apocalypse) haven’t had a chance to get to.
I used to love the Ultimate [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 02 August 2011 1 COMMENT

‘Captain America’ is a fun action ride that doesn’t try to put on airs.

By Mark Clapham on 26 April 2011 Comments Off

Great Odin’s Raven! Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Thor’ is remarkably uncompromised.

By Jim Smith on 19 April 2011 Comments Off

The first issue of the Marvel revival of Mark Waid’s much-missed Eisner winning detective series features sharp dialogue, nice art and easily understandable characters

By Shiny Shelf on 27 December 2010 Comments Off

Like Scrooge, we’re a bit at sea about what the future holds for our favourite kinds of nonsense.

By Jim Smith on 10 September 2010 Comments Off

Let me be clear from the off, this is a very high quality comic. It’s very well written and exceptionally well drawn.

By Stephen Lavington on 22 July 2010 Comments Off

Yes, fine, it’s not actually about Iron Man, who doesn’t personally appear within its pages, but then ‘Invincible Mandarin Annual’ just sounds a bit silly.

By Jim Smith on 20 July 2010 2 COMMENTS

The first real consequence of Marvel’s acquisition of the Marvelman character (assuming that the death of The Sentry, a Marvelman like character if ever there was one, doesn’t count) is the first issue of this six issue series reprinting stories from the 1950s.

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 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 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 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 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 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 02 May 2009 Comments Off

Bub’ll squabble.

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 Shiny Shelf on 25 January 2009 Comments Off

Support the flailing economy: buy more DVDs! This time: ‘Incredible Hulk’, ‘Pushing Daisies’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’…

By Mark Clapham on 24 December 2008 Comments Off


By Mark Clapham on 06 December 2008 Comments Off

‘Secret Invasion’ is over, and ‘Dark Reign’ is here. (Really, really don’t read this if you haven’t read ‘Secret Invasion’ #8.)

By Jim Smith on 13 June 2008 Comments Off

A short movie that nonetheless seems a trifle long ‘The Incredible Hulk’ is utterly, almost desperately, okay.

By Jim Smith on 01 January 2008 Comments Off

I’ve been a big fan of JMS’ ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ since it began and one of the things I liked, no loved, about it was his portrayal of the real and enduring love between Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane.

By Jim Smith on 21 September 2007 Comments Off

Check it out dude, it’s the Mighty Thor.

By Eddie Robson on 16 June 2007 Comments Off

I have to admit that I didn’t see the first ‘Fantastic Four’ movie, mainly because when I saw the trailer it looked like the most generic superhero film ever…

By Jim Smith on 18 May 2007 Comments Off

‘Spider-Man 3’ does not reach the giddying heights achieved by it immediate predecessor, but nor does it crash and burn it any appreciable sense.

By Jim Smith on 12 March 2007 Comments Off

One could say that ‘Ghost Rider’ takes a minor Marvel hero, casts a skilled, distinctive and under-appreciated actor to play him and – despite fiddling with the character’s continuity in doing so – gets right to the heart of his appeal.

By Mark Clapham on 21 February 2007 Comments Off

The Thunderbolts get a new creative direction, while Zemo gets his own book…

By Mark Clapham on 22 September 2006 Comments Off

Marvel simultaneously relaunch ‘Blade’ and ‘Union Jack’, two of their less popular night stalkers…

By Mark Clapham on 26 May 2006 Comments Off

A true evolution, or a load of old Ratners?

By Mark Clapham on 08 April 2006 Comments Off

In terms of the Marvel characters likely to get picked for a high profile, top talent relaunch, Moon Knight is in roughly the same stratum as Batroc the Leaper and Whistle Pig the Living Totem….

By Jim Smith on 30 March 2006 Comments Off

I’ve bought five comics with the ‘Fantastic Four’ in in my whole life. Four of them were by Grant Morrison and the fifth had art by Jim Mahfood.

By Mark Clapham on 08 January 2006 Comments Off

Can a Kevin Sorbo clone with bright green hair really carry his own Marvel comic? The answer may shock you, true believers…

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By Jim Smith on 24 December 2005 Comments Off

If 2004 was, as we said at the time, the year of late arrivals and revivals, 2005 was a year of completing, and contrasting, circles.

By Mark Clapham on 10 December 2005 Comments Off

At last, a comic for people who want to see Captain America walking around carrying half his brain in his hand…

By Mark Clapham on 12 November 2005 Comments Off

pretension error occurred. unable to display introduction to article due to excessive pretension. please reboot.

By Jim Smith on 16 October 2005 Comments Off

I have a somewhat chequered history with Mark Millar’s work. ‘Superman: Red Son’ has, I think, the authentic touch of creative inspiration to it, but I really dislike ‘The Ultimates’.

By Mark Clapham on 25 September 2005 Comments Off

This issue wraps up Volume 1 of ‘Supreme Power’ J Michael Straczynski’s free reinterpretation of ‘Squadron Supreme’. It’s also the last issue of the book to come out under Marvel’s Max imprint before moving to the Marvel Knights line…

By Jim Smith on 17 August 2005 Comments Off

The Pulse #10, Spider-Man: House of M, and The Incredible Hulk #83-85.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 29 July 2005 Comments Off

The Fantastic Four was always something of a lesser property compared to Spider-Man and X-Men, and nowhere is this truer than in the Four’s first big screen outing…

By Mark Clapham on 21 July 2005 Comments Off

Marvel has produced a couple of funny books that are actually funny.

By Mark Clapham on 08 July 2005 Comments Off

So far, when it comes to this year’s two big summer crossovers, at concept level Marvel’s ‘House of M’ is grabbing the Shelf’s attention more than DC’s ‘Interminable Crisis’…

By Mark Clapham on 11 June 2005 Comments Off

Haven’t you really missed the New Warriors? No, me neither…

By Mark Clapham on 02 June 2005 Comments Off

Three crossover titles out this week – House of M #1, Superman/Batman #20, and Marvel Team-Up #9.

By Eddie Robson on 18 March 2005 Comments Off

‘Livewires’ is my new favourite comic book and if every issue is this good then it has my undying loyalty – unless they kill off Gothic Lolita…

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By Eddie Robson on 07 March 2005 Comments Off

‘Team-Up’ has just come to the end of its first arc and is working surprisingly well…

By Mark Clapham on 18 February 2005 Comments Off

So, how does such a stupid idea become such a good comic book?

By Mark Clapham on 11 February 2005 Comments Off

To make up for the recent drought, here’s a random round-up of last week’s comics, in alphabetical order, to keep you going.