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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 08 December 2009 Comments Off

… Bolton Wanderers Nil.

By Mark Clapham on 05 November 2009 Comments Off

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

By Bruce Kent on 20 May 2009 Comments Off

I love DC Comics…

By Mark Clapham on 25 November 2008 Comments Off

Young Doomsdays in love.

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 19 November 2006 Comments Off

Who killed Superman? (Clue: For one time only the answer is not Geoff Johns.)

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 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 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 Jim Smith on 05 May 2004 Comments Off

I’m not sure what I expected a Brian Azzarello ‘Superman’ comic to be like, but I didn’t expect it to be like this.

By Mark Clapham on 23 April 2004 Comments Off

It’s time to spin the ‘Wheel of Rucka’ again. Will this highly variable writer deliver a good comic or a very, very bad one?

By Mark Clapham on 09 March 2004 Comments Off

Yep, it’s this title again… already. What can we say? DC are throwing talent at this book, with interesting results…

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 Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

‘Godfall’ is an idea we’ve seen before, but creators Turner, Kelly and Caldwell add enough twists to the story to make it work in its own right…

By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

After a couple of issues mostly comprised of big long punch-ups, this issue of ‘Superman/Batman’ provides the payoff – and it’s more than I was expecting…

By Mark Clapham on 14 October 2003 Comments Off

Old ‘Superboy’ comics are rubbish. The ‘Superboy’ TV series is rubbish. Prequels are usually rubbish. So why is ‘Smallville’ actually good?

By Jim Smith on 17 September 2003 Comments Off

It is rare that a master of their craft gets a chance to deliver an entirely appropriate farewell to their art.

By Eddie Robson on 07 August 2003 Comments Off

It looks like DC has got sick of being accused of having dropped the ball these last couple of years…

By Mark Clapham on 01 July 2003 Comments Off

This impressive collection brings together short stories, fill-ins and one-offs written by Alan Moore for DC Comics in the mid 1980s…

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2003 Comments Off

‘Rush’ demonstrates, conveniently, all the strengths and weaknesses of the series as a whole and is thus a fine example of the series to pick in isolation.

By Jim Smith on 20 February 2003 Comments Off

While I enjoyed the first season of ‘Smallville’ I felt that its origins as a purpose-built ‘Buffy’ replacement were somewhat to in evidence…

By Mark Clapham on 15 February 2003 Comments Off

This is your typical big anniversary issue of a comic book…

By Mark Clapham on 09 February 2003 Comments Off

Some things are worth travelling for. Take this first Smallville DVD release, for instance, which is only technically available in Canada. It’s well worth finding a friendly importer to get your hands on one…

By Mark Clapham on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Looks like there’s some belt tightening going on at DC Comics, with the latest in an ongoing series of culls.

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

The UK Cartoon Network have been showing this excellent new series across the last few weekends and, as their Australian counterparts did earlier this year, have broadcast this pivotal two-parter before it has even been shown in the States…

By Mark Clapham on 24 November 2002 Comments Off

Those of you who have read my self aggrandising biography in the ‘Who We Are’ section of this site will know that I’m writing a book on the TV series Smallville, and as such I buy Smallville-set comics like this for research…

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