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 [...]

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Bub’ll squabble.

By Mark Clapham on 26 May 2006 Comments Off

A true evolution, or a load of old Ratners?

By Jim Smith on 20 August 2005 Comments Off

Peter Milligan wrote both the best, most consistent ongoing series DC Vertigo ever produced and one of the twin pillars, with Morrison’s ‘New X-Men’, of the most remarkable aspect of the Marvel revival.

By Jim Smith on 17 August 2005 Comments Off

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

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 03 January 2005 Comments Off

As a fluffy holiday diversion, Marvel has published five ‘What If…’ one-shots, exploring alternate histories of familiar characters. The four reviewed here are strangely grim but lightweight, dealing with dark stories in a fluffy and inconsequential wa

By Shiny Shelf on 29 December 2004 Comments Off

I hate this sort of thing. I should probably be disqualified from commenting on comics this year on account of only really reading ‘Astonishing X-Men’. Likewise my lit reading is woefully behind with only ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’ being published in 2004. I very nearly [...]

By Jim Smith on 15 August 2004 Comments Off

I’m not one of the those people who derides ’spandex’. I love The Flash. I love Golden Age heroes. I have no difficulty looking at pages of people wearing big collars and capes. This, however, I have a problem with.

By Eddie Robson on 30 July 2004 Comments Off

I’ve only just been able to catch up with the most recent ‘X-Statix’ storyline, and to my great delight the title is back to its old self…

By Mags L Halliday on 07 June 2004 Comments Off

I’m not sure what Marvel promise the big writers to take up the core X-Men team, but whatever it is, it’s worth it…

By Mark Clapham on 11 January 2004 Comments Off

This is Grant Morrison’s last story arc writing ‘New X-Men’. Unsurprisingly, he isn’t going quietly…

By Jim Smith on 03 November 2003 Comments Off

Unluckily, he says, hitting cliche instantly, #13 shows, for the first time, ‘X-Statix’ dropping the ball.

By Eddie Robson on 23 October 2003 Comments Off

If this issue had featured Princess Diana, as it was intended to, it would have gone down as one of the greatest, most audacious comic books in Marvel’s history.

By Stephen Lavington on 21 September 2003 Comments Off

It has become almost an annual tradition to lambast the quality of Hollywood’s summer output. Key to this is the guaranteed use of the phrase ‘Summer of Sequels’, with all the associated critique of laziness, complacency….

By Jim Smith on 10 September 2003 Comments Off

I love weeks like this, when there are two comics you want to read first. Two comics that in almost any other week, in almost any other situation you’d read before doing anything else…

By Jim Smith on 21 July 2003 Comments Off

In what sense this Bendis scripted Spidey centric treat is ‘Ultimate X-Men’ rather than, as it seems, ‘Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Volume 2′, is so unclear as to be opaque.

By Jim Smith on 24 May 2003 Comments Off

There are people out there, mad and probably stupid, people, who believe that ‘Spider-Girl’ is an accessible, all-ages superhero title which will appeal to ‘the kids’.

By Eddie Robson on 08 May 2003 Comments Off

At the risk of sounding greedy, does our regular dose of ‘X-Statix’ have to be postponed so that this can come out?

By Mark Clapham on 30 April 2003 Comments Off

Film franchises shouldn’t function like television series, everyone knows that…

By Mark Clapham on 30 April 2003 Comments Off

Less a triumphant return to power as a decline and fall, the recent ‘Return of the King’ storyline, spinning out of the risible ‘Ultimate War’ mini-series, represents an exciting new low…

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2003 Comments Off

While sister title ‘Uncanny X-Men’ has changed writers and haemorrhaged artists with alarming frequency in recent years ‘New’ has, despite its own artist-related troubles, pursued a steady course.

By Eddie Robson on 28 April 2003 Comments Off

Well, they’ve gone and done it. This month the price of an issue of ‘X-Statix’ has gone up from $2.25 to a whopping $2.99…

By Jim Smith on 27 April 2003 Comments Off

‘X-Men 2′ has an overall dramatic tone which, like that of its predecessor, is exactly right. Neither cripplingly earnest nor floridly tongue-in-cheek, the movie imbues its fantasy elements and SF conventions with utter conviction.

By Andrew Plummer on 27 April 2003 Comments Off

As this title has been in creative flux for the last nine issues, it seems futile to try and analyse any trends…

By Eddie Robson on 26 April 2003 Comments Off

I picked this up when Mark told me that Evan Dorkin was doing a run on it. I’m a big fan of Dorkin’s work – I’d buy a ‘Gambit’ mini-series if he was on scripting duties…

By Jim Smith on 26 April 2003 Comments Off

Philip Bond! Philip flippin’ Bond! Check it out. There’s no doubt that when Mike Allred decides to take time off from this title the top-drawer talents really are queuing up to fill in for him, is there? Paul Pope, Darwyn Cooke, now this.

By Mark Clapham on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

And the point was…?

By Eddie Robson on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

Anybody who caught these issues first time around will remember the letters pages…

By Mark Clapham on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

‘X-Men Unlimited’ is an anthology title showcasing the breadth of Marvel’s mutant universe, as well as the talents of a diverse set of creators…

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By Jim Smith on 08 August 2002 Comments Off

X-Statix is, of course, Pete Milligan and Mike Allred’s X-Force in all but name and number. As expected, the writing is as smart as ever, the artwork is as eyeball tingling good as we’ve become used to, and the combination of satire and soap…

By Andrew Plummer on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

The team of writer Frank Tieri and penciler Sean Chen have been on this title for some time now. Tieri’s run has been pretty solidly violent throughout and given us a few fun story arcs…

By Mark Clapham on 17 May 2002 Comments Off

Cassandra Nova has already stolen Charles Xavier’s body and laid waste to the Shi’ar Empire, and now she’s heading for Earth to destroy all mutantkind. Can the X Men save the day against such implacable odds?