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September 21, 2018

Moth & Whisper #1 (Review)

Moth & Whisper #1 Aftershock Comics, September 2018 Writer: Ted Anderson Like humour, a mystery is entirely dependent on timing. Moth & Whisper is a new comic from American publisher Aftershock Comics, with a mysterious and engaging name and an intriguing cover. The two title characters are mysterious thieves: The Moth is a criminal who

Japan

Gintama Concludes After Fourteen Years…. but not really.

Gintama Shonen Jump, 2004-2018 Writer: Sorachi Hideaki Japanese manga Gintama is an esoteric alternative reality story, written by Sorachi Hideaki since 2004. It has been extremely popular in Japan: over 55 million copies of the manga are in print, and it has been adapted into a broadcast television anime, two anime movies, two live action

Espionage

Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 Case Files Volume 1 (review)

Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 Case Files Volume 1 Dynamite Entertainment, 2018 Writers: Kieron Gillen, Jody Houser, Ibrahim Moustafa, and Declan Shalvey American publisher Dynamite Entertainment continues its publication of tales of adventure featuring British spy James Bond and his supporting cast of characters, all of which are owned and licensed by Ian Fleming Publications

Independent/Self-Published

WWE: NXT Takeover – The Blueprint #1 (Review)

WWE: NXT Takeover – The Blueprint #1 BOOM! Studios, September 2018 Writer: Dennis Hopeless WWE: NXT Takeover – The Blueprint is a new comic book about professional wrestling,from American publisher BOOM! Studios, which leverages the globally popular sports entertainment brand, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The comic’s title comes from the story’s focus on WWE’s sub-brand

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Horror

Lizard Men #1-3 (Review)

Lizard Men #1-3 Comichaus, 2017-2018 Writer: Steve Horry This week we continue our exploration of fine, independently published comics with a review of Lizard Men #1-3. Skepticism with politics in the Western world is perhaps no less pronounced than in the United Kingdom. In the 2000s, Tony Blair’s metamorphosis from millenarial rockstar Prime Minister to

Superheroes

Dead on arrival: plotlines that went nowhere in superhero comics

The US superhero comic book industry is built for the most part around monthly pamphlets: 22-24 page comics which build into a longer story arc in the periodical chapter tradition of Charles Dickens. When contracted writers leave a publisher-owned title upon the conclusion of their contract, they generally try to tidy things up before departure

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Fantasy

The Sandman Universe #1

The Sandman Universe #1 DC Comics, August 2018 Writer: Neil Gaiman We were unapologetically unhappy with Neil Gaiman’s leisurely effort on The Sandman Overture back in 2015. We are very pleased to say that this new title, The Sandman Universe, is a correction in course. American horror/fantasy imprint Vertigo Comics was a commercial success mostly

Superheroes

Goodbye to the Good War: a slow decline of comic books based in World War Two?

From 1981 to 1983, veteran comic book writer Roy Thomas was the driving force behind a title called All-Star Squadron, set in 1942. Mr Thomas grew up in the 1940s and used now out-of-date idioms so as to accentuate the time period. The characters’ colloquial speech, hairstyles, dress, and attitudes towards both women and minorities

Japan

The world’s most commercially successful comic book, One Piece “is 80% finished”

We have previously written about One Piece, the manga epic written by Eiichiro Oda and which started back in 1997. Twenty years later, Mr Oda is reported as having described the manga as 80% of the way to conclusion. The plot follows the protagonist, Monkey D Luffy, as he aggregates a crew. Mr Oda explains,

Superheroes

DC Comics cancels 1940s Monster Society of Evil Collection because of racist content

American publisher DC Comics have been understandably keen to promote the comic book adventures of the superhero Captain Marvel (now known as Shazam) given the imminent release of the Shazam motion picture. Captain Marvel / Shazam has a pedigree dating back to 1940. DC Comics has announced the release of a hardcover would have collected

Independent/Self-Published

The Resurrected #2 (Review)

The Resurrected #2 Carnouche Productions, 2018 Writer: Christian Carnouche We have reviewed The Resurrected #1 in January year. The writer, Christian Carnouche, was kind enough to invite us to review the second issue of this entertaining, fast-paced title. Here is our critique. Harmonisation v Diversity The Resurrected is an action story based in a high

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