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March 1, 2021

AdventureMan Volume 1 (review)

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Terry Dodson Image Comics, 2020 The Moderne (or Machine Age) design ethic took its cue from the multiple geometric element of machines, albeit arranged in a decorative style. Its forerunners were Futurism and Cubism. Futurism glorified the machine (the block shapes of the turn of the 19th century, not the organic

Fantasy

Coddlesworth’s Clockwork Circus #1 (review)

Writer: Danny Oliver Artist: Slobodan Jovanovich Rem Alternis Productions, 2021 Fantasy epics are not known to intersect with steampunk. But that is precisely what the creative team of Coddlesworth’s Clockwork Circus set out to achieve. Here is the pitch from the Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/clockworkcircus/coddlesworths-clockwork-circus-a-steampunk-adventure: When the Tempest—an impenetrable storm spawned by the Great Cataclysm more

Independent/Self-Published

We Said Goodbye to Gravity (review)

The copyright notice to this comic is unique. It reads, “Copyright (C) 2020 Chris Baldie. All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of me, Chris Baldie, the all-powerful Creator, except for the use of brief quotations in a

Superheroes

The Three Jokers #1-3 (review)

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok DC Comics, August-October 2020 The concept that American superhero comic book publisher DC Comics’ most iconic villain, the Joker, could actually be three people was first touted in Justice League #49, in 2015. In that comic, Batman took the seat of the space god Metron and was shown the

Independent/Self-Published

G’lurk & Bo #1 v. Aliens: Dead Orbit (a comparative review)

G’Lurk & Bo Meet an Angel of Death #1 – Writer: Taylor King; Artist: Tom Hoskisson. BG Comics, 2020. Aliens: Dead Orbit – Writer and Artist: James Stokoe. Dark Horse Comics, 2018 This is about as diverse as we get in our comparative reviews – a horror comic measured against a wacky comedy, both set

Crime

Black Duchess #1 – Palace Pandemonium (review)

Creator and writer: Robert Getty JP Vilchis – Artist Heist plots are always entertaining, but integrating a heist into the superhero genre with its godlike musclemen is a tricky endeavour. The short pitch to this comic, Black Duchess #1, reads as follows: A new indie comic about a wily thief forced to rely on nothing

Superheroes

The Eternals #1 (review)

Writer: Kieron Gillen Penciler:Esad Ribic Marvel Comics, January 2021 Marvel Comics’ terribly dated property from 1976, The Eternals, is a little unexpectedly becoming a motion picture due for release in November 2021. Marvel Comics’ owner, entertainment multinational Disney, has raked through Marvel Comics’ vast continuity and found some gems in the muck: it appears willing

Horror

Murky Waters: Tales from Beneath (review)

Writer: Christian CarnoucheArt by:Ariela KristantinaMaan HouseDonna A BlackAlex DiottoChristian DibariIain LaurieIsmael HernandezJ. ShiekMatthew Dow SmithSachi EdiriweeraDevmalya Pramanik Carnouche Productions, 2020 As the sheer number of artists suggest, Murky Waters is a compilation of different stories, all written by Christian Carmouche. We have reviewed Mr Carmouche’s The Resurrected https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2019/03/18/the-resurrected-5-review/ over the past years (and, in the

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Independent/Self-Published

IND-XED (review)

Self-published, 2020. Created by Fraser Campbell, Lucy Sullivan, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou This is an independent science fiction tale, strange and haunting, from the creative team of Fraser Campbell, Lucy Sullivan, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. We have previously reviewed one of Mr Campbell’s horror comics – the chilling House of Sweets https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2020/06/03/house-of-sweets-review/. Here is the promotional copy

Superheroes

The Other History of the DC Universe #1 (review)

Writer: John Ridley Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi DC Comics, November 2020 At the very beginning, I did not think The Other History of the DC Universe would be a comic for me. I do not usually enjoy comic-books that rely only in narrative to tell their story and don’t have any actual speech

Espionage

Foreign Agent (review)

Narwhal (Per Berg) Narwhal Books, 2020 We have previously reviewed Narwhal’s comedic efforts on Earthbound – https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2020/08/14/earthbound-between-two-breaths-on-earth-review/ featuring a science fiction hunt at a high school. This title is quite different. One of the most remarkable aspects of Foreign Agent is that, in an industry which is fixated on world-building, we know next to nothing

Fantasy

Oathbound #1 (review)

Luke Horsman, 2020 The tagline to this title is “Norse Saga inspired tales”. We seem to be reaching the tail end of a trend towards Scandinavian folklore, perhaps initiated by the success of Marvel Studios’ Thor motion pictures, beginning in 2011, and perpetuated by Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods being adapted for television in

United Kingdom

Victory Point (review)

Owen D. Pomery Avery Hill Publishing, 2020 Is this slow world-building or a plodding narrative? Quiet and profound, Victory Point is a very different comic book to the last comic by Owen Pomery which we reviewed – https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2020/06/29/british-ice-review/ British Ice was a violent horror story ready-made for an indie motion picture release. Victory Point is

Crime

Tilt #1 (review)

Created and written by David “Doc Hog” Hogberg Illustrator: Marcos Lima Hog Wild Comics, 2020 Using playing cards as characters in comics is not a new concept. Vertigo Comics’ Lucifer featured the Basanos, a calculating, terrifying manifestation of tarot cards, which, amongst other horrible things, rape a supporting character called Jill Presto. Less confronting is

Crime

FREED #1: The Fourth Revenge (review)

Writer: Carl Burcham Artist: Ian J. Miller Independently published, 2020 This is a crime story, independently published, written by Carl Burcham and with art by  Ian J. Miller.  The title has a decidedly blockbuster motion picture feel to it. Here is the promotional copy: FREED #1: The Fourth Revenge is an action-packed, page-turning thriller for comic fans who

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Science fiction

Annihilator (review) – or, Happy Fifth Birthday, Max Nomax

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Frazer Irving Legendary Comics, 2015 It is an object of scientific and existential fascination. Sitting deep within the Milky Way Galaxy, Sagittarius A* is the location of a supermassive black hole, a thing so powerful that it alters the course of stars. Wikipedia notes that, “The name Sgr A* was coined by

Superheroes

Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1 (review)

Writer: Ralph Macchio Artist: Simone Buonfantino Marvel Comics, October 2020 The promotional blurb for this title is very exciting. From the Marvel Comics’ website: Something’s stirring in the criminal underworld. Maggia boss SILVERMANE is making his move. S.H.I.E.L.D. has sent an agent in to investigate, but they’ve disappeared. It’s time to call in the heavy

Superheroes

X of Swords #13 (review)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Mahmud Asar Marvel Comics, December 2020 Only the other day, it seems, did we review the first issue in this story, and here we are with the second last chapter – see https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2020/10/13/x-of-swords-creation-1-of-22-review/ . In-between were eight parts, scattered amongst various X-Men titles, running from 30 September to 21 October. Such

Humor

The Hair-Raising Misadventures of Martian Trump #1-3 (review)

Writer: TD Inman Artist: Franklin B. Washington Self-published, 2020 Recently on Twitter, the British television show Quite Interesting noted this indeed quite interesting fact: The worst sort of clown is the one who does not know his is a clown. The creators of The Hair-Raising Misadventures of Martian Trump , writer T.D Inman and artist

Superheroes

Revisiting DCeased (Hardcover) one year later (review) – doomscrolling by another name

Writer: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and James Harren DC Comics, November 2019 Could anyone possibly think this story was worth gathering as an expensive hardcover comic? A re-read a year after the collected volume of DCeased, published by DC Comics, was first published kicks over the same sort of compost recycling as

Franco-Belgian/Ligne Claire

Original draft cover for Tintin: The Blue Lotus to be auctioned

One of the original covers by Hergé for his fifth Tintin comic book Le Lotus Bleu (The Blue Lotus) from 1936 will on 21 November 2020 be auctioned by French auction house Artcurial. Tintin’s creator, Hergé, drew the cover for his fifth album of the adventures of Tintin in 1936. However, it was too expensive to mass produce the

Humor

Drainers (review)

Writer and artist: Alex Steacy Cloudscape, 2020 Poo smells bad – we want it gone and out of the house as quickly as possible. But the art of disappearance of the common human house poo involved more than a mere toilet and a flush. Some cities have subterranean labyrinths serving as conveyers of waste, out

Superheroes

X of Swords: Creation (1 of 22) (review)

Writers Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard Artist: Pepe Larraz  Marvel Comics, November 2020 One of the more formidable characters in Marvel Comics’ cast of mutant villains is a hulking figure called Apocalypse. As the name suggests, this apparently immortal being does not have an especially sunny disposition. This series appears to be concerned with events

Science fiction

Dune: The Official Comic Book Adaption (revisited)

Writer: Ralph Macchio Art: Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel Comics, 1984 There has been some genuine excitement about the trailer for the forthcoming motion picture, Dune. This forthcoming motion picture is however only the latest effort to convert the late Frank Herbert’s classic 1968 book into a movie. The first effort is somewhat notorious. It was produced in

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