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December 10, 2018

Attack on Titan manga approaches its conclusion

Attack on Titan Kodansha, 2009-present Writer: Hajime Isayama Japanese writer’s Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan commenced publication in 2009. The dystopian science fiction manga, set in a future where cities are walled off against horrific, skinless, man-eating titans, has been collected in twenty-six volumes. The walls, named Maria, Rose and Sheena, stave off the titans

Fantasy

Lucifer #1 (review)

Lucifer #1 Vertigo Comics, November 2018 Writer: Dan Watters Vertigo Comics has relaunched one of its heritage titles, Lucifer. This was always going to be a creatively difficult task to execute. With tradition comes expectations. In the case of the fussy readers of Lucifer, these are high. Legacy of the Devil This comic book character

Science fiction

Lightstep #1 v Druuna (comparative review)

Lightstep #1 v Druuna (comparative review) Dark Horse Comics, October 2018 (Lightstep) Metal Hurlant / Dargaud / Bagheera 1985-2003 (Druuna) Writer: Miloš Slavkovic (Lightstep) Paolo Serpieri (Druuna) The idea of a human exodus from a ruined Earth is something long explored by science fiction writers. Generation starships are ecosystems within which to explore lost human

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Crime

Popova #2 (review)

Popova #2 2018 Writers: Dre Torres and Alex Valdez Back in May 2017, we wrote an extremely positive review of Popova #1. Written by two men, Dre Torres and Alex Valdez, this is a feminist rape/revenge genre comic book. Self-evidentially this is a grim genre, and there will contention about its deployment by male writers.

Independent/Self-Published

Death Sentence: Liberty #1 (Review)

Death Sentence: Liberty #1 Writer: Monty Nero November 2018 Death Sentence: Liberty is an independent comic written by Monty Nero. It is a superhero title with a new-ish premise. Humans are prone to infection by a sexually-transmitted virus called “Super-G”. The virus is fatal, but for a time gives its victims “extranormal abilities.” These people

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Other media on comic books

The Weeknd and Marvel’s Starboy Comic in Court

Pop singer The Weeknd’ superhero alter ego, “Starboy,” was misappropriated from a start-up comic book creator. This is the allegation set out in the lawsuit the comic book creator has commenced against the singer (whose real name is apparently Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, according to court documents) in California. Eymun Talasazan, the comic book writer and

Japan

Godzilla: Aftershock and the British Museum’s Japanese Woodblock Print Collection

This week Legendary Comics have announced the graphic novel GODZILLA: AFTERSHOCK, written by Arvid Nelson, with art by Drew Edward Johnson. Godzilla is a kaiju – the most famous of all kaiju – and we have written previously of the character’s history. Rather unsurprisingly, in this new title which is to be released concurrently with

Superheroes

Capes in Cars: the surprising absence of the automobile in American superhero comics

The superhero genre of comics has a musty American origin. It dates back to the late 1930s, to a time when superheroes were considered to be a booming cheap media fad and not a genre. Contrary to expectations from the turn of the millenium of the end of the industry, superhero comics have been revived

Fantasy

The Wicked + the Divine: Mothering Invention (volume 7) (Review)

The Wicked + the Divine: Mothering Invention (volume 7) Image Comics, October 2018 Writer: Kieron Gillen The Wicked + The Divine is a unique comic. It takes concepts of resurrection and divinity and mixes them with contemporary pop culture. The overarching plot runs like this: Throughout human history, god-like archetypes suddenly appear every ninety years

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