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December 15, 2018

Operation: Boom! #1-3 v. Detective Comics #443 – “Gotterdammerung!” (comparative review)

Reckless Hero, 2018 (Operation: Boom!) DC Comics, 1973 (Gotterdammerung!) Writers: Archie Goodwin (Gotterdammerung!) Chris Imber and Chris Jenkins (Operation: Boom!) The superhero genre much suited to posturing, capes flapping in a wind, primary colours ablaze in a sunrise. In terms of action, the genre prefers either: 1. pitched chess piece melees, with platoons of costumed

Horror

Scratcher #3 (Review)

Scratcher #3 Arbutus Films, November 2018 Writer: John Ward We have been following independently published horror title Scratcher since mid-2017. Our major complaint is that this excellent title is not published more often. In this third issue, the protagonist, a very talented tattoo artist named Dee, tracks down the third person she unknowingly tattooed with

Japan

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

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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

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

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