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January 28, 2021

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

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

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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

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

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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

Humor

Jonan the Barbarian (review)

Creator: Abel Alvarez Rejo 2020 is in desperate need of some good self-ironic comedy. Look no further than Jonan the Barbarian, a comic by writer and artist Abel Alvarez Rejo. Jonan is an obvious spoof on the classic and quite serious sword and sorcery concept, Conan the Barbarian (created by Robert E. Howard in 1932).

Franco-Belgian/Ligne Claire

Thoreau and Me (review)

Creator: Cédric Taling Self-Made Hero (English translation), 2020 For those middle-aged men who worry about the impact of global environmental degradation upon their ability to fend for their families (like the writer), casually reading up on what was once regarded as ultra-paranoid activities like prepping seems to have become de rigeur. Recently, fear of calamity

Asian

The Dark Side of Seoul – Weird Tales of Korean Lore (review)

Writer: Shawn Morrissey Artist: Tim Bauer Independently published, July 2020 It is quite an ingenious thing for a tour guide to capture the stories of a city in a comic book. That is what writer Shawn Morrissey, a long-term resident of Seoul in Korea, has done with his ghost tour. Mr Morrissey guides tourist around

Superheroes

Happy 10th birthday, Nemesis

Nemesis #1-4 May – December 2010, Icon Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics) Writer: Mark Millar Art: Steve McNiven Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s comic book Nemesis is, after four years of talk, being turned into a motion picture. Here is a synopsis from website Collider -https://collider.com/nemesis-movie-henry-joost-ariel-schulman-emerald-fennell/ : Hot off directing Project Power for Netflix, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have signed

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