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
Deadly Class volume 7 – Love Like Blood Image Comics, October 2018 Writer: Rick Remender In our review of Deadly Class volume 6, we urged writer Rick Remender to allow the story’s protagonist, Marcus, to finally kill the foul Russian named Viktor. The characters are depicted as thoroughly detesting each other. We as Mr Remender’s
Death to the Tsar Titan Comics, February 2018 Writer: Fabien Nury Death to the Tsar is the English language translation of Mort au Tsar, published by Dargaud in 2016. The English translation was published earlier this year, and coincided with the release of the motion picture The Death of Stalin. Both the comic book version
The Umbrella Academy: Oblivion Hotel #1 Dark Horse Comics, November 2018 Writer: Gerard Way It has been a ten year wait for readers of Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy. The first series, The Umbrella Academy: The Apocalypse Suite, won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Finite Series/Limited Series. The second series, The Umbrella Academy: Dallas,
Shatterstar #1 Marvel Comics, December 2018 Writer: Tim Seeley The character Shatterstar began existence as what we would now regard as a caricature of the American paramilitary superhero style convention of the 1990s. A tattooed face, long braided hair, swords, and grimaced teeth were part of a de rigeur package for superheroes of the time.
Shonen Magazine (a Kodansha publication) announced on 2 October 2018 that the winner of the second Marvel Manga Awards competition is Yusuke Osawa for his story, “Spider-Man: I’m Not A Hero.” Mr Osawa wines JPY3 million and gets a contract to write and draw the story for Magazine Pocket manga. Mr Osawa’s previous work includes
Cemetery Beach #1 Image Comics, October 2018 Writer: Warren Ellis If humans successfully move off-planet and establish far-reaching colonies, will they bring with them the sins of the past? British writer Warren Ellis, a writer with a prodigious creative output, seems to think so. Presently, Mr Ellis is writing Trees, Injection, Shipwreck, The Wildstorm and
The medium we critique is often trivialised, and so we take smug delight whenever we come across evidence of the historical pedigree of comics. Pictures on a tomb, with dialogue in adjacent speech balloons, have been unearthed in a tomb in Jordan. The tomb was discovered in 2016 in the town of Beyt Ras, which
William Gibson is well-known as the godfather of the science fiction cyberpunk movement, principally as a consequence of the global success of his novel Neuromancer (1984). We have written about one of Mr Gibson’s recent foray into comics, and Mr Gibson embarks again into the medium with the comic book adaption of his script for
My Hero Academia is a shonen manga series written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi, which started serialization in July 2014 via Weekly Shonen Jump. The series is still on-going but has garnered enough critical and commercial success to warrant ventures into other media platforms. This includes an ongoing anime series, a feature-length film, a couple
The Wrong Earth #1 Ahoy Comics, September 2018 Writer: Tom Peyer In 1986, American comic book publisher DC Comics published Frank Miller’s landmark Batman comic book, The Dark Knight Returns. As Nirvana’s Nevermind grunge rock album slit the throat of 80s hair metal, and as William Gibson’s watershed novel Neuromancer submerged Asimov interstellar science fiction,
Ian Fleming’s James Bond Origin #1 Dynamite Entertainment, September 2018 Writer: Jeff Parker Gleaned from the traces of concepts written by the character’s creator in various novels, Ian Fleming’s James Bond Origin #1 is, as with all of published Dynamite Entertainment’s James Bond publications, carefully curated by Ian Fleming Publications Limited. Thus we have here
The motion picture Back to the Future has had remarkable longevity of popularity in Japan. It was therefore no surprise that the film was to be adapted into a manga, even though the gap between the two is 33 years. The internationally successful 1985 movie starred American actor Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly.
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
Ghost Beach: a Storm Clouds story Writer and publisher: Ben Mitchell, 2017 What happens when everything around you gets incrementally darker, and there is nothing you can do about it but reluctantly join the darkness? And what if you were compelled to make this decision not at the gates of some murky supernatural hell, but