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
Triage X is a manga published in Japan by Monthly Dragon Age, and translated into English for sale in Anglophone markets by Yen Press. It has been published since 2009, and it seems that it will conclude in 2019. The art will tell you that the title is clearly orientated towards the male shonen market.
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
On 10 January 1929, the first adventure of Tintin, entitled Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, was published by Le Petit Vingtième, the youth supplement of a Belgian newspaper. Tintin was created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, better known as Hergé. As we have previously noted, Tintin is a boy reporter, accompanied by his
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
The Resurrected 4 Carnouche Productions, December 2018 Writer: Christian Carnouche Writer Christian Carnouche has been penning science fiction comic book titles The Resurrected for over a year, and has now reached his fourth issue. (We have been following The Resurrected from its inception.) In our recent review of issue 2, we explored how the evil
Firefly 1 Boom! Studios, November 2018 Writer: Greg Pak “This isn’t what you’re expecting,” said the comic shop owner as he put a newly minted copy of Firefly 1 into a bag. But your reviewer had no expectations and no knowledge whatsoever of Firefly, other than the television series
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
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
Books of Magic #1 Vertigo Comics, November 2018 Writer: Kat Howard Back in 1990, fantasy writer Neil Gaiman was recruited by American comic book publisher DC Comics to run with a concept the parameters of which were to include all of DC Comics’ magic-based characters. There are a lot of them, but Mr Gaiman impressively
Comic books sometimes appear to be an endless masquerade, character after character after character adorned in a variety of masks. Masks are an inherent part of the visual iconography of comic books. They evoke mystery and secrecy, two elements of any adventure or crime caper. Masks in Western literature and other media more broadly have
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.
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
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
As most readers of American comic books will now be aware, writer / creator / media celebrity Stan Lee passed away yesterday at the age of 95. “I used to think what I did was not very important,” Mr Lee pondered to the Chicago Tribune in an interview in April 2014. “People are building bridges