An Instagram account, @Alpantuni, appeared in January 2019. It featured the description “Gay Muslim comics for people who are able to think.” The account promoted a Bahasa Indonesian comic with themes to do with homosexuality and Islam. It did not hold back in depicting Islamic homophobia: in one story, the major character being told to “burn
Cabin FeverWriter: Jens K Styve “That winter, an old punk song popped into my head and stayed for a while. I don’t know why, I hadn’t been listening to it for years. It was the song Cabin Fever by Nick Cave. Eventually, I searched it up, listened to the lyrics, and a story idea started to take
Alien3 #3Dark Horse Comics, January 2019Writer: William Gibson You would be forgiven for thinking that this is Alien week for us. But this second review this week does not follow the long roll-out of Brian Wood’s epic Aliens story published by Dark Horse Comics. It instead contemplates a story which was a breath away from being a motion picture,
The Barack Panther v The Tremendous TrumpAntarctic Press, 2018Writer: Kelsey Shannon This is a bizarre comic. It imagines former US President Barack Obama as Marvel Comics’ costumed superhero Black Panther, fighting current US President Donald Trump. Mr Trump in this comic consumes a Cheez-Toes and transforms into an orange parody of Marvel Comics’ character the
Aliens: Resistance #1Dark Horse Comics, January 2019Writer: Brian Wood This title builds upon the stories of previous titles: Alien: Isolation, and Aliens: Defiance. We have previously reviewed the second of those titles back in 2016. Writer Brian Wood has his two heroes from both stories, Amanda Ripley and Zula Hendricks, join forces. Hendricks and Ripley have been traumatised
Batman: Damned #2DC Comics, Writer: Brian Azzarello Our interpretation of this comic may be not what writer Brian Azzarello intended, but this is how we have read it. Let’s start by considering the title character from a high altitude. American publisher DC Comics owns a character called Batman. Batman is an embodiment of irrational wrath.
Young Justice #1DC Comics, March 2019Writer: Brian Michael Bendis American writer Brian Michael Bendis appears to have been given both authorial and curatorial control over a new DC Comics imprint: “Wonder Comics”. This apparently might-hearted imprint includes the titles Naomi, Wonder Twins, Dial H for Hero, and this title, Young Justice. It is fun but primarily for long term
The White Druid and Michael Nero #1Omen Comics, May 2019Writers: Michael Nunneley (plot) and Steve Sellers In August 2016, we wrote about Warren Ellis’ use of the concept of the “cunning man” in his title Injection. Cunning folk, as described in this dissertation published by the University of Warwick, performed good deeds upon request, using spells and
On Thursday this week, Japanese manga creator Rumiko Takahashi won the prestigious Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême at the France’s biggest graphic novel convention, the Angouleme Comics Festival. Ms Takahashi is one of the most read authors in the world. She has witten more than two hundred volumes since the beginning of her career in 1978,
It seems odd to note the 60th anniversary of the creation of a character called “Kid Flash”. But Kid Flash, originally a fun teen called Wally West, has since 1959 been allowed to grow up, assume the mantle of his idol and mentor The Flash (police scientist Barry Allen), get married and have children, and, because
From George Perez’s Facebook page: DATE : JANUARY 19, 2019FROM : George Pérez To all my loyal and kind fans who have supported me throughout the decades,In recent months, there has been a great deal of speculation as to the future of my career, my health, my ability to draw and my future convention appearances.
Matteo Book One: 1814-1915EuroComics (IDW Publishing), November 2018Writer: Jean-Pierre Gibrat This beautiful comic is the English language translation of Matteo: Premiere Epoque published in 2012. It is concerned with the jealousy-fueled adventures of a Spanish refugee named Matteo Cortes, living as a farm labourer in the beautiful seaside town of Collioure on the French side of Catalonia.
Fairlaine the Goblin in the Winglands (volume 6) and Fairlaine the Goblin: The Final Land (volume 7) September 2018 Writer: Pug Grumble Once again, we look at the adventures of Fairlaine the Goblin, his tink (robot) companion Drowsy, and the hapless tree named Ehrwenwort which Fairlaine and Drowsy are endeavouring to safely plant. In 2017
Dunce #1-4Self-published, 2016-2018Writer: Jens K Styve The Sproing Award is annually awarded by the Norwegian comic-book literary society Norsk Tegneserieforum. Jens Styve’s comic strip Dunce was nominated for the award in 2018, and won. This is not the first award Mr Styve has won for Dunce. Dunce was Mr Styve’s entry for a comic strip competition run in 2016 by Norwegian
Heroes in Crisis #1-3DC Comics, 2019Writer: Tom King Has DC Comics finally grown up when it comes to mental health issues? For decades, American superhero comics publisher DC Comics has used the word “crisis” to indicate a significant storyline. This nomenclature is dealt with in detail on this Wikipedia page. These tales are often very