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April 16, 2021

Nightwing #78 (review)

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Bruno Redondo DC Comics, February 2021 Tom Taylor is, at least for me, a very inconsistent writer in terms of quality. From his excellent Suicide Squad run to his confused but interesting Superior Iron-Man and the forgettable and messy DCeased, he has shown that while his basic premises and ideas tend

Superheroes

Immortal Hulk: Flatline (review)

Writer and Artist: Declan Shalvey Marvel Comics, February 2021 I believe I’m not being hyperbolic when I say Immortal Hulk is the best comic to come out of Marvel for a long, long time. Not only that, it has managed to keep its quality consistent for 43 issues as of the date of this review,

Superheroes

AdventureMan Volume 1 (review)

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Terry Dodson Image Comics, 2020 The Moderne (or Machine Age) design ethic took its cue from the multiple geometric element of machines, albeit arranged in a decorative style. Its forerunners were Futurism and Cubism. Futurism glorified the machine (the block shapes of the turn of the 19th century, not the organic

Fantasy

Coddlesworth’s Clockwork Circus #1 (review)

Writer: Danny Oliver Artist: Slobodan Jovanovich Rem Alternis Productions, 2021 Fantasy epics are not known to intersect with steampunk. But that is precisely what the creative team of Coddlesworth’s Clockwork Circus set out to achieve. Here is the pitch from the Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/clockworkcircus/coddlesworths-clockwork-circus-a-steampunk-adventure: When the Tempest—an impenetrable storm spawned by the Great Cataclysm more

Superheroes

The Three Jokers #1-3 (review)

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok DC Comics, August-October 2020 The concept that American superhero comic book publisher DC Comics’ most iconic villain, the Joker, could actually be three people was first touted in Justice League #49, in 2015. In that comic, Batman took the seat of the space god Metron and was shown the

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

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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

Science fiction

The Seeds (review)

Writer: Anne Nocenti Artist: David Aja Berger Books, January 2021 (collected edition) If there’s one book I have been waiting for with impatience, that has to be The Seeds. The first two issues of this book came out way back in 2018. The miniseries then appeared to vanish from the face of the Earth, with

Independent/Self-Published

Future (review)

Writer: Tom Woodman Artist: Rupert Smissen Cast Iron Books, 2020 The most brutal moment in HG Wells’ 1895 novel, The Time Machine, is when the protagonist lands in the far future, and realised that all human life has passed. There is not even a ruin. All has swept away in the passage of time. As

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

Superheroes

Rorschach #1 (review)

Writer: Tom King Artist: Jorge Fornés DC Comics, October 2020 October 13th of this year saw the release of Rorschach #1, the latest in a series of comics based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminar work Watchmen. This book is remarkable, however, in that it is not part of an event like American publisher

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

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

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