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
Jack Irons: The Steel Cowboy #1Wkd Pub, January 2019Writer: Cody Fernandez In the future, will we be able to remember our past lives? Or will only the cursed and haunted have this talent? And what on earth – or elsewhere – do these question have to do with cheap beer and guns? We imagine writer
Prodigy # 1Image Comics / Millarworld, December 2018Writer: Mark Millar “Will to power” is a self-improvement concept courtesy of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900): the idea that by sheer force of will, a person can achieve their ultimate potential. Within comics, this relentlessness usually comes linked to startling intellect – Ozymandias in Alan Moore’s Watchmen, DC
The Immortal Hulk #9 (review) Marvel Comics, January 2019 Writer: Al Ewing There are two categories of readers that followed Bruce Jones’s stint on The Incredible Hulk #34-76 from 2001-2005: a. Committed readers of the Hulk’s adventures. The character was created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The Hulk involves a scientist, Dr Bruce Banner, being
Fantastic Four #5 – the Wedding of the Thing and Alicia Masters Marvel Comics, February 2019 Writer: Dan Slott Weddings in American superhero comics are usually ill-omened. Batman was recently left at the aisle by Catwoman; The Flash (Wally West) had his wedding to Linda Park interrupted by the villainous Abra Kadabra; Wolverine’s first wedding
Alien3 #1-2 Dark Horse Comics, November- December 2018 Writer: William Gibson A few months ago, we became so excited about the prospect of William Gibson’s “lost” (or at least, neglected) script for the third Alien movie being turned into a comic that we did not wait to write a review. Here is that belated critique.
Winter Soldier #1 Marvel Comics, February 2019 Writer: Kyle Higgins The first time we reviewed a Winter Soldier title, back in 2014, we were not subtle in our views: “The story entirely suffers from a lack of focus at both an authorial and editorial level. There is very little to redeem the plot decisions made
Avengers #11 Marvel Comics, February 2019 Writers: Mike Morales, Ed McGuinness, and Cory Smith The cover to this comic features the Marvel Comics superhero characters Thor and Hulk (usually, “She-Hulk”) in a passionate embrace, framed by lightning. Part of this issue of The Avengers is concerned with this blossoming romance, in the form of a
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