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August 18, 2019

Blackbird Volume 1 (review)

Blackbird Volume 1Writer: Sam HumphriesArtist: Jen BartelImage Comics, 2019Purchased: Quality Comics, Perth Alan Moore’s body of work casts a long shadow. Written for the America’s Best Comics imprint of US publisher DC Comics from 1999 to 2005, Promethea explores a hidden world of magic and symbolism. The protagonist is a goofy school girl named Sophie Bangs who

Miscellania

Frank Quitely: Drawing + Sketches (Review)

Frank Quitely: Drawing + SketchesBHP Comics, 2018(Purchased: The Strand Bookshop, New York) Frank Quitely (the pen name for Vincent Deighan) is an internationally renowned comic book artist perhaps best known for his repeated collaborations with fellow Scot, writer Grant Morrison. Mr Quitely has been prolific over the past thirty years. Amongst his portfolio is art

Humor

Curses (Review)

CursesWriter: Josef CastielArtist: Jacob FlemingCursescomic.com One of the most sensible things to do in independent comic book publishing, and one done so rarely done that we cannot think of another example of it, is to deploy an editor. Too many independent comics suffer for the absence of an editor. Writer Josef Castiel and artist Jacob

Crime

Wolverton #2 (Review)

Wolverton #2 Writers: Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett Burnt Biscuit Books, Fall 2019 We have previously reviewed the first issue of Wolverton, an 1930s pulp adventure comic with shades of dark fantasy by writers Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett. That first issue focused on crime as a source of entertainment and distraction to

Fantasy

Kill Six Billion Demons (Volume 1) (Review)

Kill Six Billion Demons (Volume 1)Image Comics, March 2016. Purchased: Comiczone, Perth, AustraliaWriter and artist: Abaddon (Tom Parkinson-Morgan) Allison: “God is… dead? So who’s… like, in charge?Aeon: “What happens to a man’s house when he dies? The cats, the rats, and the cockroaches take over.” (This review deals only with Volume 1. Our review of

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Superheroes

DC Comics to Retire Flash Titles

(Los Angeles): DC Comics announced today that it will be retiring long-serving superhero, The Flash and cancelling the character’s title. The American comic book publisher, which has had The Flash comic books in constant circulation since 1956, decided to cease publishing the character with the final issue of the title, The Flash #70, being the last. “We’re really sad

Horror

Hardbody #1 (review)

Hardbody #1Writer: Fred Schwartz  Writer Fred Schwarz and his team take a long, wry look at gym culture in this new independent title, Hardbody.  Borrowing heavily from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Mr Schwartz wonders what are the aesthetic limits to physical perfection, and to what extent a person is willing to cheat. Mr Schwartz has a very useful

Superheroes

Heroes in Crisis #7 (review)

DC Comics, May 2019. Purchased: Quality Comics, Perth, AustraliaWriter: Tom King We have previously reviewed Heroes in Crisis #1-3  – and favourably, noting that for the first time, an American comic book publisher is treating mental health as something other than the secret origin of the supervillain-of-the-week. But with this latest issue, American writer Tom King is now

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Miscellania

Sony in legal challenge with DC Comics over ‘Zero Hour’ Trademark

Long-standing readers of DC Comics’ superhero fare will remember the publisher’s 1994 comic book series “Zero Hour”. This was a limited series designed to reboot DC Comics’ superhero continuity. It was creatively remarkable in that some of the last pages of various issues were intentionally blank, to demonstrate erasure of the existing continuity. In 1995, DC

Science fiction

Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 (review)

Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1Image Comics / MillarWorld Writer: Mark Millar On 7 August 2017 the television production and broadcasting company Netflix purchased a company called MillarWorld Limited. MillarWorld was the corporate vehicle for the creativity of a Scottish comic book writer named Mark Millar, of whom we have written many times previously. The terms

Australia

The Resurrected #5 (Review)

The Resurrected #5Carnouche Productions, March 2019Writer: Christian Carnouche We have been following Australian writer Christian Carnouche’s independently-published title The Resurrected for some time, and with this fifth issue the title reaches a conclusion. For a summary of the plot and the issues of treatment of Australian Aboriginal people which the title addresses, please follow this link. As

Independent/Self-Published

Ax Man #1 (review)

Ax Man #1March 2019Writer: Ryan Little While we frequently explore horror titles, World Comic Book Review does not write about zombie-led plots very often. The success of Image Comics’ The Walking Dead in the early 2000s spawned an enormous zombie horror sub-genre, much of which we think is a waste of time (including, perhaps controversially, Marvel Zombies).  And

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