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December 5, 2020

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

Science fiction

Annihilator (review) – or, Happy Fifth Birthday, Max Nomax

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Frazer Irving Legendary Comics, 2015 It is an object of scientific and existential fascination. Sitting deep within the Milky Way Galaxy, Sagittarius A* is the location of a supermassive black hole, a thing so powerful that it alters the course of stars. Wikipedia notes that, “The name Sgr A* was coined by

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

Superheroes

X of Swords #13 (review)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Mahmud Asar Marvel Comics, December 2020 See the cover above, featuring Apocalypse standing with his children over the bodies of the mutant superhero team called the X-Men? That does not happen in this issue. Only the other day, it seems, did we review the first issue in this story, and here

Humor

The Hair-Raising Misadventures of Martian Trump #1-3 (review)

Writer: TD Inman Artist: Franklin B. Washington Self-published, 2020 Recently on Twitter, the British television show Quite Interesting noted this indeed quite interesting fact: The worst sort of clown is the one who does not know his is a clown. The creators of The Hair-Raising Misadventures of Martian Trump , writer T.D Inman and artist

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

Franco-Belgian/Ligne Claire

Original draft cover for Tintin: The Blue Lotus to be auctioned

One of the original covers by Hergé for his fifth Tintin comic book Le Lotus Bleu (The Blue Lotus) from 1936 will on 21 November 2020 be auctioned by French auction house Artcurial. Tintin’s creator, Hergé, drew the cover for his fifth album of the adventures of Tintin in 1936. However, it was too expensive to mass produce the

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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

Superheroes

X of Swords: Creation (1 of 22) (review)

Writers Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard Artist: Pepe Larraz  Marvel Comics, November 2020 One of the more formidable characters in Marvel Comics’ cast of mutant villains is a hulking figure called Apocalypse. As the name suggests, this apparently immortal being does not have an especially sunny disposition. This series appears to be concerned with events

Science fiction

Dune: The Official Comic Book Adaption (revisited)

Writer: Ralph Macchio Art: Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel Comics, 1984 There has been some genuine excitement about the trailer for the forthcoming motion picture, Dune. This forthcoming motion picture is however only the latest effort to convert the late Frank Herbert’s classic 1968 book into a movie. The first effort is somewhat notorious. It was produced in

Humor

Jonan the Barbarian (review)

Creator: Abel Alvarez Rejo 2020 is in desperate need of some good self-ironic comedy. Look no further than Jonan the Barbarian, a comic by writer and artist Abel Alvarez Rejo. Jonan is an obvious spoof on the classic and quite serious sword and sorcery concept, Conan the Barbarian (created by Robert E. Howard in 1932).

Franco-Belgian/Ligne Claire

Thoreau and Me (review)

Creator: Cédric Taling Self-Made Hero (English translation), 2020 For those middle-aged men who worry about the impact of global environmental degradation upon their ability to fend for their families (like the writer), casually reading up on what was once regarded as ultra-paranoid activities like prepping seems to have become de rigeur. Recently, fear of calamity

Asian

The Dark Side of Seoul – Weird Tales of Korean Lore (review)

Writer: Shawn Morrissey Artist: Tim Bauer Independently published, July 2020 It is quite an ingenious thing for a tour guide to capture the stories of a city in a comic book. That is what writer Shawn Morrissey, a long-term resident of Seoul in Korea, has done with his ghost tour. Mr Morrissey guides tourist around

Superheroes

Happy 10th birthday, Nemesis

Nemesis #1-4 May – December 2010, Icon Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics) Writer: Mark Millar Art: Steve McNiven Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s comic book Nemesis is, after four years of talk, being turned into a motion picture. Here is a synopsis from website Collider -https://collider.com/nemesis-movie-henry-joost-ariel-schulman-emerald-fennell/ : Hot off directing Project Power for Netflix, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have signed

Independent/Self-Published

Super Team International ‘88 #1 (review)

Bronco Ink Comics, 2020 Written by Scott E. Brown Art by Carlos Gabriel Diaz Aficionados of American superhero comic books as the conclusion of what is called the Silver Age of Comics (around 1986) will recognised in this title a key indicia of its theme. The cover art consists of a main dynamic image framed

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Humor

Last Panel (review)

Written by Chuck Harp Art by CJ Lundbad Cam the Chameleon is the star of a now defunct comic book. Cam finds his comic book series discontinued, and sits in a bar called The Harp, drinking a martini, talking to a giant water bear (we think it is a water bear). Cam is done. He

Superheroes

Happy 80th birthday, Green Lantern

US publisher DC Comics have noted the 80th anniversary of the first appearance of superhero Green Lantern by publishing a special edition comic book, entitled, Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. This is the publisher’s advertising copy: DC celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Emerald Knight with this new hardcover collection of the best Green

Humor

Earthbound: Between Two Breaths on Earth (review)

Written, drawn, coloured and letter by Narwhal (Per Berg) Narwhal Books LLC, 2019 This title has a grim premise. Two human mercenaries are periodically resuscitated from cryogenic suspension to perform deadly missions. They have spent the last four years in “stasis coffins”, the captives of aliens of the “Thirteenth Sponsor”. In this instance, the stakes

Fantasy

An update on the Netflix adaption of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

In 2019, writer Neil Gaiman announced that he had written an eleven episode series for content streamer Netflix, based on his classic comic book The Sandman. (We have not checked, but no doubt social media in 2019 was beside itself with casting speculation for all of the main characters.) Few readers of American comic books

Other media on comic books

Hadden Hall v Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns and Moonage Daydreams – a comparative review

Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns and Moonage Daydreams Michael Allred and Steve Horton – writers; Laura Allred: Artist Insight Comics, January 2020 ** Hadden Hall: When David Made Bowie Writer and Artist: Néjib Self Made Hero, 2018. Comic book biographies of musicians are extremely rare creatures. In this comparative review, we look at two comic books published within

Superheroes

Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #1 (Review)

Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #1Writer: Dan JurgensDC Comics, 15 July 2020 Shazam!: Lightning Strikes is a new comic book miniseries that revolves around the eponymous magical superhero, Shazam. The franchise has a long, messy history involving trademark disputes, but the character itself is kid-friendly and uncomplicated: an orphaned boy named Billy Batson transforms into a magical

Superheroes

Batman: Last Knight on Earth (collected edition) (review)

Writer: Scott Snyder Penciller: Greg Capullo DC Comics Black Label imprint, 2020 Too many parents with babies know that crows like exploring old diapers. The birds have a bad habit of getting into garbage bins, left on the roadside for emptying by sanitation workers, with the lid ajar. A crow will strew the contents down

Superheroes

Planetary revisited (plus, a note on the accusations made against Warren Ellis)

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: John Cassidy DC Comics / WildStorm, 1999-2009 We had for some time been seeking to revisit Planetary. This is a comic book series which ran intermittently from 1999 to 2009, published by WildStorm, an imprint of American comic book publisher DC Comics. The irony of exploring a comic book which explored

Franco-Belgian/Ligne Claire

Altitude (review)

Jean-Marc Rochette  and Olivier Bocquet  Self Made Hero, June 2020 The copy for this autobiographical comic from the Amazon website reads as follows: At sixteen, bivouacked on a mountainside beneath a sky filled with stars, Jean-Marc Rochette has already begun measuring himself against some of Europe’s highest peaks. The Aiguille Dibona, the Coup de Saber,

Miscellania

In Waves (review)

Writer and artist: AJ Mungo NoBrow Press, 2019 When we write reviews of comics for this website, we use the second person narrative, “we”, so as to present the impression of objectivity and be brutally honest. It is also a tool to avoid self-indulgence. “We” filters fan blind spots and personal foibles. For this comic,

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