World Comic Book Review

2nd April 2023

X-Men: Red #1 (review)

Writer: Al Ewing Artists: Stefano Caselli and Federico Blee Marvel Comics. June, 2022 At the outset: an apology. This critique mentions the names of characters and various backstories which a new reader looking for some objective narrative will not follow. In that sense, our critique entirely resembles the object of its scrutiny – it is … Read more

X Lives of Wolverine #3 and 4 (review)

Writer: Benjamin Percy Artists: Joshua Cassara and Federico Vincentini Marvel Comics, February 2022 The superhero character Wolverine, created 1974 by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Jr and owned by Marvel Comics, is a never-ending rolling vista of commercialisation, devoid of navigation. The prospect of the world-famous Canadian mutant being infected with a virus … Read more

Happy 40th Birthday, Rogue

Creators: Chris Claremont and Michael Golden First appearance: Avengers Annual #10 (1981) (Marvel Comics) Marvel Comics’ mutant Rogue is a long-standing member of the X-Men, and as such, has a convoluted and sometimes contradictory fictional history set in the ongoing soap opera of that superhero team. We do not propose to navigate that particular maze: … Read more

X-Men #20 (review)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Francesco Mobili Marvel Comics, May 2021 This very recent issue of X-Men, a comic about mutant superheroes from American publisher Marvel Comics, adds a level of danger and desperation not seen in the title for some time. Writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Francesco Mobili have been on various tangents since setting … Read more