Catch-up Comic Book Reviews – Rivers of London: Night Witch #1

Written by Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel Art by Lee Sullivan Colours by Luis Guerrero Letters by Rob Steen Edited by Steve White Published by Titan Comics The Rivers of London series of books is really terrific, telling the adventures of Constable Peter Grant as he becomes the first new member in years of the Folly, the branch of the Metropolitan police that deals with crimes to do with magic. I’ve been a big fan of it and Ben Aaronovitch since the first book back in 2012; I even went to see him at Manor House library, where he was […]

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From A Library – Star Wars: Shattered Empire

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1–4 Written by Greg Rucka Art by Marco Checchetto (and Angel Unzueta and Emilio Laiso) I didn’t expect to see Rucka writing a Star Wars comic, especially one that starts at the end of the Battle of Endor; what I did expect was that Rucka would write a good comic book, and at least I was right about that. Lieutenant Shara Bey is an Alliance pilot in Green Group, fighting Imperial ships outside the Death Star; she comes close to accidentally shooting Luke Skywalker as he exits the Death Star following his battle with the Emperor. […]

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Comic Book Review – Doctor Who: Four Doctors

Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1–5 Written by Paul Cornell Art by Neil Edwards Colours by Ivan Nunes Letters by Richard Starkings/Jimmy Betancourt Edited by Andrew James Published by Titan Comics On the planet Marinus at some point during the Time War, the War Doctor is with the Voord, a hive mind race, who are resisting the Daleks; they are worried that the Time Lords will remove what the Voord have become during the war and ask the War Doctor for help. Cut to: Clara Oswald and the Twelfth Doctor, with the word ‘Marinus’ popping in to her head – after […]

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Comic Book Review: The Troop #1

Written and created by Noel Clarke Art by Joshua Cassara Colours by Luis Guerrero Letters by Rona Simpson Edited by Steve White Published by Titan Comics Noel Clarke should stop being so damn capable at everything he tries. In addition to acting, screenwriting, producing and directing films, he’s turned his attention to writing comic books, and he’s created a really good comic book that is interesting and exciting. It’s so frustrating … The Troop is definitely a comic book with comic book antecedents, which is definitely a good thing – the industry is littered with comic books written or co-written […]

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Comic Book Review: Crossed +100 Volume 1

Crossed +100 #1–6 Written by Alan Moore Art by Gabriel Andrade Colours by Digikore Studios Letters by Jaymes Reed Crossed created by Garth Ennis Published by Avatar Press The mark of a truly great writer is the ability to create work in any genre, even a genre you don’t necessarily enjoy, and surpass the expectations and limitations while demonstrating their skill and craft to open your eyes to a good story. Alan Moore does that here. Working in a zombie-like setting, he creates a new dialect for a post-destruction Earth, examines the nature of the concept and then pulls the […]

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Comic Book Review – Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1

Written by George Mann Art by Emma Vieceli Colours by Hi-Fi Letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt Edited by Andrew James Published by Titan Comics Josephine ‘Josie’ Day is painting in an empty cottage in a Welsh village when she’s disturbed by a noise, then a man: ‘I’m the Doctor, and I’d very much like to know what you’re doing in my house?’; her life isn’t going to be the same. The man is the eighth Doctor (as played by Paul McGann for one film, over a decade of audio adventures and recently wonderfully revived by Steve Moffat […]

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Comic Book Review: Johnny Red #1

Written by Garth Ennis Art by Keith Burns Colours by Jason Worde Letters by Ron Steen Edited by Steve White Published by Titan Comics Tony Iverson is a young, wealthy man (he made his money in the dot com boom) who has come to Vintage Flyers in Suffolk so that they can restore P7089: the battered and beaten airframe of a Hurricane plane (‘the plane that won the Battle of Britain while the Spitfire got the credit’). It has a strange history and the wreckage was recently found in Eastern Germany – for more details, Iverson will have to go […]

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From A Library: Mystery Society

Mystery Society #1–5 Written by Steve Niles Art by Fiona Staples How did I not hear about this comic book before? I like to think I keep abreast of the comic-book world, and particularly for comic books that appeal to my tastes, but I completely missed this mini-series when it came out in 2010. I didn’t know anything about it until I saw a copy of the collected edition in the library, attracted by the Fiona Staples art (she is deservedly a big star thanks to her fabulous work on Saga), and now I’ve found something that I adore, even […]

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Comic Book Review – Assassin’s Creed: Trial By Fire #1

Written by Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery Art by Neil Edwards Letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt Colours by Ivan Nunes Edited by Lizzie Kaye Published by Titan Comics 1852. Great Basin Desert. California Gold Rush. A young woman in cowboy gear attacks a stagecoach to reclaim gold for the Maidu people who mined it. But this isn’t the genetic memories of a past life, as would be expected if you know anything about Assassin’s Creed – it’s a computer game, played on a virtual reality set by Charlotte de la Cruz, who prefers playing as the […]

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Comic Book Review – Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #2.1

Written by Si Spurrier and Rob Williams Art by Simon Fraser Colours by Gary Caldwell Published by Titan Comics The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) is travelling with a new companion, Alice Obiefune, a library assistant from Hackney. We first see them trapped in large tubes that are timeless pocket dimensions, at the hands of the Overcast, who have found the Doctor guilty in absentia of the crime of the systematic annihilation of fifty generations of their people. The Doctor escapes, obviously, but they are chased by The Malignant – they are a curse, supposedly created by the Doctor 1,200 years […]

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