From A Library: JLA/Avengers

JLA/Avengers #1–4 by Kurt Busiek and George Perez My mainstream superhero obsession in my early years was the X-Men books, which meant that I grew up thinking that the Avengers and the Justice League of America were the uncool comic books of the previous generation. Therefore, I was never one of those fanboys for whom this was the ultimate comic book dream – a crossover between Marvel and DC’s big-hitter teams. Add to this (heresy alert), I’m not a fan of Perez’s art; I admire his talent but it doesn’t appeal to me. So I was pleasantly surprised to read […]

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From A Library: X-Club

X-Club #1–5 by Si Spurrier and Paul Davidson My first experience of reading something by Spurrier (his novel, Contract – see my thoughts here) didn’t go well so it meant that I didn’t hunt out his work in comic books; however, I try not to let my experiences blinker me (with the exception of Jeph Loeb), so I thought I would give Spurrier another chance with this collection of a mini-series from 2011, about Dr Nemesis, Kavita Rao, Madison Jeffries and Danger, collectively known as X-Club. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised, although that could have been a […]

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Comic Book Review – Elric Volume 1: Elric Of Melniboné

The Michael Moorcock Library Elric created by Michael Moorcoock Script and adaptation by Roy Thomas Art by Michael T Gilbert and P Craig Russell Lettered by Tom Orzechowski Original editor: Michael Friedrich Collection edited by Tom Williams Published by Titan Comics Originally published in 1983/1984 by Pacific Comics, these six issues adapting the first Elric novel (Elric of Melniboné) have been enhanced and re-edited for this new hardcover collection, and make an interesting companion piece to the latest adaptation of the same material (the second volume of which I reviewed here). It is a testament to the strength of the […]

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Comic Book Review – Elric Volume 2: Stormbringer

Elric created by Michael Moorcock Written by Julien Blondel & Jean-Luc Cano (based on the novel by Michael Moorcock) Art by Julien Telo, Robin Recht, Didier Poli Colours by Robin Recht, Jean Bastide & Scarlett Smulkowski Translated by Edward Gauvin Letters by Gabriela Houston Published by Titan Comics I always feel in adequate in my geek qualifications when I admit that I haven’t read much Moorcock; I’ve read more by authors who have named him as a specific influence (Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis and Alan Moore, who provides an excellent foreword to this book). I don’t know if it’s an […]

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From A Library: iZombie

Created/written by Chris Roberson & created/drawn by Michel Allred iZombie: Dead to the World (iZombie #1–5 and part of The House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1) iZombie: uVampire (iZombie #6–12 and The House of Mystery Halloween Annual #2) iZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising (iZombie #13–18) iZombie: Repossession (iZombie #19–28) Now that iZombie has premiered on television, it seemed a good time to talk about the books from which the show has been adapted. The concept behind iZombie appeals to me – I bought the first issue (bargain priced at 99 cents) – because the main characters are a zombie (Gwen) […]

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Comic Book Review: Kick-Ass 3

Kick-Ass 3 #1–8 Written by Mark Millar Pencils by John Romita Jr Inks by Tom Palmer Colours by Dean White with Michael Kelleher Letters by Chris Eliopoulos Edited by Jennifer Lee Published by Titan Books After the events of Kick-Ass 2 (the comic book), Mindy McCready, aka Hit-Girl, is in prison and waiting to be sprung by Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass. She has left him plans and money and her headquarters, but Dave and the rest of the former crime-fighting team called Justice Forever are a ‘bunch of goddamn pussies’ (to quote Mindy). This means that, six months later, Mindy […]

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From A Library: The New Deadwardians

The New Deadwardians #1–8 Written by Dan Abnett Art by INJ Culbard October 1910. London (Zone-A). Chief Inspector George Suttle, Murder Squard, is woken in the night when his housekeeper is killed by a ‘Restless’ (a zombie). He calmly stabs it through the throat to pin it to the table before blowing its head off with his service rifle (he saw duty in the Memorial War). The reason the restless didn’t smell him when he intervened is because, as a soldier, he took ‘the cure’ during the war to fight the Restless – he is now a vampire, for the […]

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Comic Book Review: God Is Dead Volume One

God Is Dead #1–6 Created by Jonathan Hickman Written by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa Art by Di Amorim Colours by Juanmar Letters by Kurt Hathaway Published by Avatar Press In April and May 2015, a range of disasters strike around the global: a volcanic eruption, a massive temperature drop, massive rainfall, incredible sandstorms, a huge seismic event. The death toll is in the millions. Then Zeus turns up in St Peter’s Basilica … Hickman is the modern master of high-concept comic books, and this one is another: the gods of myth have returned to Earth, and this is what […]

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Comic Book Review: Death Sentence Vol. 1

Death Sentence #1–6 Script and covers by Montynero Art and colours by Mike Dowling Letters by Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt Edited by Andrew James Published by Titan Comics One of the delights about being given comic books to review is discovering something really good by creators whose work I’ve never seen. Death Sentence is a perfect example: I didn’t know who Montynero or Dowling were before this book, but I will look out for their work again based on the quality of this collection. Death Sentence is a rattling adventure full of violence, humour, sex, death and creativity, and it marks […]

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Comic Book Review – Dragons: Riders Of Berk Volume One Dragon Down

Script: Simon Furman Pencils: Iwan Nazif Inks: Iwan Nazif (with Bambos Georgiou) Colours: Nestor Pereyra & Digikore Letters: David Manley-Leach Publishers: Titan Comics [Apologies for the absence in posting: I’ve been moving house, which I think it’s a legitimate excuse. At least it means that this connects this review with the arrival of How To Train Your Dragon 2 in cinemas.] It is spring in the Viking village of Berk, and our heroes (Hiccup, Astrid, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Tuffnut and Ruffnut) are flying on their dragons, who are feeling full of energy. Some have more energy than others: Snotlout’s Hoofkfang is […]

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