Comics: Apparat review

The Apparat line of comics was Warren Ellis writing a set of one-off issues of comics based on the idea that superheroes didn’t exist in the publishing world. See here for the official site, which includes some information from Ellis and the covers. There’s also a preview here. Frank IronwireEllis likes his emotional detectives; the debauched individual who gets deep into the heart of the crime because that’s their job and they are very good at it. This stuff reminds me of the Derek Raymond novels, which isn’t surprising as I only read them after they were recommended by Ellis […]

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Movies: Oscar Nominations Opinions

Armed with the knowledge that I haven’t seen all the films nominated, you can take my opinions on the nominations with Galactus-sized pinch of sodium chloride, but that won’t stop me from sharing anyway. As I do a note-perfect impression of a very lazy person, it’s taken a while for me to speak my mind on the subject. Subsequently, other people have posted their takes: Tom has an always well-written and informed look, Jog speaks his mind (and don’t worry about writing about films, Jog; it’s okay to talk film every so often), while the lovely people at Empire talk […]

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Comics: Incoming Issues

(So, BlogThis! allows me to post things for the moment, so I can appease my addiction to posting my opinions.) Comics being held for me at my favourite London comic shop, Gosh!, this week: Usagi Yojimbo #81 JLA Classified #3Legion Of Super Heroes #2Planetary #22Sleeper Season Two #8 Fantastic Four #522 (With thanks to Chuck who emails the New Comics Release List, week in, week out, to let people know what comics, among other things, are shipping.) Looking forward to a new dose of Usagi, after the Art of Usagi Yojimbo hardcover (see here for my review), there hasn’t been […]

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Is Blogger working today?

This must be the price to pay for using a popular, and free, blogging service. There are problems loading blogspot sites, and I can’t get to the new post page to fill this blog with lots of patented Clandestine Critic nonsense. But, I can use BlogThis! to do this post (well, I assume; I’ll be able to see when I hit Publish, but I won’t be able to edit it if things work or not when I do, so this might look a bit foolish if this posts and then can’t do anything else – aaaarrrrggghhhh), so will someone tell […]

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Oscar Orgy Begins

The nominations for the 77th Oscars have been announced. I haven’t had the chance to fully digest them, but there are some surprise inclusions (Alan Alda?), some bizarre ones (Shark Tale) and some good ones (Mike Leigh for Best Director). I just felt I would be remiss if I didn’t post the link as soon as possible. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post more later.

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Clandestine Critic’s Current Comics Comments

The title needs work, but it will do for now. So, let’s have a look at the comics I purchased for my own entertainment pleasure last week: Authority: Revolution #4 Still haven’t decided if I like this yet, as it hasn’t quite clicked for me yet. I don’t read his Captain America, but it makes me wonder if Brubaker is a straight super-hero kind of guy. Still, this issue has some nice stuff, like Jenny Quantum, and the Nguyen’s handle on the team is beginning to gel. Daredevil #69 I’m really enjoying Bendis & Maleev’s run on DD, and this […]

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Are free film magazines worth the money?

Here in the UK, the two major cinema chains are Odeon and Vue (formerly Warner Village). I’ve recently been to both (as you can see by the reviews I’ve been doing) and pick up their free magazines to read. Not for their content, but to look for errors, ever since I read one issue where there was so many typos, fact-mischecking, and downright stupidity I actually wrote a detailed critique of the issue to the editor, offering my services as a proof-reader. Strangely, they didn’t reply. But they have improved, so I feel some small sense of victory. So, Odeon […]

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Film Review – National Treasure

Before you say anything, it was free, okay? I wouldn’t normally see something like this in the cinema but it’s nice to see a film for free, and my girlfriend wanted to see it because she likes Nic Cage. (See what I did there? Casually dropped into the conversation that I have a girlfriend, in case anyone was wondering about my sexuality or my partnership status, and blamed her at the same time, thus incurring her wrath when she reads this. There’s just so much going on in this post.) Now, I haven’t read The DaVinci Code, but I’d guess […]

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Comics: Art of Usagi Yojimbo

Art of Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai, Dark Horse Comics The Art of Usagi Yojimbo hardcover celebrates 20 years of Stan Sakai writing and drawing the adventures of the rabbit ronin, Miyamoto Usagi. In comics today, that’s quite an achievement, especially for the anthropomorphic (aka furry comics) stylings of a samurai bunny set in the times of feudal Japan, in black and white. Most people get thrown by that description. Especially the ‘rabbit’ part. Which is a shame, as it’s one of the most wonderful comic book series being published today. Sakai has created in Usagi a fascinating character, and given […]

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Journalist knows nothing – my inner geek sees red

There is a free newspaper in tube stations here in London called The Metro. If it wasn’t free, and didn’t publish a cryptic crossword I can complete, I probably wouldn’t get it. But old student habits are hard to break, so a free paper is part of my morning ritual. In it, they report on the Stan Lee/Marvel case. However, they refer to Stan as ‘the artist who created Spider-Man’ and ‘who also drew the Hulk and the X-Men’ (emphasis my own). I wish they put their items on the web so I could point you in their direction and […]

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