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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Comic Book Review: Bloodthirsty #1

Written by Mark Landry Art by Ashley Witter Published by Titan Comics Prelude: New Orleans, September 2005, a few days after Hurricane Katrina – 80% of the city under 20 feet of water, five days with no help, two thousand dead. Virgil LaFleur is a rescuer with the Coast Guard, helping to save many people but unable to save his own parents; when he tries to save his mother, he nearly drowns, but not before seeing under the water many corpses with their throats slit. Ten years later, Virgil has kept his promise to his dying mother to look after […]

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Book Review – Harry Potter: The Character Vault

Written by Jody Revenson Published by Titan Books RRP £24.99 If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, there is no such thing as enough information about the world of Harry Potter. This book is made with love and care for fans of JK Rowling’s creation, and it is a treasure trove of beautiful photographs, concept art and lovely details from behind the scenes that infuse appreciation for the amount of hard work that went into the making of the films. You need to have this handsome book on your shelves if you are into Harry Potter (which includes me, as […]

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Writer Top Five: John Ostrander

This collection of ‘Writer Top Five’ posts is about the writers who have the most comics in my collection and my favourite books of theirs. John Ostrander has written a lot of comic books, but I don’t have all of them by any stretch: it’s down to a few runs on a small selection of comic books that earn him a place on the list. Ostrander studied theology and was an actor, but started writing comic books in 1983, co-creating Grimjack for First Comics with Timothy Truman. (I have to confess: I’ve never read any Grimjack, despite being an Ostrander […]

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From A Library: Harry 20 On The High Rock

Written by Gerry Finley Day Art by Alan Davis (instalments from 2000 AD progs 287–307) It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the art of Alan Davis on this blog, so this book is an interesting collection of his early art, from back in 1982–1983. There is a particularly fascinating introduction by Davis himself, explaining it all: meeting 2000 AD editor Richard Burton in 1982, while Davis still had a regular day job in a factory and a small amount of experience on Captain Britain and Marvelman, so this was an opportunity for Davis to go full time. […]

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From A Library: Forever Evil

Forever Evil #1–7 Written by Geoff Johns Art by David Finch My reading of collected editions written by Geoff Johns continues. This one was of interest because it was the first company-wide crossover event of the DC New 52, running during the end of 2013 and the first half of 2014, so there was an almost historical aspect to the book. There is nothing new or different in the approach to the crossover, but a new universe to play with allows for different opportunities. The story starts with Lex Luthor threatening Thomas Kord in a helicopter, because Luthor is an […]

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From A Library – Superman: Secret Origins

Superman: Secret Origins #1–6 Written by Geoff Johns Art by Gary Frank It’s strange reading a story that came out in 2009/2010 that is now irrelevant due to the Nu52 rebooting the entire DC universe. It’s extra strange when the writer behind it is the Chief Creative Officer at DC – did he know that the story would be pointless when he was writing it? Did he just want to write his version of the Superman origin story before things changed? Did he want to leave a footnote to the history while he had the chance? When I think about […]

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This Town Needs An Editor

An explanation: by day, I’m a freelance medical editor; by night, I’m a geeky blogger with a silly sense of humour. When they combine, you get this. In 1989, Tim Burton’s Batman was released and became a sensation, and Jack Nicholson’s Joker was a sensation as well. Dialogue from the film was included in Prince’s Batdance song, which was everywhere that year as well, and the line spoken by Nicholson’s Joker, ‘This town needs an enema’, entered pop culture. Fast-forward to now: the other day, I tweeted a line about a company needing an editor, and echoes of the past came […]

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From A Library: Blackest Night

Blackest Night #0–8 Written by Geoff Johns Art by Ivan Reis Wow, Geoff Johns really loves Hal Jordan, doesn’t he? There is no other hero more super: he’s the greatest because everyone keeps saying he’s the greatest, and no one else can do what he does. At least according to Johns. This is the equivalent of literary fellatio and it can sometimes feel too intimate to read. This also reads as rather depressing because of the inherent morbidity. To paraphrase, let’s talk about death, baby: Batman (at the time this came out), J’onn J’onnz, Aquaman, Katana, Tim Drake, Kyle Rayner’s […]

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