Who Watches The Watchmen Costumes?

Late to the party as ever, a few comments on the first images from Watchmen the film. There have been many comments (my favourite reaction was Kevin’s [EDIT: link no longer exists], the most thoughtful from Mike) about promotional images for a film that is still over a year away. The aspect I think that has been missed is that the characters were never going to reflect the book – ever since the cast was announced, it was apparent that the filmmakers were going young, something which was always going to affect the costume designs (digression: John Cassaday and Adam […]

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ClanDestine Week: ClanDestine v2 #1 Review

The ClanDestine (volume 2 issue 1) by Alan Davis And now we come to the remarkable – the return of the ClanDestine. I didn’t think it would happen, even if Davis has been working with Marvel of late, but it would appear that the powers that be care to keep Davis at their house enough to let him create more stories of his creator-owned series. That’s fine with me. First things first – what’s going on with the logo? The original had a classic elegance (similar to the Trajan font, as discussed the eminent letterer Todd Klein in this post […]

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ClanDestine Week: The X-Men Special

X-Men and the ClanDestine #1 (October 1996) A year after the end of the series, Alan is given the opportunity to round up support for his creation – nothing like slapping an ‘X’ on a comic book to increase sales. And Davis had form with the X-Men – apart from his run on Excalibur, he came to prominence drawing New Mutants Annuals #2 and #3, Uncanny X-Men #213 and #215, and Uncanny X-Men Annual #11 back in 1986/87. The comic is set during the time when Wolverine’s claws were made of bone and were still somehow able to cut things […]

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ClanDestine Week: The Second Half

Welcome back for ClanDestine Week, where we’ll look at the second half of the Alan Davis run on the first series of ClanDestine. Issue 5 – ‘Genie-ology’ The origin issue. Adam tells Rory and Pandora the story of how he became immortal and sired children with unnatural abilities in the family graveyard (we see tombstones for Sherlock [Holmes, perhaps?], Garth [the newspaper strip, perhaps?], and Lance [… nope, you’ve got me there], suggesting the sense of history that Davis has planned for the story). Adam was bon in 1168, in England; a farm hand who is impaled on a scythe, […]

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ClanDestine Week: Teaser, Preview, First Storyline

The first appearance of The ClanDestine is in an eight-page story in Marvel Comics Presents #158, in early July of 1994. We see a group of spandex-clad superheroes fighting a small army of robots, punching, kicking, slicing with swords – you know, the fun stuff. In the background is a Woody Allen lookalike with a remote control unit (from Acme). Only it turns out to be the equivalent of a Danger Room session – in response to the kids desire to fight crime, they thought the training exercise might put them off. They were wrong. The sense of acrobatic dynamism […]

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ClanDestine Week: Prologue

ClanDestine: A Prologue, in which I explain why I’m writing about The ClanDestine I’m not one of those comic book bloggers who have a ‘thing’ in addition to their blogging about comic books, such as Neilalien and his love of Dr Strange, Mike Sterling and his love of Swamp Thing, or even Dorian and his love of Wildcat. (Or Chris Sims and his love of kicking people in the face.) This blog isn’t themed around a belief that ClanDestine is the greatest comic book ever created. I do believe that it was one of the highlights of Marvel’s output in […]

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Comic News Reflections

I talked about Paul Cornell’s Wisdom mini-series, which means I can say that I’m looking forward to his reward of an ongoing series: Captain Britain and MI-13. Cornell has a nice writing style, good sense of plotting and a very British sense of humour, which should all make for an interesting comic book. And, with Leonard Kirk on art duties, an artist I’ve enjoyed since I first saw his work on Ultragirl (which I think was his first Marvel job), that’s a cracking creative team. The combination of Captain Britain, Pete Wisdom and the marvellous John the Skrull is enough […]

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From A Library – Wisdom: Rudiments of Wisdom

Wisdom #1–6 by Paul Cornell and Trevor Hairsine/Manuel Garcia Paul Cornell is another one of those people who could be accused of stunt writing, if you use the cache of his writing episodes of Doctor Who, Primeval (or even Robin Hood) to pull in the punters. But Cornell has been writing genre fiction for quite some time, his name isn’t sufficiently well known, and he’s a Brit, so nobody is going to care that much. Which is a shame because it meant that nobody paid much attention to this mini-series when it came out. Having read the trade, I’m amazed […]

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Book Review: Contract

Contract by Simon Spurrier By a confluence of events, I discovered that Si Spurrier was writing Gutsville and a new Silver Surfer mini series called In Thy Name, and then saw this book – about a hitman whose hits come back from the dead, hinting at a divine conflict, a heavenly war – which, you have to admit, sounds pretty damn cool. Excerpts on a promo site [EDIT: promo site no longer exists] about the protagonist, Michael Point, suggest an interesting prose style: I’m sold. I would like to tell you now that the book is NOT about a heavenly war. At […]

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Oscar 2008 – Reactions

Transformers was robbed! Ahem. So, the 2008 Academy Awards have been revealed – and we have had a good yield for a good year. The Coens got the Oscars they deserved, even if they did it to spite my prediction of the Academy splitting the director/best film. Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem were the predicted winners, whereas the female awards threw up the surprises. I haven’t seen the films to speculate, but I’m glad for Tilda Swinton (and not in a jingoistic patriotic way) – an interesting actress with an interesting career. Ratatouille got the best animated film, of course, […]

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