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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Film Review: No Country For Old Men

Apologies for the hiccup in posting – a sick girlfriend will do that to a schedule. To get back into the swing of things, and in advance of the Oscars tonight, here are my thoughts on No Country For Old Men, which I think will win the best directing Oscars for the Coen brothers but not the best film, which will go to There Will Be Blood. The first adaptation by the Coen brothers, this film grabs you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you until you drop. This happens from the start – Javier Bardem is arrested […]

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I Am Geek, Hear Me Roar

(Click to embiggen) So, having your girlfriend have an emergency appendectomy when you visit your parents in Ireland really gets in the way of blogging. Not much time for writing content when you’re a nurse. It means that I haven’t had the chance to buy the first issue of the new ClanDestine series (so I haven’t had an opportunity to rejoice yet, Greg); I’ve been trying to catch up on my blog reading (nearly 1000 posts on my Google Reader). The one bit of relaxing I did was the Empire How Well Do You Know? the X-Men Trilogy quiz: see […]

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From A Library – The Thing: Idol of Millions

The Thing (latest series) issues #1–8 by Dan Slott and Andrea DiVito and Kieron Dwyer What is it about the Thing that gets him is own series? I’ve never understood it – sure, he’s got pathos but remains down to earth, and he’s got the catchphrase, but what is it about him that keeps getting him his own book outside of the Fantastic Four, the whole point of which is the family dynamic. He’s rocky, he’s orange, he’s strong, and that’s about it. This time around, Ben Grimm is written by Dan Slott, a funny man (having Ben say, ‘I’m […]

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From A Library – Jack of Fables: The Nearly Great Escape

Jack of Fables #1–5 by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges and Tony Akins Vertigo has always been one for capitalising on a success, so it is no big surprise that Fables, their current bestseller, gets its own spin-off in the character of Jack of all Fables, exiled after the mess with the megasuccessful film trilogy. Here, Jack is leaving Hollywood after being driven out by the Manhattan Fables for endangering them, when he is captured by the Golden Boughs Retirement Community. This is a nice idea – it reveals where the other Fables who are not in the main book […]

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Film Review – Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street

I was in a quandary about watching Sweeney Todd. On the one hand, I enjoy the films of Tim Burton, especially those with Johnny Depp; on the other hand, I’m not a great fan of musicals. Fortunately, seeing a free preview solved the dilemma. I had never seen the musical or even knew the story, apart from the obvious facts deduced from the title; I was intrigued after its appearance, of sorts, in Jersey Girl and Kevin Smith’s appreciation for the musical. The story is straightforward – Depp is Benjamin Barker, a talented barber with a wife and daughter, who […]

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From A Library – Book: Knight Life

Knight Life by Peter David As well as comics in my library, they have actual text-only books as well. I know, weird. Having read Peter David’s comics since Incredible Hulk, I had been wanting to read his own novels (rather than his Star Trek stories). This version of Knight Life was the revised text – PAD had gone back to it to update and expand it quite substantially – so bear that in mind when reading my thoughts. Arthur has been returned from a suspended state by the immortal Merlin (he is ageing backwards, so he is now a twelve-year-old […]

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