Catch-up Comic Book Reviews – Rivers of London: Night Witch #1

Written by Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel Art by Lee Sullivan Colours by Luis Guerrero Letters by Rob Steen Edited by Steve White Published by Titan Comics The Rivers of London series of books is really terrific, telling the adventures of Constable Peter Grant as he becomes the first new member in years of the Folly, the branch of the Metropolitan police that deals with crimes to do with magic. I’ve been a big fan of it and Ben Aaronovitch since the first book back in 2012; I even went to see him at Manor House library, where he was […]

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Comic Book Review – Doctor Who: Four Doctors

Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1–5 Written by Paul Cornell Art by Neil Edwards Colours by Ivan Nunes Letters by Richard Starkings/Jimmy Betancourt Edited by Andrew James Published by Titan Comics On the planet Marinus at some point during the Time War, the War Doctor is with the Voord, a hive mind race, who are resisting the Daleks; they are worried that the Time Lords will remove what the Voord have become during the war and ask the War Doctor for help. Cut to: Clara Oswald and the Twelfth Doctor, with the word ‘Marinus’ popping in to her head – after […]

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Comic Book Review: The Troop #1

Written and created by Noel Clarke Art by Joshua Cassara Colours by Luis Guerrero Letters by Rona Simpson Edited by Steve White Published by Titan Comics Noel Clarke should stop being so damn capable at everything he tries. In addition to acting, screenwriting, producing and directing films, he’s turned his attention to writing comic books, and he’s created a really good comic book that is interesting and exciting. It’s so frustrating … The Troop is definitely a comic book with comic book antecedents, which is definitely a good thing – the industry is littered with comic books written or co-written […]

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Comic Book Review – Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1

Written by George Mann Art by Emma Vieceli Colours by Hi-Fi Letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt Edited by Andrew James Published by Titan Comics Josephine ‘Josie’ Day is painting in an empty cottage in a Welsh village when she’s disturbed by a noise, then a man: ‘I’m the Doctor, and I’d very much like to know what you’re doing in my house?’; her life isn’t going to be the same. The man is the eighth Doctor (as played by Paul McGann for one film, over a decade of audio adventures and recently wonderfully revived by Steve Moffat […]

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Comic Book Review: Johnny Red #1

Written by Garth Ennis Art by Keith Burns Colours by Jason Worde Letters by Ron Steen Edited by Steve White Published by Titan Comics Tony Iverson is a young, wealthy man (he made his money in the dot com boom) who has come to Vintage Flyers in Suffolk so that they can restore P7089: the battered and beaten airframe of a Hurricane plane (‘the plane that won the Battle of Britain while the Spitfire got the credit’). It has a strange history and the wreckage was recently found in Eastern Germany – for more details, Iverson will have to go […]

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Comic Book Review – Heroes: Vengeance #1

Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey and Zach Craley Art by Rubine Letterer Jim Campbell Published by Titan Comics This is an unusual comic book in that it’s not the start of a mini-series – the cover calls it a ‘prelude’ to the new TV series, Heroes Reborn; the accompanying text for the preview copy talks about it ‘revealing secrets about key characters in the show’; the inside front cover explicitly states the identity of the central character: Oscar Gutierrez, a mechanic who lives in downtown LA troubled by gangsters, is secretly El Vengador. This issue, despite reading as if there […]

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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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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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