With only one ‘Modesty Blaise’ book this year, it’s made devouring the content a delightful restoration of my own creativity. With an estimated six books to go before all of the ‘Evening Standard’ newspaper strips are finished, to not to keep to their twice a year releases, publisher Titan Books could be seen to be […]
Al Feldstein is a comicbook legend, even if he might be before most of us were born here. A main contributor and editor to EC Comics, creating the Crypt-Keeper along the way, and when they were forced to fold, later editing ‘Mad’ magazine. However, as the work in this book, ‘Feldstein: The Mad Life And […]
Seven members of the Legion Of Super-Heroes are trapped in the 21st century, having journeyed into the past to attempt to capture a rogue metahuman called Alister and stopping him changing the past. In the previous book, ‘Run From Tomorrow’, they failed. With the second volume, ‘Legion Lost: The Culling’, they have brought themselves to […]
Historically, comics have a huge role in developing SF fans. I think many of us have gone through comics, young adult fiction and onwards. Technology lends itself to producing exciting and interactive comic strips. ‘Pulse’ is a pretty good attempt to modernise such an important pick to open the minds of future SF fans. It […]
This is the big return for ‘X-Men’, with both sets of casts joining up and linking the universe together and it needs a big soundtrack to help it along the way. In a bleak future, the few surviving mutants are being hunted down by Sentinels and, in a last-ditch effort to save themselves, they opt […]
Showcase Presents: Doom Patrol Volume 1 by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani (graphic novel review).
Rita Farr is a beautiful actress. When filming in Africa, she goes over a waterfall and is exposed to underground chemical vapours which give her the power to shrink and enlarge herself. Larry Trainor is a jet pilot who is exposed to ‘unknown wave belts’ when he skims space in an experimental rocket plane. After […]
Transmetropolitan Volume 4: The New Scum by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson (graphic novel review).
The fourth volume of ‘Transmetropolitan’, ‘The New Scum’, continues the satire, brilliance and general nastiness of its predecessors whilst still managing to ramp up the stakes. Following a brutal and unexpected ending to the last volume, ‘Year Of The Bastard’, leading man Spider Jerusalem is in a dark spot. Well, a slightly darker place than […]
Summertime cinema is in the air and the extravagant strides of escapism are in full force. Time travel. Mutants. Killer robots. Superheroes. Days of doom and gloom. So what does all these frivolous factors add up to in the long run? SF and comicbook-loving moviegoers are in for another exciting treat as one of the most […]
These days, the late artist Burne Hogarth is seen as being somewhat legendary. Back in the 70s, there was little of his work available in the UK. I thought his teaching artbooks a little beyond those who sought them out thinking they’d be better comicbook artists because of them, mostly because the work there was […]
The ‘Elephantmen’ series of comics is set about 250 years in the future, where genetically engineered human-animal hybrids, the ‘elephantmen’ of the title, live among ordinary humans. This collection of Elephantmen issues # 16-23 makes a lot more of the elephantmen origins clearer now, in its grim detail. They were genetically implanted in abducted women, […]