Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, this new chapter of the saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading […]
The Asgardian thunder god Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, has a rather unusual set of abilities. By a determination of magic by his father Odin, only someone worthy can pick it up, not necessarily Thor himself. Back in the days when Thor could transform into the human Doctor Donald Blake and thanks his birth that the writer […]
‘Comic Book Creator’ is the replacement title for ‘Comic Book Artist’, that lasted two years. Although not stated, the implication within this edition that the comicbook artist, especially those who use the Marvel method, contribute greatly to the storytelling so calling it ‘creator’ covers those who can do both and covers some aspect of writing […]
‘The Ballad Of Halo Jones’ is a rather oddball in the ‘2000AD’ comic-book cannon. It’s not overtly violent in the opening two books in this volume and the lead character is an ordinary girl in the future. Still, this is Alan Moore and, at that time in the mid-80s, if he wrote a story based […]
Dan Dare: Pilot Of The Future (The Anastasia, Tempus Frangit, Nimbus, Zylbat And Associated Interplanet Space Fleet Craft by Rod Barzilay and Graham Bleathman (book review).
Back in the 1950s, it was largely believed that the British would lead the space race, which care of ‘The Eagle’ comic and the talents of Frank Hampson and his team brought out into the fictional world of ‘Dan Dare’ set some forty-five years into the future, As writer Rod Barzilay points out in his […]
‘The Man Who Laughs’ is a graphic novel adaptation of the little-known Victor Hugo novel originally published in 1869. Before you ask what this has got to do with genre fiction, I should point out two things. The first is that Gwynplaine, the hero of this story, is the inspiration for the hideous forced grin […]
I want to introduce you to two friends of mine I met back in 1983 or whatever the century was. First there’s the short guy with a quiff, Waldo ‘D.R.’ Dobbs and his big buddy, Ernest Errol Quinch. ‘D.R.’ stands for diminished responsibility but, man, he has a heart of gold, probably donated by someone […]
The problem with any book focusing on comicbooks is that either the authors are going to be long term comicbook readers or going to have to cherrypick as they get up to speed on the topic they want to discuss. With nearly eighty years of super-heroes now and impossible to have read everything, the difference […]
Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness by Roberto Orci, Mike Johnson and David Messing (graphic novel review).
‘Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness’ is the prelude to the latest film ‘Star Trek: ‘Into Darkness’, which I suspect some of you out there might have seen already. Quite why having John Harrison on the cover beats me as he only has a cameo panel right at the end. How much to say about this […]