Saucer Country Volume 2: The Reticulan Candidate by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly (graphic novel review).
‘The Reticulan Candidate’ collects issues 7-14 of Paul Cornell’s political alien abduction thriller ‘Saucer Country’. Governor Arcadia Alvarado is running for president, trying to mask the fact that she believes she was abducted by aliens. As such, she’s employed a Ufologist named Kidd to investigate reports behind abductees, Men in Black and a black ops […]
One of this year’s big Hollywood films had humble beginnings. Doctor Strange, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the soon to be released movie, first appeared in Strange Tales # 110, July 1963. ‘Strange Tales’ was a comicbook anthology of short Science Fiction and fantasy stories and the character was almost certainly named to fit in […]
The Jack Kirby Collector # 68 is full of features on the work of the world’s greatest comic artist. Probably the main item here is an interview with the King by J. Michael Straczynski of ‘Babylon 5’ fame and Larry DiTillio which was broadcast on radio in 1990. No new information here really but Kirby […]
Legion Of Super-Heroes: When Evil Calls by Paul Levitz, Geraldo Borges, Yildiray Cinar and Phil Jimenez (graphic novel review).
This is, I assume, the final volume of ‘Legion Of Super-Heroes: When Evil Calls’ before the ‘New 52’ consists of Adventure Comics # 523-529, Legion Of Super-Villains # 1 and Legion Of Super-Heroes # 11-16. The initial section looks at candidates in the Legion Academy. Unlike previous LSH realities, those rejected for various reasons can […]
With a cover showing Batman sending the Guy Gardner Green Lantern flying with a single punch, it should come as no surprise that this ‘Back Issue’ is sub-titled ‘All-Jerks Issue!’. To us British, who don’t use the term ‘jerk’, these are just obnoxious people who get up everyone’s nose. Saying that, I do have to […]
First, I must confess when I started this review I had not yet seen the ‘Suicide Squad’ film, so it was without any prior knowledge that I pressed play. So I listened to this score as a piece of music, hoping that it could transcend its source material and work on its own the way […]
One cannot ignore the opening editorial plea by Mike Manley that in the world of declining paper magazine sales that it would help if a few more specialist shops were encouraged to stock ‘Draw!’ to boost sales. He has a point because, no matter how much information there is on the Internet, it doesn’t mean […]
This issue of ‘Alter Ego’ has a picture of a certain cyborg called ‘Deathlok’ on the cover, so it should hardly come as a surprise the first major interview is with his creator, Rich Buckler’. I had dropped out of comics in the early 1970s and it was ‘Deathlok’ that drew me back in. After […]
For every super-hero, there is a corresponding theme that is meant to set to the heart-pounding and the blood racing. From John Williams stirring score for ‘Superman’ to the childishly simple yet brilliantly catchy opening to the 1966 ‘Batman’ TV show, all swirling around the minds of many super-hero fans, music has always played an […]
This is a twist from the content of recent ‘Back Issue’s I’ve read as it focuses on, as the cover says, ‘Bronze Age Adaptations’. As with ‘The Shadow’, on the cover, you get a look at the original novels before ploughing into the various comicbook adaptations from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Dynamite of the […]