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Back Issue # 95 April 2017 (magazine review).

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Back Issue # 95 April 2017 (magazine review).

This specific issue of ‘Back issue’ is devoted to ‘creatures of the night’ on the cover although this is a wide brief or why include Marc Spector aka Moon Knight for its opening volley cos he’s hardly a creature. Here we have an intensive interview with his creator/writer Doug Moench and artist for much of […]

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Rocket & Groot (first free episode of Marvel’s new online series).

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rocket & Groot (first free episode of Marvel’s new online series).

Here’s Marvel’s Rocket & Groot cartoon series – the first in a 12-part new animated online series based on two of the most popular characters from Guardians of the Galaxy – but it ships with one serious flaw. You can currently only view it on Youtube if you are in the USA. Oh, Disney. Oh, Marvel. […]

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Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Vol.1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers (graphic novel review).

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Vol.1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers (graphic novel review).

Like all ‘Marvel Essential’ and ‘DC Showcase’ volumes this is in black and white on cheap paper. Marvel has discontinued the ‘Essential’ line, sadly, but I think DC are still doing ‘Showcase’. The first issue of ‘Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos’ was dated May 1963 with story by Stan Lee and art by Jack […]

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James Bond Volume 2: Eidolon by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (graphic novel review).

February 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
James Bond Volume 2: Eidolon by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (graphic novel review).

The next volume of Warren Ellis’ take on James Bond, ‘Eidolon’, follows many of the same beats he established in his first story ‘Vargr’ (which was reviewed here http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/james-bond-volume-1-vargr-by-warren-ellis-and-james-masters-graphic-novel-review/). Again, Bond is the archetypal blunt instrument, sent in to do the government’s dirty work. He’s cold, efficient and ruthless and the globetrotting playboy we’ve come […]

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Alter Ego # 145 March 2017 (magazine review).

February 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego # 145 March 2017 (magazine review).

Despite having a ‘Monark Starstalker’ cover, this issue of ‘Alter Ego’ is devoted to that little known film from 40 years ago called ‘Star Wars’, long before it got referred to as ‘A New Hope’. Actually, it’s more to do with the comicbook adaptation. In the editorial, Roy Thomas says they couldn’t get permission in […]

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Jack Kirby Collector Seventy (magazine review)

February 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collector Seventy   (magazine review)

The theme of this 70th issue of ‘Jack Kirby Collector’ is ‘Kirby: Alpha’, to be followed next issue by ‘Kirby :Omega’. ‘Beginnings And Endings’ or if you will, ‘Life And Anti-Life’ to quote editor John Morrow in the ‘Opening Shot‘. He mentions that Kirby saw the loss of free will as equivalent to death and […]

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Movie Comics: Page To Screen/Screen To Page by Blair Davis (book review).

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Movie Comics: Page To Screen/Screen To Page by Blair Davis (book review).

To many people, the first SF comicstrip that went on film was ‘Flash Gordon’ in 1936. However, I was surprised to discover that it wasn’t the first comicstrip. Back in the silent movies era, the ‘Katzenjammer Kids’ appeared in 1898 followed by a dozen shorts of ‘Happy Hooligan’ from 1900-1903. When it comes to the […]

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Comic Book Creator # 14 Winter 2017 (magazine review).

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Comic Book Creator # 14 Winter 2017 (magazine review).

Although the latest edition of ‘Comic Book Creator’ is mainly devoted to artist Kelley Jones, it starts with Singapore artist Sonny Liew, who describes his rise to fame a slow climb rather than a quick jump. Although I haven’t come across his work before, Liew’s work is stylised with traces of sources from all over […]

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Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk & Cameron Stewart (graphic novel review)

January 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk & Cameron Stewart   (graphic novel review)

The following will spoil ‘Fight Club’ for anyone who hasn’t read or seen it. It’s advised you go read/see it or preferably both before embarking on this review. Don’t worry. We’ll still be here when you get back. Chuck Palahniuk’s 1997 novel ‘Fight Club’ and its subsequent 1999 film adaptation blew apart genre conventions to […]

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Back Issue # 94 February 2017 (magazine review)

January 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Back Issue # 94 February 2017   (magazine review)

If ever there is a cover that will guarantee sales, then put one illustrated by Neal Adams on it. The opening interview in this issue of ‘Back Issue’ examines his creation of Ms. Mystic and several other characters who essentially were designed as part of a limited edition portfolio before becoming comicbook series. I have […]

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