Blood and Magic – The Wild Storm: Michael Cray #8 Review

Michael Cray 8 coverThis title’s ongoing plunge into a world of dark, twisted versions of the DC Universe’s most iconic characters continues and, unlike some of the earlier installments of this 12-issue series, last month’s issue ended with me wanting more – and as soon as possible! Well, a month is a long time to wait, but issue 8 is finally here with not one but two DC heroes turned bad guys to deal with. How will Cray manage to handle both John Constantine and Diana Prince? There’s only one way to find out!

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5 Things That DC did in 2018 that make me optimistic about 2019

An end of year review. Sort of…

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Monstrous – The Unexpected #3 Review

The Unexpected 3 coverI liked the first issue of this New Age of Heroes title, but the moment Steve Orlando has to start explaining things is the moment nonsense begins to swarm like flies on a dog turd and so it proved last issue which, shorn of original artist Ryan Sook’s vibrant visuals, was nowhere near as entertaining. Orlando’s penchant for throwing in obscure continuity references into his stories is quickly becoming legendary in these parts. Will Orlando manage to restrain this instinct and tell a coherent story? You know the drill…

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Wonderful! – The Wild Storm: Michael Cray #7 – Review

Michael Cray 7 - coverIt’s Michael Cray time! A combination of work stress and having to read Hanna-Barbera comics for a while has, quite honestly, made me more than a little desperate for this book. Which is kind of ironic, because a couple of months ago I’d more or less given up on it. What a difference a single issue can make! Bryan Hill’s decision last time to bring to the foreground the mystery of our titular hero’s tumour did enough to hook me back into this series that had been threatening to sink under the weight of a story structure that was formulaic and predictable. Now, though, with the introduction of the Wild Storm universe’s John Constantine and a sense of things spinning out of Cray’s (and Christine Trelane’s) control, all bets are off. Who knows what might happen this issue? There is, as they say, only one way to find out…

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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #3 – Review

Snagglepuss 3 coverI must admit I was a bit harsh on this series to begin with, but it’s beginning to grow on me. After last issue’s ending, which indicated that our pink hero would soon have to appear before the government committee trying to clean up the performing arts in 1950s America, the stage seemed to be set for some kind of confrontation and, presumably, a considerable quantity of drama. While there is indeed a fair number of dramatic goings on here, it’s very much an incidental issue, replete with charm, humour and a surprising level of pathos.

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She’s The One – Aquaman (Rebirth) #10 Review

Aquaman (2016-) 010-000The Rebirth Aquaman series is a funny beast. While I’ve generally tended to enjoy Abnett’s prose writing (particularly his Warhammer 40,000 and Horus Heresy novels), his comic work has been a bit more hit and miss. His work on Aquaman, for example, has been variable. His stories are solid, but the overall pacing of the series has often been more languid than it could (and perhaps should) be. The recent Corum Rath saga, which took well over a year to resolve, is a case in point. Issue 10, however, is an issue I like a great deal. This is from back when the series was bi-weekly, Aquaman was king of Atlantis and Mera was his bride-to-be. In short, this was when the positive promise of Rebirth was still a thing (Arthur and Mera’s marriage had featured in the special) and there was a nice upbeat feel to the series. That said, at this point, Arthur had just faced off against the Shaggy Man (no, really – that’s a thing. Look it up!) and Mera was being tested by the Silent Sisterhood who are a bit like the Bene Gesserit from the Dune novels but sound like they should be an order of mute, psychic power-nullifying warrior maidens from the 41st Millennium. Ahem. It’s this testing that forms the basis for the first half of the issue.

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Classic Comic Covers (John Byrne edition – part 1)

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She’s so powerful she’s crushing the title! The title! That’s how powerful she is!!!

What, seriously, can be said about John Byrne that hasn’t already been said? Responsible for one of the best-regarded runs on Fantastic Four, creator of Alpha Flight and co-creator of characters like Kitty Pryde, Arcade and Maggie Sawyer, as well as being the man DC entrusted to reboot Superman after the company’s epic house-cleaning extravaganza Crisis on Infinite Earths, the man is quite rightly regarded as a comics legend. He is also, as it happens, rather good at drawing covers…

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Classic Comic Covers (Joe Kubert edition)

Joe Kubert (1926-2012) was one of the most prolific artists in comics and his covers have graced an incredibly wide range of comic books over the years. Perhaps best known for his work on DC Comics’ war titles and particularly Sgt Rock, his covers are bold, powerful and extraordinarily vivid. Here are just a few of his most striking images…

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Wonder Woman/Conan #6 – Review

Wonder Woman Conan 6 coverApproaching this final issue of Wonder Woman/Conan is a decidedly bitter-sweet experience. The series has been generally excellent and, with Marvel having reacquired the license to everyone’s favourite barbarian, further adventures featuring these two characters looks rather unlikely. A shame, but let’s not dwell on what may or may not be, eh? There’s a city to save and crow-goddesses to defeat. Let’s hope Conan can figure out what on earth he’s meant to do with that mystically glowing lasso…

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