A Killing of Crows – Wonder Woman/Conan #5 Review

Wonder Woman Conan 5 coverThis series has been, the odd moment of uncertainty notwithstanding, a delight to read and review. As Conan and Wonder Woman head to Shamur to prevent the city’s destruction at the hands of the vengeful Corvidae, this issue reveals that writer Gail Simone still has a few tricks up her sleeve. We see one longstanding mystery (sort of) solved, but another take its place. It’s the penultimate issue, people! Let’s see what’s going on!

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Bang, Bang, Bang! – The Wild Storm #12 Review

The Wild Storm 12 CoverWell, it’s here. We’ve had a lot of build-up to this, the issue that marks the half-way point in this series. Nice build-up. Gorgeous build-up. Amusing build-up. Even absorbing build-up. But build-up all the same. Now, it’s time for the members of Jacob Marlowe’s wild CAT (Grifter, Void, John Colt and Kenesha) to put their plan into action, while at the same time Jackie King’s team of IO tech-geeks set theirs in motion, too. Will there be sparks (and blood, for that matter) flying? Will it all go off without a hitch? More importantly, will the patience of this series’ generally enthusiastic readers be rewarded?

Let’s find out, eh?

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Shallow Waters – The Wild Storm: Michael Cray #5 – Review

Michael Cray 5 - coverWhat happens when you cross The Wicker Man with Jaws and set the resulting hybrid in a world where DC’s best-loved heroes have become dark psychopathic versions of themselves? If, like me, you’ve never really thought to ask that question before… tough. Because you’re about to find out…

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Classic Comic Covers! (1980s SciFi and Fantasy edition)

Sorry. I’m on a cover post kick at present. I apologise. Sort of. These are little fragments of my teenage years though. The delight! The wonder! The amazement! Ah, yes… So much to love in comics of the 80s. Including some quite frankly weird and strange science-fiction and fantasy books. Enjoy…

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Not Quite Ready – The Ruff and Reddy Show #2 (DC Comics)

The Ruff and Reddy Show 2 coverYou know, everyone has regrets: that girl or guy you wanted to ask out but never quite mustered up the courage to go and talk to; those winning lottery numbers you should have put on, but somehow forgot; the ultra-rare foil cover, poly-bagged edition of that 90s comic you bought seven copies of in the hope they’d actually be worth something at some unspecified point in the future. You know what I’m talking about. In the grand scheme of things, agreeing to review The Ruff and Reddy Show for the Weird Science DC Comics website isn’t exactly a huge regret, but that bitter-sweet pang when I think back to the enthusiasm with which I told Jim I’d gladly review this weirdest of the already bizarre crop of Hanna-Barbera titles just won’t go away. I wonder if DC regrets commissioning the thing. Who knows? Maybe they know something I don’t. Well, there’s only one way to find out, isn’t there?

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Classic Comic Covers! (1980s Legion of Superheroes Edition)

Why isn’t there a Legion of Superheroes comic book? No, I don’t know either, although I’d imagine the fact that the team’s last outing in the New 52 was not especially great plus the fact that Saturn Girl is somehow tied up with Doomsday Clock might have something to do with it. The Legion was a comic I loved in the 80s. The Levitz/Giffen era is arguably peak LSH and it had the covers to prove it. Don’t believe me? Check some of them out below…

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Classic Comic Covers! (1980s edition)

Fairly obviously, I’m a bit of a comic fan. I’ve posted elsewhere about the alchemy of word and image that takes place on a comic book page, but I thought it would be fun to revisit the images that really blew me away as a callow youth. Time to go back to the 80s, then!

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The Shadow/Batman #1 – Dynamite Entertainment

ShadowBatman01CovAFINCH(This review first appeared on the Weird Science DC Comics website.)

I must admit, this took me by surprise. After all, it was only last week that the last issue of the first mini-series featuring Batman and The Shadow came out and now, here we are, and there’s a new title to consider. This one has a title that puts The Shadow first, though, and, unlike the previous series, it’s set in New York City which is The Shadow’s stomping ground as opposed to Gotham. There’s no Scott Snyder this time around, with Steve Orlando assuming full responsibility for the writing. Gone, too, is Riley Rossmo’s artwork; artist for this set of issues is Giovanni Timpano whose style isn’t quite so distinctive. The last series finished with Batman and the Shadow having somewhat uneasily worked together to save Shamba-La, although the cost of its salvation was its place in our reality. While the differences between them haven’t been properly reconciled, the two vigilantes had at least managed to come to a working agreement. The stage seemed to have been set for their relationship to develop and change. Let’s see if that’s what we get here…

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Exit, Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 – Review

Snagglepuss coverThe Hanna-Barbera comics continue to bemuse, frustrate and entertain in more or less equal measure. By now, you’ll be familiar with the concept. DC takes a fondly remembered franchise from your childhood, and reimagines it in a hopefully entertaining ‘edgy’ way in an effort to breathe some new creative life into it. Whether the concept actually needed new creative life is neither here nor there. This is the 21st century. The past is simply a resource for a never-ending parade of pastiche, nostalgia or subversion. I rather liked Snagglepuss as a kid. A minor character, to be sure, but he had an instantly recognizable look and demeanour and, voiced by the incomparable Daws Butler, a warmth and vulnerability that was all rather appealing. What does Mark (The Flintstones) Russell do with all that? There’s only one way to find out…

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Over In A Flash – The Wild Storm: Michael Cray #4 Review

Michael Cray 4 coverThe Michael Cray series is proving to be an interesting experiment, but perhaps not quite the one its creators had in mind when they first conceived it. As the first spin-off series from Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s The Wild Storm, it represented an opportunity to expand the Wild Storm universe significantly, perhaps tying into the larger ongoing narrative of the main series in interesting ways. This isn’t quite how things have turned out. Instead, the focus has been on Michael Cray assassinating damaged alternate versions of DC characters and, only a few issues in, the formula already has a distinct whiff of staleness about it. The series does rather pose the question of precisely how long a very good idea can be mined before it’s outlived its usefulness. The answer appears to be… not very long at all. But, I may be wrong. Perhaps things will start looking up with this issue. Let’s find out, eh?

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