Low Expectations – The Unexpected #5 Review

The Unexpected 5 - coverLurching from one stale encounter to another with all the grace of a 65 year old on their way home from a night on the town two months after a hip replacement operation, The Unexpected has been one of the most sense-bereft comics I’ve read this century. Featuring admittedly potentially interesting characters Neon and Firebrand and their quest for… something to do with the wildly dangerous and profoundly unstable Nth Metal Isotope that improbably came into existence at the end of issue 1 just when the pair of them needed something to do, this series has become a manic travelogue of the DC universe. We’ve had Slaughter Swamp and Blackhawk Island. In issue 3 it was Monster Valley; in issue 4 it was Gotham. (No sign of Batman. Mind you, Neon and Firebrand did arrive during the day…) This time around it’s the Bavarian Alps and Castle Frankenstein where awaits Hawkman. Who might, to be fair, actually know something about the incredibly dangerous Nth metal isotope which has existed for four issues and still hasn’t exploded yet.

One can but hope. Here’s a review of issue 5, people!

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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4 – Review

Snagglepuss 4 CoverHeavens to Murgatroyd! It’s Snagglepuss time! After last month’s gentler, more reflective, issue, which gave us a break from Gigi Allen and her one-woman crusade to rid 1950s America of cultural deviants and ‘agitators’ (a word we’ll hear more of in a moment), this issue sees the return of a more explicitly satirical focus. Will Ms Allen succeed in ensnaring our pink-haired hero and get the evidence she needs to out him as a gay man (lion)? Will Huckleberry Hound find the love and acceptance for which he’s been longing most of his life?

There is, as ever, only one way to find out…

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Conan The Carefully Crafted – Conan The Barbarian (2019) #2 Review

Conan The Barbarian 2 - coverMarvel’s recent re-acquisition of the Conan licence may not have had quite the same fanfare as the company’s similar re-acquisition of Star Wars a few years ago (to be fair, Star Wars had been transferred to the ownership of Marvel’s parent company Disney and that meant films as well as comics), but it’s no less significant to this comics fan. In the 80s, I read Marvel’s colour Conan The Barbarian comic assiduously and went through a short-lived but nevertheless intense phase of reading the Sphere paperbacks that collected the original Robert E Howard stories as well as those by other writers like Lin Carter, L Sprague De Camp and a pre-Wheel of Time Robert Jordan. When Marvel announced that the company would be publishing a new series of Conan The Barbarian, I was cautiously intrigued. When they announced that the series would be written by Jason Aaron, that intrigue became genuine excitement.

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Shock and Awe – Electric Warriors #1 Review

Electric Warriors 1 coverWell, I’ve been wanting something like this for a while. For too long, the Rebirth of DC has seemed to me to have a fairly narrow focus on a relatively small core of characters and the more obscure corners of the DC Universe have remained unexplored. But, no longer! Unlike the Electric Warrior title of the late 80s, Electric Warriors is in continuity and might end up bridging the gap between the DC Universe of the present and its curiously Legion of Superheroes-empty far future. Crikey! Buckle up, pilgrims. It’s going to be a bumpy ride…

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