Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Black Widow: The Name of the Rose Review (Marjorie Liu, Daniel Acuna)

What a fucking mess - I read this twice and I still don’t know what it’s about!

Natasha Romanova is Black Widow, a once-evil spy turned good superhero. Someone’s trying to kill her for reasons. Ok… She’s also done a Batman and has been collecting secret information on her superhero buddies – why? So she can sell it. Really? Or is she just being framed? No clue. Probably the latter though. She was also born in the 1920s – how is she still looking 30 then?! She also had a stillborn baby during WW2 or something – why was that detail important??? There’s a guy called Imus who can transfer his mind into robots to fight Natasha, no idea why, someone called Sumi and someone else called Maki are also “characters” apparently.

Yeah: an absolute fucking mess! But then Marjorie Liu never writes great comics. Daniel Acuna’s painted art is fantastic but damned if I know or care what Black Widow: The Name of the Rose was about!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Unbelievable Gwenpool, Volume 1: Believe It Review (Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a character get their own series off the back of a variant cover before but that’s what happened with Gwenpool! She originally appeared on a Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars variant cover by Chris Bachalo as a mashup between Gwen Stacey (popular at the time as Spider-Gwen) and Deadpool. Fans liked it and wanted more so Marvel obliged - and it’s fantastic?! 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Red Skull: Incarnate Review (Greg Pak, Mirko Colak)

Red Skull: Incarnate is the story of how Johann Schmidt, the Red Skull, came to be involved with the Nazis. Starting in 1923 with Hitler’s failed Beerhall Putsch, we follow Johann’s brutal young life through the hyperinflation of the 1920s to the Nazis’ increasing violence against the Jews and rival parties culminating in the burning of the Reichstag and Hitler’s rise to Fuhrer – with Johann at his side. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Amazing Spider-Man/Inhumans/All-New Captain America: Inhuman Error Review (Jeff Loveness, Luca Pizzari)

(Minor spoilsies ahead.) 

A floating bird city appears above Manhattan to destroy New Attilan. Surprising how populated New York is in the Marvel Universe with so much destructive superhero bullshit happening there on a regular basis!

John Constantine: Hellblazer, Volume 13: Haunted Review (Warren Ellis, John Higgins)

Ugh, be careful what you wish for, eh? I thought a Warren Ellis-scripted Hellblazer would be a chicken dinner but it proved to be much too bitter for my taste.

Batman: Officer Down Review (Greg Rucka, Chuck Dixon)

Jim Gordon gets shot three times in the back on his birthday – Gothamites party hardcore! Catwoman’s at the scene of the crime. Whodunit - and whydunit?! 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Daredevil, Volume 3: Wake Up Review (Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack)

Daredevil and Leap Frog tangle on a rooftop and now Leap Frog is gone. A traumatised kid holds the key – can Ben Urich get him to talk about what he saw? 

Dr Slump, Volume 1 by Akira Toriyama Review

It’s weird that I’ve never read anything else by Akira Toriyama considering Dragon Ball might be my favourite comic ever. So I picked up the first volume of Dr Slump, the series he did before Dragon Ball, annnnddd… it’s ok but definitely not of the same quality.

Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa Review

A farmer, his wife and their young son live an idyllic life on their farm in the country. Until one day three ominous horsemen appear in the hills, getting closer to the house every day. They’ve come for the boy. So begins a desperate game of cat and mouse as the farmer tries to save his son from his fate, running from the horsemen across land and sea - but can anyone outrun Death?

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Batman: Absolution Review (J.M. DeMatteis, Brian Ashmore)

A terrorist bombs one of Bruce Wayne’s buildings and goes on the run. Batman chases her for years, eventually catching up to her in India where she’s trying to make up for her crimes by helping poor people. Cliché? Yup. Garbage comic? You betcha! 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Hyperion: Daddy Issues Review (Chuck Wendig, Nik Virella)

(Note: this review was put through the Ultimate Sarcastic-o-Meter machine before being posted - extraordinarily high levels of sarcasm are to be found in every line!)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Titans, Volume 1: The Return of Wally West Review (Dan Abnett, Brett Booth)

ARRRGH!!! WHY, why does (practically) every Rebirth book have to be so bad!? T’ain’t fair I tells ya (sobs)! Oh my god… alright, let’s do it again!

Monday, 13 March 2017

120 Days of Simon by Simon Gardenfors Review

Swedish cartoonist Simon Gardenfors comes up with the kind of gimmicky book concept Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace used to do back in the day: he sets up a website where strangers can sign up to offer him food and shelter for a night. He’ll travel around Sweden for 120 days staying with different people every night. The 120 Days of Simon is his account of the experiment - and it’s an ok comic. 

Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut Review

Opening in 1960, former Nazi Howard W. Campbell Jr. is sitting in a Jerusalem jail awaiting trial (a la Adolf Eichmann did in real life) for his part in the Third Reich’s crimes as a radio propagandist - except he was really an American double agent, sending coded messages to the Allies through his broadcasts. But is he a hero for working to defeat Hitler or damned for furthering the Nazis convictions against the Jews in the process?