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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who has written a few short stories too.

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21st Century Tank Girl Hardcover by Philip J. Bond, Jim Mahfood, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, etc. (graphic novel review).

November 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
21st Century Tank Girl Hardcover by Philip J. Bond, Jim Mahfood, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, etc. (graphic novel review).

This is an odd book. Odd, not funny, at least not to me. It might be funny if you are of an age where you think swearing is inherently funny, along with mentions of ‘evil smelling farts’ and ‘dark, creepy, unnatural shits’. It is odd because there are a few comic stories done in the […]

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In The Days Of The Mob by Jack Kirby (graphic novel review).

November 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
In The Days Of The Mob by Jack Kirby (graphic novel review).

When I was young, over forty years ago, we grew up watching old black and white Warner Brothers gangster films on black and white televisions, thrilling to the rise and demise of various villains played by James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. When Fantastic Four # 91 came out, we were deeply impressed by Kirby’s gangsters. […]

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Cyador’s Heirs (The Recluse Saga book 17) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

November 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Cyador’s Heirs (The Recluse Saga book 17) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

The setting is Cigoerne, a small country of decent people in the continent of Hamor. When their homeland of Cyador was destroyed, they fled to this location and were allowed to set up a small country, albeit surrounded by enemies, the sort of treacherous types who ill-treat their women. Fortunately, the leaders of Afrit, Merowey […]

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Universal War Volume One by Denis Bajram (graphic novel review).

October 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Universal War Volume One by Denis Bajram (graphic novel review).

Before this graphic novel ‘Universe War One’ explodes with vibrant colour, there’s a three page grey prologue. The inhabitants of Titan are revolting and Lieutenant June Williamson is ordered to ‘clean up’ a sector. Euphemisms for murder will obviously remain popular with authoritarians in the future. Williamson refuses to follow orders because the only people […]

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Showcase Presents Batgirl TP Volume 01 including the work of Neal Adams and Gardner Fox (graphic novel review)

October 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents Batgirl TP Volume 01 including the work of Neal Adams and Gardner Fox    (graphic novel review)

Beautiful actress Yvonne Craig passed away in August 2015. She played the slave girl Marta in classic ‘Star Trek’ episode ‘Whom Gods Destroy’ (1969) but was best known for playing Batgirl in the third and final season of the camp/pop-art 1960s ‘Batman’ television series. That being so, I thought a review of the ‘DC Showcase’ […]

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Encounters Magazine April/May 2015 issue # 13 (e-mag review)

September 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Encounters Magazine April/May 2015 issue # 13  (e-mag review)

As the cover date shows, I got to this ‘magazine late. ‘Encounters’ is one of the many small on-line magazines that publish Science Fiction, fantasy or horror by not so famous authors. Paying one cent a word or less, they are not going to make anyone rich but they provide a useful training ground for […]

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Dark Spires by Eugene Byrne, Roz Clarke, Sarah Singleton and Adam Colston (ebook review)

September 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Dark Spires by Eugene Byrne, Roz Clarke, Sarah Singleton and Adam Colston   (ebook review)

‘Dark Spires’ is a place themed anthology and the place themed is Wessex in the south-west of England. Despite having the Queen’s third son as its Earl, Wessex is not an actual political entity but a region largely made famous by the novels of Thomas Hardy. There was a Kingdom of Wessex back in the […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 27 no. 1 # 100 (magazine review)

September 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 27 no. 1  # 100   (magazine review)

Feel lucky, punk? This here is a ‘punk’ themed anthology of fantastical stories to celebrate the 100th issue of ‘On Spec’. In the opening editorial, Diane L. Walton lists the various sub-genres that now come under that label. They are: cyberpunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, bugpunk, transistorpunk, nanopunk, decopunk, atompunk, teslapunk, clockpunk, splatterpunk, mythpunk and spacepunk. Feel […]

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Marvel Comics In The 1980s by Pierre Comtois (book review).

August 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Marvel Comics In The 1980s by Pierre Comtois (book review).

Pierre Comtois is a big fan of Marvel Comics in the 1960s when they changed the way comics were done. In the first flush of the revolution, they were led by the Big Three: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. He’s not such a big fan of Marvel comics in the 1970’s where, as […]

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The Millennium Express: 1995-2009: The Collected Stories Of Robert Silverberg (book review).

August 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Millennium Express: 1995-2009: The Collected Stories Of Robert Silverberg (book review).

Another Robert Silverberg collection of stories from Subterranean Press and the aged author states in his introduction that this will probably be the last. So, shall we begin with beauty? Although ‘Beauty In The Night’ doesn’t begin with beauty as a woman gives birth to her illegitimate son on the dirty floor of a restaurant […]

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