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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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Judge Dredd: Day Of Chaos: The Fourth Factor by John Wagner, Ben Willsher, Staz Johnson, Colin MacNeil and Henry Flint (graphic novel review)

February 25, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Judge Dredd: Day Of Chaos: The Fourth Factor by John Wagner, Ben Willsher, Staz Johnson, Colin MacNeil and Henry Flint	(graphic novel review)

‘Day Of Chaos; The Fourth Faction’ is a collection of Judge Dredd stories that build up into a larger story arc. The scripts are all by Dredd co-creator John Wagner and the art is by various well-known talents of the genre. A forward by Keith Richardson explains that way back in 1982, 2000AD prog 266, […]

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Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness # 1 by Roberto Orci, Mike Johnson, David Messina and Stephen Molnar (comic review).

February 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness # 1 by Roberto Orci, Mike Johnson, David Messina and Stephen Molnar (comic review).

‘Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness’ is the official comic prequel to ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’, the forthcoming movie. Do Vulcans dream of electric sheep? No. Spock, at least, dreams of the time he beamed down to his home planet as it was in the throes of destruction to rescue his mother and father, as shown […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2013 Volume 124 # 706 (magazine review).

February 24, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2013 Volume 124 # 706 (magazine review).

There are so many riches in an issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’ that it’s hard to know where to start. I’ll follow my usual policy and go in the order of the contents page, beginning with the novelettes. Fate or fortune arranged things so that I read ‘Among Friends’ by Deborah […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3 # 90 (magazine review).

February 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3  # 90	(magazine review).

This is a themed issue of ‘On Spec’ and the theme is… Apocalypse! Themed issues and anthologies are often interesting because it’s fun to see the varied approaches taken by different writers from the same starting point. Old-time SF magazines used to have certain professional contributors write a story based around the painting on the […]

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Beast Master’s Planet: A Beast Master Omnibus by Andre Norton (book review).

February 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Beast Master’s Planet: A Beast Master Omnibus by Andre Norton (book review).

‘Beast Master’s Planet’ contains two novels: ‘Beast Master’ and ‘Lord of Thunder’. Meerkats! Nowadays these cute little critters are used to sell insurance comparison websites in England and everybody loves them. Back in 1959 when ‘The Beast Master’ was written they were not so well known, I bet. The meerkats, an African black eagle and […]

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The Essential Punisher Volume 1 (graphic novel review).

January 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Essential Punisher Volume 1 (graphic novel review).

The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man # 129 (Feb 1974) and was created by Gerry Conway and John Romita, Sr., who was art director at Marvel then, though Ross Andru drew the actual comic and Stan Lee believes he came up with the name. The Punisher is a ruthless vigilante who acts as […]

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From The Tomb edited by Peter Normanton (book review).

January 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
From The Tomb edited by Peter Normanton (book review).

‘From The Tomb’ was a British fanzine from about the 1950s comics created by Peter Normanton, a long time fan of the genre. It had reached the staggering total of 64 readers with its third issue and Normanton’s ambitions were almost achieved. He expected to max at a hundred. Some success in the United States […]

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Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner, Alan Grant, Brian Bolland, Brett Ewins, Cliff Robinson (comic-book review).

December 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner, Alan Grant, Brian Bolland, Brett Ewins, Cliff Robinson (comic-book review).

Warning! Warning! ‘Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges’ is a super little book but beware duplicating stuff you may already have. Dredd is featured in the title because he’s the big name Judge of Mega-City One but he doesn’t feature all through. Pages 54-114 have the story with the overall title of ‘Four Dark Judges’ which […]

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The Batman/Judge Dredd Collection by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Simon Bisley (comic-book review).

December 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Batman/Judge Dredd Collection by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Simon Bisley (comic-book review).

This luxurious hardback edition of ‘The Batman/Judge Dredd Collection’ features four long stories printed on glossy, high quality paper. All are written by John Wagner and Alan Grant who cut their teeth on Judge Dredd and other strips at ‘2000AD’ before moving on to even greater fame and glory. The first is ‘Judgement On Gotham’ […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2013 Volume 124 # 705 (magazine review).

December 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2013 Volume 124 # 705 (magazine review).

‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’sees in the new year with another chunky issue featuring some old friends and a couple of welcome newcomers. I’ll start with the novelettes. In ‘Watching The Cow’ by Alex Irvine, kids around the world are playing video games when they suddenly go blind! Seven million people were on-line […]

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