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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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Essential Thor Volume 4 by Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, John Buscema and Stan Lee (comic-book review).

December 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Essential Thor Volume 4 by Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, John Buscema and Stan Lee (comic-book review).

Kirby soldiers on! For 12 more issues anyway and does a pretty good job of them, too. Just before he left Marvel, that company or Stan Lee had decided to revert from multi-issue stories to yarns that were full and complete in one comicbook. The theory was that potential new fans were put off by […]

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Essential Thor Volume 3 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (comic-book review).

December 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Essential Thor Volume 3 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (comic-book review).

Here be another ‘Essential Thor Volume’ for ye to read, mortals. This is the point at which the Thunder God became more godly, more cosmic and yea, more awesome. Stan Lee contributed to the elevated atmosphere by having the Asgardians speak in an old-fashioned, cod Shakespearian dialogue. Verily, I remembreth a letter in the pages […]

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Essential Thor Volume 2 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (graphic novel review).

December 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Essential Thor Volume 2 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (graphic novel review).

‘Essential Thor Volume 2’ opens with a magnificent battle scene in which Odin, Thor and a bunch of other Asgardians fight the demon men of Jutenheim. As they are defeated in two panels, they obviously weren’t all that tough. ‘For Asgard and freedom!’ cries Odin, which is a bit rich coming from an absolute monarch. […]

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Princeps (The Image Portfolio book five) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

December 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Princeps (The Image Portfolio book five) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

The first thing to say about ’Princeps’ is that L.E. Modesitt makes no concessions to new readers in this sequel and if you haven’t read ‘Scholar’, book four in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, it’s not worth getting this one. On the other hand, if you haven’t read books one to three in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, it […]

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Shakara: The Destroyer by Robbie Morrison and Robbie Flint (graphic novel review).

November 28, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Shakara: The Destroyer by Robbie Morrison and Robbie Flint (graphic novel review).

Cosmic, man! But confusing, too, for the uninitiated so it’s worth going over the back story, which is revealed half-way through the first yarn here, ‘The Destroyer’. That makes this a bit of a spoiler. Sorry. The Shakara, a spindly looking bunch of aliens, were a very warlike race, always killing each other. Then there […]

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We Are For The Dark: 1987-90: Volume Seven by Robert Silverberg (book review).

November 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
We Are For The Dark: 1987-90: Volume Seven by Robert Silverberg (book review).

The collecting of the stories of Robert Silverberg continues with this latest volume, ‘We Are For The Dark’. It’s a mixed bag of short stories and novellas with the latter providing the best bits. Silverberg has often said that the novelette or novella is the ideal vehicle for a Science Fiction idea and he has […]

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Hand of Fire – The Comics Art Of Jack Kirby by Charles Hatfield (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Hand of Fire – The Comics Art Of Jack Kirby by Charles Hatfield (book review).

One is always wary when the academics get their hands on popular culture. I was recently re-reading Kingsley Amis on the subject in his introduction to the anthology ‘The Golden Age Of Science Fiction’. Academic himself, Amis nonetheless thought that the Science Fiction field became too self-conscious and was irreversibly changed when literary types stopped […]

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Scholar (The Imager Portfolio book 4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Scholar (The Imager Portfolio book 4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

‘Scholar’, the fourth book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, opens with the furniture of fantasy: a cast list and a map. The other genre that needs this at times is the historical novel, with which indeed Modesitt’s work has much in common. The best historical novels, for my money, deal with the doings of leaders and […]

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Showcase Presents: The Spectre (Vol. 1) by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey (comic-book review).

October 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents: The Spectre (Vol. 1) by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey (comic-book review).

The Spectre was originally a Golden Age super-hero, created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily. First appearing in More Fun Comics # 51 (Jan 1940) he soon became a member of the Justice Society of America. It was an unusual origin story. Police officer Jim Corrigan was murdered but an entity called ‘The Voice’ refused […]

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The Elysium Commission by L.E. Modesitt Jr (book review).

October 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Elysium Commission by L.E. Modesitt Jr  (book review).

L.E. Modesitt, Jr is perhaps better known for his many fantasy novels, ‘The Saga Of Recluce’ above all, but he turns out a fair bit of Science Fiction, too. ‘The Elysium Commission’ falls into this category and is also a detective novel. Science Fiction detective novels are a venerable category going back to Isaac Asimov’s […]

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