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Dragonfly And Dragonflyman written by Tom Peyer, art by Peter Krause and Russ Braun (graphic novel review).

June 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
Dragonfly And Dragonflyman written by Tom Peyer, art by Peter Krause and Russ Braun (graphic novel review).

‘Dragonfly And Dragonflyman’ features a pair of alternate Earths, Earth-Alpha and Earth-Omega, each of which includes a Dragonfly themed super-hero and his teenage sidekick, Stinger. Dragonfly’s world is written and drawn with the darkness of ‘Watchmen’ or ‘The Dark Knight,’ while Dragonflyman’s is a homage to Silver Age comics, with bold colours and ‘pow!’ sound […]

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Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters Of Fantasy edited by Shawn Speakman (book review).

May 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters Of Fantasy edited by Shawn Speakman (book review).

For those who haven’t heard of the ‘Unfettered’ collections, a bunch of authors donated short stories for the first volume to pay for the medical bills of editor Shawn Speakman. The second and third volumes pay that forward by raising money for charities, meaning not only are you getting a huge collection of stories for […]

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World Engines Destroyer by Stephen Baxter (book review).

April 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
World Engines Destroyer by Stephen Baxter (book review).

While editing this review, I realised that a lot of it sounds quite negative, so to put things in context I enjoyed ‘World Engines Destroyer’ and am absolutely looking forward to the sequel. With that out of the way, let’s try to summarise this book which is tricky because right to the end I never […]

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Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Eight (magazine review).

March 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Eight (magazine review).

Alongside a rundown of some of the content from this issue, I thought I’d try to give an insight into the ‘feel’ of ‘The Jack Kirby Collector’ for those who, like me, haven’t read it before. Handily, though this is the 25th anniversary issue, giving it a cool, metallic, Silver Surfer cover, there’s no indication […]

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Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills, Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, Mick McMahan and Clint Langley (graphic novel review).

March 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills, Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, Mick McMahan and Clint Langley (graphic novel review).

For UK fans of a certain, um, ‘vintage’, ‘Slaine’, alongside ‘Judge Dredd’, ‘Rogue Trooper’ and the ‘ABC Warriors’ is one of the classic ‘2000AD’ characters. Bringing axes, monsters and muscles to the comic’s usual SF/post-apocalyptic stories, ‘Slaine’ also referenced Celtic legends, giving a mythological feel to all the bloodshed. Even for the eternally teen-age ‘2000AD’, […]

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Stranger Of Tempest (Book One of The God Fragments) by Tom Lloyd (fantasy book review).

March 1, 2020 | By | Reply More
Stranger Of Tempest (Book One of The God Fragments) by Tom Lloyd (fantasy book review).

Like a super-hero origin movie, the first book in a fantasy trilogy has to do a lot of upfront work to establish its characters, factions, geography and even the specific rules of its reality before it can really get on with things. So, even though ‘Stranger Of Tempest’ starts with a fight, a chase and […]

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Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love edited by John Morrow (graphic novel review).

February 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love edited by John Morrow (graphic novel review).

In 1970, having made his name drawing iconic heroes for Marvel, artist and writer Jack Kirby proposed to his new bosses at DC a line of comics aimed at an older, wider audience. This premium series would cover topics like romance and divorce, targeting black as well as white readers. In a move that will […]

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The Shape Of Strangers by Ian Creasey (book review).

December 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Shape Of Strangers by Ian Creasey (book review).

It’s generally agreed in writing circles that the most important part of any story is the beginning, because if you don’t immediately hook the reader none of the rest of the story matters. Ian Creasey definitely has this aspect nailed, with most of the 14 short stories in this book opening with a question or […]

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The Boy & Girl Who Broke The World by Amy Reed (book review).

December 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Boy & Girl Who Broke The World by Amy Reed (book review).

Where most books tend to establish the rules of their universe pretty early on, ‘The Boy And Girl Who Broke The World’ leaves you questioning right up until the end. You know it’s not quite our world as America is ruled by someone called The King, but do unicorns and dragons actually exist in this […]

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Hashtag: Danger – Volume One: Panic On Dinosaur Mountain by Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso (graphic novel review)

November 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
Hashtag: Danger – Volume One: Panic On Dinosaur Mountain by Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso (graphic novel review)

A piece of advice given to reviewers for this site is to try and select things to review that you have a chance of liking or at least might find interesting. This is because someone who flat-out dislikes a particular genre is going to struggle to deliver a useful critique for potential purchasers of that […]

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