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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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Polaris Rising (The Consortium Rebellion Book 1) by Jessie Mihalik (book review).

November 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
Polaris Rising (The Consortium Rebellion Book 1) by Jessie Mihalik (book review).

Blending sexually charged romance with action, space travel, fashion and politics, ‘Polaris Rising’ is focused on the audience at the centre of a very specific Venn-diagram. While one of the interesting things about writing reviews for this site is being exposed to books that I wouldn’t normally read, I’m pretty certain that I’m not the […]

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Upgrade Soul written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels (e-graphic novel review).

October 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Upgrade Soul written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels (e-graphic novel review).

Originally released in 2012, ‘Upgrade Soul’ has a new, digital app with animations and a soundtrack available from the iOS App Store. I’m sure it’s great but I’m reviewing the normal e-book version because I don’t want to listen to music while I read for the same reason I don’t want someone talking while I’m […]

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White Bird written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio (graphic novel review).

October 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
White Bird written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio (graphic novel review).

A graphic novel like ‘White Bird’ presents an interesting review challenge because, while I don’t want to simply list what the book’s about, I also don’t want to turn the review into a political discussion. For many, ‘White Bird’ will be a politically charged book, drawing as it does direct parallels between the murder of […]

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