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Penultiman #1 by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson (e-comicbook review).

October 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Penultiman #1 by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson (e-comicbook review).

Penultiman originally appeared in the one-shot anthology, ‘Steel Cage’, which the publishers Ahoy Comics have handily placed on-line for free although you now have to pay via its Amazon connection. However, you don’t desperately need to read it before taking on # 1 because it lays everything about the character out extremely clearly and, spoiler […]

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Marvel’s Avengers: Original Videogame Soundtrack for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam by Bobby Tahouri (soundtrack review).

October 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Marvel’s Avengers: Original Videogame Soundtrack for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam by Bobby Tahouri (soundtrack review).

Videogame soundtracks usually need to blend two types of music: fixed length tracks, such as might play during a game’s cinematics, and looping tracks that play during gameplay. Each track of this second type will have an intro and outro but can then play the body of the track forever, allowing it to work for […]

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Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May (book review).

September 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May (book review).

I try not to look at online discussions around the books I’m reviewing because I want to give my opinion unbiased by any politics or critical consensus. That said, even the most cursory search for ‘Seven Devils’ shows that it’s difficult for some people to separate the book’s premise from its content, so I’m going […]

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Princess Of Blood (Book 2 of The God Fragments) by The God Fragments (book review).

August 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
Princess Of Blood (Book 2 of The God Fragments) by The God Fragments (book review).

I reviewed ‘Stranger Of Tempest’, book one of Tom Lloyd’s ‘The God Fragments’ trilogy, back in March (https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/stranger-of-tempest-book-one-of-the-god-fragments-by-tom-lloyd-book-review/), noting that it was a fast paced chase through an intriguing world only slightly let down by taking way too long for the protagonist, Lynx, to actually want something. Book two of the trilogy ‘Princess Of Blood’ […]

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The Wrong Earth Vol. 1 by Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle (graphic novel review).

July 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Wrong Earth Vol. 1 by Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle (graphic novel review).

‘The Dragonfly And Dragonflyman’ comicbook series revolve around the idea of there being two similar dragonfly themed heroes, one on Earth Alpha, a Silver Age world of colourful villains and ‘biff!’ punch effects and the other on Earth Omega, a dark noir world of blood and corruption. I reviewed the ‘Dragonfly And Dragonflyman’ graphic novel […]

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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 | 1 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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