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Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:55
“I’m. Not. Optimus!” - Bumblebee Transformers-Robots-in-Disguise---Season-1-New-Team_1412711195_1423375445 Always being close to my heart, it was with some trepidation that I went into Robots in Disguise. As a lifelong fan of all things Autobot and Decepticon, the strength of Transformers: Prime built from a healthy acknowledgement of both the Generation One universe and the events established within Michael Bay’s special effects extravaganza’s that successfully propelled Hasbro’s creations back into popular culture. Of course, this has led to some dilution of the franchise (I’ll not mention Rescue Bots although my nephew thinks it is amazing!) and I thought Robots in Disguise was to be another step in this direction. Read more...
Published in Toons & Anime
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:55
leadThere is a saying that goes something like "what a difference a year makes". It may not be the year part, but I really needed to set this up and that worked best. I had just finished the 2014 Top 50 comics column and went looking for the stats on how January fared when I saw something that I was not expecting. I was expecting something, but this was what can only be called shocking. The main force behind it could be related to just one comic book and that makes it even more shocking. What is it? You will have to wait for a few more seconds (unless you skip this). Another thing that came up this month was we have four first issues on the list. Last year it was amazing to have one per month and it had to be like a major character like Wolverine, Spider-Man, or Batman to make it happen. Is this going to be a trend in 2015? Who knows but it is a new year for the Top 20 column and we need to get started.   Read more...
Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:25
PrintPlacing one’s tongue firmly in one’s cheek while maintaining a stiff upper lip is something we Brits have always excelled at. I think sarcasm may be something we’re biologically predisposed with – a sort of in-built protective mechanism to guard against the dull weather and feeling of overall apathy that breezes throughout the UK. In comic books, British writers have always found the humour, however irreverent it may be, in the majority of the titles they’ve written. Alan Moore’s dark sensibilities pervade every epic he’s ever penned. Grant Morrison whips up endless, fantastical adventures that are dipped in political and introspective satire while Neil Gaiman’s dry intellect can be seen from the opening pages of Sandman and beyond. Read more...
Published in Pop Culture
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 14:25
hq leadThis column is going to be just a tad wonky this month. You see I had to make a decision on whether to write two columns about the comic book industry or three. I love to do these columns, but I also (just like you I think) get tired of the same thing time and time again. So what it amounted to was I could do a December Top 20 list or a 2014 Top 20 list. I went with 2014. I decided this mainly on the fact that I could combine the December stats with the column and then just move on to January later on in the week. What all this means is I will still have all that stat goodness and I will have the Top 10 list from December for comics, but the big list this month comes from the yearly overall sales. Now, sit back, put up your feet, and lets get started. Read more...
Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:25
Two reviews of two comic books that are complete polar opposites. If you’re the type who enjoys the varieties that life hands you then both of these may be right up your alley. Otherwise, one or the other will surely get you off your feet and headed to your comic book shop to check them out. nemo1Little Nemo Return to Slumberland #1 Written by Eric Shanower Illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez Colored by Nelson Daniel Lettered by Robbie Robbins Edited by Chris Ryall and Scott Dunbier Publisher Ted Adams IDW Publishing Little Nemo in Slumberland, was created by Winsor McCay. It was a weekly comic strip telling the tales of Nemo’s fantastic dreams only to be interrupted by him waking up in the last panel. The first strip shows Nemo in Slumberland where King Morpheus sends one of his minions to capture Nemo so he can be the Princess’s new playmate.   Read more...
Published in Let's Talk Comics
Monday, 18 August 2014 08:37
TDH2Some of the greatest adventure serials of all time took us far away to mysterious places and forgotten realms. Take Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Flash Gordon as prime examples of this. The idea of discovery has always intrigued readers and some of the best fantasy epics have asked “what if?” when they’ve taken us to exotic lands in the spirit of exploration. Along with visiting these far-expanses, we’ve been introduced to all manner of weird and wonderful inhabitants. One of my favourite science fiction novels is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World in which Professor Challenger takes a group of wide-eyed adventurers to a forgotten plateau and encounters a whole ecosystem that has remained unchanged for over 65 million years; ripe with dinosaurs and primitive men who have no idea that the outside world has moved on. Comic books offer a wonderful visual representation of such adventure stories. Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera’s Black Science from Image Comics is one such representation of this. Each issue takes us to a different parallel universe where anything could happen and our heroes are confronted with civilisations they never thought possible; amphibious Frog Men, Nazi’s battling futuristic Incans and dimension-hopping versions of themselves. It’s fascinating and instantly captures the imagination while showcasing Remender’s incredible vision and Scalera’s ability to make even the most bizarre a reality.     Read more...
Published in Comic Book Reviews
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:59
an-origin-story-is-comingThe words origin story can bring up instant negative connotations, especially when brought up with comic books. Origin stories are tough, unless of course they’re the original origin stories. The stories that start the stories are usually told at the beginning or throughout an ongoing story. So when an origin story shows up out of nowhere, there are dreadful thoughts that there will be an inevitable reboot.  A good example would be Joker’s origin story, er, stories. But like he said, “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice”.  Not every origin story works well with picking and choosing of how it all started, that’s why origin stories tend to be lame. Read more...
Published in Comic Book Reviews
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:01
summerloveSummertime is synonymous with love, just ask Danny and Sandy. Seriously, it’s like a contagious disease brought on by the sun.  If you have yet to officially catch the love bug then have no fear, the folks at IDW and Yoe Books have you covered. Weird Love #2 is enough to make you fall in love, run from love or laugh the love right out of you. Like other Yoe Books this is a collection of previously printed comics, and boy does Yoe know how to pick the ones to reprint. Read more...
Published in Let's Talk Comics
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