Friday, 11 August 2017

[Comic Review] - What's so funny about 'Truth, Justice and the American Way'?

Action Comics vol.1 #775 - What's so funny about 'Truth, Justice and the American Way'?

In an age of the mega-crossover-event it can feel strange to think that some of the best stories in comics used to be from limited series inside monthlies or even in single issues. This "One-Shot", Action Comics #775 manages to pack into a single book one of the most important Superman stories since "What happened to the Man of Tomorrow". It is particularly interesting as a expression of the American backlash to the British Invasion which occurred during the 80s as Vertigo mined extraordinarily daring talent from 2000AD, like Allan More, Grant Morison, Allan Grant and... well that is a huge list I may as well stop there.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

[Comic Review] Superman : Dark Knight over Metropolis

Superman #44, Adventures of Superman #466-467, Action Comics #653-654, + Annual #1

Many people look back at the 90s as a dark time for comics and super hero comics in general. There are some infamous story lines as well as some truly absurd costume designs that are the subject of ridicule to this day. Yet for me the 90s remains a fascinating time for superhero comics and one that I personally believe to be, in its own way one of the best periods in comics.

Friday, 2 September 2016

[Comic Review] - The Tale of the God Butcher (Thor : God of Thunder 1 - 11)

The Tale of the God Butcher (Thor : God of Thunder 1 - 11)

Those that know me will not be surprised to hear I have certain leanings towards DC, as far as traditional superhero comics go. I personally do not subscribe to the nerd war that is Marvel vs DC. I read and enjoy both, because for me the only thing that counts is how good the individual comic is. Still I wanted to make an effort to read some more Marvel for a change as Rebirth has basically overtaken my entire comic intake at the moment and I am far less familiar with Marvel as a whole.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

[Comic Review] - Daredevil vs Punisher : Means and Ends

Daredevil vs Punisher : Means and Ends

Daredevil is, imo, one of Marvels greatest heroes. There is a edge to him that stands out form the normal saccharin Marvel style which greatly appeals to me. I know that he was an original creation but as Miller took over in the late 70s he slowly became a Batman clone, which is a good thing; and besides Batman has enough juice to share around. Daredevil unlike many of the bat-a-likes is an distinguished and separate entity, one that is steeped in his own lore and personality to the point that all which remains to link him to Batman is a similarity in style and setting. Yet this link could be the core of why I love him so much. For me he is one of Marvels most "perfect" comic book characters.

Friday, 12 August 2016

[Film Review] - DCMU 3: Suicide Squad (Spoiler Free)

The third instalment of the DC Movie Universe, Suicide Squad comes to us from yet another relatively new talented director / writer. This seams to be a trend in Hollywood at the moment. Instead of having big name artists behind the biggest films to the year, Hollywood seams to instead be hiring budding new talent who are on the rise after some impressive, if only a smattering, of lower profile movies.

Friday, 29 July 2016

[Comic Review] - PREY - (Batman : Legends of the Dark Knight - #11 - #15)

Batman : Legends of the Dark Knight - PREY (11 - 15)

The 80s was a time when comics became the thing that children always imagined them to be, serious. To give you an idea of the creative power behind comics at this time think about how Watchmen, Maus and the Dark Knight Returns all got released in the same year of 1986. Soon those landmark comics would be followed by a world wild fever of ravenous fans, cultivated after the '89 Tim Burton film; Batman. Fans of all ages, primed and focused on comics as adult fiction. Comics with adult themes. Before the interconnectivity of the internet the Batman film finally united the progressive English and European scenes that had been boiling away since the '70s into the mainstream Superhero comics of America. Love or hate Tim Burton, but he globalised comics and anomalies like The Dark Knight Returns became the templates for what people expected a superhero comic to be, guiding the direction of DC in a way that is still felt to this very day.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

[Comic Review] - Power Girl - Power Trip Trade (JSA Classified #1-4 / Power Girl v2 #1-12)

Power Girl - Power Trip

Power Girl is not the kind of comic I usually read. I tend to gravitate to the darker side of comics. Things that are more serious with strong story driven focuses (my favourite) or, and lets be honest here an adolescent hyper violent genre book full of gore, sarcasm and subversiveness. These are the kind of things I usually read. It has come to my attention that maybe I'm missing out on a side of comics which I have basically written off as not worth my time. I think it was "I Hate Fairyland" that really showed me that I could enjoy a different kind of comic. The stupid comics. Comics that are just lighthearted fun, some action, some jokes, some pretty colours.... you know, entertaining and fun. The Power Girl Vol 2 run is one such comic. This is not a comic to be taken seriously, but is it a comic that I can enjoy?