REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 8: “The Lie of the Land”

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 8: “The Lie of the Land”

The so-called “Monks Trilogy” comes to an end with this episode, written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Wayne Yip. This episode of Doctor Who starts off strong, with a bleak and tense predicament that seems hopeless and some nice thematic underpinnings about a society ruled by the sci-fi equivalent of fake news. However, its strengths ultimately don’t overcome some narrative weaknesses and a story that is resolved in an overly familiar way and easy…

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Marvel Announces Rainbow Rowell to Write New Volume of Runaways

Marvel Announces Rainbow Rowell to Write New Volume of Runaways

In an exclusive report for Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Comics today announced that the writer of their new Runaways ongoing series will be acclaimed young adult novelist Rainbow Rowell. Rowell is an acclaimed author of young adult books. Her first novel, “Attachments”, published in 2011, was well-received, but she hit the big time upon the publication of her YA novels “Fangirl” and “Eleanor & Park” in 2013, both of which were selected as among the best…

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BACK ISSUES: Essential Wonder Woman

BACK ISSUES: Essential Wonder Woman

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. This edition we shine the spotlight on one of comics’ most enduring and iconic heroes in honor of her big screen debut; Wonder Woman! Today marks the premiere of DC Entertainment’s “Wonder Woman,” the latest instalment in the DC Entertainment Universe from Warner Brothers, based on DC’s legendary comic…

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REVIEW: Black Science #30 – Coming Home to Roost

REVIEW: Black Science #30 – Coming Home to Roost

After this many issues of Black Science, you’d think that writer Rick Remender and artist Matteo Scalera would have run out of ways to raise the stakes, but if Black Science #30 proves anything, it proves that the level of cataclysmic jeopardy dogging Grant McKay’s every decision can always go from bad to worse. Reminder and Scalera’s impressive ability to invent new and more apocalyptic situations to thrill readers is matched only by their laser-sharp…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman Annual #1 – Mixed Wonder

REVIEW: Wonder Woman Annual #1 – Mixed Wonder

Tomorrow, the film adaptation of Wonder Woman premieres across the nation, and if everything goes according to plan, the Amazon Warrior will gain the big-screen popularity and success the character so deserves. So, it’s fitting therefore that DC Comics honor Wonder Woman with a splashy over-sized Annual to celebrate the icon. And while Wonder Woman Annual #1 features some enjoyable moments that speak to the heart of the character, it’s also unavoidable that it winds up…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Magnus #1: Magnus, Robot….Healer?

ADVANCE REVIEW: Magnus #1: Magnus, Robot….Healer?

Way back in 1963, Gold Key Comics debuted a new science-fiction/super-hero series called Magnus, Robot Fighter. Created by Russ Manning, Magnus has always had his fans, being a character that leaned more heavily towards pulpy sci-fi concepts than straight-ahead super hero action. Magnus #1, the latest iteration of the property by Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornes, follows in that tradition with a debut issue that establishes an intriguing and rich classic science fiction concept and…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 7: “The Pyramid At the End of the World”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 7: “The Pyramid At the End of the World”

“The Pyramid At the End of the World” is the second part of a kind of trilogy forming the heart of the middle of this tenth series of Doctor Who. The storyline revolves around the mysterious Monks, who we learned last episode had been using a complex computer simulation to prepare for their conquest of Earth. This episode advances that story even further as the Monks make their move and their invasion begins. But though…

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Image Announces the Return of Mage by Matt Wagner!

Image Announces the Return of Mage by Matt Wagner!

Image Comics announced yesterday that, after an absence of 18 years, legendary comics creator Matt Wagner is returning to arguably his most famous creation, Mage. The new series, Mage: The Hero Denied, kicks off with July’s issue #0, and will comprise 15 issues intended to wrap up the epic storyline. Mage tells the story of Kevin Matchstick, who discovers that he possesses magical abilities and a mystical baseball bat after encountering a wizard named Mirth….

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Dynamite Reveals “James Bond: Moneypenny” Creative Team

Dynamite Reveals “James Bond: Moneypenny” Creative Team

Dynamite Entertainment has revealed the creative team for the first ever comic title dedicated to 007’s faithful support staff, Miss Moneypenny. The publisher revealed yesterday that the James Bond: Moneypenny One-Shot will be written by acclaimed writer Jody Houser, the first time a woman has written the Bond universe in the comics medium. The one-shot sees Moneypenny assigned to a routine protection assignment that soon becomes more than she initially bargained for as she uncovers…

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REVIEW: Seven to Eternity #6: Draining the Swamp

REVIEW: Seven to Eternity #6: Draining the Swamp

If you’re a fan of the kind of crazy sci-fi epic fantasy stories like “The Dark Tower” or “Hyperion,” then this series has been right up your alley. Writer Rick Remender is a master of this kind of weird quest stories, the kinds that used to populate the pages of “Heavy Metal,” and Seven to Eternity #6 fits right in with the stellar run of issues that preceded it. The issue uses a creepy and…

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