REVIEW: The Wild Storm #5 – Daemons, Cosmonauts and Redemption

REVIEW: The Wild Storm #5 – Daemons, Cosmonauts and Redemption

With The Wild Storm #5, writer Warren Ellis continues the engrossing slow burn that has defined this series so far, and that continues to be no bad thing at all, given how rich the world he’s creating is. If you’re looking for a series that takes seriously the concept of creating a super-hero universe for a realistic modern world (as opposed to thinking that just means being grim and bleak) then you should look no…

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ADVANCE REVIEW – The Death of Stalin: The Comedy of Tyranny

ADVANCE REVIEW – The Death of Stalin: The Comedy of Tyranny

Totalitarian regimes have, oddly enough, provided the best fodder for political comedy and satire. There’s something about the absurdity of living under brutality couched and protected by beauracracy that requires only the slightest nudge to tip into full on comedy. And through the years, we’ve seen satire used as a powerful weapon against the power of the state. From political cartoons, to films that took aim at fascism like Ernst Lubitch’s “To Be or Not…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 10: “The Eaters of Light”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 10: “The Eaters of Light”

“The Eaters of Light” is something of a milestone for Doctor Who, for it marks the first time since the series returned in the 21st Century that a writer from the classic series has come back to the show. In a way, it’s hard to see another series of the new Doctor Who where this would have been possible; part of the overall vibe of Series 10 has been the way it has embraced a…

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REVIEW: Noble #2 is Action-Packed and Cinematic

REVIEW: Noble #2 is Action-Packed and Cinematic

So this review is a week late, and I apologize for that.  But, dude, Noble from Lion Forge is still so damn good.  Last month I talked about how the comic centered the perspective of Astrid Powell, the title character’s wife.  This is still definitely evident, though the narrative feels more evenly split this time. Warning: this review is not spoiler free, so proceed at your own caution. We open with a flashback to six months ago.  Dr….

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REVIEW: Dark Days – The Forge #1 – Impenetrable But Intriguing Metal

REVIEW: Dark Days – The Forge #1 – Impenetrable But Intriguing Metal

DC’s big summer event for 2017 has been announced as “Dark Nights – Metal”, which sees “Batman” superstars Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo re-team to tell a big story involving all the heroes of the DC Pantheon. Dark Days – The Forge #1 is the prequel that kicks off the event to come, and though there’s plenty here to intrigue, drawing from crumbs dropped throughout Snyder’s long tenure as Bat-writer, the issue is also pretty…

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REVIEW: Normandy Gold #1 – Back Woods to Mean Streets

REVIEW: Normandy Gold #1 – Back Woods to Mean Streets

The partnership between pulpy publishing house Hard Case Crime and Titan Comics has delivered some interesting results. Taking top crime novelists and giving them space to work in the comics medium is a great idea, especially when they’re being allowed to come up with their own stories and ideas. Normandy Gold #1 is the latest series to debut, written by novelists Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin, with art by Steve Scott and colors by Lovern…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 – To Insanity and Beyond!

ADVANCE REVIEW: Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 – To Insanity and Beyond!

I loved everything about the first Space Riders series. I loved the balls-out bonkers story, written by Fabian Rangel Jr, I loved the mind-blowing comix-influenced psychedelic art by Alexis Ziritt, which was wonderfully enhanced by Ryan Ferrier‘s letters. Now, the series is back with another volume, and after a terrific first issue, I’m happy to report that Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 fits right in with the first volume; it’s gloriously vulgar and uninhibited space…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 9: “Empress of Mars”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 9: “Empress of Mars”

After the completion of a trilogy of episodes that, although ambitious, wound up being deeply flawed and unsatisfying, the tenth series of Doctor Who returns to its more classical format with “Empress of Mars,” written by series stalwart Mark Gatiss, and directed with flair and style despite limitations by Wayne Yip. The result is a satisfying and throughly entertaining, if ultimately more workmanlike than inspired, episode. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt…

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WONDER WOMAN: Full of an Amazing Grace; Undeniably Female

WONDER WOMAN: Full of an Amazing Grace; Undeniably Female

Seventy-six years in the making, essentially, the Wonder Woman film, directed by Patty Jenkins, delivers on the intrinsic promises made by the character. Graceful, flowing, and visually exquisite, Wonder Woman has it all in terms of superhero cinema and then some. Firstly, anyone who feared that Gal Gadot might now be able to carry a two and a half hour film, fear no longer. Gadot’s Diana is innocent, fiercely compassionate, and her blunt insistence on…

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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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