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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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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ADVANCE REVIEW: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 – A Truly Modern Prometheus

ADVANCE REVIEW: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 – A Truly Modern Prometheus

When Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was published in 1818, it bore the subtitle of “The Modern Prometheus.” In the nearly two centuries since its publication and since it became a cornerstone of both horror and science fiction, it’s often been forgotten that “Frankenstein” was seen as a amazingly modern work upon its release.  Written by a fearless and uncompromising woman, it commented on the fears and ambitions that lay underneath the period following the advancements of…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

A good word to describe “Extremis,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, would be cryptic. As the first instalment of multi-episode arc, there is much that is left deliberately vague and mysterious in the episode. Breaking the pattern set by the previous episodes of this series, “Extremis” isn’t a standalone adventure with a refreshingly classic vibe. Written by show runner Steven Moffat, the episode is far more evocative of his most recent efforts on the…

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

Guess who’s back with Throwback Thursday!  That’s right, after a long sabbatical from the column, I’ve returned.  This week’s film is Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.  While the 1975 flick may not be a ‘comic book’ movie in the traditional sense, it definitely presaged the genre in the same way the pulps it came from influenced comics back in the day. Doc Savage, frankly, kind of sucks.  I just want to be clear on that.  The acting…

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REVIEW: Aquaman #23 – Undersea Unrest

REVIEW: Aquaman #23 – Undersea Unrest

A new story arc kicks off with Aquaman #23, and like many other comics in this day and age, it draws considerable inspiration from the fractious and divisive times in which we find ourselves. But whereas many comics that try to tackle current events and themes often do so in an obvious or simplified way, the creative team here manages to present a more nuanced and balanced conflict, kicking off an intriguing arc devoted to…

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REVIEW: Batman #23 – The Brave and the Mold

REVIEW: Batman #23 – The Brave and the Mold

I miss “The Brave and the Bold.” It was a team-up book, and back in the day, when I was a kid, team-up books were very special. They usually had a star, and in this case it was Batman, and then each issue you would see the star team up with another DC Comics character, often one that couldn’t support their own title, or did support one that was pretty different from the adventures of…

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