REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

“Smile”, like “The Pilot” before it, represents a return to a classic approach to this season of Doctor Who, and just like the premiere episode, this instalment is refreshingly fun, engaging and tremendously enjoyable. Its structure in many ways is a modern interpretation of the archetypal Doctor Who story; the Doctor and his companion arrive at a  otherworldly locale, wander around for a bit, then get sucked into a conflict due either to the Doctor’s…

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REVIEW: Curse Words #4 – False Beards and French Cops

REVIEW: Curse Words #4 – False Beards and French Cops

Curse Words #4 continues to prove that writer Charles Soule and artist Ryan Browne have one of the most consistently funny and irreverent titles on the stands right now, but this latest issue doesn’t just rest on its laurels. Soule and Browne use the issue to offer up some pretty fascinating developments in both plot and character, making this one of the most enjoyable and well-constructed issues since the stellar debut. As Wizord finds himself…

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REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

Batman #21 is hampered by the fact that there are certain perfect and indelible works of art that should never be touched or embellished upon. The issue is the opening chapter of an arc entitled “The Button” and it seems to be some kind of attempt to integrate landmark self-contained comic series “Watchmen” into the DC Universe proper. And though writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok have crafted a fairly entertaining, well-structured and finely…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Archie #19 – A Guy, A Girl, and a Jughead

ADVANCE REVIEW: Archie #19 – A Guy, A Girl, and a Jughead

Archie #19 is in many ways, your typical Archie story, but it’s typical in both the way it follows a pattern of the franchise since it began long ago and typical in the way the publisher’s revised approach to Archie and his pals has created some of the most satisfying YA comics around. In this way, Archie #19 is the best of both worlds, both funny and light-hearted even as it manages to be insightful…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 1 – “The Pilot”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 1 – “The Pilot”

Doctor Who returns for its first full season of adventures in over a year. True, we got a solid Christmas Special and the spin-off show “Class,” but in actuality it’s been far too long since the Doctor graced our screens for a run of stories through all of time and space. The first episode of the 10th series, the last series to star Peter Capaldi in the title role, is a fun and engaging story…

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REVIEW: Rose #1 – Dive Into a Dark, Captivating New World

REVIEW: Rose #1 – Dive Into a Dark, Captivating New World

In the genre of fantasy, world-building is everything. First off, without a compelling and fully realized setting, fantasy can come off as silly to those who aren’t die-hard fans. Second, so much has been built off a common collection of tropes and traits that those die-hard fans will tune out pretty quickly if things aren’t in some way unique and individual. Luckily, Rose #1, from writer Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara, benefits from establishing…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman #20 – DC’s Best Superhero Book?

REVIEW: Wonder Woman #20 – DC’s Best Superhero Book?

With Wonder Woman #20, it’s time to ask the big question; month in, month out, is this DC’s most consistently brilliant title? Ever since the title relaunched with writer Greg Rucka at the helm, the series has been moving from strength to strength, redefining the title character for the Rebirth era as one of the most relatable and enjoyable icons in super hero comics. And all this right before her movie opens. And this issue…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Greatest Adventure #1: A Ship Too Overloaded to Fly?

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Greatest Adventure #1: A Ship Too Overloaded to Fly?

You can’t fault Dynamite, writer Bill Willingham, or artist Cezar Razek for their boldness. The Greatest Adventure #1 centres around the ambitious idea of bringing together a host of classic characters created by prolific pulp writer Edgar Rice Burroughs and sending them off on an grand expedition against a seemingly implacable foe. It’s a big concept on a large, apocalyptic scale, to be sure. And while I give the team points for its pulpy ambitions,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #1: From Under the Sea…

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #1: From Under the Sea…

We’re only a few days from the premiere of Peter Capaldi‘s final full series of “Doctor Who”, and those fans who are lamenting losing their prickly, complicated Twelfth Doctor (like yours truly) can take comfort in the face that, with Titan’s Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #1, there are still opportunities to enjoy this current Time Lord’s regeneration in all his glory. With a spooky and atmospheric opening issue by writer George…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor: Ghost Stories #1 – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a TARDIS!

REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor: Ghost Stories #1 – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a TARDIS!

For the uninitiated, each Christmas day since 2006 “Doctor Who” has aired a television special. These specials are typically light on continuity, big on spectacle and designed to bring in the casual viewers and entertain the whole family. Last year’s edition, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was a fun look at the world of superheroes through the lens of “Doctor Who.” Given the subject matter it was pretty much a no-brainer that the special’s superhero,…

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