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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SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales

SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales

Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest worldwide distributor of comic books, has released May’s rankings for the comic book market and the big winner is Marvel’s Secret Empire. Marvel Comics outperformed its main rival, DC, with six titles in the top 10. The first issue of the controversial Secret Empire claimed the top spot, with the second and third issues also claiming spots in the top 10. The May issue of Batman was the strongest performer…

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Los Angeles to Pay Tribute to Adam West with Bat-Signal Lighting

Los Angeles to Pay Tribute to Adam West with Bat-Signal Lighting

With the recent news of the passing of legendary Batman actor Adam West, fans the world over have found their own ways of memorializing the pop culture icon. Today, the city of Los Angeles, in partnership with DC Entertainment, announced that the city will organize a special tribute to West this coming Thursday. In a press release, DC revealed that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will light the Bat-Signal on the steps of Los Angeles…

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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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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: 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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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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REVIEW: Bug! – The Adventures of Forager #1 – Weird and Wild and Unrestrained

REVIEW: Bug! – The Adventures of Forager #1 – Weird and Wild and Unrestrained

From a creative point of view, DC’s Young Animal imprint, curated by Gerard Way, has been a mind-bending success. Letting bold and unrestrained creators cut loose in the wider corners of DC’s properties and push concepts to their limits have produced some of the most intriguing books on the shelves. Now, Young Animal is doing their own take on the Jack Kirby tribute in this the 100th anniversary of his birth with Bug! The Adventures…

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BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

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 week sees the opening of the latest film from Marvel Studios, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the second instalment in the adventures of Marvel’s space-faring band of rascally reprobates. The first film represented Marvel taking a giant step into the cultish and more than…

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