BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

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. Last week saw the premiere of Legion, a new FX TV series based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The series follows David Haller, a mutant currently being treated for schizophrenia as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Haller is one of the few…

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REVIEW: Batman Annual #1 – Holy Holidays, Batman!!

REVIEW: Batman Annual #1 – Holy Holidays, Batman!!

Look, I’ll admit I’m a sucker for Xmas issues of super-hero comics. I can’t really explain why. Maybe it’s because I once owned a DC Digest book called “Christmas With the Super-Heroes.” In any case, I’m a sucker for them, rank sentimentality and all. With Batman Annual #1, we get an anthology of stories all centred around Xmas, and the results are remarkably cohesive and enjoyable. The first story, written by Tom King with David…

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REVIEW: All-Star Batman #4 – Over The Top

REVIEW: All-Star Batman #4 – Over The Top

All-Star Batman #4 is kind of a crazy book. Sometimes I’ll mean that in a good way. Sometimes I won’t. This is leaning a bit more towards the latter, I’m afraid. I’m not sure what it is about the All-Star title that convinces Batman writers to opt for insane excess, but like Frank Miller before him, Scott Snyder seems to have succumbed to just doing whatever cuckoo thing pops into his head. Let me get…

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REVIEW: All-Star Batman #1 – Running the Gauntlet

REVIEW: All-Star Batman #1 – Running the Gauntlet

All-Star Batman #2 continues to deliver on its promise of presenting stories with Batman out of his element, against his biggest foes. The second instalment of the “My Own Worst Enemy” arc ups the ante by finding Batman struggling to deliver Two-Face to his destination while fighting off the attempts by various foes including Killer Croc, Cheshire, King Shark, and others, to free the bifurcated Harvey Dent. It’s an action-packed issue that delivers on big…

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Image Reunites Ellis and Shalvey for INJECTION in May

Image Reunites Ellis and Shalvey for INJECTION in May

Independent comic book publisher Image Comics has announced the release date for Injection, a new series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey, a creative team who previously worked together on Moon Knight for Marvel Comics. Joining them will be colorist Jordie Bellaire, who was awarded the Eisner Award in 2014 for her work on The Wake. The publisher described the series in a press release as being “set in a dystopian future where the…

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CAPE WATCH: What To Expect From The Big Two This Week

CAPE WATCH: What To Expect From The Big Two This Week

Welcome to Cape Watch. This is a weekly column where we tell you about the major super-hero releases from the two biggest comic book publishers in the industry. Without further ado, here’s what to look for from DC and Marvel in the week of April 2, 2014: DC “Action Comics #30” A new issue for the creative team of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, following the events of the Forever Evil story arc. Superman is…

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Preview: “Moon Knight #1”

Preview: “Moon Knight #1”

This March, Marvel is bringing back comics’ greatest mental patient! Widely acclaimed writer Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey will be creating “Moon Knight #1”, featuring the new adventures of Marc Spector, his alter-ego, and all the other people who live in his heroic head. Check out the gallery below to see Moon Knight pursue justice (in a three-piece suit!)! [FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] “Moon Knight #1” Brings ‘Weird Crime’ to All-New Marvel NOW! This…

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