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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ADVANCE REVIEW: Hook Jaw #1 – Sink Your Teeth Into It

ADVANCE REVIEW: Hook Jaw #1 – Sink Your Teeth Into It

For a gory horror book about an out-sized killer shark, ruthless Navy SEALS, and profane scientists, there’s something endearing about Hook Jaw #1, written by Si Spurrier with art by Conor Boyle. First of all, it’s the fact that this series sees Titan resurrecting the classic British “Jaws” rip-off of the mid-1970s, whose social conscience coupled with adherence to over the top gore made it both infamous but influential for UK comics. But Spurrier and Boyle…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #14 – The Sleeper Awakens

REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #14 – The Sleeper Awakens

Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #14 might be the most ungainly series title of an issue I’m ever going to review. Somewhat bizarrely, though enjoyably, the story between the covers is just as overstuffed and unwieldily. You’d think that would result in kind of a mess, what we get instead is a fever dream-like spectacular, with some bold and unsettlingly strange visuals that push the boundaries of how disturbing this title will…

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Si Spurrier and Comics Media’s Recency Bias

Si Spurrier and Comics Media’s Recency Bias

Earlier this week, Simon Spurrier, writer of the ongoing series Cry Havoc, released a brief criticism of the comic book press on his website. In his note, he criticised the media for what he perceived to be a disinterest in covering ongoing series’ after its initial launch. As he says, “What’s weird is that our press focuses all its attention on the takeoff – and occasionally on a spectacular crash – but none at all on those planes…

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After Wednesday

After Wednesday

Good day, Crusaders! It is time again for After Wednesday, a weekly opinion wrap up of my favorite reads in the medium of comics. This week has been crazy, with a slew of titles that range from classic Las Vegas to the Middle East to imaginative alternate dimensions.  Enough gabbing—let’s get to the comics: This is my first toe-dip into the most recent re-launch of The Shadow series by Dynamite, and I have to say…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Numbercruncher #1”

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Numbercruncher #1”

I like to think that when a writer or creative team proposes tackling the bigger questions about life, the universe, and everything (thank you always Douglas Adams), those involved take chances with the material. Why? Well, and this is just my humble opinion, to take on the infinite/unknown you need to think…well outside of the box, and that comes with a lot of possible questions to pose that will need answering. Questions in that outer…

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