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Comic Review – Superman #1

A SPOILER warning before we start. If you haven’t read Man of Steel #1-6, which directly lead into this book, you may want to do so. A summary on the first page of this book will spoil it for you otherwise. So will this review. Please bear that in mind and thank you for reading. […]

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Comic Review – Batman #50 & Catwoman #1

There is no real way to review Catwoman #1 without also discussing Batman #50 and the long awaited wedding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. The one informs the other, as the cover of Catwoman #1 helpfully informs the reader that they should read Batman #50 before opening it up. This proves ironic, given that The […]

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Comic Review – Captain America #1

Steve Rogers was a loyal American, who wanted to serve his country as a soldier during World War II – not for glory or out of bloodlust, but because Steve Rogers believed in The Dream. The American Dream. The biggest Dream there ever was. The most advanced science of the age gave the sickly Rogers […]

Comic Review – Detective Comics #983

Back in The Dark Age of Comics (roughly 1986 to 2000, by most historians’ reckoning), there was a rather odd divide in the DC Comics Universe. If you read only the comics starring Batman, he was portrayed as a lone Dark Knight and was considered an urban legend by most of the people of Gotham […]

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Comic Review – Tony Stark: Iron Man #1

Once upon a time there was a poor little rich boy who made his own toys to keep himself amused. In time he became a poor little rich man, whose toys made him richer still, though poor in spirit. That changed after some very bad men took the poor little rich man away from his […]

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Comic Review – Plastic Man #1

Patrick “Eel” O’Brian was as slippery and slimy as the animal that prompted his underworld nickname. He was a career criminal. A con artist. A petty thief. A cheap thug. The sort of sordid individual whose best effort to clean up and straighten out his life ended with him taking a job as the night […]

Comic Review – Justice League #1

In the wake of the invasion by The Dark Multiverse, the destruction of The Source Wall and the coming of The Omega Titans, The Justice League have expanded their ranks. Though a core team still exists, most of The World’s Finest Heroes have been recruited to act in a reserve capacity to face those threats even […]

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Comic Review – Man Of Steel #1

  What can be said about The Man of Steel #1? Does it dramatically redefine the Superman mythology? No. Does it seem like it’s about to radically change everything we know about Superman and Krypton? No. Does it seem like the coming of Brian Michael Bendis to DC Comics was over-hyped? A little bit. Is it […]

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Comic Review – The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson #5

It’s the opening day of The Nick Wilson Experience – a museum devoted to Earth’s first (and so far only) superhero. All-American Nick Wilson lost his powers almost as quickly as he gained them, falling far from the heights of fame and fortune he once enjoyed. He had been squeaking out a shameful living as […]

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Comic Review – Quicksilver: No Surrender #1

Pietro Maximoff is the fastest man in the world. When it comes to running, there is no one better. Hence why, when two immortals with a fondness for games incapacitated most of Earth’s heroes for the sake of a wager, he was chosen to run a race for the sake of The Earth itself. With […]

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Comic Review – Justice League: No Justice #1

It was Earth’s darkest hour. The Collector of Worlds known as Brainiac had come and immediately sought battle with the World’s Finest heroes. The Justice League, The Teen Titans – even The Suicide Squad faced him. They failed and were captured, taken to the deepest reaches of space. The fact that they had been spared […]

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Comic Review – Red Sonja/Tarzan #1

Though best known for her work on DC Comics’ Birds of Prey, Batgirl and Wonder Woman, writer Gail Simone has become equally famous for her work in the sword and sorcery genre in recent years. She first found glory with a revamp of Red Sonja that proved popular enough that it was quickly expanded from a […]

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Comic Review – The Hunt For Wolverine #1

Wolverine died, entombed in molten Adamantium. The X-Men took his metal-encased body and hid it away, keeping its location secret. But nothing stays buried. It was only a matter of time. With these words, Charles Soule opens the first chapter of The Hunt For Wolverine – what may well be the most eagerly anticipated Marvel […]

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Comic Review – Action Comics #1000

Let us take it as a basic truth that Action Comics #1000 is a book of some significance. It is the first of DC Comics’ series to hit the 1000 issues milestone, despite a number of divergences where the book was renumbered during those times when it was thought that starting everything over at #1 […]

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Comic Review – Domino #1

Confession: I don’t know much about Domino. To be honest, I don’t know much about any of the X-Force/Six-Pack/Liefeldian side of the 1990s X-Men, because what little I’ve read from that time period suggested the characters had more pouches than personality traits. Here is everything I knew about Domino. She was a mercenary who worked […]

Comic Review – Aquaman #34

Corum Rath had long been a thorn in the side of The Aquaman, Arthur Curry. As leader of The Deluge – a xenophobic terrorist group which resisted Aquaman’s efforts, as King of Atlantis, to establish peaceful relations with the surface world – Rath led an attack on the American city of Boston. He was imprisoned […]

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Comic Review – Detective Comics #976

Tim Drake (a.k.a. Red Robin) had a plan. Years earlier, he had taken up the mantle of Batman’s sidekick, realizing that Batman functioned best when he had a partner. Tim also realized that Bruce Wayne – much as he might deny it – was mortal and would not be able to be Batman forever. Tim […]

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Comic Review – Doctor Star & The Kingdom Of Lost Tomorrows #1

Doctor James Robinson had always been a dreamer who looked to the stars for inspiration. An astronomer by inclination and a physicist by training, his theories regarding a cosmic energy called para-radiation got the attention of an American government that needed an edge in the atomic arms race and they thought Robinson’s theory of a […]

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Comic Review – The Terrifics #1

The Terrifics owes its existence to Marvel Studios trying to spite 20th Century Fox. Shocking but true! In all the feuding over film-rights over the past few years, Marvel Comics stopped publishing a monthly Fantastic Four comic book series so as to deny Fox any free publicity at their expense. Given how utterly un-Fantastic the 2015 […]

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Comic Review – Doctor Strange: Damnation #1

Forced to surrender his title as Sorcerer Supreme to the Norse god Loki, Stephen Strange went off in search of power that would allow him to fight a wizard and a deity. He found all the power he wanted and more. So much more… Stephen Strange is now the god of magic. Or at least […]

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Comic Review – Deathbed #1

When I first saw the cover of Deathbed #1, I was thrilled. Joshua Williamson is one of my favorite writers right now, and if you haven’t been reading his run on The Flash, you should be. Riley Rossmo, likewise, is an artist whose work I’ve always found enjoyable, particularly on the highly-underrated Constantine, The Hellblazer. That […]

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Comic Review – Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #12

A lost and powerless cargo ship, trapped in a decaying orbit above a blazing sun. A crew slowly disappearing one by one. Numerous signs pointing to someone who shouldn’t be there living in the cargo bay. Someone… or something? It’s a typical mystery by The Doctor’s standards. The sort of thing he might knock-off as […]

Comic Review – X-Men: Red #1

It would be fair to say that I’ve never been the biggest fan of X-Men comics in general. I like the basic concept enough – superpowers as a metaphor for whatever oppressed minority group one might wish to champion as trying to make the world a better place while being hated and feared by the […]

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Comic Review – Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Three #13

In the wake of the disappearance of The Time Lords, The Time Sentinels have set themselves up as the ultimate guardians of the space-time continuum. Under the guidance of the being they call The Lock Keeper, The Time Sentinels maintain a watchful eye upon the universe, ensuring that continuity and causality remains continuous. One thing […]

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Comic Review – Raven: Daughter of Darkness #1

Rachel Roth is like many teenage girls. She feels awkward around other teenagers, doesn’t think she fits in anywhere and is worried about finding acceptance. She’s also secretive and ashamed of her family. Unlike most teenage girls, Rachel has very good reason to think that she’s different. There’s nobody else she’s met who was raised […]

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Comic Review – The Further Adventures Of Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson was once the most powerful superhero on Earth. In fact, he was the ONLY superhero on Earth. Fresh out of high-school, Nick somehow acquired the full complement of super powers. Flying. Super Strength. Bullet-Proof Skin?  The works! Though he donned the traditional cape and tights, Nick never bothered with a secret identity, a […]

Comic Review – Rogue & Gambit #1

She was a runaway who nearly killed her first sweetheart with a kiss. He was abandoned as a baby for his black and red eyes. She fell in with a group of mutant terrorists who offered her the closest thing to a loving home she’d ever had. He was raised by the Thieves Guild of […]

Comic Review – Hawkman Found #1

There are few heroes in comic book history who have a history and lineage as confused and conflicted as Hawkman. First appearing in Flash Comics #1 (January 1940), the first Hawkman was Carter Hall – an archaeologist who discovered that he was the reincarnation of an Egyptian prince. Using ancient artifacts made of an “nth” […]

Comic Review – Marvel Two-In-One (2017) #1

Things haven’t been so fantastic for The Fantastic Four lately. For a start, there’s only two of them left. Scientist Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic) and his wife Susan Storm (aka The Invisible Woman) are missing and presumed dead, along with their children. Pilot Ben Grimm (aka The Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing), newly returned from an […]