Friday, 28 October 2016

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler Review

Nowhere were the 1920s more roaring than in Berlin - cocaine and morphine were available over the counter and cheaper than alcohol, and everyone was escaping reality, particularly since life in the Weimar Republic, with its mass unemployment and hyperinflation, was such a nightmare! Then these drugs started to be outlawed for obvious reasons (physical/mental health damage, addiction, death, etc.) and the Nazis came to power in 1933, supposedly ushering in an era of abstinence and sobriety, mirroring their Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Wonder Woman '77 Volume 1 Review (Marc Andreyko, Drew Johnson)

Following the success of the Jeff Parker-helmed Batman ‘66 comics based on the iconic Adam West TV show, this is the comics version of the 1970s Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series, Wonder Woman ‘77 - though unfortunately it’s nowhere near as good as Batman ‘66. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

I Hate Fairyland, Volume 2: Fluff My Life Review (Skottie Young, Jean-Francois Beaulieu)

There’s a minor spoiler early on in the review, if you care about that sort of thing. Non-spoiler review? It was a’ight. 

Ok, onto the not very spoilery review! 

Giant Days: Year One by John Allison Review

Suffering from Giant Days withdrawal, I was delighted to discover Giant Days: Year One exists! The book is three self-published comics, the first from 2011 and the others from 2013, written and drawn by John Allison which paved the way to Boom picking it up and turning it into an ongoing. And of course it’s great! 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6 Review (Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello)

The fight back against Quar and the Kandorians begins as the Kryptonite rain falls! 

The Master Race #6 is an ok issue for the Kandorians getting their arrogant butts handed to them alone, but there’s a few stupid storytelling choices made along the way that irritated me.

Head Lopper, Volume 1: The Island, or A Plague of Beasts Review (Andrew MacLean, Mike Spicer)

The Isle of Barra is menaced with hideous monsters and a dark sorcerer who wants to kill the Queen – enter the white-haired barbarian Norgal the Head Lopper and his severed talking head, Agatha Blue Witch, who’s hired to save the kingdom! Hello, Generic Fantasy Plot? We need to recycle you for this book! 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Adventures of Tintin: King Ottokar's Sceptre by Herge Review

King Ottokar’s Sceptre is one of only two Tintin books I surprisingly never read as a kid (the other being In the Land of the Soviets) and, having read it now, I can say I didn’t miss out on anything back then!

Spidey, Volume 1: First Day Review (Robbie Thompson, Nick Bradshaw)

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know the Spider-Man origin through and through?! Of course there are. There are kids appearing all the time, totally fresh Marvel fans-to-be, who have never read a Spider-Man comic but want to know where to start. And don’t you dare tell them to go back to the beginning and read the 1960s Stan Lee comics because that’ll kill any interest they might have!

The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf Review

Riad starts school in Syria while his mother demands modern appliances for their flat, sending her husband to the city to buy a washing machine and gas stove. Riad’s father begins making connections with important officials and plans for his family’s luxury villa… 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Doctor Strange Volume 2: The Last Days of Magic Review (Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo)

The Empirikul have purged the other dimensions of magic - now it’s the Marvel Universe’s turn! With the Sorcerer Supreme already weakened, Doctor Strange faces an uphill battle to save magic from dying - but he’s not alone. The final battle between magic and science is about to begin… 

Tyler Cross: Black Rock Review (Fabien Nury, Bruno)

Tyler Cross is hired to rip-off 20 kilos of smack from rival gangsters. He becomes the sole survivor of the botched and bloody theft and makes it away with most of the heroin to Black Rock, a small mining town on the Texas/Mexico border. While he quietly tries to make contact with his employer, the corrupt town officials find out who he is and what he’s got – will he manage to survive with the drugs once again?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin Review

I thought Jeffrey Toobin’s The Obama White House and the Supreme Court would be about any conflict between the President and the Supreme Court with the focus on the most controversial policy of the last eight years, Obamacare. Instead, most of this short is about Chief Justice Roberts’ botched Presidential Oath at the 2009 inauguration – what an uninteresting subject to write about! 

Insider Baseball by Joan Didion Review

Insider Baseball is a selection of pieces from Joan Didion’s book Political Fictions. It’s about her time on the 1988 campaign trail as she followed the Democratic nomination battle which led to Michael Dukakis becoming the candidate to lose against George HW Bush. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Username: Evie Review (Joe Sugg, Amrit Birdi)

Joe Sugg is a YouTuber whose videos I never saw until after reading his utterly craptastic comic, Username: Evie, but it turns out that he makes unwatchable videos as well as unreadable books!