Thursday, 11 August 2022

Public Domain #1 by Chip Zdarsky Review

Miles’ elderly father Syd Dallas was the artist and co-creator of The Domain, a wildly-popular superhero, whose latest big budget incarnation is set to reap still further riches for Singular Studios’ superhero cinematic universe - but not for the original comic book artist. Then, while attending the film’s premiere, Syd meets his former colleague Jerry Jasper’s assistant who unearths a surprising secret about the real IP owner of The Domain…

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

The Delicacy by James Albon Review

A pair of farming brothers, Rowan and Tulip, living on a remote Scottish island, come into a substantial inheritance and decide to use it to seek fame and fortune in London by opening their own restaurant. Alas, things don’t go so smoothly and the restaurant is soon foundering - until a mysterious mushroom growing on the brothers’ new property turns their fortunes around! But what makes it grow - and why only on their grounds?

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Swamp Thing: Roots of Terror Review (Len Wein, Kelley Jones)

Despite featuring nothing but big names in comics, there’s only one really decent story out of the five in Swamp Thing: Roots of Terror - not a great ratio for any collection!

Monday, 8 August 2022

The Black Phone by Joe Hill Review

A clown is abducting kids in a small town. Sound familiar? And it’s by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, no less! Balloons feature and, oh yeah, the main character’s sister also happens to have the Shining.

Sunday, 31 July 2022

Deserter by Junji Ito Review

Junji Ito’s story collection Deserter was only recently published in English a few months ago but it was originally published ten years ago in Japan. It explains why the art is a little less polished than his newer books but the stories remain as daffy and original as readers have come to expect from this creator. And, like the majority of Ito’s books, Deserter isn’t very good.

Sunday, 10 July 2022

Binge: 60 Stories To Make Your Brain Feel Different by Douglas Coupland Review

Binge is Douglas Coupland’s first work of fiction since his excellent 2013 novel Worst. Person. Ever (I gather he’s been busy focusing on his visual artwork in the interim). So, even though as a fan I’m glad to see him publishing again, it’s a shame that it’s not particularly good.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Our Little Secret by Emily Carrington Review

Emily Carrington recounts being raped at the age of 15 by an acquaintance of her father’s, who was 40 years old, in her memoir Our Little Secret. She goes into the circumstances leading up to the incident on Prince Edward Island, Canada, (she had horrible parents and went to live with her father when they divorced), and its lasting impact on her life, as well as her lengthy journey in trying to seek justice, after she spotted the abuser 27 years later in 2010, by taking her case to the courts.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Batman Vs Bigby! A Wolf In Gotham Review (Bill Willingham, Brian Level)

DC needs to put out another Batman title to make up their quota of 20 Batman books a month and Fables is relaunching because nostalgia-bait, so why not bundle up the two in one crappy crossover - it’s time for Batman vs Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham.

Sunday, 26 June 2022

With a Mind to Kill by Anthony Horowitz Review

To infiltrate and uncover the secret diabolical plans of a new Soviet outfit called Stalnaya Ruka, James Bond must pretend to assassinate M and turn traitor. But once back in the Russians’ hands, will Bond remain mentally sound enough to accomplish his mission or will his KGB brainwashing overpower him?

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Night of the Ghoul Review (Scott Snyder, Francesco Francavilla)

Forest Innman, a film archivist, and his son Orson drive out to a remote Californian rest home for the elderly on a quest to track down the elusive old-timey writer/director, TF Merrit. Forest is a fan of Merrit’s supposedly lost 1946 masterpiece, Night of the Ghoul, and hopes to find the final reel of the film from the man who might know where it is. But what Forest doesn’t realise is that the horror fiction in the movie is actually real - and the Ghoul is not far away…

Friday, 24 June 2022

Rick Grimes 2000 Review (Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley)

The dead were just the beginning - now it’s time for Rick Grimes and co. to take on an alien invasion!

Uh… ok.

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear Review (Frank Miller, John Romita Jr)

Frank Miller and John Romita Jr retell Daredevil’s origin story once again in Daredevil: The Man Without Fear. Jack Murdock, Stick, Foggy Nelson, Elektra, Kingpin - it’s like Miller’s going through a checklist of the usual suspects, so, if you’ve read the Daredevil origin a few times by now like me, there’s not much here that’ll hold your attention. It’s not the worst retelling of the origin though, so there’s that at least for new readers, but it does have some weird/silly aspects to it that is all Miller unfortunately.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Down to the Bone: A Leukemia Story by Catherine Pioli Review

After going to the doctor to try and resolve her back issues, 32 year old Catherine Pioli discovers her platelet and red and white blood cell counts are alarmingly low. She’s eventually diagnosed as having acute lymphocytic leukemia - Down to the Bone is the account of her experience from diagnosis through the months of agonising treatment.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Alien, Volume 1: Bloodlines Review (Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Salvador Larroca)

Weyland-Yutani, aka The Company That Never Learns Because Then There’d Be No Aliens Franchise, has a space station orbiting Earth that’s definitely not got a biolab containing Xenomorphs in it. And said Xenomorphs would never break free and run rampant around the station while dudes with guns flap around getting gored by the Xenomorphs. Naaah, this is a totally original, fresh take on… yeah, no, it’s the same old bollocks all over again.