Saturday 22 June 2024

Cobra Commander, Volume 1: Determined to Rule the World Review (Joshua Williamson, Andrea Milana)

Cobra-La. An underwater snake-themed kingdom weakened from lack of resources. Except its chief scientist has uncovered a powerful new energy source to restore it to its former glory: Energon. That scientist’s name? Cobra Commander. His mission? Find and bring back a buttload of Energon so that Cobra-La can rule the world moo-ha-ha!

Monday 17 June 2024

Cat + Gamer, Volume 1 by Wataru Nadatani Review

An office worker adopts a stray kitten on a whim - not realising how disruptive her cute new friend will be to her secret gamer double-life! But maybe a little chaos in her highly regimented routine is what’s needed…?

Friday 14 June 2024

Duke, Volume 1: Knowing is Half the Battle Review (Joshua Williamson, Tom Reilly)

All-American model soldier Duke saw his buddy get squished like a bug by a plane… that transformed into a robot!? Told by his superiors to keep quiet about it, Duke decides to go rogue and seek answers - and revenge - by his lonesome. But shadowy organisations a-plenty have their eyes on Duke and he’s gonna have to shoot his way to the truth!

Monday 10 June 2024

In My Time of Dying by Sebastian Junger Review

In June 2020 Sebastian Junger nearly died from a massive haemorrhage in his abdomen - and also saw his dead father floating in the void next to him, urging him onto the next plane of existence! But that was just a hallucination brought about by massive blood loss - right?

Saturday 8 June 2024

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates Review

As blown away as I was with his novel, The Easter Parade, I was disappointed with Richard Yates’ short story collection, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, which is a themed collection about characters who are isolated in different ways. I didn’t love any of the stories but I appreciated and enjoyed some aspects of five of them.

Thursday 6 June 2024

George Sand: True Genius, True Woman Review (Severine Vidal, Kim Consigny)

George Sand was the pen name of 19th century French novelist/playwright Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, or simply “Aurore” to her nearest and dearest. George Sand: True Genius, True Woman is Severine Vidal and Kim Consigny’s comics biography of the artist and not an especially good one at that - although that might be in part to Sand not being that compelling a subject too.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Rogue Trooper: Blighty Valley Review (Garth Ennis, Patrick Goddard)

If you grew up reading 2000AD like me, Rogue Trooper is one of those iconic characters you’ll never forget with his blue skin, blank eyes and cool gear - except that’s all I think of when I think of the character. Unlike Dredd or Slaine, there’s no Dark Judges or Horned God Saga storyline to point to as a high point in that character’s history. And I think that’s why Rebellion brought in Garth Ennis: to finally give Rogue one of those memorable storylines.

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Houses of the Unholy Review (Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips)

Satanic panic gripped America in the 1980s, like a modern-day Salem witch hunt, and suddenly the Devil was everywhere - especially in Natalie Burns’ town where she and a few other kids, later dubbed the “Satanic Six”, accused teachers of heinous acts, claiming Satan was involved, leading to horrible consequences for all concerned.

Monday 3 June 2024

Ultimate Invasion Review (Jonathan Hickman, Bryan Hitch)

Marvel’s Ultimate universe got blowed up a few years ago with the only survivors making it to the 616-verse being Miles Morales and The Maker (aka evil Reed Richards). We’ll deffo never see the likes of that place agin. Never ever. But waaaaait: The Maker wants to go home - home to the perpetually low-selling universe he originated from? Wope - an entirely “new” one of course that’s conveniently like the Ultimate universe to allow Marvel to do another line of Ultimates-esque, potentially high-selling books in - so Marvel does get to have its cake and eat it too! Ultimate Invasion is the beginning of the totally-not-but-basically-is new Ultimate universe.

Saturday 1 June 2024

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders Review

Old man Saunders likes soaking in gross ponds during inclement weather - and wrote a book about his demented hobby?! Or, y’know, it’s about literary criticism on some Ruskie short story writers or summat.

Thursday 30 May 2024

Fat Cop by Johnny Ryan Review

Murder, rape, necrophilia - all in a day’s work for Fatcop. But disaster strikes as Fatcop gets paired with a straight-shootin’ partner - however will he continue his heinous lifestyle? And what’s going on in the basement of Trader Joe’s!?

Wednesday 29 May 2024

My Son the Fanatic by Hanif Kureishi Review

Parvez’s son Ali is behaving strangely: he’s broken up with his English girlfriend, begun giving away his possessions and abandoned his accountancy course. But why? Could it be drugs - or something more insidious…

Tuesday 28 May 2024

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin Review

There’s emptiness like the kind of emptiness that’s between Vin Diesel’s ears and then there’s this novel.

(That’s probably not fair on Mr Diesel - there’s gotta be mashed spuds or something in there to make his eyes blink)