Tuesday, 26 September 2017

X-Men: Original Sin Review (Daniel Way, Mike Deodato)

To no-one’s surprise but his own (and only then for contrived dramatic purposes), Daken discovers that he’s Wolverine’s son. Apparently the bone claws and healing factor weren’t big enough clues! Some baddies kidnap Daken so Logan and Xavier set out to rescue him. 

Sons of the Devil, Volume 3 Review (Brian Buccellato, Toni Infante)

Charlie Manson-esque cult leader David wants to sacrifice his many kids to bring Satan to Earth – his son Travis sets out to stop him.

Sons of the Devil started out strongly with its first book before tanking in the second and going out in a series of bored yawns with this third utterly rubbish volume. Brian Buccellato’s woefully barebones story is all about making the reader wait for Travis to meet his dad before delivering the inevitable and predictable conclusion. It’s such an unexciting and tedious read that’s far too stretched-out for what it is. Toni Infante’s art is ugly and scratchy.

There’s nothing else to say about this one! It’s just disappointing that this title got so crappy after such a promising start. I wouldn’t rec this series at all.

Monday, 25 September 2017

How To Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric Review

Doing what it says in the title, Roman Krznaric explores the concept of meaningful work for those who are unhappy with their 9-5 and looking to change that. And he does a pretty good job of it!

Wolverine: Origins, Volume 4: Our War Review (Daniel Way, Steve Dillon)

Set in the wake of Captain America’s death after the first Civil War, Wolverine pours one out for his fallen comrade and flashes back to their first encounter in WW2 – when he was the one meant to kill Cap!?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Hound of the Baskervilles Review (Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Edginton)

The toffee-nosed Baskervilles are cursed with a spooky monster dog that’s killing off the family, one by one – the game is a-paw, Watson!

You know what I’ve remembered reading these comics adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes novels? I don’t like the originals and I never did - Conan Doyle was a lousy writer! (The Lost World: has there ever been such an awesome concept so poorly realised?) The Hound of the Baskervilles is probably my favourite book of his but I only ever thought it was mediocre.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Death of Hawkman Review (Marc Andreyko, Aaron Lopresti)

At a time when DC looked at most of its line and said “Rebirth”, they looked at one character and one character only - Hawkman - and said “DEATH!”. And y’know what? This is why they’ve been selling gangbusters this past year-and-change, because DC suddenly know what the people want. The only Hawkman comic I was ever going to read would be one where they iced this motherfucker! 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Flintstones, Volume 2: Bedrock Bedlam Review (Mark Russell, Steve Pugh)

Mark Russell and Steve Pugh’s acclaimed Flintstones series comes to a yabba-dabba-end with this second volume. While Bedrock’s community undergoes numerous changes, Fred’s career at Mr Slate’s Quarry continues to have its ups and downs, Wilma’s still trying to make it as an artist, and Pebbles questions the importance of science and religion.

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Wild Storm, Volume 1 Review (Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt)

Having successfully relaunched their main superhero titles under the Rebirth banner as well as their Hanna-Barbera line and their new indie imprint Young Animal, DC has turned its attention to their old Wildstorm label which is given a makeover by Warren Ellis in The Wild Storm. And, disappointingly, it’s pants!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

James Bond: Felix Leiter Review (James Robinson, Aaron Campbell)

James Bond’s cyborg buddy Felix Leiter is brought in by the Japanese Bond, Tiger Tanaka, to identify a beautiful (but deadly – of course) Russian spy. Things are never that simple though and Felix and Tiger soon find themselves wrapped up in a complex web of intrigue involving a death cult and North Korea!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Providence, Act Two Review (Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows)

Bah, I knew a decent Alan Moore series wouldn’t last! The feted author disappointingly drops the ball in the second “Act” of Providence.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Weird Detective Review (Fred Van Lente, Guiu Vilanova)

By Cthulhu’s tentacled mug, there’s a lot of HP Lovecraft-themed comics around these days, eh? Weird Detective is yet another one but it’s one of the better books out there and is also Fred Van Lente’s best work in years.

Previously a crooked Noo Yawk detective on the make, Sebastian Greene is now the vessel of an alien, here to stop the Old Ones from wreaking havoc on Earth. Greene picks up the trail after their victims start appearing around the city sucked dry of their innards like empty juice boxes!

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Sign of the Four Review (Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Edginton)

The more I read these comics adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original novels, the more I feel affirmed in the view that the enduring popularity of these books comes from the richness of the characters rather than the dreary stories they appear in. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Aquaman, Volume 8: Out of Darkness Review (Dab Abnett, Vicente Cifuentes)

And so what started out as New 52 Aquaman ends with not-New 52 labelled (but we’ll keep the numbering)-not-yet-Rebirth-Aquaman with Volume 8: Out of Darkness. Does Dan Abnett do any better than the quickly dismissed Cullen Bunn? Nope! 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

How To Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal, Review

In his latest book, How To Be Perfectly Unhappy, Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal, ponders the concept of happiness in his usual humorous style. And it’s a pretty amusing read but short because the subject, and his conclusions, are fairly straightforward and underwhelming.