Comic Book Review: Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm comic book fans have been waiting for Star Wars to return to home.  The very first licensed Star Wars comics were produced by Marvel so there is a nice symmetry to this, though we shouldn't dismiss the fine work done by Dark Horse with the franchise over the years. So how does the new Star Wars #1 stack up against previous comics. Is this a must buy, or just another cheap cash in?

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Comic Book Reviews: The Hypernaturals

Comic Book Reviews: The Hypernaturals Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's The Hypernaturals deserved a longer run than the 12 issues it got. On the plus side however, those 12 issues essentially tell a single story so the result is a maxi-series. To put this comic in context, thing Legion of Superheroes only with a bit more edge and just a more modern feel to it. I'm generalising of course but it will give you the general feel and it's an appropriate comparison given that DnA did write… Continue reading...

Comicbook Review: Ms Marvel #1

So having finally promoted Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel a year or so back, Marvel have decided it's time to introduce a new Ms Marvel to the Marvel Universe. There were a lot of Marvel's in the sentence. And as part of a concerted effort to widen the scope of their characters beyond white and 90% male, this time they went with a teenage muslim Ms. Marvel. A choice that inevitably created a certain amount of backlash because.. well... people. Anyway I thought I'd give the first issue a… Continue reading...

Comics Review: Captain Marvel

If you're looking for a largely traditional superhero comic with a female lead then the current iteration of Captain Marvel is well worth a look. Written by Kelly Sue Deconnick and drawn by assorted artists this is a book that features a superhero doing the sort of things you expect Marvel superheroes to do (no not fighting each other, the first 12 issues are actually largely free of crossover). Captain Marvel was of course originally a male character but he died (and has… Continue reading...

Graphic Novel Review: Judge Dredd: Year One

In some ways the name of this story Year One is misleading. The story is set during Dredd's first year as a Judge, but there's really nothing about it that actually has to be. Yes some of the character reference Dredd's rookie status. But he doesn't act like a rookie. He's Judge Dredd. Writer Matt Smith is the editor of 2000AD so he knows the character well and this certainly feels like Dredd. It just doesn't feel any different to normal. Maybe that's the point? Having got that gripe out… Continue reading...