Category Archives: Graphic Novels

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? A-List Creators Say This Book Matters Just based on the talent that Marvel is throwing at the book, I’d say they aren’t just cashing in. Jason Aaron may not be a house­hold name outside of comics circles but his work for Marvel on Thor and Wolverine is very highly regarded as is his Vertigo series Scalped. John Cassaday mean­while is an Eisner award winning penciller. In short Marvel has put A-list talent on a licensed title which is very unusual.

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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 … Continue reading Comic Book Reviews: The Hyper­nat­u­rals

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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.

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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 surpris­ingly stayed dead). What we have here is Ms. Marvel/Warbird/Binary finally taking on the title that she clearly should have.

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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 … Continue reading Graphic Novel Review: Judge Dredd: Year One

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Graphic Novel Review: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice

Graphic Novel Review: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice This is a diffi­cult story to review. Like the comic book series that it has spun off from, Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice is in part about the acts of writing and creating. In this stand alone tale we … Continue reading Graphic Novel Review: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice

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Graphic Novel Review: Justice League Vol 3: Throne of Atlantis

Throne of Atlantis is volume three in the latest Justice League reboot and part of the so called New Fifty Two reboot of the entire DC Universe. So what we get here is a a Justice League that is much younger and less estab­lished than we are used to. Which certainly opens up some inter­esting … Continue reading Graphic Novel Review: Justice League Vol 3: Throne of Atlantis

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