Posts Tagged ‘comic book reviews’

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So last week, as Marvel launched a new Captain America  series, the first issue caught most people off-guard with its ending and even apparently offended a number of fans.

It also caused on online uproar and made headlines across most major American media outlets, along with accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ and the writer even receiving death threats. ‘Outrage’ has never been so easy and so viral. All that’s missing are the pitchforks, torches and angry mobs.

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Paradox Girl #1  from Hana Comics presents a very fresh and original comic book; an interesting, original premise, written with smart wit, brimming with energy, and seamlessly illustrated.

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As psychological subjects for a comic-book go, they don’t come much richer than the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader… or the Artist Formerly Known as Anakin Skywalker.
Though there are any number of characters from the rich Star Wars tapestry that I love, it’s hard to argue against Vader always having been the most fascinating.

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I think one of my first experiences of the idea of romantic love might’ve been as a six-year-old, watching Princess Leia Organa cradling a blaster and fighting off Stormtroopers on the Cloud City of Bespin in the Empire Strikes Back. I sort of fell in love, and sort of vowed to my infant self that one day, somehow, I would have her.
Alas, it was not to be. I did, however, get a five-issue Princess Leia  series from Marvel instead; which isn’t quite what I’d had in mind, but it’s something.

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When I was a little kid, I remember I used to draw Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Imperial Tie-Fighters compulsively.
Whenever I had a spare bit of paper or whenever my mind wandered, I would end up doodling variations of those images. I also drew (and coloured in) a few fanboy, speculative comic-book covers; one with Fett crawling out of the Sarlaac pit and another of the Ewok Wicket.

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No, really – there is a war going on inside your body. ‘As a pre-med student at NYU, I took an endocrinology course and became fascinated by how cells within our bodies communicate with each other,’ says ‘Bio-Wars creator, Gabriel Shaoolian. ‘I started to see the body as a bio-cosmos all unto itself. A micro-universe, in which incredible battles for existence and the struggle to survive constantly take place…’
‘Rather than going to medical school,’ he explains, ‘I decided to pursue Biowars ‘.

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So to reiterate from my review of Spiderwoman #1 – 4: I adore Jessica Drew. And so I was always bound to be drawn to the new Spiderwoman  title, regardless of anything.
Uh, before continuing, someone told me off recently for not putting a spoiler warning before my reviews (even though I’m pretty sure most comic-book reviews don’t have spoiler warnings on them – this isn’t DS9, folks); so, um – SPOILERS ahead.

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The ability of Marvel’s various creative forces to come up with interesting and potent new characters even this far down the line is something to be celebrated.
In a fictional universe overflowing with good guys, bad guys, medium guys, super-teams, secondary teams and every obscure face or personage inbetween, you’d think coming out with even more characters would be a tricky affair.

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Having been genuinely bowled over by the compelling  Wynter‘ #1  by Guy Hasson recently, and by what Mr Hasson is doing generally with New Worlds Comics, I was perfectly primed for  ‘Time Warriors’ #1 , the latest comic-book to be launched by Hasson.
I was excited about it, in fact. And I haven’t been disappointed.

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