Thursday, 18 December 2014
Solitary (Devils Due Entertainment)
CW Cooke (w) Nando Souzamotta (a)
The latest offering from the newly revived Devils Due is this little disturbing tale of a superhero on death row. He protests his innocence of course, but to no avail as they take him to the execution chamber where he dies.
Thats where the adventure begins.
He doesn't die and it truns out he may even be immortal, so death row is going to be a nightmare.
An unusual tale, done with flash backs but it's not yet stated exactly what he did, except he's accused of killing people. This four parter with very dark art looks to be an interesting ride.
But not very pleasant.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Lost in Space (Collected Edition) (Bubblehead Publishing)
Bill Mumy (w) Michal Duthiewicz (a)
Lost in Space is probably the most famous of all the Irwin Allen TV shows which ran from September 1965 to March 1968 and was essential viewing not only back in the sixties as a young child, but later on in life when Channel Four re-ran the series.
Dated? Probably. Timeless? Maybe! Camp? Almost certainly, but not intentionally!!
Worth watching? Absolutley!
Trouble is like a number of programmes the story never finished, so a comic book continuation was long overdue.
And who better to write it!
Will Robinson himself, one Bill Mumy.
With an introduction by Stan Lee this collected volume of stories from the nineties, itself uncompleted at the time was finally published with new chapters back in 2005. I was reminded of this book after picking up a copy of "companion" series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
At 360 pages this volume is a good read if you can still pick up a copy. The stories are strongly reminiscent of the original TV show and although I might have one little criticism (there's the odd religious reference) the story flows well.
And of course is total illogical nonsense.
Forget the remake. The original will never be matched.
Does this story bring our intrepid family home? Nah. Did you really expect that! Treat it as a "lost season.
Danger Will Robinson! Especially if Doctor Smiths involved.....
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Savage Dragon #200 (Image Comics)
Eric Larsen (w) Eric Larsen & Various (a)
Savage Dragon is one of Image Comics longest lasting series and is only the second to reach number 200, the other being Spawn which will soon publish it's 250th edition.
I'm not a regular reader of the Dragon and the last story line I followed was when multi character crossover way back in 2012 and that was mainly due to me being a "completest" when it comes to Invincible.
This story line which went over three issues also starred Witchblade, Spawn and a whole host of other Image heroes. However I digress.
A lot has happened since I read the last issue. The original Savage Dragon is not only in prison, but on death row. His son has become the new Dragon and this issue starts off with his journey into adulthood having his girlfriend move in and his non-related "step-sister" having a threesome.
Not your average kids comic obviously.
While all this debauchery is going on Dad is broken out of prison by a bunch of villains and held hostage.
So the action begins as son and daughter come to the rescue.
Eric Larsen's art doesn't appeal to everyone, but I'm a fan and despite the opening adult themes does give the feel of a comic that can be read and enjoyed without taking itself too seriously.
Perhaps that is the reason for the longevity of Savage Dragon despite low sales.
Worth picking up, and perhaps catching up with via the collected story lines in the trade paperbacks.
Friday, 12 December 2014
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea #12 (Gold Key)
Irwin Allen produced a number of TV shows during the 1960s that captured the imagination and entertained a whole generation and their parents. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is on of these shows. Unsurprisingly it spawned a comic book.
The now defunct Gold Key company produced a comic on a very irregular schedule that lasted lasted 16 issues from December 1964 to April 1970, though the last two were reprints.
Prior to this there was also a one-off edition published by Dell in 1961 based on the original movie.
This particular issue that I picked up from 30th Century Comics is typical fare for the time having just passable artwork and story, but nevertheless not having seen the show for some time was a trip down memory lane.
Oddly the main feature was interrupted by an in-house four page story called Explorers in the Unknown: Prisoners of the "Jelly" Planet. What the editor was thinking when he placed it there is beyond me. Backup stories are err... usually at the back of the book.
Back to the Seaview....
Still you are reading the main story did have a"fish" villain, though I would like to have pointed out to the editor a dolphin is not a fish, it's a mammal.
Given this was the swinging sixties I wonder what he was smoking?
I mean, mankind vs the Fish Empire..... go figure!
Other popular Irwin Allen TV shows were adapted by Gold key including Land of the Giants (5 issues 1968/69) and Time Tunnel (2 issues 1966/7).
I have not been able to locate copies of these but will review when one turns up. Land of the Giants was a favourite and unlike the other two could be remade. With modern special effects, a winner I would have thought!
No I haven't forgotten Lost in Space. Look out for a future post!!
Monday, 8 December 2014
Secret Six (DC Comics)
Gaile Simone (w) Ken Lashley (a)
The latest offering in DC's "New 52" Universe is the return of a title thats in it's third incarnation, that of the Secret Six. I was a big fan of the pre-Flashpoint team and mourned it's loss so to be honest was quite looking forward to a return.
But like a lot of DC's current output this is quite different and frankly having read the first issue the jury is still out as they say. I found the story reasonable but was very put off by the messy artwork and had difficulty in identifying the new "six".
They are for reference, Black Alice and Catman, Big Shot, Ferdie, Shuana Belzer and Porclain.
They are all kidnapped because someone wants to know..the secret.
Did I say they were prisoners under the sea? At least under water, we'll find out in due course.
Lets hope the art improves.
The original Secret Six only lasted 7 issues when launched way back in 1968. I remember the ads but never read any.
As far as I'm aware the story never finished, unlike the better known Secret Six from the noughties which is worth reading regardless of any lack of continuity with the modern "DC-verse".
Track 'em down. They're worth it!
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo (Dynamite Entertainment)
Dan Abnett (w) Deitrich Smith (a)
With all the hype about the new Star Wars movie and the re-launch of a Star Wars comic by Marvel (now owned by Disney), this particular comic remains under the radar of all but the most hardened fans of the cult television show from the seventies.
This four issue mini-series is set between the fondly remembered original Battlestar Galactica TV show and the less popular Galactica show of 1980. Ten years into their flight from the Cylons, it's been two "yahrens" since they have been in a fight and the search for the thirteenth colony Earth continues. Where science has failed, maybe psychic powers will help.
Contact is made with one of the ships once thought lost to the fleet and the set up for this latest adventure begins.
According to the writers this is an important piece of continuity, for the original series anyway. Apollo did die before Galactica was broadcast and now the story can be told.
These adaptations of the original Battlestar Galactica appeal to me as a casual fan of the series as unlike the remake (excellent as it was) this story was never concluded and many prefer to try and forget the "sequel" Galactica as there was so much of it that was just wrong and ultimately forgettable.
Dynamite have produced a number of mini series covering the original programme and cast which are worth grabbing if you can find them or order the Trade Paperbacks from your local comic shop.
The search for earth continues......
Saturday, 29 November 2014
The new edition of Previews, the comic shop catalogue is now out and ordering begins for comics starting in February 2015. I thought I'd share my thoughts on what I'll be ordering this month!
Black Hood (Dark Circle)
At long last the re-launch of the old Archie Comics characters begins with a crime-noir series featuring the Black Hood. It features a policeman whose scarred face following a gunfight makes him put on a hood and become a killer himself.
Given that Archie's new horror line Afterlife with Archie and Sabrina are critical successes, their new Dark Circle line should be worth a look!
The Multiversity: Mastermen (DC)
The Multiversity #1: Directors Cut (DC)
A new chapter in Grant Morrison's excellent Multiversity series appears this time set on an Earth where the Nazi's have won the war and their version of Superman is called Overman! The old Freedom Fighters team exists on this world. So a welcome return to Uncle Sam, the Phantom Lady, Black Condor, Dollman and the Human Bomb as they battle the Nazi "heroes" Leatherman, Blitzen and of course Overman amongst others.
DC are also releasing a special edition of the first issue of the series highlighting the pencil work of Ivan Reis plus other features. This edition also includes a large fold out map of the multiverse. Strictly for the fan boys and girls I'd say!
Cluster (Boom Studios)
Small publisher Boom Studios is worth looking at and has produced some good titles such as The Woods and Wild Things both of which proved good reads. Their latest offerings include Cluster a science fiction series set in an era where mankind meets other races and war breaks out, In order to recruit troops criminals are given the option of serving in the army rather than prison. A ruse which reaches even minor offenders.
One group gets stranded and sets out to find the truth of what's behind Earth's wars.....
Sticking to the science fiction theme comes this four issue mini series in Prestige format about a Russian astronaut returning from a forgotten space mission launched at the height of the cold war. He's changed and now is able to bend time, space and matter.
Oh did I mention he's a communist...
These are the titles I'll be adding to my "pull list" at the comic shop.
If you are interested and out of touch with the comics scene find a comic shop near you or go my local store: 30th Century Comics. They do mail order.