Book of the year 2015

Graphic Novels of the Year 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens © LucasFilm/Disney Every New Year you always pray that it doesn’t get any worse than the previous one. For me, 2015 proved the non-existence of God or that He just didn’t like the virgin comic book readers that were offered up. Plus, the wife and myself must be some of … Read more

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A Quick One While He’s Away

I don’t review the books I read as much as I use to. I should. There’s no real reason not to and it’s not as though I’ve not the time. So to get back into the swing of things I’ll start with a selection of current reads. As a change from just graphic novels I … Read more

New York, I Love You…

For as long as I can remember I’ve always read comics. Naturally, at the beginning, the vast majority would be British titles with a few DC 80/100 Page Giants and Smash! (Marvel) thrown in before moving onto more American/European and Japanese works. My prose reading may also have changed a lot from when I was … Read more

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Welcome My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends

Walt and Skeezix is an absolute joy of a book. A project of publishers Drawn and Quarterly and Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan), the idea is to put the complete Gasoline Alley strip, from its very beginnings onwards, back into print and restore this forgotten masterpiece to the reading world. Creator Frank O. King started the … Read more

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Do The Batusi

It’s been nearly twenty years since Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli gave the Bat-Man a new, grim and gritty origin. Everyone knew the original. Parents shot down in front of him at an early age, vows revenge, trains body and mind, ponders how to go about it, criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot, bat … Read more

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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Returning to the last review and Avengers Disassembled, I’ve now read the full graphic, instead of it being a monthly piecemeal, and come to the conclusion that this is one of the finest pieces of story-telling in comics today. It’s an exciting, full of blood and thunder, well-paced tale with fine art and mood setting … Read more

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