DREDD: FINAL JUDGEMENT

There are two stories in this volume based on the Dredd movie universe. Furies follows the fate of Ma-Ma’s Techie, and The Dead World follows the final act of movieverse Dredd and the introduction of the Dark Judges. Furies follows Huxley as he tries to find a “normal” life after Ma-Ma and the Peach Trees … Continued

WILDCAT: VOLUME 1 – TURBO JONES

As a character, Turbo Jones is a man out of step (with the Earth populace, who didn’t believe they were going to get wiped out by a meteor) and out of place (on the other side of the… er…. galaxy? Universe? Another Universe beyond this one, somehow? The text isn’t entirely clear on this point) … Continued

CITY OF LOST SOULS #6

Most stories that attempt to forge a degree of moral ambiguity show their characters as having contrasting aspects of good and bad to suggest that nobody is one or the other, but rather a mix of everything in between. City of Lost Souls, however, is far too cynical for that, its contrast instead being between … Continued

EL MESTIZO

The character of El Mestizo is semi-legendary in British comics and, mostly, rightly so. In an era where threatened white fanboys squeal at the temerity of women and members of other ethnicities to be represented in films and comics, it’s easy to think that we’ve spent the last 40 years singularly failing to challenge them. … Continued

HOPE… FOR THE FUTURE

If you’ve seen the 1991 film Cast a Deadly Spell, then the premise of Guy Adams’ and Jimmy Broxton’s new graphic novel Hope…For the Future might not seem as unique to those unfamiliar with the Martin Campbell-directed movie. They both take place in a post-World War 2 Los Angeles, and feature a hard-boiled, noirish plot … Continued

THE MAN OF STEEL

It’s been a momentous year for the Last Son of Krypton. He has achieved a previously unheard of eighty years in continuous publication, Action Comics reached a landmark 1000 issues, and he got his red pants back. Perhaps most importantly, the legendary Brian Michael Bendis made his debut at DC Comics, taking over the writing … Continued

THE PRISONER – VOLUME 1: THE UNCERTAINTY MACHINE

With the piss-poor 2009 US TV version from AMC and recent flurry of ho-hum plays from Big Finish as rather sorry evidence, it can only be concluded that ‘re-imagining’ The Prisoner for the screen or audio is a charlatan’s folly best left these days to talented comic book writers and artists. Like Shattered Visage, DC’s … Continued

THE NEEDLEMAN

In an anonymous megacity where pristine skyscrapers rise on the backs of the oppressed, the top agent of a cabal of ruthless investigators searches for a disappeared factory worker, and in the process uncovers a hidden secret that could jeopardise the stability of the stratified society. It’s a common setup in dystopian fiction to have … Continued

MIDNIGHT MASSACRE #1

In the dead of the night of the year that bears his name, the Devil arrives at a small and unremarkable police station to collect a very special prisoner restrained for him in a holding cell. What transpires is a tale of madness and death, from which few will emerge unscathed. One of the great … Continued

AMNESIA AGENTS

Jason Cobley dabbles in an oddly intriguing concept for Amnesia Agents. This brief, near-50 page read exploits our feelings of amnesia in a spy-fi scenario, but routinely stumbles over itself with the excitement of its own story. We follow the breathless adventures of Amnesia Agents Theseus Brown and Persephone Mills as they’re dispatched to investigate … Continued