LIFEFORMED: CLEO MAKES CONTACT

What are the cornerstones of a great graphic novel? The concept, obviously. The script and the artwork, of course. But, like a book we can’t put down, a tv series we can’t miss, or a movie we have to rewatch every time we’re having a bad day, the very best graphic novels have something almost … Continued

JEANNE & MODIGLIANI

Nadine Van der Straeten’s Jeanne & Modigliani accomplishes something quite remarkable for a graphic novel. It proves that real-life stories can be just as captivating as stories about heroes who save the universe while wearing their underwear outside their trousers, and because it’s an artistic representation of the romance between two artists whose own work … Continued

WOLVERTON, THIEF OF IMPOSSIBLE OBJECTS #1

Wolverton, Thief of Impossible Objects #1 is a good start for a comic book series. The reader is introduced to the titular thief, the book shows off his talents, and it offers a brief glimpse at the series’ antagonist. As a character, Wolverton is exactly what the title suggests. He steals magical artefacts (though not … Continued

MORGAN’S ORGANS #2: CRAPS

Towards the end of last year, we were lucky enough to get our hands on a copy of Morgan’s Organs #1: Head to Head. And now, this adult-orientated comedy tale is back for its second helping, Craps. Whereas last time out we saw Morgan’s love life (or lack of!) the order of the day, this … Continued

BINGO LOVE

Although its story is fictitious, Bingo Love reads much like a biography. The book is set in the near future, but dwells mostly on the past, as main character Elle relays her life story, with emphasis on the tale of her great love. Elle’s story spans decades. The reader gets to see every aspect of … Continued

BATTLECATS #1

With a title that sounds like it’s been ripped straight from a ‘90s cartoon, the first issue of Battlecats plays out in a similar fashion as we’re introduced to a variety of cat-like creatures who are on a quest to kill a legendary beast. With these orders having been sent by the King, we’re immediately … Continued

SPY SEAL VOLUME 1: THE CORTEN-STEEL PHOENIX

Spy Seal Volume 1: The Corten-Steel Phoenix is an espionage comic book with anthropomorphised animals as its cast. Apart from this key fact about the species of its characters, it is fairly standard as spy thrillers go. Terrorists have attempted to assassinate a member of parliament, and it is up to the titular Spy Seal … Continued

ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS

Ancient Astronauts is about Onys, a girl who fled her father years ago only to find herself threatened by his political machinations. On her way to confronting him, she is plagued by mysterious dreams which leave her questioning her own identity and her very reality.   The central conflict to Ancient Astronauts is a simple, and effective … Continued

KID MONKEY #2: UNARMED AND DANGEROUS (PART 1)

The first issue of Kid Monkey dealt with the origin story of Abe, a seven-foot kung fu primate created by a black ops bioengineering project, and was a wild and gory ride that ticked all the right boxes of its mix of action and humour. Now with the multi-part Unarmed and Dangerous launching into the … Continued

Z NATION VOL.1: SEA OF DEATH

Z Nation Vol.1: Sea of Death is the start of Dynamite Comic’s prequel series to the Z Nation TV series. While its function is to set up the status quo for its series, it could have just as easily worked as a standalone story. The setup is simple. Johnson, a member of what remains of … Continued