Articles with the tag Image

Valiant Comeback

This week has to be this writer’s favourite week of the month when it comes to comics shipping. Dial H for Hero, Animal Man, Earth 2, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing and World’s Finest, the cream of the DCnU. IDW continues Transformers: Regeneration One, while the second volume of Guarding the Globe hits the shelves alongside its […]

Scouring The Shelves

It is always a pleasure when a good comic leaves you with that pensive feeling; where you put down the magazine and simply retreat into one’s own thoughts. Even if they are a little nebulous and ill defined. The first issue of Bedlam from Image Comics may well still be found on the shelves, and […]

Chewing Up The Talent

When I think of Jonathan Ross, affectionately known as Wossy, I think of film reviews, pop culture interviews of no significant depth, irreverent and somewhat annoying radio shows and no shortage of controversy, certainly in the Emerald Isles. Yet here in the UK, it was a significant moment way back when he first came out […]

Amazing Prophecy

Regular readers of this column will be well aware of my conflicted opinions of Rob Liefeld early work for Image and the original cast of Extreme Studios characters. Great characters in the right hands, really good ideas that drove the plots, but some of the most terrible execution in their early days. Youngblood were indeed […]

Challenging The Status Quo

Taking the opportunity of the Christmas period to catch upon my comics reading (and supplementing this with fanfic when I reached the bottom of the stack), I must confess that I re-read Jonathon Hickman’s Fantastic Four and FF (Future Foundation) numerous times. Although I have raved bout this particular run of the FF numerous times […]

Fatal Hopes For New Readers?

So, are there any of the so-called ‘new readers’ out there reading this column? Anyone recently discovered the worlds of comics due to the movies or the DC relaunch and has been drawn into the accompanying universe of message boards and articles? Anyone? As more and more of the market turns to mail order or […]

Releasing The Fear

So, Fear Itself finally concluded (sort of) this week, and unlike Dark Reign, I find I am quite looking forward to the fallout. We can anticipate a new Defenders series, Hulk and Banner are split, a new Thunder God and a more prominent role for Brunnhilde the Valkyrie, which is not before time. Yet my […]

Strange Talents

When my magpie instinct for first issues was pinged by the new release of the Strange Talent Of Luther Strode, I was not sure quite what to expect. I certainly did not anticipate shades of Flex Mentallo, one of my all-time favourite series. A series that one would think would be very hard to imitate, […]

Military And Corporate

  Two first issues caught my eye this week, the first eagerly awaited and the second a total surprise. Some months ago I promised the esteemed J. T. Krul a review for Captain Atom #1, and the day has now arrived. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about it. I like it, but there […]

Mutant Therapy

With it being shipping day today, I probably should wax lyrical about any issue ones released today, such as Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld’s Infinite #1. I mean, this is Robert Kirkman, creator of Invincible and the Walking Dead, what’s not to like? I confess I am not a fan of Liefeld’s art, and what […]

It’s Gonna Be A Long One….

Remember the halcyon days of Box Office Poison? Or the incomparable Love Sucks? Possibly not. They were small press titles in the mid-Nineties, the former from Antarctic Press, later re-printed by Top Shelf; and the latter a 1996 five issue series from Ace. Both were quite the deviation from my standard spandex fare, but were […]

Another Vampire Hunter? Sure, Why Not?

It is a well-known fact that everything that Ron Marz touches has the potential to turn to gold. After all, this is the man that turned a totally new character into Green Lantern much to the disgust and horror of long-time GL fans; and see how that turned out. Kyle Rayner is now as beloved […]

50 Girls 50: A Refreshing Surprise

Now, when I first saw 50 Girls 50, my expectations were actually quite low; although flicking through the issue after picking it up, I confess I was very attracted to the art. Nikos Koutsis’ colours with Axel Medellin’s art combine to form a visual treat, certainly reminiscent of those old pulp sci-fi novel covers of […]

Meanwhile, For The Record…

Putting aside all discussion of ‘is it a reboot?’, ‘is it not a reboot?’ and ‘how do you define a reboot anyway, ‘cos this isn’t one, honest'; I was drawn to my pile of unread Image stories, and have found another little treasure. It’s quite apropos actually. An entire town undergoes a reboot so-to-speak; waking […]

Move Aside New Mutants, Avengers Academy….

… as you are about to be eclipsed in the world of youth titles! Seeking a change of pace and a more humorous read than Boom’s latest offering, I picked up Image’s new release – Gladstone’s School For World Conquerors; and I am pleased to report I was not disappointed. The title is pretty self-explanatory […]

Weekly Treats

Growing up in the United Kingdom, I was used to the idea of a weekly comic as a child. In fact, even when I realised all I was reading (bar 2000AD of course) was reprints, I still found the concept of the US comics shipping monthly a curious one at best. Maybe that’s why I […]

Downe In The Silence

A couple of first issues are on offer this week. Joe Casey presents a one-off special from Image called Officer Downe, while IDW opens another series in the Silent Hill franchise – Past Life. I don’t really know the franchise well, but the latter is definitely my pick for the week. While Officer Downe is […]

Turf

I’m beginning to think I have been wrong about the plethora of vampire titles out there. (Except of course the Vampire Diaries, but don’t get me started on that). Lurking amidst the Image comics on the stand I found Turf, specifically the third issue of a five issue series from Image. A seemingly Noir gangster […]

Brigade and the Sixth Gun

When the ‘Image explosion’ erupted in the mid-nineties, Rob Liefeld’s contribution could (in retrospect) be considered to be the weakest of line. Still, the stories came through thick and fast, Youngblood, Brigade, Youndblood Strikefile, Chapel, Bloodstryke, more Youngblood, Glory, New Men, Badrock and various ‘has-beens’ from the other companies, Supreme, even more Youngblood… You get […]

Darkchylde Returns

Reading last weeks team up has made me reconsider Ariel Chylde as a valid character, demonstrating elements of teenage vulnerability combined with a slightly battle-hardened view, she is still obviously in recovery in coming to terms with her role.