IDW Publishing, September 2016
Writers: John Barber & Cullen Bunn
And now it seems IDW Publishing are following the tired, weary path of cross-selling. The title does not immediately make it clear but “Revolution” #1 is the first installment in a massive inter-franchise crossover event from IDW Publishing, featuring popular toys and cartoon properties including “Transformers”, “G.I. Joe”, “Action Man”, and “ROM”. While not present in the first issue, IDW also announced the inclusion of “MASK: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand”, another toy line from the 1980s. This follows on from an announcement in 2015 between IDW Publishing and Hasbro, a toy manufacturer, to extend their licensing arrangement for an unspecified period of time. The license apparently had an initial duration of ten years. Unsurprisingly, the crossover event excludes one of Hasbro’s most successful toy lines, “My Little Pony”. Continue reading Revolution #1 (Review)
Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1
Marvel Comics September 21, 2016
Writers: Brandon Montclare and Ollie Masters
American comic book publisher Marvel Comics has spent the past couple of years targeting new readers, primarily leveraging upon the success of related company Marvel Studio’s motion pictures. The print strategy is to refresh existing superhero franchises (usually by having a new character take over an established hero’s role) or by introducing substantive continuity changes to a property.
Some of Marvel Comics’ superhero characters are described as acquiring their powers through unlikely mutation, the product of madcap evolution, and these characters tend to sit apart from the other characters. Marvel Comics’ once flagship line of mutant-centric X-Men comic books were given the latter treatment of continuity shift. “Extraordinary X-Men” Annual #1 is an example of why the approach is counter-productive. Continue reading Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1 (Review)
Shekhar Kapur’s Devi: Rebirth #1 (review)
(Graphic India, August 2016)
Writer: Ashwin Pande
This title has come back into existence following a crossover event in January 2016 between the title character, a warrior goddess named Devi, and Top Cow Production’s character “Witchblade”. “Witchblade” reached the height of popularity in the late 1990s when comics featuring beautiful, under-dressed superheroines sold stock. This vogue prompted the term “T&A” (“tits and ass”) to describe comic books, such as “Tomb Raider” and the truly awful “Mike Deodato’s Jade Warriors” which sat on the hazy border of soft pornography and comic book entertainment for teenaged boys.
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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #12 (review)
(Titan Comics, September 2016)
Writer: Rob Williams
Doctor Who is a United Kingdom science fiction television show which has, rather than consistent commercial success, at the very least established a solid obsessive fan base. These fans collect Doctor Who-related paraphernalia which includes this comic book series.
The premise of the show is that the lead character, the Doctor, an alien called a Time Lord, travels about in a vehicle called the TARDIS through both space and time. The Doctor thereby engages in various adventures with a variety of mostly human and female sidekicks. Whenever an actor playing the character leaves the show, the Doctor undergoes a dizzying metamorphosis whereby the previous actor is replaced by the new actor. It is a somewhat odd mechanism for replacing the lead cast member but which has become an exciting feature of the series: fans indulge in speculation as to the temperament of the new incarnation of the Doctor, and have their favourite versions. As a consequence of the inherent mechanism of time travel, some of these incarnations occasionally meet but act as if they are different people. Continue reading Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #12 (review)