Cage #1 Marvel Comics, October 5, 2016 Writer: Genndy Tartakovsky “Cage #1” is a new mini-series from American comic book publisher Marvel Comics, featuring the African-American hero named Luke Cage. This is a character that is currently experiencing broad, renewed brand interest due to the launch of a live action Netflix television series (which, at
Eclipse #1 (review) Image Comics/ Top Cow, October 2016 Writer: Zack Kaplan The premise of a catastrophic solar event has roots in reality. In 1859, a massive solar flare called the Carrington Event caused telegraph poles to burst into flames and covered the Earth in beautiful auroras. Should such an enormous radiation pulse occur in
Deathstroke #1 (review) DC Comics, September 2016 Writer: Christopher Priest American publisher DC Comics has from time to time published the adventures of an arch-villain, an assassin named “Deathstroke” (originally, “Deathstroke the Terminator”, the epithet pre-dating the first James Cameron-directed “Terminator” motion picture by four years, in 1980). Colonel Slade Wilson is a mercenary with
New Super-Man #1 (review) DC Comics, September 2016 Writer: Gene Luen Yang American publisher DC Comics are presently undertaking one of its periodic hedge-trimming exercises, where its character properties are revamped or reconstituted so as to remove complexity caused by years of convoluted plots. This time around the exercise is called “Rebirth”. In this “Rebirth”-branded
Champions #1 (review) Marvel Comics, October 5, 2016 Writer: Mark Waid Champions #1 is a new comic book series from American comic book publisher Marvel Comics. The title has a history within Marvel Comics. But this comic does not have anything to do with the “Champions” team from 1975, which featured characters from the X-Men
Guns and comic books have a long-standing relationship, but the use of guns in comic books very much dependent upon the respective comic book sub-genre. War-themed comic books published during World War Two and after featured characters which had, as a rule, no qualms about shooting dead opposing soldiers in often stylised, bloodless battle scenes.
“Monster of the Week” #1 (review) Self-Published, October 2016 Writer: Ryan Little The Kickstarter blurb for this comic opens with the following elevator-pitch: “A Giant Monster Kaiju book in the wonky tone of Adventure Time.” (“Kaiju”, as we have previously discussed, is a Japanese type of comic book dealing with enormous city-destroying creatures, in the
“Land of the Rats – Gastrolithicus” (review) The Underground Forrest, 2016 Writer: Mark Nasso In 1851 American writer Herman Melville wrote “Moby Dick”. Ostensibly a tale about the perils of whaling in pre-industrialised America, “Moby Dick” was one of the first novels which: a. focussed upon “will to power”, in a Nietzschean sense, but thirty