World Comic Book Review

13th April 2024

Darkness Visible #1-3 (Review)

Darkness Visible #1-3 IDW Comics Written by Mike Carey and Arvind Ethan David Among its American contemporaries, as we have previously noted, publisher IDW Comics specializes in adaptations from other media, particularly existing television series. The IDW website showcases their TV properties under the “Most Popular” section, which includes comic versions of “Star Trek”, “GI … Read more

Judge Dredd: Deviations (Review)

Judge Dredd: Deviations IDW Publishing, March 2017 Writer: John McCrea “Deviations” is a line of comic book single publications from American publisher IDW Publishing, in which well-established character properties are placed in “alternative reality” scenarios. IDW Publishing’s writers craft stories that address what would have happened if events were changed in established storylines, basically having … Read more

Angry Birds Game Play #1 (Review)

Angry Birds Game Play #1
Kaiken Publishing Ltd / IDW Publishing, January 2017
Writers: Tito Faradi / Francois Corteggiani / Janne Toriseva

Online games have a long history of being supported by ancillary publishing material such as comics, magazines and books. “Angry Birds” is an online game originally developed in Finland by a company called Rovio Entertainment. Such was the significance of the game’s development in Finland that national airline carrier Finn-Air featured various Angry Birds characters on the nose of one of its Airbus passenger aircraft.

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Better to Burn the World than Rule the World

G.I. Joe: Deviations (review)
IDW Publishing, March 2016
Writer: Paul Allor
Review by Neil Raymundo, 30 March 2016

Comic book villains have a variety of motivation. Some are propelled by a lust for power (Julius Caesar in “Asterix”; the Kingpin in “Daredevil”) and some because they embody power (Lucifer Morningstar in “Lucifer”; Death in “East of West”). Others are motivated by psychosis (The Joker in “Batman”). Some reform (Magneto in “X-Men”) and some are motivated by vengeance and incapable of reform (Lex Luthor in “Superman”). Some are motivated by something else.

The “G.I. Joe” franchise started as a line of toys produced and owned by toy company Hasbro, originally created in 1964 and consisted of 12-inch figures representing four branches of the U.S. armed forces ( both “G.I.” and “Joe” were generic terms for U.S. soldiers in World War Two though the latter term has become derogatory in some South East Asian countries.) The toyline is responsible for popularizing the term “action figure,” and at the time developed a small following among young boys.

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