World Comic Book Review

10th April 2024

No Capes Here: The Wildstorm #1 (review)

The Wildstorm #1
DC Comics, April 2017
Writer: Warren Ellis

British writer Warren Ellis has been tapped by DC Comics to redevelop the stable of superhero characters which it acquired in 1999 from artist Jim Lee. Mr Lee’s business was known as Wildstorm Comics, and was a bright star in the otherwise dim constellation which was then Image Comics. In 2007-8, Mr Ellis did a similar thing with Marvel Comics’ alternative universe of characters, initially known as “New Universe” when first launched in 1986. But under Mr Ellis’ scalpel the concepts in that comic were re-branded as “New Universal”.

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Motor Crush #1 (review)

Motor Crush #1
Image Comics, 2016
Creators: Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Strewart, and Babs Tarr

“Motor Crush”# 1 is a debut that showcases high-octane racing. For the colorful participants of these races, glorious victory and fiery death are separated by a very thin line. For readers of this new series by American publisher Image Comics, this first issue has much in common with that do-or-die virtue of racing. As it hurtles toward the final page’s finish line, “Motor Crush” feels like it is veering in a fastlane, poised between succeeding and spinning out entirely. The result is fast-paced debut that stays on track and is undeniably charming in its commitment to world-building.

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REVIEW: Symmetry #1

Symmetry #1 (review)
(Image Comics/Top Cow, December 2015)
Writer: Matt Hawkins

This intelligent, compelling comic by writer (and editor) Matt Hawkins has its roots manifestly embedded in “The Time Machine”, a book written by H.G. Wells in 1895 (Heineman).

In “The Time Machine”, the nameless English voyager in his time travelling machine heads into a far future (802701 AD) where humans have evolved into two different species: the golden, beautiful, harmless and thoughtless Eloi, who live above the world’s surface, and the brutish subterranean Morlocks, who tend to machines, perform tasks the purpose of which is long forgotten, and who prey upon the frivolous Eloi. It was and remains a haunting tale which has not dated at all, but it carries a significant social message.

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