World Comic Book Review

29th September 2023

Jean Grey #1 (review)

Writer: Louise Simonson Art: Bernard Chang Marvel Comics, 2023 Jean Grey is dead, again, and she is not particularly surprised about it. The long-standing character, a charter member of Marvel Comics’ headline mutant title Uncanny X-Men and its numerous spawn, is probably the record holder for death and revival even within the eulogy-friendly genre of … Read more

X-Men: Red #1 (review)

Writer: Al Ewing Artists: Stefano Caselli and Federico Blee Marvel Comics. June, 2022 At the outset: an apology. This critique mentions the names of characters and various backstories which a new reader looking for some objective narrative will not follow. In that sense, our critique entirely resembles the object of its scrutiny – it is … Read more

X Lives of Wolverine #3 and 4 (review)

Writer: Benjamin Percy Artists: Joshua Cassara and Federico Vincentini Marvel Comics, February 2022 The superhero character Wolverine, created 1974 by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Jr and owned by Marvel Comics, is a never-ending rolling vista of commercialisation, devoid of navigation. The prospect of the world-famous Canadian mutant being infected with a virus … Read more

Happy 40th Birthday, Rogue

Creators: Chris Claremont and Michael Golden First appearance: Avengers Annual #10 (1981) (Marvel Comics) Marvel Comics’ mutant Rogue is a long-standing member of the X-Men, and as such, has a convoluted and sometimes contradictory fictional history set in the ongoing soap opera of that superhero team. We do not propose to navigate that particular maze: … Read more