Showing posts from May, 2019

Roots Of The Swamp Thing - An Introduction To DC's Horror Hero

Article by Steve J. Ray

Swamp Thing means a lot to me. I first encountered the muck encrusted mockery of a man when I was a child. I was just ten years old when I read "The Sixty Deaths Of Solomon Grundy" from DC Comics Presents (Vol. 2)  #8 published way back in 1979. This story was a standalone, single issue team-up between Superman and Swampy, pitting them against, well, Solomon Grundy... obviously.

I was no stranger to the concept of monstrous heroes, after already having fallen for the charms of the ever lovin' blue eyed thing and the Incredible Hulk. The main difference between those two heroes and Swampy, though, was that they were established, had their own titles and lived very much out in the open. "The creature who was once Alec Holland" was a figure from the shadows.
NostalgiaSwamp Thing was different. There was a melancholy and loneliness that was much closer to the one beautifully played by Bill Bixby in the Hulk TV show, which was running at around …

Review: 'Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 "The Iron Throne"

"The Iron Throne"

Written and Directed by: David Benioff & D.B Weiss

Review by James Stone

After eight years and 73 episodes it's all over. The first thing I want to do is congratulate David Benioff and D.B Weiss for creating arguably the greatest TV show in history. I have never seen a programme reach such a wide audience around the world or create as much chatter, both in person and online.

I remember Lost being the first real show that sucked so many people in. The vast majority of work colleagues at the time watched it and would talk about it each week. What I've experienced with Game of Thrones completely blows Lost out of the water, in terms of audience engagement. That's how amazing this show has been. It helps having such a solid source material in the George R R Martin books, but credit's due for not just creating a live replication of the books.
This is a show that was written for and delivered by a cast of relative unknown actors. There have been m…

MCM Comic Con Returns To London

Article by Steve J. RayIt’s almost time! the end of May is upon us, and with it comes the latest – and possibly the greatest – MCM Comic Con yet. Once again the ExCeL London will host this incredible fan convention on the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of May 2019.
Amongst the headline guests are MCU Superstar, The Winter Soldier himself, Sebastian Stan, and from Supernatural the incomparable Misha Collins (Castiel) Cosplayers, comics fans, stars and a galaxy of amazing comic creators will be there too, including: Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star Troy Baker (Batman/The Joker), Mike Zeck (Batman: Ten Nights Of The Beast), Simon Bisley (Batman/Judge Dredd), and Emanuela Lupacchino (Batgirl/Catwoman/DC Bombshells/Trinity/Young Justice/Wonder Woman). Check out the full guest list here.* DC’s Legends Of The ArrowverseFans of the Arrowverse shows will also be very spoiled, as a wealth of stars from The CW hit series will also be in attendance: Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Gree…

Robert Pattinson Rumored To Have Landed Batman Role

Article by Max Byrne Never before has a rumor been more divisive. According to an article published by Variety, Robert Pattinson is in pole position to assume the role of Batman in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming film, scheduled for release on June 25th 2021. It must be emphasised that, despite the internet reaching critical mass, nothing has been officially confirmed. There has been no comment forthcoming from Warner Bros. nor the actor himself, so far, with no indication that this is a done deal as yet. The reaction to the would-be casting of Pattinson has been decidedly mixed. With comments ranging from vitriolic to euphoric, from indifferent to cautiously optimistic, the jury remains very much out. Certainly Pattinson would bring a loyal fan base with him, as a legion of rabid Twilight fans remain very much behind their man. Naysayers have pointed to his perceived lack of physicality and muscular build, mixed with a lack of action credentials on his CV. A physical transformation would be req…

DC Comics Bringing Back WILDCATS This August

Article by Steve J. Ray

After the amazing success of The Wild Storm and Wild Storm: Michael Cray, DC Comics are bringing back one of Image Comics'/Wildstorm Productions greatest ever teams, the WILDCATS, in an all-new six issue mini-series this summer.

Here's the full scoop, direct from DC:
This August, Warren Ellis unites with artist Ramon Villalobos for an action-packed new era of WILDCATS. Following his genre-breaking work reintroducing beloved superheroes from the WildStorm Universe, Ellis and Villalobos will take the covert team on a new adventure in a six-issue miniseries beginning August 28.
“The first line I wrote down for WILDCATS was: ‘Saving the human race from the human race,’” says Ellis.  “It’s a team made up of people who have seen the worst in everybody and everything, and yet still put themselves in frankly absurd amounts of jeopardy just so tomorrow might be a little bit better. And it’s a sh…

DC Announce Mister Miracle And Batman: White Knight Hardcover Editions

Article by Philip Clark DC Comics have announced the release of Mister Miracle and Batman: White Knight hardcover editions. That’s right, two of the biggest and most loved DC mini-series are available as lavish hardback collections right now! I don’t know about you, but I love graphic novels. I also happen to prefer my books and graphic novels to be hardcover too. So if you’re anything like me, then this is great news! BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT collects the critically acclaimed eight-issue miniseries written and illustrated by Sean Murphy in a dust jacketed 232-page hardcover edition with new cover art by Murphy priced at $29.99 US. After years of epic battles, the Dark Knight finally finds a way to cure the twisted mind of his archenemy. The Joker…is now sane. The Clown Prince of Crime has now changed his ways, fighting for good in Gotham City, and it may just cause Batman to go over the edge of his own sanity. Writer/artist Sean Murphy takes the helm of this Batman/Joker story like no one els…

DC Announce New Ra’s Al Ghul Six Issue Mini-Series By Neal Adams

Article by Philip Clark The Demon’s Head is back! One of Batman’s all time greatest villains is returning in a new six issue mini series. Batman vs. Ra’s al Ghul will be hitting the shelves in August. The new mini-series will be written and drawn by Ra’s co-creator Neal Adams! I mean, just look at the cover art for the first issue. It’s vintage Adams. Ra’s al Ghul, leader of the League of Assassins, grandfather of Bruce Wayne’s son and the only person in the world capable of going sword-to-sword with Batman, returns this August during DC’s Year of the Villain in a new six-issue mini-series, BATMAN VS. RA’S AL GHUL, written and drawn by Ra’s al Ghul’s co-creator himself, legendary artist Neal Adams. Neal Adams has produced some of the most memorable DC comics ever, but none more memorable and known worldwide than 1971’s BATMAN #243 and #244, in which Ra’s al Ghul co-creators Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams built to one of the most iconic images in the history of the Dark Knight, a swashbuckli…

Review: Teen Titans #30

Review: Teen Titans #30 Writer: Adam Glass
Artist: Bernard Chang
Color Artists: Marcelo Maiolo and Hi-Fi
Letterer: Andworld Design
Review by Steve J. Ray Summary“The Terminus Agenda” – Epilogue. Teen Titans #30 deals with the catastrophic consequences of the entire “Terminus Agenda” storyline. This story’s been running in this series and through Deathstroke for the last three months. After capturing Slade Wilson, and imprisoning him in the prison complex hidden beneath their headquarters, the Teen Titans are in disarray. The master assassin broke himself and all the other inmates free, and now Roundhouse, Djinn and Crush want answers. Why did Robin, Red Arrow and Kid-Flash keep this secret from them? How can the team move forward? PositivesThis issue was pretty darned brilliant. While I found the crossover a little pointless, and wish it had just run through this series, the aftermath has proven to be outstanding. This is the outcome that I’ve been waiting for, dreading and fully expecting…