The War In The Dark cover

Book Review: The War In The Dark


By Nick Setchfield I don’t know Mr Setchfield but I am rather jealous of him: he is features editor of SFX magazine, he reviews film and he’s just written a cracking debut novel that mixes espionage with the occult. Talk about living the good life … The book begins with the motto of the British Secret Intelligence Service: Semper Occultus,…

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Avengers Comic Books Are Boring But The Films Are Great

Heresy: Avengers Comic Books Were Boring


I have recently posted my thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War and about my enjoyment of Kurt Busiek’s writing, and it got me thinking about something I find incongruous about the MCU from the perspective of a long-term comic book fan: I have always found The Avengers a really boring book. I bought Busiek’s run on The Avengers, after Heroes Reborn,…

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Comic Book Review – Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising


Written by Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Frank Tieri, Sam Humphries, Dan Abnett, Peter J Tomasi Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico, Riccardo Federici, Ehtan van Sciver, Philip Tan, Tyler Kirkham, Francis Manapul, Tony S Daniel, Danny Miki, Riley Rossmo, Howard Porter, Jorge Jimenez, Dough Mahnke, Jaime Medoza Colours by Ivan Plascencia, Rain Beredo, Jason Wright, Dean…

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Writer Top Five: Kurt Busiek


The latest in my posts about the writers who have the most comics in my collection, and my favourite books of theirs, is about Kurt Busiek (pronounced BYOO-sik), the prolific and multi-award-winning writer who redefined the approach to writing superhero comic books that are about superhero comic books. I’m probably similar to many comic book fans with respect to how…

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My Comic Book Prehistory


In writing on this blog about my history with comic books, I identified a particular issue of The Uncanny X-Men as my ‘first’. This is true in the sense that it was the comic that kick-started my obsession with comic books and the world of collecting and fandom and even blogging about comic books. But it’s not true in the…

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