This blog doesn’t offer you anything.

I’m not going to solve your problems. I’m not going to teach you how to do something helpful. I’m not going to provide you with advice on complicated issues. There is no call to action, no newsletter to harvest your email address, no answer to the question, ‘What’s in it for me?’

Clandestine Critic is simply a blog where I write about the geeky things I love (or sometimes don’t love). For the most part, this means comic books but also films and speculative fiction novels and television, plus comedy and other stuff. I hope I write about my passions clearly, honestly and with a lot of affection from years of being a fan. I have been blogging for 15 years, which has led to people being kind enough to give me comic books and novels to review, for free, which I still find pretty awesome. You can send me something to review (you can use my Contact page), although I can’t guarantee I will write about it.

David NormanThe Clandestine Critic is me, David Norman – I’m a medical editor by day (you can read all about that at my work website, David Norman Editing) who has been reading and collecting comic books for more than 30 years. I live in London with my wonderful partner, Kim (you can visit her website, Kim Dellow), and we’re concierges to two lovely cats. I practise Chen-style taijiquan when I’m not consuming my geek entertainments or sharing my opinion on this blog, or perhaps walking in London or trying the many food establishments in this fabulous city.

Other places to find me on the web:


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Final thing: the name of the blog comes from a time when blogging wasn’t about branding yourself and people tended to have a funky name for their blog (that’s how long I’ve been doing this). I’m not a critic, more a reviewer; I’m not hiding who I am, although I’ve discovered that ‘David Norman’ is a far more common name than I originally thought. But I like the name, so it sticks:

Clandestine Critic. Not Clandestine, Not Critical.