My Embarrassingly Late Notes About The Northants International Comics Expo

The first Northants International Comics Expo (I think the ‘International’ is stretching it, but I guess they wanted the groovy acronym; a bit like the Dublin International Comics Expo wanted ‘D.I.C.E.’) was held in Wicksteed Park, Kettering, on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September. I attended on the Saturday because that…

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From A Library – House Of M: Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men #462–465 and Secrets of House of M by Chris Claremont, Alan Davis and Chris Bachalo My comic book reading is inherently linked to the writing of Chris Claremont – my development in the world of mainstream superhero comic books is The Uncanny X-Men, The New Mutants, Excalibur, Classic…

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Comic Book Cameos

You can call it cameos. You can call it Easter Eggs. You can call it in-jokes. Whatever your name of preference, it is one thing that comic book art can do better and easier than just about any form of entertainment I can think of. The artist can tell the…

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ClanDestine Week: ClanDestine v2 #1 Review

The ClanDestine volume 2 #1 by Alan Davis And now we come to the remarkable – the return of The ClanDestine. I didn’t think it would happen, even if Davis has been working with Marvel of late, but it would appear that the powers that be care to keep Davis…

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ClanDestine Week: The X-Men Special

X-Men and the ClanDestine #1 (October 1996) A year after the end of the series, Alan was given the opportunity to round up support for his creation – nothing like slapping an ‘X’ on a comic book to increase sales. And Davis had form with the X-Men – apart from…

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ClanDestine Week: The Second Half

Welcome back for ClanDestine Week, where we'll look at the second half of the Alan Davis run on the first series of ClanDestine.Issue 5 – ‘Genie-ology’The origin issue. Adam tells Rory and Pandora the story of how he became immortal and sired children with unnatural abilities in the family graveyard…

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ClanDestine Week: Teaser, Preview, First Storyline

The first appearance of The ClanDestine is in an eight-page story in Marvel Comics Presents #158, in early July of 1994. We see a group of spandex-clad superheroes fighting a small army of robots, punching, kicking, slicing with swords – you know, the fun stuff. In the background is a…

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ClanDestine Week: Prologue

ClanDestine: A Prologue, in which I explain why I’m writing about The ClanDestine I’m not one of those comic book bloggers who have a ‘thing’ in addition to their blogging about comic books, such as Neilalien and his love of Dr Strange, Mike Sterling and his love of Swamp Thing,…

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Comic Review – Fantastic Four: The End

Fantastic Four: The End by Alan Davis (inks by Mark Farmer) The future: long after the Mutant War (don’t know what it is but it sounds cool). A deranged Dr Doom attacks the Fantastic Four; Franklin and Valeria Richards join in to help but die with Doom due to an…

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