In the latter half of the 1980’s, it became clear that comics weren’t just for kids. Thanks in huge part to the extraordinary mainstream success of Alan Moore’s Watchmen, publishers were more aware than ever of the vast potential of comics for older readers. The big two both had their own homes for these more mature comics, Epic at Marvel and DC’s Vertigo.
But there was another imprint that no one seems to know about. From Marvel’s ill-fated UK branch, came Marvel Frontier Comics.
Read More Marvel Frontier Comics – Marvel’s Forgotten Foray into Mature Comics
In an attempt to get the struggling comicbook industry back on its feet, Negan Lives! is a call to get people back into stores and buying comics.
And it’s a fun one-shot in its own right, filling in some of gaps left after The Walking Dead’s final issue and setting up possible adventures in the future.
Read More Quick Review – ‘Negan Lives!’ by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
Seven Soldiers is a comic book event like no other, in which a bunch of reluctant c-list heroes all come together to stop an extraterrestrial crisis.
Except they never meet. In fact, they don’t even know the others exist or that they’re part of a superhero team. It’s Morrison at his most…Morrisonian.
Read More What I’m Reading – ‘Seven Soldiers of Victory’ by Grant Morrison
In this six-issue story, things catch up with John Constantine. And it’s not demons, monsters, or any of the usual madness. It’s something far more human. And inescapable.
Read More What I’m Reading – ‘Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits’ by Garth Ennis
Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane.
And…he was never Batman.
That’s the set-up, at least. Though it doesn’t take long for the comic to diverge from that great hook – for better or worse.
Read More What I’m Reading – ‘Batman: Last Knight On Earth’ by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Perhaps not the most well-known hero in the DC Comics back catalogue, Mister Miracle (AKA Scott Free) is having a tough time of things at the moment.
Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Eisner Award-winning ‘Mister Miracle’ is a realistic look at mental illness and emptiness, all set against the backdrop of Jack Kirby’s wacky Forth World.
Read More What I’m Reading – ‘Mister Miracle’ by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
‘Batman: Digital Justice’ is like a time capsule from the early 1990s. From it’s weird “ground-breaking” 3D art to it’s cautionary message about technology, it’s aged like milk. But surely there’s something of merit here?
Read More What I’m Reading – ‘Batman: Digital Justice’ by Pepe Moreno
Batman has gone global. After making a spectacular return from the dead, Bruce Wayne decided that there needs to be more than one Batman. In fact, he settles on there being a whole team of them, all over the world. Letting Dick Grayson continue as the caped crusader back home in Gotham, Bruce travels the globe, recruiting heroes who have all in some way been inspired by the bat. He trains them and gives them the resources they need to fight crime from their corner of the planet, as well as drafting them into his own Bat-Army.
Read More What I’m Reading – ‘Batman Incorporated’ by Grant Morrison
DCeased is more than just a good title. It’s a story that offers us a new and often horrifying glimpse into the DC Universe, by ravaging the world with a deadly techno-virus. Imagine a zombie, but with powers of the Flash or Superman and you’re on the right lines.
Read More What I’m Reading – ‘DCeased’ by Tom Taylor
Stjepan Sejic writes and illustrates Harleen; one of the best comics I’ve ever read.
Working as a more up-to-date origin story for Dr. Harleen Quinzel, ‘Harleen’ details the beginnings of a very dangerous relationship.
Read More What I’m Reading – ‘Harleen’ by Stjepan Sejic