Summer of Valiant is Gathering Steam

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This week Valiant are spring-boarding off their Free Comic Book Day offerings to announce “Summer of Valiant” previews of upcoming titles. Their first announcement was that QUANTUM AND WOODY would be coming back starting in July, their first super hero team to grace the Valiant charge into their highly regarded and fan favorite lines this […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 12: All About Angela

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 – 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 – The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 – Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 – The Twilight of Eclipse] In February 1992 Todd McFarlane, along with six others, announced the founding of Image Comics, after having failed to negotiate more favourable terms for themselves at Marvel […]

Is Grant Morrison’s Zenith going to return?

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At last weekend’s C2E2 the Rebellion/2000 AD crowd was out and represented by marketing man about town Michael Molcher. Snapping a pic of him and his fellow boothworkers you could not help but notice that they were wearing T-shirs baring the logo of Zenith, which is, after Marvelman, perhaps the greatest “lost” superhero of UK comics. Created by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell, with original character designs by Brendan McCarthy , it first appeared in in 2000 AD #535 in August 1987, and ran for four story arcs, or ‘phases,’ which finished up in 2000 AD #805 in October 1992. It ran in about 80 issues of the comic; the first three phases were collected in five volumes by Titan Books between 1988 and 1990. Phase Four has never been reprinted.

Why Maggott Isn’t the Worst X-Men Character of All Time

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A few days ago Brett White wrote a passioned defence of teen hearthrob X-Men character Maggott on CBR. Many would mock him for such a claim, and poke him with brightly painted sticks – but no! Put down those ribbon sticks. Maggott is a character worth defending, and I’m going to give some of my own […]

Kickstarter: Tim Pilcher’s Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs & Comics in old London Town

As of midnight last night – my midnight, here in Western Europe, not your midnight, in one of America’s many time zones – Tim Pilcher’s Kickstarter for Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs & Comics went live. It is, as the blurb says, a ‘The shocking, revealing and completely unofficial memoir of […]

The Stranger in Paradise Omnibus is back in paperback

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If you’ve ever wanted to own the definitive version of Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise saga, it’s available once again in Omnibus form. Originally released as a hardcover, the 2400 page two-volume collection included what Moore considered the final version of the story, with censorship removed, and storytelling smoothed out. However, that edition is long […]

Review: The Death of Superman

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Nowadays we think of it as the pre-mullet era of Superman, but at the time The Death of Superman was an incredibly big idea for DC. A story which killed off their main signature hero was not only an eventual inevitability, but also an idea which would actually have some resonance for the company. Superman […]