Excalibur #1 review

Once upon a time Excalibur was the X-Men’s British arm, comprising mutants from all over the place in lighter-toned adventures than was the norm for Marvel’s Eighties books. As of this week, I don’t know what Excalibur is. Sure, original Captain Britain Brian Braddock is in there, but he’s more a supporting character to his […]

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Happy Hallowe’en. Fancy a spooky story? DC gave us a corker in 1970 when Batman entered the House of Mystery. Well, sort of. Find out why he was raising Cain in the latest episode of Siskoid’s FW Team-Up podcast, guest starring me. Click here to get to the show page, then turn the lights off […]

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Wonder Woman Annual #3 review

Twelve years ago Wonder Woman rescued a young girl after her parents were killed in a terrorist incident on American soil. She placed the child with retiring agents of the security organisation Argus, and kept in touch. Five years ago, young Helen, now a valued agent of Argus herself, is on a mission to Gorilla […]

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Aquaman Annual #2 review

Sometimes annuals are set up as unmissable stories – done-in-ones debuting a new villain, or bombastic conclusions to long-running storylines. Aquaman Annual #2 is neither. It’s a small-scale tale with big moments and a good old-fashioned – but far from inessential – moral. Lex Luthor’s Legion of Doom signal hangs in the sky, inviting people […]

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Action Comics #1016 review

It’s Superman vs Red Cloud round three. Or is it four? Whatever the case, things are different this time, as the mysterious villain is more powerful than ever, courtesy of Lex Luthor. Metropolis Marvel and Misty Murderess face off in the heart of the city, but readers aren’t there as it happens. Nope, writer Brian […]

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Metal Men #1 review

The Metal Men! Gold. Platinum. Tin. Iron. Mercury. Lead. Robots created by the brilliant Will Magnus with minds of their own, souls even. But what if… (What, not even gold teeth? And let’s hope the JLA never bring Snapper Carr along to a team-up… mind, that’s what everyone hopes anyway.) Yep, the latest Metal Men […]

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X-Men #1 review

Cyclops. Storm. Nightcrawler. Wolverine. Colossus. Children of the atom, students of Charles Xavier. MUTANTS – feared and hated by the world they have sworn to protect. They are the strangest heroes of all. So ran the legend that opened Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men back in the glory days of Claremont, Cockrum and Byrne. It’s time to […]

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