19th Oct2013

Book Review: ‘The Golden/Silver Age of DC Comics’ (Taschen)

by Phil Wheat

As a graphic designer I’ve always been a fan of the art book publisher TASCHEN. Founded in 1980 the company has, in it’s 20-odd year lifespan, built a reputation for publishing the widest variety of books, on an incredibly varied amount of subjects. In fact one of my all-time favourites art books, American Ads of […]

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10th Oct2013

Book Review: ‘Horns’ – by Joe Hill

by Chris Cummings

I am, unequivocally, a fan of Joe Hill as a writer. I first discovered him when I found a copy of his novel, Heart Shaped Box, on clearance in a little book shop and proceeded to read it in a couple of days without any urge to put it down. From there I went on […]

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09th Sep2013

Book Review: Bedlam Stories

by Phil Wheat

Written by Christine Converse | Based on a story by Pearry Teo Bedlam Stories is an intriguing concept. The oft-told tales of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz filtered through the twisted vision of film maker Pearry Teo whose work has always been marked by a dark, sinister edge. Here Teo teams with […]

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20th Jul2013

‘Flash Gordon: The Complete Library Vol.1&2′ Book Review

by Phil Wheat

Writer: Don Moore | Artist: Alex Raymond | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 208pp Everyone knows Flash Gordon–the most iconic science fiction swashbuckler ever to burst forth from the newspaper pages. His adventures wielded so much energy that they inspired everyone who followed, no matter what the medium. Filmmaker George Lucas famously revealed, […]

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27th Jun2013

‘Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS’ Book Review

by Phil Wheat

From author Jacques Boyreau comes Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box. Released by Fantagraphics Books, the tome is a trip through the good ol’ days of VHS, looking back at what is very quickly looking like a lost art. Back in the 80s I used to spend hours perusing the shelves of my […]

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07th Apr2013

Book Review: ‘Gun Machine’

by Mark Allen

Written by Warren Ellis | Published by Mulholland Books NYPD detective John Tallow doesn’t care about his job all that much. He could be good at it if he wanted to, but he’s more content to sit in the passenger seat and let his partner Jim Rosato be the hero. That is at least until Jim’s head […]

11th Jan2013

Book Review: The Art of Rise of the Guardians

by Phil Wheat

Foreword by Alec Baldwin | Written by Ramin Zahed | Published by Titan Books | Format: HB, 156pp In Rise of the Guardians, North (Alec Baldwin), Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman), Tooth (Isla Fisher), and Sandman try to recruit the mysterious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to help them stop Pitch (Jude Law) from putting an end to […]

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27th Nov2012

Book Review: Star Wars – The Ultimate Action Figure Collection

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Stephen J. Sansweet | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 352pp Star Wars is known to be one of the most merchandised franchises in the movie world, it was the one that started it all. Starting one of the most lucrative businesses connected to the movie making world it created products not […]

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16th Nov2012

Book Review: The Great Showdowns

by Phil Wheat

Written/drawn by Scott C. | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 144pp “Han vs the green fellow. Chief Brody vs the very large shark. John McClane vs broken glass, and many, many more… Scott Campbell’s acclaimed Great Showdowns series, showing strangely good- natured confrontations between his favorite movie characters, finally gets the book collection […]

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28th Oct2012

Book Review: Silhouettes From Popular Culture

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Olly Moss | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 144pp Art, especially “pop art” is quite subjective at times.  When the popular culture is one that is actually popular to you then it’s bound to catch your interest and even make you an instant fan of the artist.  Silhouettes From Popular Culture by Olly Moss is a […]

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23rd Mar2012

Book Review: Tales from Development Hell

by Paul Metcalf

As film fans we look at the finished result and it’s sad to say that often we see a mess. The big event we were looking forward to just does not meet our expectations and we blame the director or the actors because they did not do a good enough job in our eyes. We […]

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05th Feb2012

Book Review: The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Glenn Mitchell | Published by Titan Books To some movies are very of the “now,” whether it’s the latest summer hit or the latest super hero movie that’s coming out soon, or the latest so-called horror movie that we complain is not bloody enough because it’s had its rating reduced to make more […]

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06th Jan2012

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes on Screen

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Alan Barnes | Published by Titan Books When starting to write this review I thought I’d check something, just who is the most filmed character? And yes, as you are reading a review of a book calledSherlock Homes on Screen it would be in fact this character. All over the world, in TV series, […]

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01st Jan2012

Book Review: Uncharted – The Fourth Labyrinth

by Paul Metcalf

Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth is a new book based on characters from the Uncharted games by Naughty Dog. Having played the games I was immediately familiar with the characters and jumped straight into the action as Drake is pulled into yet another adventure full of adventure and intrigue. When Drake is called by his long-time friend […]

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29th Oct2011

Book Review: ‘Hellbent’ – by Cherie Priest

by Paul Metcalf

When we left Cherie Priest’s Bloodshot there were a few questions to be answered. Of course mentioning them would be potential spoilers but it’s fair to say that I was hopeful that Hellbent the next book in the Raylene Pendle story would answer a few. I’d say it answered at least one but offered even more to what was […]

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22nd Aug2011

Book Review: ‘Undead’ – by John Russo

by Paul Metcalf

Undead by John Russo is a book of two halves. The first half is the novelisation of Night of the Living Dead and the second part is the novelisation of the first concept for Return of the Living Dead. This is interesting to read as it’s totally different than the movie it became. This version of Return was more […]

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22nd Aug2011

Book Review: ‘Bloodshot’ – by Cherie Priest

by Paul Metcalf

Vampires; since when did they become so passé in the horror world? It’s a shame really and it’s easy to blame Twilight for the watering down of one of the darker creatures of the imaginary worlds of fiction. Sometimes though we can escape the almost incessant deluge of emo vampires and we find one that […]

19th Jun2011

Book Review: Crazy 4 Cult – Cult Movie Art

by Phil Wheat

GALLERY 1988′s CRAZY 4 CULT: CULT MOVIE ART Introduction by Kevin Smith | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback 176pp Your favourite cult movies, as you’ve never seen them before! The annual Crazy 4 Cult art show in Los Angeles has quickly become a phenomenon, with thousands of visitors, a million hits on its […]

27th May2011

Book Review: The Lost Fleet – Victorious

by Jack Kirby

Written by Jack Campbell | Published by Titan Books Campbell ends his six-book series in fine form – Captain John Geary is one battle away from bringing the fleet home. All that stands in the way is a final Syndic ‘reserve’ flotilla. Given that this only takes up a very small section at the beginning […]

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26th May2011

Book Review: The Lost Fleet – Relentless

by Jack Kirby

Written by Jack Campbell | Published by Titan Books Jack Campbell’s military science fiction series reaches its penultimate instalment in Relentless. The book opens with an account of Captain John Geary’s courageous and legend-making battle that started the galactic war the books describe over one hundred years ago, that has been referred to frequently throughout […]

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29th Apr2011

Book Review: The Lost Fleet – Valiant

by Jack Kirby

John G Hemry, also known as Jack Campbell, continues his interstellar saga in this fourth instalment of The Lost Fleet series. Having reviewed the first of the books earlier in the year and having interviewed the author, I was more than happy to catch up with ‘Black Jack’ Geary and his fleet as it attempts […]

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27th Mar2011

Book Review: Star Wars The Old Republic – Deceived

by Phil Wheat

Written by Paul S Kemp | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 304 pages “Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to […]

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