06th May2020

‘Superman Smashes the Klan’ Graphic Novel Review

by Dean Fuller

Written by Gene Luen Yang | Art by Gurihiru | Published by DC Comics (YA Imprint) The thing that I like the most about DC’s concerted push into the High School and Young Adult markets is that there’s nothing half-hearted about it. They’ve been happy to take chances, even at the risk of alienating some […]

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23rd Apr2020

‘Gotham High’ Graphic Novel Review (DC Ink)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Melissa De La Cruz | Art by Thomas Pitilli | Published by DC Ink | Format: Paperback, 208pp I think it’s fair to say that , rather like the main Batman franchise being DC’s cash cow, Gotham and the associated characters have been the most fruitful area of DC’s recent Young Adults books. […]

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23rd Apr2020

‘Star Pig Vol.1’ Review (IDW)

by Chris Cummings

Written by Delilah S. Dawson | Art by Francesco Gaston | Published by IDW Publishing | Format: Paperback, 96pp Sci-fi comics can be delightful things. I’m a big fan of the genre and so the concept of Star Pig appealed to me right away. A teenage strong female lead named Vess who goes on a […]

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21st Apr2020

‘Life is Strange Vol.3: Strings’ Graphic Novel Review

by Xenia Grounds

Written by Emma Vieceli | Art by Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 112pp At the end of the last volume, it’s safe to say that I found things a little disappointing because it’s where I really saw the cliched fanfiction tropes and it came across as fan service […]

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10th Apr2020

‘Canto: Vol.1’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Written by David M. Booher | Art by Drew Zucker | Published by IDW Publishing, 152pp Published by IDW, Canto Volume 1, from David M. Booher and artist Drew Zucker, is the story of a little robot who is trying to find himself a heart, with a nod and a wink to the likes of […]

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08th Apr2020

‘Batman: Last Knight on Earth’ Graphic Novel Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Scott Snyder | Art by Greg Capullo | Published by DC Comics/DCBlack Label | Format: Hardback, 200pp The world of comics has long been filled with different versions of Batman. He is basically the Madonna of comics, reinventing himself for each new generation: from Adam West’s campy portrayal, to Frank Millers’ Dark Knight, […]

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31st Mar2020

‘The Oracle Code’ Review (DC Ink)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Marieke Nijkamp | Illustrated by Manuel Preitano | Published by DC Ink/DC Comics | Format: Paperback, 208pp So now it’s Barbara Gordon’s turn. DC have been steadily working their way through their roll call of strong female characters for these Young Adults/ High School level books. So far we’ve had young Mera (Aquaman’s […]

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23rd Mar2020

‘Star Trek Discovery: Aftermath’ Graphic Novel Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Kristen Beyer, Mike Johnson | Art by Tony Shasteen, Angel Hernandez | Published by IDW Publishing | Format: Paperback, 96pp Set after the disappearance of the U.S.S. Discovery (at the end of season 2 of the show), Aftermath sees Captain Pike and Chancellor L’Rell seek to forge a new peace treaty between the Federation […]

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12th Mar2020

‘An Embarrassment of Witches’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Written by Sophie Goldstein, Jenn Jordan | Art by Sophie Goldstein | Published by Top Shelf Productions | Format: Paperback, 204pp Life after college isn’t turning out exactly as Rory and Angela had planned. Rory, recently dumped at the gate of her flight to Australia, needs to find a new life path ASAP. What do […]

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06th Mar2020

‘Captain Marvel: Cosmic CAT-tastrophe’ Graphic Novel Review

by Dean Fuller

Written by Sam Maggs | Art by Sweeney Boo | Published by IDW Publishing / Marvel Comics I must confess that when this book first came across my desk, I thought it was Marvel’s attempt to jump on DC’s bandwagon. DC have been producing a very good series of Young Adult (12-16) and Middle Grade […]

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10th Feb2020

‘Blackbird: Volume 1’ Graphic Novel Review (Image Comics)

by Chris Cummings

Written by Sam Humphries | Art by Jen Bartel | Published by Image Comics | Format: Paperback, 168pp From writer Sam Humphries (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and artist Jen Bartel (Black Panther) comes a new Image Comics neo-noir series. I was immediately struck by the gorgeous cover of the trade paperback which was also the cover […]

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17th Jan2020

‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ Graphic Novel Review (DC Ink)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Louise Simonson | Art by Kit Seaton | Published by DC Comics/DC Ink I suppose it was inevitable that DC’s biggest female hero would get the Young Adult makeover at some point, and it’s slightly surprising it’s several books in. We’ve seen young versions of Black Canary, Catwoman, Mera, Raven, and Harley Quinn, […]

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18th Dec2019

‘Life Is Strange Vol.2: Waves’ Graphic Novel Review

by Xenia Grounds

Written by Emma Vieceli | Art by Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo | Published by Titan Comics When I read ‘Dust’ months ago, I remember enjoying it and curious to find out where it went after that cliffhanger ending. It’s been a long wait to see the next few chapters but I have to be honest…I’m […]

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20th Nov2019

Competition: Win a ‘Blade Runner 2019’ Graphic Novel & Art Card

by Phil Wheat

The first original comic series set in the iconic neo-noir world of Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2019 comes from the all-star team of writer Michael Green (screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049) and Mike Johnson (Star Trek), and illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America). With the first graphic novel collection for the series […]

07th Nov2019

‘Superman: Year One’ Graphic Novel Review (DC Black Label)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Frank Miller | Art by John Romita Jr. | Published by DC Black Label | Format: Hardcover, 168pp My first thought on hearing about this book, when published as three oversized issues, was did we really need another Superman origin/ early years book? There’s been a few down the years, and for me […]

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24th Oct2019

‘Doomsday Clock: Part 1’ Graphic Novel Review (DC Comics)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Geoff Johns | Art by Gary Frank | Published by DC Comics | Format: Hardback, 224pp I bought and read the original Watchmen series when it came out in 1986, and it is hard to convey now just how groundbreaking that was. I bought the 12 individual issues as they were published, and […]

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22nd Oct2019

‘Black Canary: Ignite’ Graphic Novel Review (DC Zoom)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Meg Cabot | Art by Cara McGee | Published by DC Zoom | Format: Paperback, 128pp Of all the recent DC Ink and DC Zoom imprint books, this was the one I thought might be a stretch, might be a reach too far. Don’t get me wrong, I love Black Canary as a […]

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15th Oct2019

‘The Book of Forks’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Created by Rob Davis | Published by SelfMadeHero | Format: Paperback, 200pp If you haven’t read the previous books, then I urge you to check them out, click the link at the end of this review to find out why. This book, The Book of Forks, is the third in The Motherless Oven Trilogy, is […]

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11th Oct2019

‘The Motherless Oven’ & ‘The Can Opener’s Daughter’ Graphic Novel(s) Review

by Chris Cummings

Created by Rob Davis | Published by SelfMadeHero | Format: Paperback, 160pp I was, until this week, unfamiliar with these two books. The first two books in Rob Davis’s abstract adventure series that he calls The Motherless Oven Trilogy, completed by the newly released third book in the series, The Book of Forks (review upcoming). […]

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08th Oct2019

‘Archie: Vol. 2’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Written by Marc Waid | Art by Veronica Fish | Published by Archie Comics | Format: Paperback, 176pp I’m a big fan of Archie Comics, as can he heard on articles I’ve penned on Nerdy about that world, and I really loved the new relaunch when it happened, which kicked off wonderfully with the first […]

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25th Sep2019

‘Batman: Nightwalker’ Graphic Novel Review (DC Ink)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Stuart Moore, Marie Lu | Art by Chris Wildgoose | Published by DC Ink | Format: Paperback, 208pp The title of this graphic novel may seem familiar to some, and it should. Batman: Nightwalker was actually written as a prose novel by Marie Lu, for the DC Icons series of books. The higher […]

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23rd Sep2019

‘Bloodlust & Bonnets’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Created by Emily McGovern | Published by Simon & Schuster | Format: Paperback, 280pp I know of Emily McGovern from her web-comic series, My Life as a Background Slytherin, a funny and witty series of short comic strips that parody Harry Potter in the nicest and most fan-friendly manner, that have become pretty damn popular. […]

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