15th Apr2020

Wolverine Wednesday #33

by Ian Wells

During these uncertain times for everyone and the comics industry I want to wish everyone positive vibes and say we will all come out of this stronger. Now a lot of people are doing comics reading recommendations the #NTYCBD ) New To You Comic Book Day is proving rather popular on social media. For Wolverine […]

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04th Mar2020

Wolverine Wednesday #32

by Ian Wells

Wolverine #1 Writer: Benjamin Percy | Artists: Adam Kubert & Viktor Bogdanovic | Colourists: Frank Martin and Matthew Wilson | Letters: Cory Petit There best there is at what he does returns and what he does best this time is come back with a bang! A bouble bang really as this is a double sized […]

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25th Feb2020

eBuying Comics: Week 37

by Ian Wells

Trade paperbacks and hardcover collections are no doubt the comics industries biggest commodity. For my favourtite characters I am still a floppies guy. If I ever want to try something new, or catch up on something I missed, TPBs are the way to go. They are so readily accesible nowadays whether it be from comic […]

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05th Feb2020

eBuying Comics: Week 36

by Ian Wells

This year the character with the longest name in comics, and one of the coolest alter egos in comics, turns thirty years old. I am of course talking about the time-travelling mutant bad-ass that is Nathan Christoper Charles Dayspring Summers aka Cable. Although he has also been known as Askani’son, Chosen One, Traveler and Soldier […]

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08th Jan2020

Wolverine Wednesday #31

by Ian Wells

Happy New Year to you all. The year is 2020 and Wolverine is back among the living. Technically he returned to the Marvel Universe last year after the events of Wolverine Returns before joing Cyclops in the pages of Matthew Rosenbergs’ Uncanny X-Men. Check out Wolverine Wednesday #23 for a full wrap up of my […]

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04th Dec2019

eBuying Comics: Week 32

by Ian Wells

As soon as you start reading/collecting comics you will soon learn one of the hottest topics is fantasy fights. We have all been in a conversation that starts with “Who would win in a fight…?” A lot of the time this world of fantasy pits hero against hero! We can trace our fascination with this […]

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01st Nov2019

eBuying Comics: Week 30

by Ian Wells

From their humble Silver Age beginnings, to comic culture behemoth, to Marvel’s first successful movie franchise. The X-Men have certainly had a roller coaster ride in their fifty six years existence. Starting out with a roster of five (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel) led by Charles Xavier the ranks of the X-Men increased […]

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06th Sep2019

eBuying Comics: Week 26

by Ian Wells

Nothing hits the nostalgia sweet spot better than a good old issue of Marvels ‘What If?’ line. These stand alone alternate takes on Marvel comics continuity are fondly remembered by readers who were around at their start. We are currently in the age of fan service where yesterdays readers are todays writers who are ultimately […]

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30th Aug2019

eBuying Comics: Week 25

by Ian Wells

We all know the classics. Frank Miller’s Daredevil run, Chris Claremont’s epic run on Uncanny X-Men with John Byrne and Dave Cockrum among others. Bill Sienkiewicz taking over New Mutants and making the comics world sit up. What I am going to do this week is look at some legendary creators and their first Marvel […]

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25th Jul2019

The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 290: She Calls It the Penalty Box!

by Phil Wheat

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumours of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life […]

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25th Apr2019

eBuying Comics: Week 17

by Ian Wells

I used to walk around comic conventions and question why would anyone consider buying the Marvel Essentials. It always struck me as a wasted investment buying collections of stories in black and white and on inferior paper. Fast forward a few years and I now love the idea of Marvel Essentials. There is nothing else […]

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17th Apr2019

Final trailer for ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

by Phil Wheat

Check out the [apparently] final trailer for the next instalment in the X-Men movie franchise, entitled X-Men: Dark Phoenix which features the characters Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and actress Jessica Chastain, whose villainous character is described as […]

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27th Mar2019

eBuying Comics: Week 15

by Ian Wells

For a lone wolf Batman has had a lot of sidekicks and assistance over the years. Affectionately referred to as the ‘Bat Family’ everyone has their favourite. Over the years the ‘Bat Family’ has become more diverse and I think it is fair to say each addition to the family in some way defines Batman […]

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07th Mar2019

eBuying Comics: Week 14

by Ian Wells

This past weekend I attended London Film and Comic Con Spring (LFCC) at the Kensington Olympia. This is the first time Showmasters have organised an LFCC at this time of year. Usually it is at the end of July, I attended it about three years ago and it was by far the best convention I […]

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30th Jan2019

eBuying Comics: Week 12

by Ian Wells

Lights! Camera! Action! This week I am talking movie tie ins and movie adaptation comics. In the old days the show was firmly on the other foot when it came to comics and movies. A big summer blockbuster would be released and behind the scenes the comics publishers would be battling it out to land […]

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17th Jan2019

The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 263: My Plateau Year!

by Phil Wheat

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumours of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life […]

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20th Dec2018

The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 259: Long Days in the Ketchup Mines!

by Phil Wheat

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumours of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life […]

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19th Dec2018

Wolverine Wednesday #20

by Ian Wells

Dead Man Logan #1 Writer: Ed Brison | Artist: Mike Henderson | Colourist: Nolan Woodard | Letters: Cory Petit I know this is Wolverine Wednesday but Glob may be my new favourite character. I hope he is around for all twelve issues of this series. By having him involved he provides light relief to what […]

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29th Nov2018

eBuying Comics: Week 7

by Ian Wells

The 90’s are synonymous with two things in comics history. The birth of the superstar artist and the crash of the comic market. Are the two related? The polite answer is possibly. But there were many factors that contributed to the crash. Between 1993 and 1997 the comics industry hit an all time low, a […]

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05th Mar2018

Marvel’s X-Men swear… “Til Death Do Us Part”

by Phil Wheat

This April, the most exciting X-Men Gold arc yet launches with ‘Til Death Do Us Part – culminating in the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus! But wedding planning takes a backseat as the X-Men fall under attack, with Colossus being the ultimate target, and that’s just the start of troubles to come. It’s a […]

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19th Feb2018

It’s time for the [X-Men] wedding of the year!

by Phil Wheat

It’s almost time for Kitty Pryde and Colossus to tie the knot… but a Marvel wedding is never a simple affair! In this essential companion to the X-Men Gold (issues #26-30) story ‘Til Death Do Us Part, get a glimpse at Kitty and Peter’s march toward wedded bliss! It’s a celebration, Marvel style, with all […]

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03rd Jan2018

Four more images from ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

by Phil Wheat

Originally debuted in Entertainment Weekly, here’s four new images from the next instalment in the X-Men movie franchise, entitled X-Men: Dark Phoenix which features the characters Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and actress Jessica Chastain, whose villainous character is described as “an otherworldly shapeshifter […]

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