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The Dark and Twisted Legacy of Miracleman

Last week we looked over the dense, messy and admittedly somewhat disputed publication history of Miracleman. Whilst the trajectory of the comic and character has dovetailed with some of the major events of the industry (usually waves of bankruptcy), the ...

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The Long and Sordid History of Miracleman

Sometimes great stories happen behind stories too. In an era where superhero comics dominate so much of other media, it is interesting to look at the more obscure tales that have nonetheless had a profound impact on the medium, industry, ...

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Trees: You don’t believe in anything

One of my favourite things about science fiction is the ‘what if?’ questions the genre explores. Not just from a writing perspective – though challenging yourself with a ‘what if?’ writing exercise can be great fun – but for the ...

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Thought Bubble 2015

Leeds is host to one of my preferred geek havens of the year, the Thought Bubble comic convention. Encamped at the Royal Armouries (free entry all year round, lots of weapons and armour, good enough to recommend on its own!), ...

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Supergirl’s death rattle

Well, that didn’t take long. The pilot was oh so promising with it’s fun silliness and feminist mentality. What happened? The third episode, ‘Fight or Flight’ sees Supergirl take on one of Superman’s villains, Reactron. As already well established, much ...

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Young Terrorists: Pierce the Veil

Young Terrorists Vol. 1 is the latest trade paperback from Black Mask Comics. Written by Matt Pizzolo, who previously wowed audiences with Godkiller (the premise of which sounds UNBELIEVABLY cool: ‘Fallen gods, weaponized orgasms, sex-addicted technowizards, organ-stealing hookers, government conspiracies…’), Young ...

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Supreme: Blue Rose by Warren Ellis

Writing any story – be it in novel, film, or comic form – about time, parallel universes, or anything similar is always difficult. How do write about such a complex idea without getting lost in the science and craziness? How ...

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ODY-C: Here is that cannibal beast!

Greek gods, space opera, psychedelic art and gender inversion – at first glance, Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C has it all. Unfortunately, the text is so abstract as to be at best confusing, at worst incomprehensible. Matt Fraction has ...

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