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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Doom Patrol #5 Review

*No Spoilers*

It's been a wild ride so far in Gerard Way, Nick Derington and Tamra Bonvillain's Doom Patrol, and this is the issue where the team finally come together (kind of)...

Torminax and The Vectra are torturing and destroying Danny, and using him to produce meat. Now that his comicbook-creation-made-flesh Casey Brinke has got her head around the revelations of who she truly is, she and Danny are out to assemble the Doom Patrol and stop the bad guys, via Casey's ability to drive Danny (now an ambulance) through time!

If all of that sounds 'WTF' to you, you're probably new to the world of my greatest influence, the Grant Morrison-written era of the Doom Patrol, now retooled under DC's Young Animal imprint. For those who read Morrison's era, Doom Patrol #5 has several familiar gems, as robot-with-a-human-brain Cliff Steele and former fighter pilot-housing-radioactive-negative-energy-spirit Larry Trainor make their proper comeback this issue and are reunited with sentient former-transvestite-street-now-ambulance, Danny.

There's joy for long-term fans in the lines spouted by no-nonsense, sweary Cliff (as well as the flamboyant words of Danny) as he and Larry go full force against The Vectra, Casey's Dad Torminax and an evil version of Casey - Cliff and Larry aided by associates including their sometime team-mate, Flex Mentallo, 'Man of Muscle Mystery' - and Danny dispatches Casey through time to prevent things from ever getting to the state they're currently in - 'Dannyland' all but destroyed.

Pros and cons of the issue: the art's great and things are firing on all cylinders with the heroes' characters. The villains aren't as out-there as they could be and the time travel element is impossible to follow; Casey: "But Past-Me is sitting in a prison right now. If she dies, I'll cease to exist, and everyone in Dannyland we're here to rescue won't make it." Danny: "Don't worry about that. Just head into Past-Danny..." But it's all weird fun, there are also some nice interludes featuring feline DP-member-to-be Lotion (the team don't fully assemble this issue) and the team's former leader Niles Caulder, and the ending throws us a curveball tying back into the first issue that promises to take the weird up another notch.

Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol was my favorite comicbook of its time, and Gerard Way's Doom Patrol is my favorite comicbook out now. You can check out a 4-Page Preview of Doom Patrol #5 here!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Doom Patrol #5 Preview

It's been over 5 months since Doom Patrol's triumphant relaunch under Gerard Way's DC Young Animal imprint, and the current incarnation - written by Way, illustrated by Nick Derington & colored by Tamra Bonvillain - has recaptured the magic found in Grant Morrison and Richard Case's run, the greatest influence on my own work, as well as bringing something fresh. And now, with Doom Patrol #5, out March 22nd, the world's weirdest super-heroes finally come together as a team for the first time in the new series!

Check out a Preview here!:

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And join me back here on Sunday for my Review! :)

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Almighties: Afterbirth & Redneck Avengers

The Almighties are all coming back - but under Joe Cyborg's leadership, not all of them are on the team!

Work is well underway on the next Almighties comic, but while you wait, this might fill an Almighties-shaped hole:

For News & Previews of Almighties: Afterbirth #1, join The Almighties Facebook Group here!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Geek-Girl on Wayne's Comics

Geek-Girl #1-#4 are Out Now!

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And you can listen to me talking the Geek-Girl Mini-Series on Wayne's Comics - in an episode I share with Alberto Alburquerque (Letter 44) and Charles Soule (writer of Inhumans vs. X-Men and the upcoming new Darth Vader series)!

Listen here! :)

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Geek-Girl #3

[UPDATED 3/8/2017]

Ruby Kaye is ready to fully embrace being a super-hero. ...But is she ready for Mr. Mash-Up?

Check out a 3-Page Preview and the Press Release here!

Geek-Girl #3 - a Jump-On issue featuring a special 2-page recap of Geek-Girl #1-#2 - is out now from Markosia - and you can get it at the Geek-Girl site here!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Geek-Girl #3 available to Pre-Order at Comixology

In this specially priced 'JUMP-ON' issue that features a bonus recap of Geek-Girl #1-#2, Ruby Kaye is ready to fully embrace being a super-hero. ...But is she ready for Mr. Mash-Up?

The Digital Edition of Geek-Girl #3 - written by myself, illustrated by Carlos Granda with colors by Chunlin Zhao, and published by Markosia - is now available to Pre-Order at Comixology here!

Watch this space for print editions...

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Geek-Girl #2

[UPDATED 12/15/16:]

Following the calamitous events of issue #1, Ruby and her BFF Summer head to a nightclub to get drunk and enjoy some much needed downtime. They weren't banking on meeting unhinged Alt Girl Nina Dante!

Geek-Girl #2 is out Dec 7, and UK peeps can order it with the button below! Or you can get the Digital Edition (UK, US & International) from Comixology here! The Limited Variant Edition features a cover by Carlos Villas, and an exclusive 1-page strip by myself and Matt Olson that sets up Geek-Girl #3!

US & International: you can order the Regular (print) and Limited Variant editions here (you can select different editions from the 'Format' dropdown menu).

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Geek-Girl #2