X-Files Year Zero – issue 2 – spoiler light (5 preview pages)

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Published by IDW
19th August 2014

Written by: Karl Kesel
Art by: Greg Scott and Vic Malhotra
Colors by: Mat Lopes
Letters by: Robbie Robbins

Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Executive Producer: Chris Carter

Cover art by Carlos Valenzuela

The X-Files created by Chris Carter

This is the origin story for the X-Files. Not Mulder’s origin or Scully’s but the FBI section itself.

Issue 1 introduced us to the mystery of a strange man who passes messages to the FBI via intermediaries. A current FBI informant is passing details from a Mr Zero and the first case for the X-Files was in 1946 regarding messages passed to the FBI from a Mr Xero.

Issue 1 started in the present day with Mulder and Scully, this issue picks up the story in 1946 with Bing Ellison and Millie Ohio. Continue reading

Sinister Dexter Volume 1 – IDW collected trade

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Published by IDW

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Andy Clarke, Dylan Teague
Colorists: Chris Blythe, Dondie Cox Len, O’Grady, Gary Caldwell
Letterers: Ellie De Ville, Annie Parkhouse

Cover: Antonio Fuso
Series Edits: David Hedgecock
Collection Edits: Justin Eisinger, Alonzo Simon
Collection Design: Claudia Chong

Sinister Dexter created by Dan Abnett & David Millgate

These are a collection of stories originally published in 2000AD.

I have listed the contents below the review and if you take a look you’ll see this collection is heavily edited. The earliest in this collection is from Prog 1099 (23rd June 1998) but the strip debuted in the 1995 Winter Special, which was published in December 1995.

I’m sure they have their reasons, though I don’t know what they are. That said this is still an interesting selection of tales.Finnegan Sinister and Ramone Dexter are Gun Sharks in the city of Downlode. Or in other words; hitmen in a future megalopolis spanning much of Europe. Continue reading

X-Files Year Zero – issue 1

XFiles_YZ01_cvr copyX-Files Year Zero issue (1 of 5)
Published by IDW
16th July 2014

Written by: Karl Kesel
Art by: Greg Scott and Vic Malhotra
Colors by: Mat Lopes
Letters by: Robbie Robbins

Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Executive Producer: Chris Carter

Cover art by Carlos Valenzuela

The X-Files created by Chris Carter

Mulder and Scully are on a case when they receive a Text message with significant information, exactly when they needed it. But who sent the text?

Five preview pages are at the end of this review.

I don’t know how much involvement Chris Carter had with this story but seeing his name credited as ‘Executive Producer’ I am assuming that this story is perhaps considered official. Continue reading

Lawgiver: A Celebration of Dredd – A look back to May 2014

lawgiver-a-celebration-of-Dredd-event-birminghamLawgiver: A Celebration of Dredd was the first full day convention arranged by Rule32 on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May 2014.

A new video is out with interviews of some of those that attended. You can view the video further in to this article.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was part of the organising committee, not that I actually organised much. I ran two of the Panels and I liaised with Jared Butler to obtain some really cool VO for the event. From my standpoint it was a brilliant event.

Guests included Judge Dredd scribe and co-creator John Wagner. Fellow Dredd writer Michael Carroll and artists David Roach, Peter Doherty and Nick Percival.

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To End All Wars – a Graphic Anthology of The First World War

teawPublished by Soaring Penguin
Hardcover 320 Pages
£18.99 – £2.00 from each copy donated to Medicins Sans Frontieres

Edited by Jonathan Clode & John Stuart Clark

Introduction by Pat Mills

With all the commemorations to the First World War that are going on this book is a must read.

This is an anthology of 26 stories written and illustrated by men and women of different nations. It deals with the life and death of people who were touched by the conflict between 28th July 1914 and 11th November 1918, of different nations.

The stories are varied and on the whole deal with real events, in some cases real people. There is a little satire here and there but in the main the subject matter is presented frankly.

With a brilliant introduction from Pat Mills, writer of the classic WWI comic epic Charley’s War. Continue reading

More from POW! at Royal Armouries

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs promised on Tuesday when I wrote about my day at the Royal Armouries in Leeds I’m writing now about my second trip to the Comic & Film event.

Iron Man was there again as you can see, more about that later on in the article. There were quite a number of other characters around and about including Batman, Judge Dredd, Punisher and Deadpool.

BatmobileThe Batmobile was there. This was a replica of the 1960s version from the Adam West TV show.

Sadly it kept raining so it was obscured by a gazebo and VIP red cord. But it looks cool nevertheless.  Continue reading

2000AD Portfolio Competition at Thought Bubble

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Thought Bubble Comic Convention

Portfolio Session Saturday 15th
Final Sunday 16th November 2014

Every year 2000AD run a competition at Thought Bubble, the premiere Comic Convention in Leeds. The prize? A PAID commission that will be published in 2000AD, Britain’s leading anthology comic, the birthplace of Judge Dredd.

Thought Bubble is a week long celebration of continuous art. There are events throughout the city all week culminating in a weekend Comic Convention at the Royal Armouries. Starting as a small part of the Leeds International Film Festival Thought Bubble now has now expanded to cover three large halls with exhibitors, shops and signings as well as multiple rooms with talks, panels and often videos. One ticket gains access to all the activities, so all rides & slides are free! The talks, panels, etc do have limited space do early queuing is sometimes necessary . Continue reading