Star Wars: Shattered Empire (spoiler light)

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Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Marco Checchetto, Angel Unzueta, Emilio Laiso
Colourist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

For Lucasfilm
Creative Director: Michael Siglan
Senior Editor: Frank Parisi
Lucasfilm Story Group: Rayne Roberts, Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee

Genre: SciFi, Film Tie-in

(Article originally written 17th January 2017 – unpublished till now. I didn’t think it was fully finished at the time but having read it I’m no longer as dissatisfied as I was)

When the new Marvel/Disney Star Wars comics were announced it was also stated that these stories would be considered canon.

Comic, Novel and Computer Game spin-offs from TV and Film are very often not accepted as canon and that has upset many fans over the years. For me canon is what is in the main vehicle for the story, all the rest may or may bot be canon. So for Star Wars, the films are canon but what else is?

Lucasfilm are specific and the canon sources are the 6 previous films, Clone Wars animated film & TV series and all things created since 25th April 2014. So the Rebels TV show, a number of novels and the Marvel comics.

So what does this comic series add to the Star Wars story? Continue reading


Opinions you don’t agree with are not always wrong. Opinions are not Facts

In the world we live in it is increasingly hard to avoid opinions.

The world is smaller than ever due to the relative ease for many of us to travel great distances in a very short time. That’s been true all my life, I was born in 1967 and though Humans had not yet walked on the moon the age of Steam, Internal Combustion and Jet Propulsion had already pushed this forward increment by increment.

Radio and Television further shrink the world. How many people around the world in the time I was born could sing a sing by the Beatles word for word without ever walking through a street where English was the predominant language?

And now the Internet. It is so easy to fire off an opinion in reaction to sine impetus, any impetus, and for those opinions to cause a myriad of responses.

My preamble gives some context as to how culture and opinions more easily meet and potentially collide. The point of thus article is that Opinion doesn’t equal fact and at times this difference goes unnoticed and causes “issues”.

I’ll use examples to illustrate my point but of course this article in itself is merely an opinion.

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Judge Dredd – Every Empire Falls – Spoiler Free Preview (including 5 pages)

every-empire-fallsJudge Dredd: Every Empire Falls
Published by Rebellion 9th February 2017

Paperback – 240 Pages
Released simultaneously in:
UK/Ireland £12.99North America $18.99
Barnes & Noble, Independent Bookstores & Comic Stores.
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Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Paul Davidson, Colin MacNeil, Henry Flint, P J Holden, Carlos Ezquerra
Colours: Chris Blythe. Len O’Grady, Adam Brown
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Cover Artist: Tom Foster

Originally published in the Judge Dredd Megazine 371-374 & 2000AD Progs 1850-1854, 1934-1939, 1973-1990

Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

This latest collection of Judge Dredd stories published in the pages of 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine were all written by Michael Carroll. As with most of the regular Dredd writers he has a great depth of continuity knowledge and we see it in this book. He’s also one of my personal favourites, not that the others are any slouches.

Michael not only writes comics, such as Razorjack with John Higgins, but has also written a number of novels, including a Razorjack novel his popular series about young Superheroes.

Before I go in to a little more detail here’s the Press Release:

Following the decimation of Mega-City One during Chaos Day, Judges from other “friendly” Justice Departments have been brought in to strengthen the ranks and help maintain law and order on the streets. Among the newcomers is Fintan Joyce, son of a former Emerald Isle Judge, who teamed up with Judge Dredd in one of the most fondly remembered Judge Dredd stories. Exploiting Big Meg’s weakened state, several groups have risen up against the Judges. If things couldn’t get any worse, Dredd has fallen foul of Brit-Cit and they want him in prison or on a slab. Have the odds finally stacked up enough to spell the end of Mega-City One’s greatest lawman?

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Teething Problems

Some of you may have seen a blank article earlier or a password protected one. This is due to my long absence from regular writing. Sorry for any confusion.

I’ll not go in to the reason for not writing much as I’ve belaboured the subject enough. Earlier articles explain it all. Continue reading

2016 Annus Horribilis

The Queen called 1992 her Annus Horribilis. Among the things that challenged her that year were the divorces of two of her children, Andrew and Anne. More memorable is the revelation of Charles’ affair with Camilla which led to the split from Diana. Also that was the year that Windsor Castle was hit by fire.

My Annus Horribilis happily sees both my children still with their respective partners. I’ve not had any houses burn down.

However 2016 hasn’t been a good year for me.

Each year I do a review of what has gone by in the previous 12 months on the blog.

This year that’s not a great deal and in part I’ll explain why.

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Superhero Event at Royal Armouries, Leeds 9th to 11th August 2016

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Venue – Royal Armouries. Leeds

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August 2016

Starts: 10:00am Tuesday 9 August 2016
Finishes: 5:00pm Thursday 11 August 2016

Royal Armouries have been running an event like this for quite some time. It is now a regular feature of August, falling within the long school holiday of course. In 2013 it fell on 4th to 6th of May, the opening weekend of Ironman 3 – you can read my write up of that event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou’ll note Ironman features on the official image from Royal Armouries at the head of this article. They have a full size replica built by Mark Pearson for the Armouries. Mark is pictured on the right here with the suit. On the left is Adi Granov who designed the suits for all three Ironman films, as well as the Chitauri for the first Avengers film.

Adi attended this even in 2014 and was interviewed by artist Peter Doherty about his work with Marvel in comics, film and beyond. Peter is a regular participant at this event.

It can’t always be predicted what will go on at this event below are a few ideas Continue reading

Don’t take your Health for granted (MH Potential Triggers: Crisis, Surgery, Death, Eating Disorders)

On 8th June I made a very personal announcement explaining why I wasn’t writing articles for this Blog. In many ways I am a very private person and I wouldn’t have mentioned my illness at all apart from the fact that I was forced to withdraw from being part of Lawgiver this year, this was the third annual (unofficial) Judge Dredd Convention and I have been involved from year 1.

I was in hospital from 19/05/16 to 11/07/16. I was admitted due to complications of newly diagnosed Diabetes which culminated in a very serious operation.

I am making good recovery but I still tire easily and I will be attending multiple Outpatient Clinics. I also need a further operation.

My physical health is usually quite good. I do live with Mental Health issues and sometimes write about the subject; which is why I put Trigger Warnings in the heading to this article.

It was a minor ailment that took me to my GP’s Surgery. If I hadn’t gone that day the outcome could have been very different.

This is a very personal story and isn’t easy for me to write. But if it makes just one person think a little more about their health and have things checked out it will be worth it. Continue reading