White Death by Robbie Morrison & Charlie Adlard – spoiler light

White DeathWhite Death
Published by Image

September 2014
Hardback 104 Pages
Black & White on grey

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Charlie Adlard

Fictional account based on historic events

Robbie Morrison is best known to me from his work in the pages of 2000AD including Judge Dredd and the rather brilliant Nikolai Dante. Charlie Aslard also first came to my attention in 2000AD with work including Judge Dredd, Savage and a stint on Nikolai Dante with Robbie Morrison. You may know Charlie Adlard from something called The Walking Dead.

This story is based on historic events but is a fictional narrative. Intros from both creators explain how the book came about. Charlie had the embryo of an idea before he started The Walking Dead. Robbie developed the story after hearing about the funeral in 2013 of two Austrian soldiers who died in the White War of 1915 to 1918.

The White War took part in the mountainous borders between Italy, part of the Allied Powers with Britain, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, allies of Germany. The conflict became known as the White War as both sides deliberately caused avalanches to kill. Continue reading

An Interview with Oliver Hollingdale – Writer/Director/Animator

2014-03-02_0104Oliver Hollingdale is the Writer and Director of Cursed Edge, a Dredd (2012) fan film web-series. He’s made a few other films including a Harry Potter fan film, Battle of Hogwarts.

He provided the opening credits animation for Adi Shankar’s (Executive Producer on Dredd (2012)) Judge Dredd: Superfiend.

Cursed Edge was received with mixed response from Judge Dredd fans. Some reactions were very negative but the team have pressed on. The first Episode, Oliver calls them Progs to match the term for an issue of 2000AD comic, was made by Oliver’s team alone. The second Prog saw the team expand across the Atlantic with Oliver teaming up with the Together Brothers.

There are links to more about Cursed Edge after the interview. Continue reading

Judge Dredd: Superfiend – a Judge Death animated series (embeded) – spoiler light

SuperfiendJudge Dredd: Superfiend
From Adi Shankar
Written, Directed & animated by Luis Pelayo Junquera and Enol Junquera.

Two years in the making and until recently it was thought to be Live Action, then a seven part animated series, Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Universe” Judge Dredd ‘short’ is here in the form of a six part animation released in one day.

Slightly confusing.

A series suggests a gap between episodes but as it is supplied to the internet on You Tube as a Playlist you can watch it all in one.

Below the film is a link to an interview with the Junquera Brothers on IGN and after that a review of the series. My review is Spoiler Light but I encourage you to watch the film before reading the review.

There is an intro from Adi Shankar before the animation. If you watch each episode in full you get a clip of the next episode before the next episode – this is easy to avoid that by clicking the link that will pop up before the ‘next episode’ trailer. Continue reading

Martillo: Devil-Smiter – 52 page graphic novel – spoiler light (preview art & page)

forumpic1Martillo: Devil-Smiter

52 Page US Format
Paperback £5.00

Writer: Greg Meldrum
Arist & Letterer: David Broughton

Cover Art: David Broughton
Internal cover Art: Ben Willsher

Special Thanks to Owen Watts

Spain, 1948, post WWII and post Spanish Civil War. General Franco is in control of the country and the Catholic Church is as powerful as ever. Martillo is a Priest with an awesome ability to smite evil, quite often with a hefty hammer (Martillo is Spanish for Hammer).

Six interlinked stories, numbered Cero to Cinco (0 to 5), tell Martillo’s tale. In the creators’ own words:

“A servant of the Saint of Labourers, Martillo wields a hammer and smites evil – HARD! In this collection, Martillo takes on pagan storm-gods, metal-obsessed spectres, sadistic thorn-monsters, gold-eating devil-weasels, hungry bogeymen and Pablo Picasso! But can even Martillo save a nation that still bears the psychic scars of the Civil War?” Continue reading

Paragon issue 17 – an anthology – spoiler light

Paragon_17_CoverParagon Issue 17

Published by Paragon Comics
October 2014

through Lulu.com
Paper version – available from Lulu.com – £2.50
E-version – available from Lulu.com – £0.79

Edited by Dave Candlish

Cover Art: Shaky Kane
Inks: Jim Campbell
Colours: Owen Watts

Another solid anthology from Paragon Press.

You can read earlier reviews of a few issues of Paragon on this blog as well as the recent horror themed anthology ‘AAIIEEE!!! Night Flight of Terror.’ Most of the contributors to this issue have had work published in other small press comics that I have reviewed.

There is some quality in this issue that would not be out of place from many much larger publishers. Continue reading

Edward Scissorhands issue 1 – new IDW title (spoiler light – includes preview pages

EdwardScissorhands01_cvrEdward Scissorhands
Issue 1

Published by IDW
22nd October 2014

Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Drew Ruasch
Letters: Travis Lanham

Cover Art: Gabriel Rodriguez

A new series from IDW that picks up the story some years after Tim Burton’s rather marvelous film. Kimberly has died and her Granddaughter, to whom she was telling the story of Edward in the film, is now a teen.

What of Edward? Continue reading

Judge Dredd: Superfiend – an internet cartoon series from Adi Shankar (teaser trailer embeded)

dredd-miniseries-posterSomewhere around two years ago Adi Shankar announced his intention to do a ‘not for profit’ Dredd short. No as Adi Shankar was an Executive Producer of the 2012 Dredd film starring Karl Urban one could hardly simply say a ‘Fan Film’.

There was a short clip shown at New York Comic Con but news was slow to get out about it.

It was exclusively announced on Collider yesterday (20th Oct 2014) that the first episode will be released on 27th October 2014.

Judge Dredd: Superfiend is a seven part cartoon series, I haven’t heard how long the episodes will be so no idea of the full running time. Given the poster, and the title of course, it seems this would appear to be an adaptation of Young Death: Portrait of a Superfiend by John Wagner and Peter Doherty. Continue reading

Anderson Psi Division – part 3 (of 4) – spoiler light (includes 5 preview pages)

JD_PSI03-cvrSUB JD_PSI03-cvrAnderson Psi Division
The King of the Six Sectors
Issue 2 or 4

Published by IDW
10th September 2014

Writer: Matt Smith
Artist: Carl Critchlow
JD_PSI03-cvrRILetters: Shawn Lee

Cover Art:
Matt Haley (right)
Mimi Yoon  (far right)
Nick Percival (lower right)

Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
Psi Judge Anderson created by John Wagner and Brian Bolland

For those that don’t know; this story ties in with last year’s acclaimed IDW Judge Dredd mini-series by Matt Smith, Judge Dredd: Year One. You don’t have to have read last year’s story to enjoy this – but I can highly recommend catching up. Matt Smith is the Editor in Chief of the 2000AD brand, editing 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine.

Nice Retail Incentive cover by Nick Percival, IDW need an Alex Ronald cover. Continue reading

Brothers in Blood by Simon Scarrow (a Macro & Cato novel) – spoiler light

brothers-in-bloodThe Blood Crows by Simon Scarrow

Published by Headline

First Published 9th October 2014

This is the 13th book in this series, which was originally called The Eagles series but is now more commonly known as Macro & Cato. I’ve been with this series a long time though and I, as do some other long-standing readers, still refer to The Eagles (the first seven books all had ‘Eagle’ in the title).

You can read a synopsis of the earlier books in my earlier article The Eagle Series that article covers the first ten books and doesn’t give any major spoilers. You can also read a review of the 12th book The Blood Crows.

This series follows the exploits of two Roman soldiers Quintus Licinius Cato and Lucius Cornelius Macro. Two men thrown together by circumstance in the first book, now bonded like brothers. Continue reading