Star Wars: Shattered Empire (spoiler light)

Star Wars Journey to Force Awakens Shattered Empire.jpgStar Wars: Journey to Force Awakens – Shattered Empire

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(Article originally written 17th January 2017 – unpublished till now.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


Rok of the Reds – issue 1 – Wagner, Grant, Cornwell, Bulmer & Campbell (includes preview pages)

Rok 1 CoverRok of the Reds Issue 1 (of 6)
2nd March 2016

Published by BHP Comics

Writers: John Wagner & Alan Grant
Artist: Dan Cornwell
Colours: Abby Bulmer
Letters: Jim Campbell

Created by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Dan Cornwell

Genre – SciFi & Soccer

John Wagner and Alan Grant are giant names in the British Comic industry.

Alan Grant started as an Editor with DC Thomson before joining IPC in 1970. At both companies he met John Wagner. John Wagner had worked mostly on comics aimed at girls for both companies.

The pair sealed their working relationship in 2000AD with a number of pseudonyms on titles such as Judge Dredd, Robo-Hunter and Strontium Dog.

Strontium Dog is where Dan Cornwell comes in. Dan drew a strip for the fanzine Dogbreath and while considering Artists for Rok of the Reds John Wagner saw Dan’s artwork and invited him along.

The announcement of more new work from the Wagner/Grant writing partnership caused a lot of excitement among core readers of British comics. When Dan Cornwell became involved it sent a flutter through the Small Press community. If you think you recall a different name for this comic you are right. It was orginally called Rom of the Reds but the Creators spotted there was an unrelated character called Rom and chose to alter the name to avoid any clash.

The preview pages are at the end of the article.

Rok of the Reds is both a SciFi thriller and a good old fashioned Soccer story. Continue reading

Overrun – Issues 1 to 4 (with Preview Pages)

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Issues 1 to 4

Published by Treemondo
January 2016

Writers: Andi Ewington, Matt Woodley
Artist: Paul Green
Letterers: A Larger World Studios Troy Peteri & Joshua Cozine

Cover Artist: Kinetic Underground Cosmo White

Genre – SciFi, Action, Zombie

Overrun is a four issue miniseries that will be dropping as a ‘Netflix style event’ any moment now. All four issues will be released as a limited 250 edition run. Digital copies will also be available for Kindle, iBook, Madefire and possibly on Comixology.

This is a creator owned project published by the Creators’ own publishing house, Treemondo.

This story is an introduction to a setting as much as to a set of intriguing characters.

Preview pages are at the end of the article. Continue reading

FutureQuake Issue 28 – spoiler free

FQ28FutureQuake Issue 28

Published by:
Futurequake Press
Creator owned material

Edited by:
Dave Evans &
Richmond Clements

Cover: Steve Austin

Genre – SciFi

FutureQuake is a British anthology comic from the same publishers as Something Wicked and the 2000AD fanzines Zarjaz and Dogbreath.

This is what British Comics is all about. I review several other anthologies, including 2000AD of course. Most of the Creators in this anthology will have grown up reading anthologies, some of the same ones I grew up on no doubt.

Sometimes getting a story with three acts in a low page count isn’t easy. Reviewing such stories when there are often surprise endings that I don’t want to Spoil is also a challenge. Continue reading

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – Opinion Review with SPOILERS

star-wars-force-awakens-official-poster-691x1024I have now seen The Force Awakens twice. So the ‘event’ has subsided slightly. More people have seen the film and importantly I have been able to talk about it with people I have been friends with for over 30 years.

So now my views are more or less what will remain of this film. These opinions are drawn only from what I have seen on screen. I haven’t read any articles that expand any details, for me it is what is on screen that really counts (until later confirmed).

I have marked this review with ‘SPOILERS’. I am aware that I am perhaps more sensitive to what constitutes a Spoiler and regular readers may take my ‘Spoiler Light’ to mean ‘Ain’t nothing to worry you’. I most in that case stress There are Spoilers in this article.

I will deal with things both out of order and context. The risk of Spoilers will increase the further you read. Each time I think the level goes up I will let you know. There will be reasonable breaks so you shouldn’t accidentally see any Spoilers stronger than you want.

If you have not seen the film you really do NOT want to read to the end of this article. There are MAJOR SPOILERS at the end. Continue reading

Judge Dredd at Royal Armouries, Leeds 29th to 31st August 2015


Royal Armouries Leeds
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August 2015
Heroes Day

They’re doing it again!

Royal Armouries will have a Judge Dredd combat scene live at 12:00 using the Dredd uniform from the amazing Judge Minty fan film leant to them by Writer/Director Steve Sterlacchini.

The header image is of the Armouries Andy Deane in the uniform from a previous year. Continue reading

Neroy Sphinx: Back in the Game

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Back In The Game
Published by Futurequake Press

Writer: Daniel Whiston
Artists: Johnny McMonagle, James KirCough, Dave Thomson
Letterer: Bolt-01

Editors: Dave Evans & Richmond Clements

Genre – Sci-Fi

Available from the FQP Webshop £5.00

Neroy Sphinx, Conman, Thief, Industrialist and Politician. His memory has been stolen and he nees it back so he can get Back In The Game.

This is a creator owned project from Daniel Whiston under the guidance of Futurequake Press. Chapters 2 to 11 have previously been published in FutureQuake, a periodical Anthology from the publishers of the 2000AD fanzines Zarjaz and Dogbreath.

There are quotes on the back cover from John Wagner, creator of Judge Dredd, and Michael Carroll, author of the Quantum Prophecy/New Heroes series of novels. To have such good quotes from the British Comic great John Wagner is quite something. John encourages newcomers and has recruited from Futurequake. Similarly Michael Carroll is a force to reckon with. He is one of the current stable of Judge Dredd writers for 2000AD as well as writing over a dozen novels. There is an introduction by James Lovegrove, New York Times Bestseller.

This is the first work I have reviewed by Daniel Whiston. Continue reading