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.

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Batman issue 44 – Snyder, Azzarello, Jock, Loughridge (spoilers)

batman 44Batman Issue 44
Published by DC

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Script: Scott Snyder & Brian Azzarello
Art: Jock
Colours: Lee Loughbridge
Letters: Deron Bennett

Cover: Jock

Genre: Superhero

This issue has garnered quite a bit of interest in the media due to the social comment included in the story. The shooting of a unarmed 15-year old black boy by the police. A innocent with no connection to gang activities, a young man only trying to save the family business.

Comics can make very relevant comments. British Anthology 2000AD has a long history of political commentary. It isn’t something I’d expect from DC. So while I haven’t read much Batman in the past decade I decided to give this issue a go.

There are spoilers below but out of sequence and I don’t reveal the ending, just give some details.

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Death Sentence: London issue 4 by Montynero and Martin Simmonds

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Issue 4
A creator owned project
Created by Montynero and Mike Dowling

Published by Titan Comics
9th September 2015

Writer: Montynero
Art: Martin Simmonds
Letters: Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt & Albert Deschesne

Cover: Montynero

I’m behind reviewing this series. I’ll be honest I’m behind quite a bit on reviewing…

Death Sentence was a smash hit when the first mini series came out in 2013, the 1st issue debuted on 9th October (my 46th birthday). My blog was still pretty new then really, just in to the second year. In fact my first Comic review was in December 2012. So from that respect my blog wasn’t even a year old.

Montynero had really caught my interest well before publication and I pre-ordered issue 1. It was one of the two comics I’d ever pre-ordered at a Local Comic Store (LCS), the other was Department of Monsterology. I’d ‘reserved’ comics at Newsagents before, but only mainstream UK comics like 2000AD. You don’t get Death Sentence in any Newsagent in Rawdon… 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.

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Death Sentence: London issue 1 by Montynero and Martin Simmonds

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Issue 1
A creator owned project
Created by Montynero and Mike Dowling

Published by Titan Comics
10th June 2015

Writer: Montynero
Art: Martin Simmonds
Letters: Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt & Albert Deschesne

Cover: Montynero

I covered the release of the original miniseries that was released on 9th October 2013. That series was 6 issues long and has been collected in one volume as well as translated in to French.

The story followed three characters who had separately contracted a terminal STD called G-Plus. Verity, Weasel and Monty were all facing certain death in six months. They’re reactions were very different and came to a head when Monty named himself King of England.

This ongoing series follows straight on from the miniseries. There is a ‘Previously in Death Sentence…’ article on the inside front cover and the page facing it. Continue reading

Interview with Martin Simmonds – Artist on Death Sentence: London

AllcoverssmDeath Sentence was a smash hit in 2013/14 and I wrote about the mini series quite a bit. Created by Montynero and Mike Dowling it told of three people who had contracted the deadly STD G+ Virus. They had six months to live – however the side effects included a boost to their creative skills and super powers…

Having garnered early support from Mark Millar and then released internationally by Titan this book really caught my imagination. Montynero has been published in 2000AD and written a couple of things for a company called Marvel. Mike Dowling is quite simply rushed off his feet since…

But this is an interview with Martin Simmonds. I first came across his name when Monty announced that due to how busy Mike was he had brought Martin in to work on volume 2, at that point simply entitled Death Sentence.

Martin has been involved with a number of online and small press projects over the years including; Eponymous, Dead Roots and Disconnected along with a few covers on other titles. So this is his first big project with a wide distribution.

You can keep an eye on what Martin is up to by following him on Twitter, a website is on the way.

I’ve seen a few pages from the forthcoming Death Sentence: London that launches in June (details regarding pre-orders are in an earlier article) and I’m really excited about this new era in the lives of the characters I met in the mini series. There are three preview images at the end of the interview.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Issue 1 – spoiler light

Issue 1

Published by Marvel
31st December 2015

Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Carlos Pacheco
Inks: Mariano Taibo with Jason Paz
ColoursDono Almara
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

Genre – Superhero

Based on characters from the TV show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This first issue has to make it clear what universe the comic is set in, the TV/Film universe or one of the comic universes. That is essential so that everyone knows where they stand. How to tackle this in a clear cut manner while delivering a readable story is the crux.

You’d expect marvel to be able to carry this off, especially with the experienced Mark Waid at the helm. Continue reading