Graveyard Orbit issue 1 – spoiler light

GOrbit1small_0814Graveyard Orbit
Issue 1

Published by London Horror Comic Ltd
Publishing as Gaveyard Orbit

Writer: John-Paul Kamath
Artist: Lee Ferguson
Colours: Hi-Fi Design
Letterer: Matty Ryan

Genre – Superheroes. Comedy

Thought Bubble, Leeds. It is a very busy Comic Con… I was frazzled trying to see folk I wanted to see and in a moment of rest a gent at a table engaged me in conversation. Iy was John-Paul Kamath.

I had never heard of him or his publication but his quick market pitch, asking me to read 5 pages of this book, was engaging and very unassuming. For me ut was a good pitch.

I was frazzled so I must admit I didn’t take in those first five pages as well as he had hoped. But I knew I was frazzled and I took the bait. Continue reading

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Zenith Phase 1 – hardback October 2014

zenith_phase_1Published by 2000AD
October 2014

Hardback 112 Pages £20.00
Black and White, some colour

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Steve Yeowell
Letterer: Mark King

Phase 1
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 535-550
Interludes Whitlock/Peyne
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 558-559

Also included in this book are original design sketches by artist Brendan McCarthy who created the look and style for the characters in this story.

Zenith was a little controversial when it debuted in the pages of 2000AD in August 1987. 2000Ad had no superheroes, though the non-comic reading public often misrepresent their characters such as Judge Dredd as ‘Superheroes’. Many readers were opposed to a superhero story being in 2000AD. Nevertheless Zenith went on to run for four books, or ‘Phases’.

There was a complete collection published in December 2013 in a limited run of 1,000 copies which retailed at £100.00 and was available only from 2000AD’s Future Shop. Phases 1 to 4 will now see publication as four hardback volumes with Phase 2 due out December 2014 and the second two Phases due out in ‘early’ 2015. 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

POW! Comic and Film action at Royal Armouries, Leeds 12th to 14th August 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARoyal Armouries Leeds, Thursday 12th August 2014 – just a selection of the comic and film characters that were present.

A fun event for the family at Royal Armouries.Entertainment may vary each day depending on who is available and what gear they have to hand – rumour has it the Batmobile will be there on Wednesday & Thursday (13th & 14th).

Part of the fun for kids is obviously the rushing around getting photographed with the favourite hero or villain. However there was also the thrills of watching Batman take on Deadpool in one-to-one combat. Continue reading

The Royals: Masters of War by Rob Williams – issue 6 (spoilers)

The Royals 6The Royals: Masters of War
a six issue mini-series

Published by Vertigo July 2014

Writer: Rob Williams
Pencils: Simon Coleby
Inks: Gary Erskine
Colorist: JD Mettler
Letters: Wes Abbott

Cover: Coleby & Mettler

This is the final issue of the series.

The Royal families around the world rose to power because they alone possessed super powers. After living thousands of years and fighting in many wars Jimmu, Emperor of Japan, agreed with the lesser Royals that no Royal would become involved again in the wars of lesser beings.

WWII Britain and Prince Henry, the second son of the King of England could no longer stand aside and see the common people of Britain face the wrath of Germany alone. Continue reading

The Royals: Masters of War by Rob Williams – issue 5 (spoilers)

TRoyals 5he Royals: Masters of War
a six issue mini-series

Published by Vertigo June 2014

Writer: Rob Williams
Pencils: Simon Coleby
Inks: Gary Erskine
Colorist: JD Mettler
Letters: Wes Abbott

Cover: Coleby & Mettler

I’m pretty late with this review, Issue 6 is due out on Wednesday the 9th of July… I will endeavour to review that by the 10th.

The story picks up in advance of the D-Day landings. Britain is under constant bombardment and the King is feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders. Prince Arthur is constantly out drinking and womanising. Princess Rose has lost her mind, after all Prince Oscar of Hanover has taken up residence. Leaving Prince Henry. the only British Royal still active in the war against Hitler, consumed with guilt.

This, if you were unaware, is an alternative timeline where the Royals of the world rose to rule their lands as they alone had superpowers. Sworn to keep out of the wars their subjects wage against each other one by one they are breaking that treaty. Continue reading

MPH number one by Millar, Fegredo and Doherty – spoilers

MPH 1 GMPH 1
Published by Image
21/05/14

Writer:
Mark Millar

Artist:
Duncan Fegredo

Colours & Letters:
Peter Doherty

Created by Mark Millar & Duncan Fegredo

This is part of Mark Millar’s expanding superhero setting.

Mark Millar may be familiar to you for such things as Kick-Ass, Justice League or Fantastic Four. I remember him from his work in 2000AD, on Judge Dredd or Robo Hunter, all sorts of things.

Duncan Fegredo you might know from things like Hellboy or Books of Magic. I remember him from New Statesman in 2000AD’s sister comic Crisis.

Peter Doherty you might have seen in Batman & Superman: Worlds Finest. I remember him from Judge Dredd, Judge Death, Rat Fink and other such 2000AD goodies. I also had the pleasure of running a panel at Lawgiver with Peter as one of the panelists.

So with all that remembering I guess I had to buy this comic. There are a few spoilers below. Continue reading