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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Conan: The Frost-Giant's Daughter and other stories

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artists: Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates
Colours: Dave Stewart
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

What's it about?
Conan of Cimmeria is a barbarian, in the traditional sense of the term.  Fur covered, sword in hand, he sets out from his southern homeland to journey to the fabled lands of Hyperborea, to discover it's riches, wonders and women for himself.  On the way he gets caught up in a feud between the Aesir and the Vanir and his travels take an unexpected turn.

These stories are based on Robert E Howards original writings and follow the plots fairly closely.  It's your classic swords and sorcery adventure, filled with warriors, magic and mythological beings.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things

written and drawn by Ted Naifeh
Publisher: Oni Press

“No, I mean it. No adventure, no little schemes. I don’t want to come home and find you’ve sold your parents into faery servitude.”
- Uncle Aloysius

What’s It About?
Courtney Crumrin is the daughter of two desperate social climbers who have been living beyond their means for far too long. Having run our of credit cards, the Crumrins are moving to Hillsborough to live rent-free in the mansion of great-uncle Aloysius, who needs caring for.

It would be bad enough for Courtney living in a dark, creepy old house and being looked down on by all the rich kids at her new school but there are also strange creatures… “Night Things” her Uncle Aloysius calls them, and a whole world of magic for her to discover.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Superman: Red Son


Writer: Mark Millar
Penciller: Dave Johnson and Killian Plunkett
Inker: Andrew Robinson and Walden Wong
Colourist: Paul Mounts
Letters: Ken Lopez
Publisher: DC Comics

Apologies for the delay in posting.  It turns out that accurately predicting the future is not my forte.  That said, enjoy the review.

What's it about?
This is one of DC's Elseworld's titles.  The term Elseworlds refers to books where the characters are "taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places, some that have existed, and others that can't, couldn't or shouldn't exist".  In this story Superman's rocket from Krypton lands on a Ukrainian Collective farm in the Soviet Union, not a Kansas farm in America.  Subsequently he is brought up as a faithful Communist instead of the more familiar American icon.

His 'S' shield is substituted for a sickle, the Cold War takes a sharp new turn and America becomes the last bastion of capitalism.  Lois Lane never marries Superman and Lex Luthor becomes an American hero.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Queen & Country definitive edition volume 1

Written by Greg Rucka
Pencil art by Steve Rolston, Brian Hurrt, Leandro Fernandez
Inks by Steve Rolston, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Christine Norrie, Leandro Fernandez
Publisher: Oni Press

What’s It About?
Tara Chase is Minder Two, one of three Minder operatives employed by the British overseas intelligence service MI-6. Queen & Country is a procedural spy drama, exploring not only the operations of Tara and her fellow Minders abroad but also the politics of MI-6 at home.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Graphic Medicine: Medical Narrative in Graphic Novels

On 17th June 2010 the School of Advanced Study, in the Institute of English Studies, in the University of London (how's that for a mouthful?) will hold a one day inter-disciplinary conference aiming to explore the medical narrative in graphic novels and comics.

The website states that:

'many medical schools now encourage the reading of literature and the study of art to gain insights into the human condition.  The melding of text and visuals in graphic fiction and non fiction has lots to offer medical professionals, students and, indeed, patients.  Among the growing number of graphic novels, a sub genre exploring the patients and the carers experiences of illnesses and disability has emerged.'

Paul Gravett, Brian Fies and Marc Zaffron will be keynote speakers, delegate booking fees are £35 per person, or £25for speakers and concessions.  More information on the website.

Apologies for the delay in posts.  Real life has caught up with us but we hope to post some more reviews soon.