Category Archive: Comic Reviews

Jan 24 2015

Local Focus: Melbourne Comics Quarterly #1

The cream of the Melbourne comics crop is on display in a new anthology launching just in time for Australia Day. The Melbourne comics scene is soaring at the moment, so much so that it was the subject of last year’s fine documentary Graphic Novels! Melbourne from filmmakers Daniel Hayward and Bernard Caleo. As the …

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Oct 26 2014

Review: The Multiversity – The Just #1

It’s further down the rabbit hole as Grant Morrison’s meta dissection continues to reflect back on itself and examine the idea of the ‘superhero’.  (Warning: review contains plot elements that may be considered minor spoilers) “What’s your take on the whole comic books mmm-might be art thing?” It’s a question that Alexis Luthor, the genius daughter of Lex, asks …

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Oct 10 2014

Review: Blacksad – Amarillo

It’s less black, and certainly nowhere near as sad, but Blacksad: Amarillo is a joyous return to one of the best examples of graphic storytelling in the world. From the eye-catching opening panel of the fifth Blacksad story, partially recalling the iconic shots of Billy Wilder’s 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, it’s clear that the award-winning series has …

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Oct 09 2014

Graphic Bits Review: Batgirl #35, Batman #35 and Klarion #1

Don’t have time for long reviews of comics? Then check out Graphic Bits: bite sized chunks of comic book goodness designed to get behind the panels and into your hearts. The DC universe starts all new arcs this week (8 October 2014), with Batgirl flying off in a new direction, Batman back from his self-reflective Zero …

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Oct 08 2014

Review: Pirouette #1

A classic piece of psychological horror that uses the circus setting as both a source of great wonderment and terror. “Make ’em laugh, and you’ve got ’em in the palm of your hand,” muses the titular character in the opening pages of the gripping new Pirouette, a comic that recognises the inherent sadness and fear that …

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Oct 02 2014

Graphic Bits Reviews: Gotham Academy #1, Lobo #1 and Green Arrow #35

Don’t have time for long reviews of comics? Then check out Graphic Bits: bite sized chunks of comic book goodness designed to get behind the panels and into your hearts. Longer versions of all three of Richard’s reviews can be found at Newsarama this week – because he’s so fancy. Gotham Academy #1 DC Comics, Becky Cloonan, …

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Sep 23 2014

Review: A Voice in the Dark – Get Your Gun #1

A Voice in the Dark gets a literal injection of colour, but retains its dark sense of humour and clever storytelling in this follow-up series that proves talkback radio can be murder. Despite being one of the best reviewed new books of the last year, writer and artist Larime Taylor is the first to say …

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Sep 18 2014

Review: The Multiversity – The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1

The first of a series of standalone books set on alternate Earths gives us a flavour of what to expect over the course of Grant Morrison’s The Multiversity. (Warning: review contains plot elements that may be considered spoilers) With The Multiversity, writer Grant Morrison managed to introduce a fictional narrative around the notion that all stories …

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Aug 21 2014

Review: The Multiversity #1

Grant Morrison’s long-awaited meta dissection of comics leaves no panel behind, uniquely involving the reader directly in the narrative.  (Warning: review contains plot elements that may be considered spoilers) In the writing of this review, another layer is added to the multiverse that Grant Morrison has been working on for the better part of the …

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Jul 23 2014

Review: Seconds

Have you ever wanted to go back and change something? Bryan Lee O’Malley’s first graphic novel since Scott Pilgrim is moving, beautiful, gorgeously illustrated and will completely envelop you. The massive pop-culture explosion of Scott Pilgrim put Canadian writer and artist Bryan Lee O’Malley on that map people seem to arrive on when they have some degree of success. …

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Jul 20 2014

Graphic Bits Reviews: Teen Titans #1 and Black Market #1

Don’t have time for long reviews of comics? Then check out Graphic Bits: bite sized chunks of comic book goodness designed to get behind the panels and into your hearts. What a massive week (16 July 2014) for debuts! DC Comics kicks things off with a new Teen Titans #1 and the return of a sidekick …

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