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Monday, 10 March 2014
Writers Pat Mills and Tony Skinner
Artists Duke Mighten, Howard Chaykin, John Erasmus, Martin Emond
Black & white and Colour
On Sale: March 11, 2014
As sexy as James Bond, as lethal and discrete as an air bubble to the heart, Mike Fallon is a genius at the art of making assassination look like an unfortunate accident.
The Complete Accident Man collects, for the first time ever, four tales of sex, revenge and violence, written by legendary comics author Pat Mills together with Tony Skinner and artwork by an outstanding selection of international stars!
From the writer of legendary titles Charley's War, Marshal Law, Nemesis the Warlock and many more, with artwork by a murderer's row of talent, and a cover by the indomitable Howard Chaykin!
Anyone remember Rod Taylor as Boysie Oakesin the movie The Eliminator, based on the Liquidator books (7 of them) by John Gardner in the 1960s? Well, Boysie Oakes was a coward and how he "liquidated" targets was quite funny. However, with "The Accident Man", there is no question of cowardice. But there are some well orchestrated killings!
In fact, when this series was first published in Toxic! comic I was not too keen. What changed my opinion was the absolutely luscious full colour art of John Erasmus when he took over. I still say his was the best run on the strip. Now you can see those pages lovingly reproduced in a great quality book.
You know, looking at the internet you would think that only one person was involved in this comic -Pat Mills. I doubt Pat Mills will object to all the attention. Now, despite some hit-and-miss artwork in places, and the Chaykin cover (I much prefer the back cover art) there are some nice touches such as how the strip got started and even sketchbook pages.
I really cannot recommend this enough and despite what I just wrote, that front cover is eye-catching.
Treat a friend!
BUY a copy.
At least the creators got paid properly this time.
Sunday, 9 March 2014
The Complete Phantom Detective
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Murdering Ghouls. Satanic Masses. Demonic Possession. Werewolves. Poltergeists. Vampires.
To many of the uninitiated these are just “things that go bump in the night” -TV or film fantasy.
In the Victorian era The Phantom Detective used his decades of occult study to help those in danger from these “things” and ultimately he paid the ultimate price…. ….
...yet he continues to help and to observe as best he can for now he is a true...
Tales Of Terror 4
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The Annual Tales of Terror is here!
Golden Age fun with Dene Vernon! Krakos The Egyptian! Gus The Ghost -say what?? Madame Foretell. Kotar & Sabuta! Tarot! Lady Silvana!
So much terrifying fun that this book ought to carry a health warning instead of dripping blood!*
*Public Health officials please note: there is no actual dripping human blood. 'kay?
Writer Kieron Gillen art by Caanan White
1 April, 2014
Über, is a collection of issues #0–5 from the best new horror series of last year from Avatar. This graphic novel re-imagines the super-soldier in a stark new bloody vision…
April 24, 1945, the world holds its breath as the war is only days away from ending. Russian troops move through Germany to the final objective…Hitler himself. As those around the mad dictator crumble, the much ridiculed threats of the “Wunderwafen” materialize. A new weapon is delivered, one with unstoppable power – a weapon like no other and with a madman pulling the trigger. The Ubers change the direction of World War II providing a dark and uncompromising alternative history in a way that you’ve never seen.
Well, how much longer can comic creators (or anyone for that matter) churn out more Nazi crap?
I have to say that I sat down expecting a good read but this left me totally cold. I had forgotten how Avatar like to hide so-so books behind gory violence. "Hey -look: his head exploded all over the place in a really childishly imagined 'how a guy's head explodes' way!" By the time I was half-way through I'd lost interest. However, I had to continue. When I finished reading the book I just "huffed". That was the reaction it had on me.
"...re-imagines the super-soldier in a stark new bloody vision..." pftt.
As for the artwork. Can I point out to who-ever is in charge of editing that if you do a colour book featuring Soviet era soldiers then you need to remember that those BIG stars on their helmets are red and not white. Seriously -it's like drawing Swastikas and colouring them in yellow. Rape, killing.....all par for the course in today's comics (where rape seems to be entertainment) but I just did not like the art style. I try never to be too hard on the artist as the colourist is to blame for the white star and the artist is drawing to the best of his/her ability.
This was the best new horror (horror?) series of 2013? I hope it improves.
But when it comes down to it my opinion as a reviewer does not count greatly. It's the people buying comics who put the money in those store tills. And I know that there ARE a lot of comic fans who just love this type of thing. So, if you see it in a store check it out and see what you think.