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Double Review: Foiled by Jane Yolen & Mike Cavallaro / Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor

Two graphic books from the First Second (:01): Foiled, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mike Cavallaro parries with plenty of well-known themes, including role-playing games, but for younger readers they are fresh and the execution is clever enough to capture the more jaded as well: a real winner. Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor supplements classics such as D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths well.


The Ambiguity of Excellence: Kazu Kabushi’s Daisy Kutter

I liked it. Yes. How could I not? I love Kibuishi’s art, I love Daisy — she’s beautiful and spunky and wry. I love steampunk and these are some nice robots. In terms of timeline, it’s more future-set Cowboy Bebop than steampunk-retro Wild Wild West(1999), but tonewise it is very near classic westerns–only with robots.


Transformers 1: I’m with Stupid

I am stupid for Transformers.

I am not talking normal stupid here, I am talking Bush/Palin lovechild stupid. Since about the age of 4 I have been a Transformers nut. Which is normal up to a point, the point obviously being at about 10-11 years old when you stop being a Transformers nut…


Snapshots: These Comic Reviews Will Self-Destruct

This week’s Snapshots will, review by review, reduce into nothingness like that alien code in Independence Day. However rather than heralding impending space ray doom (unless you are a golden retriever) this will in fact just save me a bit of time. Or will it?


Snapshots: Cable 18, Strange Tales 1, Buffy The Vampire Slayer 28, Deadpool 15, Marvel Zombies Return 1, The Boys 34

Every week (more or less) our devastatingly handsome comic reviewer Paul Duggan gives us the lowdown on comics that have inspired, amused, bored or downright annoyed him. He will do anything for comics, but he won’t do that.


Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #2

Due largely to his caustic nature, Deadpool struck a chord with fans and over the years has shuffled sideways from villain to confused anti-hero. He is often used by writers to satirise other superhero titles and frequently breaks through the third wall.


Transformers Comics: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

There are good Transformers comics, well worth a used search on Amazon. As J. Caleb observes, there are also some truly godawful ones. Here’s a list of which ones are worth reading, which ones to avoid, and which ones are so damn bad that you have to read them.


Comics Review: Witchblade Annual

The first story– “If Looks Could Kill”– feels like one of those episodes. A little tawdry and a little obligatory. When we open with a splash page featuring a sexy lady in naughty underwear holding a bloody cleaver, we can be pretty sure what’s coming. And it does play by those numbers.


The Comic Irregulars — Creators of Darths & Droids

Darths and Droids is written and cobbled together by the Comic Irregulars, a team of eight working on their lunch break to give us a comic. We thought it would be fun to sit at the cool kids table for a while and talk DnD, Star Wars, and how it feels to have a fan base.

Which Star Wars movie is your favorite? If it’s different, which movie are you most excited to get to with Darths and Droids?


I always have trouble with “favourite” questions, because I usually like different aspects of different things and can’t decide on an overall winner. My least favourite, however, is Attack of the Clones. For Darths & Droids, I’m most excited about Episode III, although we have cool stuff planned for all the future movies.

David Karlov

As scary as it sounds, the poring over episodes I and II necessary to make Darths & Droids has actually given me a real appreciation of them. We have exciting ideas for what to do with all of the movies, but of course we can’t reveal our future ideas without spoiling them. The idea I’m most excited about so far is something in Episode V, which we’ll probably get up to some time in 2012.


Webcomic Review: Darths and Droids

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a pair of Jedi knights are sent to negotiate a trade agreement. In the course of their investigations orbiting a small planet called Naboo (probably not landing there), they’ll discover the Lost Orb of Phantascoria, and will have to decide whether to allow the Galactic Empire to continue using it as a power source, or return it to the Gungans, its original owners.

Wait, what?

Welcome to Darths and Droids, a webcomic by the creators of Irregular Webcomic and following in the footsteps of DM of the Rings. In their own words, “the essential conceit of this comic is that Star Wars as we know it does not exist. The whole thing is the invented campaign of the GameMaster, and the players don’t know anything about the story or the setting in which it happens, until it arises in the course of the game.” In other words, the course of the Star Wars saga, played out as some group’s DnD Game, complete with manic fighting, in-group jokes, and inventive new ways to piss off the GM.