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COMIC REVIEW: Fearless Issue 1

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. An anthology of stories about Marvel’s female characters, staffed by Marvel’s female creators is …

COMIC REVIEW: Fearless Issue 1

Counting to X: Days of Future Past

Matthew Vaughan’s original plan was that First Class would be the opening act in a three movie trilogy that would culminate in Days of Future Past. A legendary story that tied a possible dystopian future to the present, it’s regarded as one of the X-Men classics and for very good reason. it would have been …

Counting to X: Days of Future Past

Counting to X: X-Men: The Last Stand

X-Men: The Last Stand is not good. At all. It mashes together the Dark Phoenix Saga and the more recent mutant cure story line, both of which would absolutely be enough to fill a movie on their own and serves neither of them well. It adds profoundly nonsensical twists. It sets up Jean as the …

Counting to X: X-Men: The Last Stand

Counting to X: X-2

If X-Men is the dress rehearsal, X-2 is the command performance. Every single issue the first one has is addressed, every problem solved. it remains one of the best examples of modern western superhero cinema and even now it stands as a mark that the franchise has arguably reached again but certainly never surpassed (Logan …

Counting to X: X-2

Counting to X: X-Men

And so, here we are at the end game again. This week, Dark Phoenix will bring the era of 20th Century Fox X-Men movies to an end. They’re a weird, fractious, wildly variable collection of films but as we reach the end it’s worth returning too the beginning to see how far they’ve come and …

Counting to X: X-Men

Captain on the Page

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid on 8th March 2019. If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Kelly Thompson is one of the writers on my ‘instantly …

Captain on the Page

Wednesday Comics for 19th September 2018

Last week’s physical comics were a Marvel full house. Three books, all completely different, all very good. Here they are. Immortal Hulk 6, called ‘Action/Reaction’ continues to build the world of the book out in a throughly enjoyable way. The transition from the one off rural horrors of the early issues looked like it might …

Wednesday Comics for 19th September 2018

REVIEW: Iceman Issue 1

It’s a weird time in western comics. We’re into the triumphant third year, at least, of ‘the superhero movie bubble is about to burst!’ And the far right harassment campaigns that have wandered between pop culture media for years looking to start fights have decided that comics is their next hill to die on. Then …

REVIEW: Iceman Issue 1

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