Judge Dredd Concludes His Run in the City of Courts

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A review of Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two: City of Courts issues #4 and #5.

Writer Douglas Wolk and artist Ulises Farinas finish up West Coast duty. Mega-City Two citizens have an anything goes attitude, but the “Dredd investigates baddie” procedural story is a bit prosaic. Farinas, however, never lets up serving a buffet of gleefully twisted artwork. Continue reading “Judge Dredd Concludes His Run in the City of Courts”

Rogue Trooper #4 Anti-Review

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IDW’s Rogue Trooper (2014-2014)

Why is this an anti-review? These are my thoughts about reading the fourth and final issue of Rogue Trooper. I have no memories of issues #2 and #3 and I barely remember #1. The decision to shutter the series apparently within a month of the first issue’s release. Here’s my limited perspective of how the issue goes with some mild spoilers. Continue reading “Rogue Trooper #4 Anti-Review”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics Previews: Ongoing #33, New Animated Adventures #10, Classic Animated Adventures Volume 7

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Going by cover date of the very first issue, it’s getting close to the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. See these previews of IDW’s upcoming April comics. Continue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics Previews: Ongoing #33, New Animated Adventures #10, Classic Animated Adventures Volume 7”

Star Mage #1 Review

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The blurb from IDW states that Star Mage is Harry Potter meets The Last Starfighter, or a blend of sci-fi and magic. Darien Connors was once your typical teen underdog who’s ridiculed by bullies and musters up enough courage to agree to a study date. His father was a NASA astronaut who was to be the first man to visit Mars. One night, as the bullies are hoisting Darien up a flagpole, Darien discovers he has mysterious powers. Continue reading “Star Mage #1 Review”

Judge Dredd: Mega City Two: City of Courts #3 Review Plus Complete Cam Kennedy Volume 2 Preview

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Previously, Dredd, on a mission from Mega-City One, tackles a local Stookie problem and he posed as a Cursed Earth survivor.

City of Courts #3, titled “Beach Blanket Justice,” continues the twisted travelogue. If you’ve enjoyed the past adventures of Dredd out on the West Coast, then you’ll like Dredd taking on a giant shrimp. Fish out of water plot, indeed. Dredd does some detective work, but a new mythical figure is discussed within the issue. Mega-City Two may be full of sunshine and lax Judges, but the vapid idiots trying to get their 15 minutes of fame makes me uneasy. Yes, LA is shallow. I get it. Continue reading “Judge Dredd: Mega City Two: City of Courts #3 Review Plus Complete Cam Kennedy Volume 2 Preview”

Batman 1966-67 Comic Strips Gave Bat-Mania Daily POW!

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Honestly, that headline may be weird. I find the Batman of 1966 alluring. The TV show is a clear example of camp, the guest stars are pretty high-caliber, and it’s a welcome break from the dark, brooding Dark Knight.

IDW and The Library of American Comics bring us this collection of Batman and Robin adventures. While DC’s Batman ’66 is fine, these strips give the authentic 1966 experience. Before the main event, there’s an essay detailing the origin of the strips with Julius Schwartz at the helm. Continue reading “Batman 1966-67 Comic Strips Gave Bat-Mania Daily POW!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics Previews: Ongoing #32 & Color Classics (Vol. 2) #5

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Hey, TMNT fans! How was YOUR week? IDW will publish two Ninja Turtles adventures on 12 March, one new and one possibly new-to-you! The 30th anniversary is coming in May, and I hope to bring you a bit more coverage of the Green Team. Continue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics Previews: Ongoing #32 & Color Classics (Vol. 2) #5”

Rogue Trooper IDW #1 Review

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In the few years I’ve acquainted myself with the 2000 AD pantheon, Rogue Trooper is my least read feature. There hasn’t been a Rogue Trooper story in the pages of 2000 AD since a “What If” tale in 2012. The character hasn’t been forgotten, though. Matthew Sprange of Mongoose Publishing ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for a Rogue Trooper miniatures game last year.

Rogue Trooper is one of several Genetic Infantrymen, the ultimate fighting force created to turn the tide for the Southers in the war against the Norts. GIs are gifted with several advantages over humans including the ability to freely move about in the toxic atmosphere of Nu-Earth. However, an incident in the Quartz Zone left Rogue the only survivor. Rogue’s only company are his fallen comrades-turned-chips, Gunnar, Helm, and Bagman. Take a wild guess at where they’re implanted.

From what little I’ve seen of Rogue Trooper, it’s awesome. BBC posted the first Rogue Trooper story from 1981, written by Gerry Finley-Day and drawn by Dave Gibbons. It’s an efficient seven pages getting over the premise of Rogue Trooper and his struggle thanks to Finley-Day’s plotting. Gibbons illustrates some memorable images without going completely over the top. How does Brian Ruckley and Alberto Ponticelli’s version compare? Continue reading “Rogue Trooper IDW #1 Review”