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The Ether #1, Matt Garvey, Dizevez I’ve been hearing good things about Matt Garvey and Dizevez’s The Ether from colleagues in some other FP stores who had managed to get some copies in directly from Matt, so when some arrived in the branch where I’m based I was understandably curious to see what the fuss...

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Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #113

May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Time once more for the regular weekly round-up of all (well, some) of what’s going on in comics this week…....

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I’m delighted to welcome back to the blog Gareth Brookes for his second time on our Director’s Commentary (a series of irregular guest posts where we step back and let the creators talk about their new work in their own words). Actually I suppose this is really his second and a half time as he...

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Destroyer #1, Victor LaValle, Dietrich Smith, Boom! Studios Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of those rare books which has become immortal – read and re-read by generation after generation for almost two hundred years now, frequently re-invented in new media forms that didn’t even exist when she sat spinning her tale to the sounds of...

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Reviews: David Gemmell’s Rhyming Rings

May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rhyming Rings, David Gemmell, Gollancz I haven’t read much of Gemmell’s body of work, despite being a huge fantasy reader. Something about his books put me off at an early age, though now I am pressed to think of what it was I couldn’t say, and they always seemed to get pushed to one side....

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Reviews: John Boyega in Woyzeck

May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Woyzeck Old Vic, runs from 15th May to 24th June 2017 Spoilers. This is a raw, edgy tragedy; hauntingly beautiful and viscerally portrayed with adept brilliance. The performances had the audience roaring in laughter with its dark, rough, and lovingly interpersonal humour and frozen in utter silence during intense moments of sadness, existentialism, and violence....

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Directed by Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg, Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario The fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise reunites old and new cast members as we take to the seas once again. In some part of the world this...

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Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #112

May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Yes, it’s that time of week again, so here are some news stories and links we spotted over the last few days, handily rounded up for your perusal: Sad news this week – 2000 AD reported that we lost artist Edmund Bagwell, best known for his work on Cradlegrave, Dredd, The Ten-Seconders, and Indigo Prime....

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Luke Cage #1, David F Walker, Nelson Blake II, Marcio Menyz, Marvel (cover artwork by Rahzzah) Among this week’s new crop of releases was the first of a new Luke Cage series, by David F Walker and Nelson Blake II. Cage is one of those characters I’ve known about for years, but only read a...

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Rig, Jon Wallace, Gollancz Back in 2014 I was offered an advance copy of a novel by a writer I knew only from short stories in the likes of Interzone (still a great place for short SF). The publisher was excited and comparing Jon Wallace’s Barricade to Richard Morgan’s powerhouse debut novel Altered Carbon. Which...

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