The Phoenix Weekender – Issue 235

Published On July 9, 2016 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Comics For Children, Reviews, The Phoenix Weekender

The only kids comic you’ll find powered by Unicorn Poo!!!


Oh yes, it’s more of Laura Ellen Anderson’s Evil Emperor Penguin, featuring Colin, Keith the Unicorn’s nephew. Or as cute Minion Eugene says…


EEP isn’t quite so impressed…

“Number 8, please escort the Christmas decoration out. I have important evil things to focus on.”

Oh, EEP really is such darned fun!


More comedy fun comes with Jamie Smart’s Bunny Vs Monkey, featuring the terrifying ANT-A-SAURUS! Or Mut-Ant, or Anthony. Or maybe Trevor. No-one can seem to decide. But hey, Monster Ray and Monkey. It’s chaos, but it’s so funny…

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There’s another Tales From HQ by the Phoenix team…


More extreme silliness and surreality from Jess Bradley’s Squid Bits;


I hinted about it last week, but this episode of Neill Cameron and Kate Brown’s Tamsin And The Dark finds Tamsin come face to face with “The Dark”, and it’s a shocker, although the little visual clues have been there all along. Oh, it’s a great strip, beautifully drawn by Brown, perfect pace, thrilling and scary.


And finally, ending the issue, it’s John Blake: The Mystery Of The Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman and Fred Fordham, where the mystery over the The Mary Alice and John Blake is slowly being revealed. This episode there’s a trip back in time to look at the Einstein-Carmichael Expedition, which included a scientist called Blake and his son John.

It’s going to be a great read when collected, it’s pretty damn good right now. Fordham’s art is a treat and perfectly suits the style and the pace of the thing. But yes, still embargoed!



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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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