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[Chew Volume 2: International Flavor] – (John Layman, Rob Guillory)
September 13, 2010, 6:15 am
Filed under: 9 stars, Chew, John Layman, Rob Guillory

“International Flavor” Collects CHEW #6-10 and continues on from the dramatic ending of the first volume with our hero Agent Chu on a remote exotic island (Inspired by LOST) looking for a fruit that tastes just like chicken.  This book is a good as the first one and expands upon the crazy characters and plots from “Tasters Choice” whilst introducing a whole new selection of social misfits.  There are hints of cannibalism, vampirism and just about any other ism you can think of in “International Flavor”. The story is compelling and funny just like the first book. Once I started reading I just had to keep on going right through to the end.

Rob Guillory continues to impress me with his artistic talents and I am really looking forward to seeing his art in the next issue.  This is the freshest series to hit comics since “the Goon” .  [ISBN-13: 978-1607062608]. 9/10



[Chew Volume 1: Taster’s Choice] – (John Layman, Rob Guillory)
September 12, 2010, 10:59 pm
Filed under: 9 stars, Chew, John Layman, Rob Guillory

“Tasters Choice” Collects CHEW issues #1-5.   CHEW is a really good comic book with a great story, witty dialog  and excellent cartoon style artwork.   CHEW is set in an alternative future where a supposed outbreak of bird flu wiped out thousands of people and now chicken and other birds are illegal.  Chicken is the new vice and there is a huge business selling the stuff on the black market.

The star of the book, Tony Chu,  is a detective working for the FDA who have taken over as the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet. Tony has a special talent. If he eats something he can see the foods complete history and he uses his talent on murder victims to find out who killed them. As if this was not bad enough, Tony is saddled with a boss that hates him so much that  he finds him the most disgusting, gruesome and bizarre corpses to munch on. The icing on the cake for CHEW is the fantastic array of socially deformed or just plain strange supporting  characters.

The main story line and subplots are very clever and this is one of those books that is almost impossible not to read through in one sitting. The whole story is gory but light hearted and amusing  and some bits are plain “laugh out loud” funny.  It’s printed on good quality paper and the art is a joy to behold, So often books that are hyped up as much as this one are a disappointment but this one truly deserves its plaudits. [ISBN-13: 978-1607061595]. 9/10



[Doctor Who Classics Omnibus Vol 1] – (Pat Mills, John Wagner, Dave Gibbons, Steve Moore, Grant Morrison, John Ridgeway, Steve Parkhouse)

This Doctor Who collected edition is set for the most part in the Tom Baker era and it is  written and illustrated by some very big names in British comics.  The writing is witty  and intelligent and the art is of a high standard throughout.  I believe these stories were originally published in B/W and they have been updated in Color for this edition.  Charlie Kirchoff has done a excellent job of coloring  and it looks like they were always supposed to be this way.

I particularly enjoyed the Pat Mills/John Wagner written episodes “City of The Dammed”  and “Dogs of Doom” both of which had a very 2000AD feel to them.  “Dragons Claw”  and “Dreamer of  Death” written by Steve Moore were also great stories. I felt that the one shot stories didn’t really have time to breathe and were not quite as good as the multi part arcs.  Each story followed a familiar formula where the doctor is pitted against seemingly insurmountable odds and by cunning, guile and jelly babies he always seems to save the day (well nearly always). All the stories had a very British Comics feel to them.

This Collected edition Contains:

  • “Doctor Who and the Iron Legion” written by Pat Mills and John Wagner with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “City Of The Dammed” written by Pat Mills and John Wagner with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “Timeslip”  with art and story by Paul Neary
  • “Doctor Who and the Time Beast” written by Pat Mills and John Wagner with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “Doctor Who and the Dogs of Doom” written by Pat Mills and John Wagner with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “Doctor Who and the Time Witch”  written by Steve Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “Dragons Claw” written by Steve Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “The Collector” written by Steve Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “Dreamer of Death”  written by Steve Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “Changes*” written by Grant Morrison with art by John Ridgeway.
  • “Culture Shock**” written by Grant Morrison with art by Bryan Hitch.
  • “The World Shapers” written by Grant Morrison with art by John Ridgeway.
  • “The Life Bringer” written by Steve Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “War of The Worlds”  written by Steve Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “Spider God” written by Steve Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “The Deal”  written by Steve Parkhouse with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “End of The Line”  written by Steve Parkhouse with art by Dave Gibbons.
  • “Free-Fall Warriors” written by Steve Parkhouse with art by Dave Gibbons.

* Colin Baker.
** Sylvester McCoy.

This is a great book for fans of classic era doctor who and British Sci-Fi comics in general. The book is a nice convenient size and is printed on good quality glossy paper stock. If you are a Tom Baker era Doctor Who fan you should enjoy this book. [ISBN-13: 978-1600106224] 7/10.



[The Best Of Battle] – (Various)

I never read “Battle” when I was a kid and read their rival “Warlord” instead. It looks like I  really missed out on some great stories and this book provides a taste of what I missed.  I enjoyed all the stories in this book and they capture the cream of British war comics admirably. The Black and white artwork is excellent throughout and even the B/W  printed versions of the color strips look good.  The only strip that I had read before was pat Mill’s excellent “Charley’s War”.

My only real criticism is that because they included so many different stories it meant that all you got was a short taster of each.  It was annoying for instance that theyonly included 3 out of 6 episodes of “Hold Hill 109”.  I hope they will produce some “Complete” versions in the future.

Included in this collection:

  • “D-Day Dawson” written by Gerry Finley Day and Ron Carpenter with art by Colin page.
  • “Day of The Eagle” written by Eric Hebden with art by Pat Wright.
  • “The Bootneck Boy” written by Gerry Finley Day and Ian MacDonald with art by Giralt.
  • “Rat Pack” written written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Carlos Ezquerra.
  • “Major Easy” written by Alan Hebden with art by Carlos Ezquerra.
  • “Fighter From the Sky” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Geoff Campion.
  • “Hold Hill 109″  written by Steve MacManus” with art by Jim Watson.
  • “Darkies Mob”  written by John Wagner with art by Mike Western.
  • “Panzer G-Man” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Geoff Campion.
  • “Johnny Red” written by Tom Tully with art by Joe Colquhoun.
  • “Joe Two Beans” written by John Wagner and art by Eric Bradbury.
  • “The Sarge” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Mike Western
  • “The Early Adventures of Hellman of Hammer Force”  written by Gerry Finley Day with art by Mike Western.
  • “Crazy Keller” written by Alan Hebden with art by Eric Bradbury.
  • The General Dies At Dawn” written by Gerry Finley Day with art by John Cooper.
  • “Charley’s war” written by Pat Mills with art by Joe Colquhoun.
  • “Fighting Mann” written by Alan Hebden with art by Cam Kennedy.
  • “Death Squad” written by Mark Andrew with art by Eric Bradbury.

This book is highly recommended as an introduction to the golden era of British war comics. [ISBN-13: 978-1848560253]. 9/10