One Mad Dog


[52, Vol 2] – (Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, Keith Giffen)
July 27, 2011, 11:36 pm
Filed under: 52, 6 Stars, Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Keith Giffen, Mark Waid

When I first started reading volume 1 of DC’s “52” I was in a state of confusion. All the characters and names thrown at me were bewildering.  The more I read the more things started to fall into place and the more I began to enjoy the book. By the end of the first volume I couldn’t wait to start book 2. The strange thing is that in volume 2 I am just as bewildered by the characters and and I still find the stories and subplots a bit confusing.  I have to disclose that I do not read superhero books as a rule so I doubt that I am the target audience for book like this.

Just like Volume 1 the special bonus material after each chapter featuring creator comments and breakdown sketches was the highlight of the book for me. These sections really helped me to make some sense of what was going on.

The artwork is pretty good and consistent throughout which is a surprise considering the number of different artists. The art breakdowns of Keith Geffen seem to be the reason behind this consistency. The coloring makes the stories really standout and it fits the over the top superhero universe perfectly.

Artists (pencils):

  • Week 14 : Dale Eaglesham
  • Week 15 : Shawn Moll
  • Week 16 : Joe Bennet
  • Week 17 : Chris Batista
  • Week 18 : Eddy Barrows
  • Week 19 : Patrick Olliffe
  • Week 20 : Chris Batista
  • Week 21 : Joe Bennet
  • Week 22 : Eddy Barrows
  • Week 23 : Drew Jonson
  • Week 24 : Phil Jimenez
  • Week 25 : Joe Bennet, Dale Eaglesham, Phil Jimenez, Patrick Olliffe
  • Week 26 :  Patrick Olliffe

It is hard to recommend this book to non DC universe fans as the widely dispersed story requires some prior knowledge of the bewildering multitude of characters thrown at the reader. I must say that I still found it to be an enjoyable read despite not knowing what was going on for most of the book and having little empathy for the characters. ISBN-13: 978-1401213640. 6/10.

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[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 Filth] – (Grant Morrison,Chris Weston,Gary Erskine)
April 22, 2010, 3:36 pm
Filed under: 7 stars, Chris Weston, Gary Erskine, Grant Morrison
I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the concept and very impressed by the art. This is definitely a Bizarre book that I struggled to follow. Some of the story arcs are fairly straightforward but generally speaking it is so surreal and at times confusing that it can be hard going. On the other hand the artwork is fantastic and there are glimmers of genius in some of the story. It certainly makes you think and probably needs a few reads to sink in. It contains some pretty adult themes, concepts and strong language. [ISBN-13: 978-1840237399]. 7/10.


[52, Vol. 1] – (Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, Keith Giffen, J.G. Jones)
April 1, 2010, 3:55 am
Filed under: 52, 7 stars, Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Keith Giffen, Mark Waid
When I first started reading this book I was in a state of confusion. All the characters and names thrown at me were bewildering. I suppose long time fans of DC could make sense of what was going on . I was seriously wondering if I had made a huge mistake buying all four books at once. The more I read the more things started to fall into place and the more I began to enjoy the book. By the end I couldn’t wait to start book 2. The artwork is very good in typical superhero fashion. I also found the discussion sections between each week to be a much better than average read. Summary: A hard book for non DC fans at first but ending up a very enjoyable read. Great artwork and paper. [ISBN-13: 978-1401213534]. 7/10.