Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Review

War of the Bounty Hunters was the big tie-in event of 2021 Star Wars comics and crossed over into all of their non-High Republic series, namely the main Star Wars comic, Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra and Bounty Hunters, plus it had its own five issue event series to top it off. This is a general look at the whole event, and I have to say that overall while it had its moments there were a hell of a lot of issues for what really was just one scene. Was it a good scene at least? Let’s find out!

Continue reading

The Walking Dead – Vol. 7 & 8: “The Calm Before” and “Made to Suffer” Review

(Note: This was written a few months ago so it’s still in the old review format. Oh well, at least all of Omnibus 1 will match!) Never before has a title rang quite as true as Volume 7 “The Calm Before” because, yeah… Volume 8 is a hell of a thing, that’s for sure. It’s no wonder the comic fans at the time were so upset with how the finale of the Prison story arc was handled at the end of Season 3, and even when they tried to recoup it in 4. It’s nothing like the shocking sudden onslaught that happens here… So let’s take a look!

Continue reading

The Walking Dead – Vol. 5 & 6: “The Best Defence” and “This Sorrowful Life” Review

(Anime on a Monday and a comic review on Friday?! Stupid review embargo!) My first look through the Walking Dead comics has brought me to the Governor and his Woodbury settlement, something that was a bit of a mess in the TV show and it turns out is a mess in the comics as well, just in a very different and far more literal way! Let’s take a look, then, but not too long of a look because yikes, some panels in these pages were quite the sight…

Continue reading

The Walking Dead – Vol. 3 & 4: “Safety Behind Bars” and “The Heart’s Desire” Review

The next two volumes of The Walking Dead comic see the group set up in the Prison but things go quite differently than it did in the later TV adaptation as they really push the idea of the human survivors butting heads in a new world without law and what that means. It’s really good stuff and tonally very different from what I know as the show. It’s starting to seem like the people praising the comics may have been on to something…

Continue reading

The Walking Dead – Vol.1 & 2: “Days Gone Bye” and “Miles Behind Us” Review

So for many years I’ve been seeing people say or being directly told that the original comic version of The Walking Dead is far better than the TV series, and frankly in recent years I have been wondering “what was this story like with Rick still in it?” so I’ve taken the plunge and brought the first compendium, though I’ll be reviewing them in batches of two volumes rather than all eight that made up the mammoth book at once… that would take some time to review! So let’s look at the original comic version of events, both the opening story and the Hershel farm part as well (they really stretched that one in the TV series didn’t they?)

Continue reading

Star Wars: The High Republic – There is No Fear / Heart of the Drengir Review

After enjoying the two High Republic books so much and with a subscription to Marvel Unlimited I’ve been reading each issue as they’ve appeared on the digital service. The first two story arcs make up the first eight issues and form a very satisfying whole that fills in a gap in between the first two books as well as showing us what some of the more higher profile Jedi from Book 1 were doing during Book 2. So… let’s take a look!

Continue reading

Street Fighter V – Volumes 1 and 2 Review

I really wanted to finish off my look at the UDON Street Fighter comics before the end of the year and I’ve now done it, just. Sadly these last two volumes are all over the place: full to the brim with one-off stories that either tie up a bit of continuity, hint at but not actually adapt the Street Fighter V game storyline or just exist to try and make you laugh. It’s basically a short story collection, which would be fine if it had a subtitle other that “Street Fighter V” on it, as that implies something a bit more substantial. Oh well, let’s take a last look at some Street Fighter UDON comics! (Well, for now. They haven’t lost the license or anything, these are just the one I got in that Humble Bundle ages ago…)

Continue reading

Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers Review

So after a few issues of build up we get the “big crossover”, which given the frequency the two franchises have crossed over already in games makes this feel less special, but there you go. How does the comic fair? Well it falls into the most basic crossover cliché of “people from different worlds suddenly arrive in a weird place and learn to work together to face the big threat behind it”. Does it at least pull it off well and mix some lore from the games in for good measure?! Let’s find out!

Continue reading

Darkstalkers – Volumes 1 and 2 Review

Technically continuing my look at UDON’s Street Fighter comics we deviate to another CAPCOM fighting franchise in Darkstalkers, mainly because it then crosses over with Street Fighter in the next batch of comics. So does a fighting game series based on monsters and supernatural beings lend itself to a comic easier than one about fighters? Well, you’d think so, but…

Continue reading

Star Wars: Darth Vader – Into The Fire Review

The next little mini-story for the Darth Vader comics is once again an important bit of storytelling, though this time rather than reaching back to the prequels to shed a little bit of light on why Vader was beginning to soften, “Into The Fire” reaches forwards into the sequels and sheds some light of why Vader was so convinced it was too late for him to overcome the Emperor. The actual TPB is issues 6 – 11 but I’ll include 12, as while it’s advertised as a “War of the Bounty Hunters prelude” it’s really 90% an “Into the Fire” epilogue…

Continue reading