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The Pandemic Is Here! Bazza, The Bat, and The Drop Bears #1 Review

With the Coronavirus attacking, it’s now harder to do some monster-killing in fantasy-land Australia. With that said, it can’t stop Bazza The Bogan Barbarian from beating them to a pulp. Bazza The Bogan Barbarian seemingly has a new series called Bazza, The Bat, and The Drop Bears. Does it hold up to Bazza’s previous adventures? …

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Sneaky Goblins GN Review: The Skin is Greener on the Other Side

Apart from the original short stories, it’s not too hard to find ancillary media that puts about fantasy stories and goblins. What’s hard is to find something of quality, or a story that doesn’t only use their lore in passing. Sneaky Goblins is one of those stories that a lore addict like me enjoys, and …

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The Power of Sound: Vokz #1 Review

In worlds with superpowers, not everyone welcomes their newfound abilities. These tend to go with consequences, for better or worse. Vokz #1 is among those origin stories that went towards the former. Vokz is a great superhero origin story played straight, done with great attention to detail when it comes to narrative progression. The art …

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Dark Nebula #9: He’s Back! Well, Sort Of…

In the early 1980s, before the rise of the comic shop, Australian newsagents were the place to go for comics. A steadily growing number of superhero, barbarian, and movie-based titles competed for space with Archie and his gang; with assorted local reprints and, of course, with the ever-present Phantom – who would outlast them all. …

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Hell Courtesan Review: Kane and Pitcairn’s Magnum Opus

Japanese history is one of the most interesting reads. Beyond stories about the samurai, the shoguns, and the royalty, among the most intriguing are stories of its historical entertainers sex workers. Their life is not only one of misery but also one of luxury. Hell Courtesan is one of those legendary stories that you rarely …

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In Purgatory #4 Review: That Short Origin Story

Origin stories are common in comic books, and it’s rare to find a proper origin story from Australian titles. Many serials are not long enough to matter, whilst some go for action-packed stories that show off what the character is capable off. In Purgatory #4 is one of the rare origin stories that also tie …

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This Ugly Story Is Truly Beautiful

Battle for Bustle Chapter 1 is a rare find – among the first indies that hooked my attention since starting ComX. Battle for Bustle is a unique take on the usual dystopian setting. At its worst, it is a sadistic reimagining of George Orwell’s 1984. At it’s best, it’s a distillation of what it is …

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Talos #1 Review: Warring in Fantasy Sparta

Greek history is one of the richest sources of narratives ever. Even then, there is a limit to how far it can help create a good story. Depending on how it’s used, it can be a hit or a miss. Talos #1 is a great story by itself, but it makes me wish that it …

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A Mad, Mad World: Collateral – Dear John #1 (Vacant City) Review

One of the most recent narrative techniques we’ve seen are worlds where the normal humans are bullied into submission by superpowered beings. We see these in stories like The Boys, Preacher, Hellblazer, and even Mark Waid’s Irredeemable. Vacant City, Collateral’s first chapter, is a great Australian comic book tail that targets just that. Collateral – …

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Fencing for Friendship

In her first work published under the ComX imprint, Ms Diggles tells the simple tale of a friendship springing up in the depths of the COVID crisis. Ms Diggles’ deliberately simplified art and dialogue beautifully evoke the simplicity of childhood friendship, prevailing no matter the circumstances. A breath of air in dark times – get …

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