The Dark Nebula 10 – He’s Back! He’s Really Back!

Thirty Years in the Making The publishing history of Tad Pietrzykowski’s iconic Aussie superhero is long… and short. As detailed in a previous review, The Dark Nebula first appeared in 1982, spent the next decade appearing in various titles under the Cyclone banner (including eight issues of his own title), then… he went away. In …

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Too Many Chooks?

Were you ever in a writing class and teacher said “I want you to write a story based on the following phrase…”? It would appear that somebody in the Reverie stable has posed that very challenge. The phrase in this case is “Too many chooks”. The result is Vamoose #1, a collection of stories by …

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Chimera #1 Review: Gift of a Curse

Superpowers can be treated as a gift or a curse, depending on which fictional character you ask. Ask the question from Charles Xavier or Max Eisenhardt, and they’ll tell you it’s a gift. Ask the Morlocks and it’s a curse. Chimera #1 is a story of a curse – a plague on a woman’s life. …

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Torn Between Two Covers

We all grew up fed a stream of American films, TV series, and of course comics. Whether it was Marvel or DC, what we read was always based on American culture, locations, and language.  So, when an Australian comic came along, it was always great to read about us, our culture, and language. During the …

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The Devil’s Toilet #1 Review: Everyone Poops

Everyone Poops. That little phrase is both a fairly self-evident fact and the title of an iconic children’s educational book originating in Japan. So iconic is the US translation in fact, that it has often found its way into that barometer of American culture – the sitcom. So yes – everybody needs to attend the …

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Torn #1 Review: True Neutral At Its Finest

In a world where heroes and villains are hyperheroes and hypervillains, there’s a reluctant neutral that is the strongest among them. It’s hard to like villains who only care about themselves or to stay in love with heroes deluded with their own acts. Torn #1 is a story that skirts the neutrality of it all, …

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Devil’s Toilet #2: The Number Two Review

Comics are fun! If any central message is to be gleaned from Rob Lisle’s quirkily offbeat series The Devil’s Toilet, that must surely be it. Don’t come here for dark commentaries on the human soul or paeans of praise for the special nature of humanity and their place in the universe. Do come here if …

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Toby and the Magic Pencil #2 Review: Distracted

In many stories, some heroes stumble into adventure. They are those people who push on headlong, consistently carving through their path. It seems Toby is the second type: the one where the adventure stumbles upon our hero. Toby and the Magic Pencil #2 is an enjoyable knockabout story that tries to do a lot of …

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Toby and The Magic Pencil #1 Review: The Adventure Starts

I’ve read a lot of adventures before, especially classics from well before my time. Lewis Carroll is a favourite, together with Neil Gaiman, L. Frank Baum, and Jonathan Swift. Whimsical adventures are interesting up to a certain degree. Toby and the Magic Pencil #1 try to evoke these tales’ whimsy, which is successful up to …

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Battle for Bustle #3: The True Hero Emerges

There are two things that I rarely experience as a comic book fan: hate the main character so much and love his number two so much. That’s how I feel with Leigh Chalker’s Battle for Bustle #3, one of the most brilliant stories I’ve read in a while. Whilst it doesn’t have the production value …

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