Sunday 21st December 2014,
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All posts by John Coughlan

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What Makes a Nemesis?

It has always been said that villains are more interesting than heroes. There’s something about the cathartic, fantasy wish-fulfillment of simply being bad that appeals to our darker natures. We may root for the hero, but secretly we crave more [...]

September 22, 2013 Features, Reviews
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Why the World Needs Superman

On June 2nd, 1932, three men robbed a clothing store on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio. The store owner, a 60-year-old Jewish immigrant from Lithuania, attempted to stop them. In the commotion, the owner collapsed from a heart attack and [...]

June 13, 2013 Features
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Thor, God of Thunder: The God Butcher

Where have all the gods gone? In a world where the Norse pantheon lives in a field in Oklahoma, this must be one of the most prominent theological and philosophical questions on the minds of ordinary people. If Odin and [...]

June 2, 2013 Reviews
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Review – Peter Panzerfaust: Hooked

The world today, particularly the comics community, seems so cynical. We like our stories to be realistic and gritty. Our characters sensible and deep. We’ve left whimsy and flamboyance to our children because we appreciate supposedly better things. We’ve grown [...]

May 21, 2013 Reviews
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Where Do I Start With Iron Man?

Mainstream superhero comics can seem overwhelming to the new reader. With decades of stories to sift through, sometimes you need a helpful guide to highlight some good starting points. Here at Comic Booked, we don’t want people scared off by [...]

April 28, 2013 Reviews
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Review – Happy!

Last year saw publisher Image Comics celebrate its 20th anniversary with an explosion of new series very much in the company’s tradition of creative greatness. And while I have enjoyed much of them (Saga, The Manhattan Projects, Peter Panzerfaust) there was one [...]

April 19, 2013 Reviews
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Review – G.I. Combat: The War That Time Forgot

Another month, another gamble from DC. They’ve been very brave and bold about trying out different genres in the New 52, but it hasn’t always worked out for the best. For example, they’ve always had a rich supply of World [...]

April 7, 2013 Reviews
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Where’s Wally West? Who Cares?

Since the New 52 — DC’s vast reshuffling of its sizable deck — fans have had many questions. Who is Pandora? What’s with all the collars? Is Wonder Woman wearing pants now or what? And just “Why?” in general. But [...]

April 4, 2013 Features, Reviews
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Review – Batman: The City of Owls

Every so often, in the comics world, there is that question of where to start reading. It’s usually an unfortunate misunderstanding of the medium — for example, no one asks “How do I get into watching TV?” — as if [...]

March 22, 2013 Reviews
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Review – Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon

Hawkeye is one of those characters that I have absolutely no interest in. To me, he’s no more than a supporting character, and not a very good one at that. I find his ’90s sitcom-style quips and sarcasm grating, and [...]

March 19, 2013 Reviews
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Review – All-Star Western: War of Lords and Owls

When word of DC’s New 52 first rolled into town, I was immediately concerned for Jonah Hex. The hard-as-nails, rough-around-the-edges, Old West bounty hunter, while a success among critics and my own personal favourite character in anything ever, never sold [...]

March 11, 2013 Reviews
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The Trade-Waiter’s Guide to Comics

Spring is right around the corner and already spoilers are in the air. As some of you may know, earlier this week the mainstream media decided to have its annual “pretend to understand comics” event by unceremoniously revealing important story [...]

March 7, 2013 Reviews
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Review – Batgirl: Knightfall Descends

With the second wave of New 52 trade collections, we get to see if the creative teams can live up to the impression they created in those initial story arcs (in the cases where they got to stay on at [...]

February 13, 2013 Reviews
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Review – Captain America: Volume Four

The legendary “long run” in mainstream superhero comics is mainly a thing of the past. Gone are the days of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s 10+ years on Fantastic Four. The modern market cannot seem to support such enthusiasm, not to mention [...]

January 25, 2013 Reviews