22 Mar 2020

The PCG - Closing Our Doors... For Now

Matt C: It's getting crazier by the day at the moment and the world as we know is changing into something that would have been unimaginable a couple of months ago. We've been writing about comics here for well over a decade, mostly to a set schedule (weekly releases and reviews), but it now seems abundantly clear that various factors are going to disrupt that schedule for the next few months at the very least.

Rather than take a 'business as usual' approach until such time as that becomes an impossibility, we're taking a leaf from physical spaces across the globe and closing our doors for a while. There's going to be a period of adjustment for all of us here at the PCG as our daily lives change dramatically, so for the time being that seems like the best place to be focusing our energies.

But fear not, we're not closing down for good! It'll take a lot more than a pesky virus to kill off our passion for comics! 

We will return soon, and it may be in a format different from the one we're used to (and you're used to) but once we've figured out how to take things forward we will be back again with our views on our beloved medium.

Take care of yourselves and those around you, keeping reading comics (time to dive back into your long boxes?), and we'll be back before you know it.

As always, thanks for reading.

21 Mar 2020

The Shipping Forecast: May 2020

Every month we spend an evening scouring the pages of the latest issue of Previews and pick the titles we are looking forward to the most. This month it's the March issue which includes comics scheduled to ship in May 2020.

Writer: Paul Grist
Art: Andrea Di Vito
Marvel $3.99

Andy H: While there are many, many titles spinning out of Empyre, this is the one I will be picking up. Following in the footsteps of Excalibur and Knights Of Pendragon, the UK has another superhero team; The Union! Featuring Choir, Kelpie, Snakes and Brittania, four heroes from four nations. It doesn't stop there though. We also get the return of a favourite 'old' hero, Union Jack. This new team will be part of the planet's defence as the Empyre saga unfolds. Paul Grist is series writer and I'm really looking forward to his depiction of Union Jack, a character he once submitted a story for but was rejected. He went on to rework this idea and created Jack Staff - looks like it's finally gone full circle.

17 Mar 2020

On The Pull 18/03/2020

New comics are due to hit the shelves on Wednesday so here’s a look ahead at some of the books we’ll be picking up this week along with a full list of titles that will be available from Paradox Comics.

Jo S: Blasting my 'one new start per week' rule pretty much into space, my mid-Mad March list racks up an inexcusable four issue one bonanza. I'll skim over Starship Down as you can catch the skinny on that in my Cover To Cover review, plus I talked about Artemis And The Assassin #1 for the Shipping Forecast too.

The other halves of my new start double date are: Wicked Things #1 - John Allison and Max Sarin spin out of their Giant Days success with a story about Charlotte Grote, former child detective now teen framed for murder. Our own Andy H is still struggling to come to terms with the completion of the Giant Days main series and his misty-eyed reviews are enough to have me taking the chance at this new start - and, c'mon, you expect me to pass on something called X-Ray Robot? Michael Allred writes and draws a story of a futuristic robot science hero who can see through dimensions - oh boy, that sounds too good to miss!

Something Is Killing The Children hits issue #6 this week  and, after the traumatic events of #5, you could be forgiven for hoping for a little peace for our monster-hunting crew but, let's face it, those murderous forest dwelling nightmares don't take a day off! Last month's BANG! #1 was an original, twisty, hyper-clever take on the international spy genre from the brilliant mind of Matt Kindt making issue #2 unmissable, and while we're talking brilliant creative minds, Jeff Lemire continues to grow his Family Tree: his skill for making people living in an impossible physical world feel real and relevant is astonishing.

16 Mar 2020

Cover To Cover: STARSHIP DOWN #1

Writer: Justin Giampaoli
Art: Andrea Mutti
Dark Horse $3.99

Jo S: Dark Horse are placing themselves firmly into the mainstream of comics with big title successes such as Umbrella Academy, Hellboy, Stranger Things and Black Hammer on their roster, along with the Berger Books imprint (curated by Karen Berger of Vertigo fame) providing some more ‘out there’ but accessible choices. Released this week then comes Starship Down, aimed square at fans of the 'sci' part of sci-fi, and packed tight with elements that tick boxes on my coming-back-for-more list.

Anthropologist Dr Jocelyn Young has been called in to a top secret site, apparently for her opinion on a set of ancient cave paintings but, as she is choppered in to the remote Siberian mining facility where the dig site is located, it becomes evident that there is much more to it than the initial briefing.