Comic Book Review: Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #16

Valance and Dengar are racing to the Crimson Dawn auction, in an attempt to rescue Valance’s friend, Han Solo, from his current fate as an in-demand objet d’art. A bit of overlap with the last issue of War of the Bounty Hunters aside, this chapter at least feels like a proper side story and not […]

Comic Book Review: Alien #7

The first story arc in Marvel’s new Alien series was a bit of a mixed bag; it was full of well-trodden Alien tropes, references and even the basic ‘Weyland-Yutani fails Xenomorph weaponisation’ backdrop, yet there were a few interesting new elements. An Alpha Xenomorph, for one, giving us a new, previously unseen alien – but […]

TV Review: What If…? S1/E7: What If…Thor Were an Only Child?

With just a few episodes left until the end of the first series, here comes Chris Hemsworth’s Thor to lighten the mood. And he does – very well indeed. This week’s episode is an awful lot lighter in tone and much funnier than the rest of the series so far. Having no adoptive half brother […]

The Titan Books Alien Series: Review Links

Having made my way through the entire current series of Alien novels from Titan Books, which began with Alien: Out of the Shadows in 2014, I’ve now reviewed all of them on the blog. I even managed to write an article for Polygon, in which I ranked the entire series (and which can be found […]

Comic Book Review: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Boushh #1

When Princess Leia was revealed as the person inside Ubese bounty hunter Boushh’s armour in Return of the Jedi, it was a genuine surprise. She played the part of a ruthless bounty hunter brilliantly, but part of the heavy lifting was done by the disguise itself – with Boushh’s name and reputation preceding him. Yet […]

Book Review: The Humans (2013)

A successful mathematics professor on the verge of a hugely significant breakthrough is found wandering naked through Cambridge. His family and friends – even his dog – realise that Andrew Martin isn’t quite himself, but could he really be an alien? If he is, can he learn what it means to be human to save […]

Comic Book Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader #16

Arriving at the Crimson Dawn auction to take on his father, Luke Skywalker is unable to go through with confronting Vader face-to-face and instead lures him away to save his friends. In the meantime, Vader’s assistant Ochi has his hands full dealing with Bokku the Hutt’s fury – and a servant of the Emperor whose […]

Comic Book Review: Batman ’89 #2

The first issue of Batman ’89 was hugely anticipated – for comic book and movie fans of a certain age, Tim Burton’s first film featuring the Dark Knight is an incredibly important pop culture milestone. So it’s no wonder that a continuation of Burton’s vision – that ignores Joel Schumacher’s hyperactive, vibrantly colourful, campy take […]

TV Review: What If…? S1/E6: What If…Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?

Taking us right back to the MCU’s beginning – if not chronologically in-universe, at least the first scenes we saw in the then-fledgling experiment that’s become a true cinematic behemoth – the latest episode of What If…? shows us what happens when Tony Stark isn’t captured by the Ten Rings in 2008’s Iron Man. Instead, […]

Book Review: Alien: Into Charybdis (2021)

Author Alex White’s previous Alien novel, Alien: The Cold Forge, was a remarkable book – though it took place in a Weyland-Yutani lab in which experiments to weaponise Xenomorphs were underway (and about to go very, very wrong), the main characters – disabled African-American scientist Blue Marsalis and Weyland-Yutani auditor Dorian Sudler – gave the […]

News: The Switch Collector: Volume One – Reprint

Video game historian and writer Jeffrey Wittenhagen crowdfunded the first printing of The Switch Collector: Volume One back in 2019. The book is a beautiful coffee table tome that features comprehensive coverage of the Nintendo console’s first year. Thoughtfully designed to match the original Switch console’s colour scheme – and even going so far as […]

Comic Book Review: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #14

Yet another chapter of War of the Bounty Hunters is here. As we enter the final stretch of the crossover, Doctor Aphra and her companion Sana are imprisoned on Crimson Dawn’s ship – and their cellmates are, coincidentally, Aphra’s old ‘friend’ Lucky and his current companion, Ariole. Despite their differences, they set about trying to […]

Comic Book Review: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #4

Back to the main series after a very mixed bag of crossover issues, the story continues here with Vader claiming his prize, the Hutts squabbling over the fact that the Empire can just waltz in to claim Solo – and Luke doing his best to overcome his fear and face his father again. In the […]

Board Game Review: Pac-Man: The Board Game

Back in the mid-80s, there were a glut of board games based on video games, with some absolutely incredible designs that, whilst quite dated by today’s standards, were nonetheless visually impressive and often featured quite elaborate components (a plastic, barrel-flinging Donkey Kong in the game of the same name, for example). One of these was […]

Review: Interplay Collection 1 (Evercade Cartridge 04)

Controversial opinion time – let’s get this out of the way right from the start: Earthworm Jim just isn’t a very good game. Though it was perhaps a victim of enormous hype in the games media of the time – and thus couldn’t possibly live up to the standards it was expected to set – […]

TV Review: What If…? S1/E5: Zombies!?

For years, the term Marvel Zombie was a derogatory one, used to describe comic book fans who’d lap up anything by Marvel and ignore pretty much any other comic company’s output. It was a genius move by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, to use this term for the title of his initial 2005 […]

Film Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

When Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, few would have predicted just how big the MCU would become. I remember wondering how filmmakers could possibly make Thor work, not only in a film but within the burgeoning cinematic universe. How on Earth do you get audiences to buy into that level […]

Comic Book Review: What If #1 (1977)

Marvel’s animated Disney Plus series, What If…? has got off to a fantastic start, with imaginative, well-written stories, great acting and fantastic, comic book style animation. The variety of stories arising from the simple twists to Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity has been pretty impressive so far; we’ve had a few action adventure tales – one […]

Review: Unspottable

Local multiplayer games are nowhere near as prevalent these days as they were in the era before online gaming. When big publishers realised that taking multiplayer gaming online meant a unit sold per player – and not just one per friend group – split-screen modes largely went the way of the dodo. Yet gaming with […]

Comic Book Review: My Little Pony/Transformers II #4

The second of IDW/Hasbro’s unlikely crossovers – featuring two of their biggest 80s toy lines, and which I’ve now reviewed in their entirety – comes to an end in this issue, which continues with the multi-story format. The first tale sees good friends Spike – young dragon from Equestria – and tough but kind-hearted Dinobot […]

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Well, it doesn’t happen often – does it? Regular readers of the blog will know that I’ve been catching up with the Titan Books Alien novels, which I’d been reading to tide myself over until the arrival of Aliens: Fireteam Elite. Though my very positive first impressions have soured a little bit, mostly due to […]

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