Board Game Preview: Top Pop

Though carbonated drinks have, somewhat surprisingly, been around since the 1700s and flavoured fizzy beverages date back to at least the 1800s, it wasn’t until mass production processes were pioneered in the 20th century – with the manufacture of drink bottles and caps themselves playing a part in this – that the foundations for the […]

Comic Book Review: Alien #4

As Marvel’s very first original Alien series – after parent company Disney picked up the rights to the franchise in their Fox deal – the comic had a lot to live up to; especially since the previous license holders, Dark Horse, had done an awful lot of great work with the property since the late […]

Book Review: Alien: Isolation (2019)

Despite being released in late 2014 – and still, despite a few pacing issues and difficulty spikes, being one of my favourite games of all time – it took until 2019 for Alien: Isolation to be adapted as a novel. Fifteen years after her mother’s disappearance, Amanda Ripley, now in her mid-20s, is informed by […]

Comic Book Review: Star Wars #14

The latest War of the Bounty Hunters tie-in issue, Star Wars #14 is a perfectly competent piece of the puzzle that links The Empire Strikes Back to Return of the Jedi. Leia receives a tip from a trusted ally (a familiar face from the sequel trilogy) on Han’s whereabouts; the news of Crimson Dawn’s return […]

TV Review: Loki – S1/E2: The Variant

Spoilers for episode one of Loki are below. You have been warned! The opening episode of Loki was superb, with everyone’s favourite God of Mischief (or at least a ‘Variant’ version, created from the time-hopping events of Avengers: Endgame) reluctantly assisting the Time Variance Authority – protectors of the Sacred Timeline – in their mission […]

Comic Book Review: Transformers ’84: Secrets & Lies #1

Double agent Punch/Counterpunch continues recalling his tale from the days prior to the Autobots and Decepticons leaving Cybertron for Earth, with this issue’s primary focus being Decepticon scientist Shockwave’s clandestine attempts to deal with the out-of-control, Autobot-obsessed Megatron, whatever the cost. As with issue #0 before it, the ‘official’ first issue of Transformers ’84 is […]

Review: Star Wars Pinball VR

It’s no secret that I’m a huge and pretty much lifelong fan of pinball; I grew up playing pinball and feel like I got to experience a real high point of the format, with the 90s being an incredibly exciting and innovative time for pinball machine design. Likewise for Star Wars – the first film […]

Book Review: Alien: Invasion (2016)

The second book in The Rage War trilogy (following Predator: Incursion), Alien: Invasion centres on the newly revealed ‘Rage’ and their weaponised Xenomorphs, each battalion of which is headed up by an android named after a famous Earth war hero, vengefully making their way into human-occupied space – taking down humans and Yautja alike. If […]

Book Review: Predator: Incursion (2015)

Despite feeling at times – with Ripley shoehorned into events between Alien and Aliens – like little more than fan fiction, the supposedly canonical Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon definitely had some great moments. Lebbon’s writing was pretty damn good and the main characters – again, Ripley aside – were impressively detailed […]

Comic Book Review: Transformers ’84 #0

If you know me, you know I’ve been a Transformers fan since the very beginning, immediately falling in love with the cartoon, the toys and their Marvel Comics-powered lore as soon as I discovered them. I regularly read the weekly UK Transformers comics back then too, barely aware that parallel adventures were taking place across […]

Comic Book Review: Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #13

With cyborg Bounty hunter Valance’s connection – and debt – to Han Solo explained in Bounty Hunters #12, he and reluctant ally Dengar are attempting to rescue the Corellian smuggler from the clutches of notorious badass, Boba Fett. Seeking information as to his whereabouts on the Smuggler’s Moon, Nar Shadaa, they run into a few […]

TV Review: Loki – S1/E1: Glorious Purpose

Few could have predicted just how big a phenomenon WandaVision would become when it launched on Disney Plus at the beginning of 2021, despite the fact that it was the first post-Endgame show to tie into MCU continuity. The fact that it was the first post-Endgame content (aside from Sony/Marvel team-up Spider-Man: Far From Home) […]

Comic Book Review: Alien #3

Want to know my verdict on the third issue of Marvel’s first ever Alien series straight away? Then let me give you a quick hint: though I bought it upon release nearly two weeks ago, I completely forgot that I’d read it. Gabe Cruz – retired Weyland-Yutani security officer – has been tasked with retrieving […]

Review: Atari Pong Table (2019)

The sad, slow decline of the Atari brand, which began with the US video game crash of 1983, has been increasingly painful to behold. The once-beloved brand has been absolutely run into the ground over the decades by a series of missteps, catastrophically poor decisions and just outright brazen opportunism. Yet the logo and what it […]

Comic Book Review: Dark Days: The Road to Metal (2018)

A collection of stories that lay the groundwork for DC’s insane – some might say Batshit Crazy and be almost too on the nose – event, Dark Nights: Metal, Dark Days: The Road to Metal contains Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting, along with Final Crisis #6 & #7, Batman: The Return […]

Comic Book Review: My Little Pony/Transformers II #1

Having finished my coverage of the first crossover and already lamenting the fact that it was over, I couldn’t wait to jump back into the family friendly action in the sequel, My Little Pony/Transformers II. This time around, though the same dual story format is kept to, there’s a little more room to breathe with […]

Comic Book Review: My Little Pony/Transformers #4

Having not expected to enjoy this crossover, I was a bit late to the party with My Little Pony/Transformers. I’m glad I finally gave it a chance, however, as you’ll know if you’ve read my reviews of the first three issues. The final issue gives us another two stories; the first of which features Applejack […]

Comic Book Review: My Little Pony/Transformers #3

The fun continues in My Little Pony/Transformers #3, the penultimate issue of the crossover that seems as if it could very easily have been the most cynical of marketing ploys – yet has been an infectiously joyous and incredibly fun read. The first story in the third issue sees mischievous multi-species hybrid (Draconequus being the […]

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

After what’s seemed like an interminable amount of teasing – particularly how underwhelming and mostly unconnected the majority of the ‘Prelude’ chapters have been, War of the Bounty Hunters – Alpha #1 and Star Wars #13 aside, both of which were excellent (and relevant) reads – the big crossover event finally launches for real with […]

Review: Star Wars: Vader Immortal – Episode III

Available now on: Oculus & Windows (Reviewed on Oculus Quest 2) – Price: £7.99 (Oculus) – Developed by: ILMxLAB The brief Vader Immortal trilogy of VR experiences comes to a close with the third part of the story, which sees your unnamed smuggler – who’s discovered an interesting heritage in relation to the planet Mustafar – […]

Comic Book Review: My Little Pony/Transformers #2

Despite seeming to be an unholy mash-up of properties that are only being smooshed together to make money from two normally separate fanbases rather than one, I found the first issue of My Little Pony/Transformers to be an unexpectedly charming and fun read. It had witty, self-aware writing and beautifully colourful, cartoony art that felt […]

Review: Star Wars: Vader Immortal – Episode II

Available now on: Oculus & Windows (Reviewed on Oculus Quest 2) – Price: £7.99 (Oculus) – Developed by: ILMxLAB The second part of ILMxLAB’s canonical VR saga takes us further underground on Mustafa, with more insight into the history of what occurred on the planet to make it so barren and inhospitable – as well as […]

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Hi, I’m Jason. I’ve been writing on and off for the last 21 years, but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve been publishing my own work on this blog. I’ve written more than 600 articles here on the blog, covering areas such as video games, board games, comic books, movies and much more. Please get in touch if you’d like me to cover your product, for interview requests or if you’d like me to write for your publication – I’d love to hear from you.

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