Comic Book Review: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #15

As the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover limps to its ‘conclusion’ (more on that over the coming days – watch this space – the Doctor Aphra tie-in issues seem to be off in their own corner of the universe, doing their own thing. Which makes them much stronger in fairness – the mid-point of […]

Comic Book Review: ET-ER #1

Far more than just clever wordplay (the ‘Universal Healthcare’ pun is pretty irresistible though), ET-ER is a vibrant, fun and exciting jaunt into a clandestine emergency room that caters for intergalactic patients. Beyond that tantalisingly detailed Andrew Robinson cover are two alien-based medical dramas. The first – called The Walk-Ins – is a very Men […]

Comic Book Review: Telepaths #2

A comet causes a severe electromagnetic disturbance across the world, with a tenth of the Earth’s population developing telepathic powers. With the situation affecting such a huge number of people, chaos ensues – and the authorities struggle to get to grips with the impact these new abilities have on society. Several people from different walks […]

Comic Book Review: Archie Halloween Spectacular (2021) #1

Though the cover of the 2021 Archie Halloween Spectacular proudly states that the comic features an all-new lead story within its pages, it’s not as if you can tell unless you’re an absolute Archie die-hard. That is to say, over the 80 years that Archie comics have been in existence for, there’s been very little […]

Review: Atari Collection 2 (Evercade Cartridge 05)

With 20 Atari titles already represented on the Evercade (thanks to the very first cartridge in the console’s library, Atari Collection 1), it seems a bit odd that Blaze decided to go back to the very beginning of home console game entertainment so soon, when they had a much wider variety of games from more […]

Review: Richie’s Plank Experience

As VR games go, Richie’s Plank Experience is probably one of the most recognisable even if you don’t know it by name; it’s the source of hundreds, if not thousands, of YouTube videos in which relatives – often elderly – are given their first taste of VR…and usually freak out spectacularly. So what’s it all […]

Comic Book Review: Absolute Carnage (2019)

With all the excitement about the first live action appearance of Carnage – in the Andy Serkis-directed, Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson-starring Venom sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage – I thought it’d be timely to check out one of the most recent crossovers to feature the psychotic red symbiote, 2019’s Absolute Carnage. Written by […]

Comic Book Review: Out #1

Writer Rob Williams sure does seem to enjoy Michael Mann films. The previous AWA series he wrote – Old Haunts – had a very Michael Mann-esque, crime drama feel, albeit one with ghostly goings-on woven throughout the story. And with Out, we have a World War 2 story with a heavy supernatural element – which […]

Kickstarter Spotlight: Keylocker

Being a big board game fan and a TTRPG player since the 80s, naturally I’m a big fan of both turn-based games and cyberpunk as a genre. So when I heard about turn-based, cyberpunk rhythm action game Keylocker – currently crowdfunding via Kickstarter – I was instantly intrigued. With the planet Saturn’s subterranean environment as […]

TV Review: What If…? S1/E9: What If…The Watcher Broke His Oath?

Marvel’s What If…? series has been a great adaptation of the classic Marvel comic series, giving viewers entertaining, surprising and often clever twists on familiar scenes, characters and movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though there have been a few weak episodes that didn’t really do anything particularly interesting with the concept (hello Killmonger and […]

News: Lone McLonegan: A Western Adventure Coming to Switch and Steam

Listen up varmints – this here’s a piece o’ news fresh from this here telegram i’m holdin’ in my hands – old school, Wild West point and click adventure Lone McLonegan is headed to Nintendo Switch and Steam on the 4th of November 2021. The game casts players as rusty, out of shape, ex-‘Most Wanted […]

Review: Alphalink

If you wanted another reason to be depressed about your own lack of productivity during the lockdown(s) of 2020, here’s one: the wife and husband team that comprise Black Hive Media, Mandy and Blake Lowry, created single screen, multiplayer shooter Alphalink after they were simultaneously laid off from their jobs during the pandemic and while […]

Comic Book Review: Groo Meets Tarzan #1

I first encountered Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier’s Conan parody Groo the Wanderer back in the late 80s, when his adventures were being published by Marvel Comics imprint Epic. I was pretty blown away by the barbarian’s daft but wittily written adventures (with scripts by Evanier), which featured incredibly detailed, cartoony art by Aragonés. Groo, […]

Review: Aliens: Fireteam Elite

The last time a game based on Aliens was released for computers and consoles, we got the absolutely disastrous Aliens: Colonial Marines from Gearbox and Sega. A buggy, derivative, just plain awful FPS, Colonial Marines was thought to be the death knell for the franchise – and was even thought to have had a negative […]

Book Review: Scar: A Deep Sea Thriller (2020)

You have to hand it to Michael Cole, writer of Scar: A Deep Sea Thriller. He knows exactly what his readers want – why waste time with anything as trivial as the science behind exactly how the eponymous hybrid of Megalodon and Great White is created? Why his eyes glow red or how exactly a […]

Comic Book Review: Star Wars #17

The War of the Bounty Hunters crossover continues – with Luke drawing Vader away from his helpless, frozen friend, it’s now up to the young Skywalker to actually evade his father and survive another encounter with him. Meanwhile, the Millennium Falcon is drifting in space, with Han on an incapacitated Imperial shuttle, just out of […]

TV Review: What If…? S1/E8: What If…Ultron Won?

After a strong start and some brilliantly inventive, genuinely interesting episodes – arguably peaking with the reality-warping love story What If…Doctor Strange Lose His Head Instead of His Hands?. The first half of the series gave viewers entertaining and interesting twists on familiar MCU events, but the last few weeks have felt a bit meandering […]

TV Review: BattleBots Season 1 (2015)

I’ve always been a fan of robot on robot violence, with the classic British TV show Robot Wars being a firm favourite. Unfortunately, Robot Wars is currently in a state of limbo, having been cancelled (again) by the BBC – so where can I get my fix of fighting machines now? Thankfully, Netflix have a […]

Book Review: The Man with All the Answers (2020)

It’s not often that a piece of narrative-based media – be it comic, film, book, game or anything else with a story attached – can truly surprise or shock, but writer Luke Smitherd has certainly crafted a tale that has plenty of unforeseen twists and turns with his 2020 novella, The Man with All the […]

Film Review: Class of 1999 (1990)

After watching the teens vs teacher, violent exploitation classic Class of 1984 recently, I thought I should check out the loose sequel – Class of 1999 – from Mark L. Lester, who also directed the first film. What the hell happened here? Instead of a focused, well acted and tense standoff between out of control […]

Film Review: Class of 1984 (1982)

There were very few films I wasn’t allowed to see as a kid; zombie films were off the menu, as were a few other horror titles, but generally I was allowed to watch whatever I wanted from a very early age. Class of 1984 was one of those aforementioned films that I was forbidden from […]

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 […]

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