Iron Butterfly

The Legend of La Mariposa by James Lawrence La Mariposa is a luchadora, a legendary one at that. What, you may ask, is a luchadora? A female luchador obviously – a luchador being a masked Mexican wrestler. The flashy antics and crazy storylines of WWE owe a lot to the Mexican version of the sport – lucha libre. Mexican wrestlers are closer to superheroes, wearing … Continue reading Iron Butterfly

Captain Betsy

Cover of the Week – Captain Britain 13 – January 1986 The news from San Diego is that Excalibur is back. Well it has come back a couple of times before with mixed results so I will suspend my judgement on that announcement. One new feature is that Captain Britain will be Betsy Braddock – Brian’s sister and better known as Psylocke from the X-Men. … Continue reading Captain Betsy

Rare as an Earthling

Space Captain by Michael Park and Chris Baldie Something, I don’t know what, caused every living human to disappear. Human colonies across the galaxy were suddenly abandoned. All communication with Earth ceased in an instant. Humanity just…vanished. Except for you. With the success of the final Kickstarter for this series at the end of 2018 the epic saga of the final human – Space Captain … Continue reading Rare as an Earthling

Comics and Chips

Glasgow Comic Con 29th June 2019 Europe roasts, Catalonia is ablaze and across the shires of England the yeomanry fire up the barbeque and empty corner shop beer fridges in council estate and village green alike. In the lands to the North optimistic Scots set forth with joy in their eyes, clad only in t-shirts, the more daring in shorts. They have a destination on … Continue reading Comics and Chips

Hammer and Sickle House of Horror

Octobriana Hammer by John R. Short and Andrew Richmond Octobriana is a concept that I have been vaguely aware of for a while. A cheesecake she-dragon who is a kind of communist Vampirella. There is an interesting two page history of the character included in the book. She is a samizdat superheroine, supposedly smuggled from underground groups in the former Soviet Union who were presumably … Continue reading Hammer and Sickle House of Horror

Daredevils and Brawlers

Brawler from Time Bomb Comics The introduction to Brawler describes it as being inspired by a childhood encounter with Warrior – the legendary Quality anthology comic which introduced Marvelman, V for Vendetta and many more. So obviously a blog called Daredevils and Warriors, named for the two great episodic comics of the era could not resist such an offering. Warrior offered a few pages per … Continue reading Daredevils and Brawlers

Work and Progress

This Woman’s Work by Julie Delporte It was a beautiful Sunday and I traveled to town to raid the annual gargantuan Christian Aid book sale in one of Edinburgh’s magnificent churches. But turns out that churches are doing other things on a Sunday and they had turned the money changers and change-from-a-fiver givers from the temple. So instead to Stockbridge for the unbearably crowded food … Continue reading Work and Progress