Review – Queen of the Ring – Wrestling Drawings by Jaime Hernandez 1980-2020

Whoa, Jaime! When I first discovered Love and Rockets in the late Eighties with its depiction of latinx punks in California and the wider society around them, I was entranced. The Hernandez brothers were just depicting their everyday world but to me in faraway, provincial Scotland it was a wonderland. The fashion, both punk and ‘cholo’ – the cars, the music, the expressions. I spent … Continue reading Review – Queen of the Ring – Wrestling Drawings by Jaime Hernandez 1980-2020

Brain Drain

Drops Writer: Matthew Cooper, Art/Letters: Connor Montgomery. A sinister government facility. Sadistic scientists have a man tied to a chair. Mind altering experiments are taking place and the latest victim is strapped down to a chair. Left for dead, he launches an audacious bid for freedom. Drops is a psychological horror that does not hold back with the gore. I must confess I would normally … Continue reading Brain Drain

Daredevils and Cold Warriors

Review: American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason ‘American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason‘  is an Eisner nominated book by Brett Dakin. It tells the story of a Golden Age comics pioneer who faced the trials of McCarthyism and the onslaught of the ‘Seduction of the Innocent‘ era war on comics with the introduction of the comics code. … Continue reading Daredevils and Cold Warriors

Love Bites

Midnight Widows issues 1 & 2 Doris V. Sutherland, Marcela Hauptvogelova, Jio Butler Rosie Wigg, Delia Mihai, Rob Jones Vampires are immortal and deathless, or so the stories would have us believe. The vampire genre is somewhat undead as well. Not only does it live on but like the vamps in Midnight Widows it has spawned sub-types and mutations. Dracula may provide the template but … Continue reading Love Bites

Dialectical Aetherialism

Powers – Fearful & Divine Written by Cy Dethan, art by RHStewart and letters by Nic Wilkinson The Victorian era is often thought of as a time of progress. The industrial revolution unleashed a golden age of engineering. New scientific discoveries like Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution unlocked the secrets of life. The industrial transformation of society was studied by political philosophers like Karl Marx … Continue reading Dialectical Aetherialism

Bad for your elf

Sprout, written and illustrated by Craig Sinclair Sprout is an adorable elf, dressed in brightly coloured garb and striding through his fairy tale home with an optimistic spring in his step. Sprout could come from the pages of many works of Twentieth Century children’s fiction. He is straight from Enid Blyton central casting, set the controls for the centre of the Magic Faraway Tree. But … Continue reading Bad for your elf