For the new reader of the cult 2000 AD strip, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author Lauren Beukes sums up the essence of Halo Jones in the foreword; a woman who is not a superhero or a princess, a girl born into the working class with no great aspirations.
It’s the story of an ordinary young woman who decides to put herself out into the bigger universe and struggles with the consequences. It’s one of the bravest stories 2000 AD ever told, collected in this new deluxe hardcover.
The latest issue of SciFi Now (#76) not only has my extensively geeky review of the fabulous Dredd DVD and Blu-ray, but also my fab interview with the one and only Frank Quitely. So make sure you pick it up this month, or buy it digitally.
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the Dredd film, but this was a great opportunity to really dig into the various easter eggs, nods to comics from throughout the decades, and even spot that little hint of Judge Death. As for Frank Quitely, it's always a pleasure to talk to the Nicest Man in comics about his upcoming projects and inspirations, and fun to see everyone drooling over his photo!
The current issue of SciFi Now (#75) features a four page spread for my latest interview with Grant Morrison, talking all about Batman and Action Comics, and explaining how the writer is not moving away from superheroes, or from DC, but simply spreading his wings a little.
Looking at his end issues with Bruce and Clark, Grant also talks about Happy and his upcoming projects. It's a bit more of a conversational interview this, so non-Morrison fans can keep their hate to themselves! For fans, definitely check out this issue and enjoy - we even talk about Stephanie Brown, the Bat-Cow, and Opal Fruits :)
In addition to the interview I completed for The Independent on Sunday, I also interviewed Stan for the UK magazine, SciFi Now. While the other interview was aimed at a mainstream audience, the genre coverage of SciFi Now allowed for some geekier questions.
The focus of the interview was the Silver Age, when Stan and Marvel ruled the comics world. The interview is available in full in the current issue of the magazine and is 6 pages long, talking about everything from The Fantastic Four to Spider-Man, Kirby to Ditko, and a lovely little bit about Bill Everett and Daredevil.
Over at SciFiNow, I have a guest column that rounds up the various issues surrounding DC comics and women characters and creators: from the recent San Diego Comic Con events and resolutions, right back through the history of women in comics. All in a bite sized package!
You could be forgiven for thinking this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest comic event of the year, was entirely a DC event. Unthinkable just a few months ago, with a year packed full of magnificent Marvel movies, DC completely stole the show with a steady trickle release of news and images from their upcoming September line-wide reboot.
The New 52, as it is now known, sees every character in the DC Universe re-starting their stories at issue #1 in a continuity reshift that packs their entire history into the last five years. But it wasn’t Superman in jeans that everyone was talking about, nor was it even the highly controversial decision to take Barbara Gordon out of her wheelchair to get back in the Batgirl heels; instead the timely topic of Women in Comics was the most talked about issues both at the Con, and in the media coverage.
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