Biba & TWLB

This blog is 3 years old this month. It started off inauspiciously and has pretty much carried on that way, but I would like to thank anyone and everyone who bothers to read what I chuck out onto this blog. I appreciate it. And all the people who leave comments, like Nick, Nigel M and ecofugal, thank you.

The first post I put out was a picture of a BIBA advert. Cannot for the life of me think why I posted it now. I have no particular interest in BIBA, the advert is not particularly striking, and is pretty far removed from the usual content I publish here. Never mind. To celebrate 3 years of TWLB, here is a pretty picture from BIBA;

and here is to another 3 years before I post another BIBA picture (maybe).

Trail of Death – the reality that lies beyond the ‘Unknown Soldier’

If you read this blog at all, then you may know that I think that Joshua Dysart’s Vertigo title ‘Unknown Soldier’ is an important, thrilling and vital comic book – and there are not many titles in that medium that can claim such entitlement. If you know anything about the comic, then you will know it is set in Uganda around 2002, and its main concern is detailing Dr. Moses Lwanga (aka the titular ‘Unknown Soldier’) and his encounters with the Lords Resistance Army. The comic is horrific and unsparing in its details of the tragedy of Uganda. What is happening now, with the LRA active in DR Congo, is astonishing – in the fact that the LRA seem able to operate at will to inflict death and misery, and astonishing in the fact that there seems to be no way of stopping this cycle of outrages. More information here;

Fresh evidence is uncovered by the BBC of recent atrocities carried out by the LRA

and the LRA respond to these allegations;

Trail of Death – LRA atrocities in Northeastern DR Congo (produced by Human Rights Watch)

Solicitation for The Boys issue 43 (DE, 2010)

Intriguing solicit – is The Boys coming to an end soon???

Rating: MATURE
Covers: Darick Robertson
Writer: Garth Ennis
Penciller/Inker: Darick Robertson
Colorist: Tony Avina
Awards: N/A
Publication Date: JUNE, 2010
Format: Comic Book
Rights: WW
Age range: 16+
UPC: 725130146939
The conclusion of “The Innocents” sees Hughie face off with the evil Malchemical in an extremely ill-advised showdown, and Butcher having one of his own with the furious Mother’s Milk. The kids of Superduper get a hint of what they might be missing, as the true face of Vought-American’s supe policy is revealed to them. And the man from Vought has a close encounter of his own…
The countdown to the grand finale of one of the most controversial comics series begins here!

The Walking Dead TV series – update

Some news on the upcoming AMC produced Walking Dead series;

Due to air in October?

Possible casting of Rick Grimes;

The casting of Shane (Rick’s partner) confirmed;

and the best news out of all of this – 6 episodes confirmed already!!

Review – Nemesis #1 (Marvel, 2010)

Mark Millar writes big blockbuster comics like Michael Bay made big, dumb, fun action movies in the ’90s. The fact that Nemesis is big and fun does not mean that it is also dumb. Far from it. It has a wicked sense of humour, aided by the fantastic Steve McNiven on art.

Millar & McNiven last teamed up for the superb ‘Old Man Logan’. They are a great partnership. Nemesis will not alter this fact. Nemesis is breathless, action-packed, fun and funny, with some superb action sequences, a truly monstrous and evil bad-guy and an opponent up for the fight. This is a great opening issue. What’s the betting we see this out in the cinemas in 2012?

Solicitation for !Zombie #2 (Vertigo, 2010)

On sale JUNE 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Zombies! Ghosts! Vampires! Mummies! Were-terriers! (Were-terriers?) Monster hunters! Tech support! (Tech support?!) All this and more in the sophomore issue of iZOMBIE! Writer Chris Roberson (CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE) and artist Michael Allred (X-Statix, Madman) continue exploring the world of Gwen Dylan, zombie detective.

Solicitation for Unknown Soldier #21 (Vertigo, 2010)

On sale JUNE 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
A standalone story with guest art by industry great Rick Veitch (SWAMP THING)! The AK-47 is the shining star of resistance movements, small wars and domestic crime the world over. And this is the story of a single rifle’s 30-year trek from Cold War Soviet Union to an unknown soldier deep in the African bush.

Solicitation for Sweet Tooth #10 (Vertigo, 2010)

On sale JUNE 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
Written by JEFF LEMIRE • Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE
In the most bizarre issue yet of this acclaimed series, Dr. Singh takes Gus on a surreal journey into his own past, his strange upbringing, and the even stranger teachings of his mysterious father. But will they find what Dr. Singh is really looking for? And what use will Gus be once they do?