DC Through The Eyes Of A Marvel Zombie: Week Two

DC Through The Eyes Of A Marvel Zombie: Week TwoHeather Kenealy, a self-confessed Marvel zombie reviews the DC Newniverse title from her rather rarefied point of view…

All right, Friends, Enemies, and Frenemies, I'm back, like or not with more of my trial by fire immersion into this new and supposedly improved DCU! So far, I can count the titles I'll be keeping up with on one hand, but I am sticking with a few of them, so kudos, DC, this tactic is working… For now. Let's dive into this week's stash and see if my pull list grows.

Batman and Robin

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Pencils: Patrick Gleason

As the Russian recruit of the now-defunct Batman Incorporated is taken down by a shadowy figure, back in Gotham, Batman's evening begins with a departure of his ritualistic commemoration of his parents' murders. After trying (and failing) to make the current Robin, his son Damian, understand the meaning behind who they are and what they do, Batman is summoned to the Gotham University Research Reactor, where a trio of low level thugs are attempting to steal radioactive fuel rods. The situation immediately spirals out of control when Robin sets off to deal with it on his own, sending the villains to their presumed death. Back in Moscow, the Shadowy Figure disposes of the Russian Batman, and declares war on Bruce Wayne's "global circus act."

All the elements work well here, and the book is a very cohesive work. Batman is suitability grim and foreboding. Damian is the arrogant, uncontrolled brat we expect him to be. The artwork is dark and moody, and it's to Gleason's credit that even a person like me who knows very little about the DCU can tell that this Robin was Damian, and not some roll back to Dick or Tim. The conflict between father and son is written in a stilted, almost formal fashion, giving this a bit of a classical feel. Take away the capes and masks, and this could be a Chekhov Play, which works for Batman. Any other book it would be overblown and melodramatic. Batman, though? It fits.

Story: 4 out of 5 stars

Peter J. Tomasi, Writer.

Well, written and compelling. There was a good balance of talk and action, and for the most point, the two stay separate. Batman and Robin argue, but there's no awkward quips or misplaced banter. Every word on the page is chosen for affect from the first sound to the final line of dialog. My one quibble would probably be that Batman preaches a wee too much and Robin responds with just that tiny bit too much ire, but like I said before, it fits.

Art: 5 out of 5 stars

Patrick Gleason, Pencils. Mick Gray, Inker. John Kalisz, Colorist.

The artwork is crisp and clean and like the writing, there's not a spare line, or unnecessary crosshatch. The color palette is dark, as can be expected with dramatic splashes of yellows, oranges and reds for emphasis. The characters are recognizable by face, even out of costume, and the smooth inks gave this a very polished look.

Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is a very good book, a strong addition to the long list of Bat titles. I don't like Damian, but I'm guessing that I'm not supposed to.

*****

Batwoman

Writers: J.H Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

Artist: J.H. Williams III

The Weeping Woman, La Llorona, is stealing children, drowning them in the open air, in front of their frozen and helpless parents, but she's not the only danger stalking the night. The Department of Extranormal Operations has sent an Agent to unmask the mysterious Batwoman, but Kate Kane has more personal demons to fight.

Wow, this is a pretty book, very very pretty. Everything about it has such a surrealistic slickness to it that my normal quick reading was slowed so I could enjoy the visual aspect of this medium. This is why I read comics, for the double effect of word and art, both of which were done, at least partially, by Williams. My criticism here would definitely have to be that this book definitely requires me to know something about Batwoman in order to follow what's going on in this book.

Story: 3 out of 5 stars

J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, Writer.

I live in Los Angeles, California. The myth of La Llorona is a cultural story that even a ridiculously white girl like me knows and finds undeniably creepy. The extra element of the skull faced director of Extranormal Operations actually strikes me as unnecessary. I want to know about the Weeping Woman, and what's going to happen with her. I don't need the rest of these complications, especially considering that I don't know what these "terrorist acts over Gotham Harbor" are.

Art: 5 out of 5 stars

J.H. Williams III, Art. Dave Stewart, Colorist.

The first page of this book took my breath away, just beautiful work. Batwoman is a strange bone white ghost with a mane of scarlet, in an almost monochromatic word, the night blue and dark, the day sepia toned and warm. Kate, in her secret identity, is a drawing by Patrick Nagel, androgynous and elegant, and unabashedly eccentric. Just lovely to look at.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars

Overall this book suffers from the rather incomplete nature of this event. This is a major flaw of the DC reboot. Some of the books are fresh starts, and some are only partial. Books like this one ask me to know too much about the universe, so while it's pretty and while those familiar with the Batwoman story already will enjoy the hell out this book, it's very difficult for a novice to jump in.

*****

Deathstroke

Writer: Kyle Higgins

Pencils: Joe Bennett

Deathstroke is hired to team with a group of young mercenaries called Harm Armory or The Alpha Dawgs, depending on which one of them you speak to. Paid to retrieve a briefcase full of military codes, and assassinate the scientist carrying them, Deathstroke learns that this was all part of something much larger and he was being tested by those who think he may have lost his touch. By the end of the mission, however, it's clear that he hasn't… and he doesn't like tests.

This book also takes place in Moscow, which makes me wonder if there is connection to the shadowy villain in Batman and Robin, but so far it doesn't seem like it. It's a pretty straightforward story, and Deathstroke is, as told to us in narration, "bad ass." Deathstroke could be a pretty decent action movie, which makes me wonder why it hasn't been optioned yet. Note to self: Call agent to secure rights.

Story: 4 out of 5 stars

Kyle Higgins, Writer.

Writing is well executed and there's enough technobabbly-super-assassin stuff to sell the badassery that just floods these pages. Wilson slices flies in half with paperclips from across the room, rips planes apart in midair with swords, and mows down his young competition with the very weapons they've supplied to him.

Art: 4 out of 5 stars

Joe Bennett, Pencils. Art Thibert, Inker. Jason Wright, Colorist.

This is classic comic art. All the men are square jawed and broad shouldered, the few women seen are curvy and perky. Action is fast paced and well executed. It's always very clear what happening even in the most complex sequence of events.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars

This is a pretty decent book. I'm not invested enough in the character to continue with it, but the diehards will not be disappointed.

*****

Demon Knights

Writer: Paul Cornell

Pencils: Diogenes Neves

Once upon a time there was a guy bound to a captured demon, and some other immortals who went around after Camelot fell and said cryptic things and met other immortals and adventurers who did magic and stuff, and then Heather got a headache and needed to lay down.

Look, DC, I've been trying, I really have. I've been reading these books blind and doing no research because the point of this reboot is supposedly to make it easy for people to jump into the DCU without 70-whatever years of history to go through. So, it's probably my fault that I don't know what the hell is going on, but that's the role I have chosen to play, and in Demon Knights, I lose, and I lose big.

Story: 2 out of 5 stars

Paul Cornell, Writer.

I don't know what's going on. I think the writing fits the medieval setting without anachronism for the sake of being hip or cool, but honestly, if I can't figure out what's going on, then there's a failure on the part of the writer. Every comic is someone's first comic. That needs to be taken into consideration.

Art: 4 out of 5 stars

Diogenes Neves, Pencils. Oclair Albert, Inks. Marcelo Maiolo, Colorist.

The art, by contrast, is stellar, beautiful and crisp. The colors are muted but rich, if that's possible. Heavy use of lighting effects and non-standard color choices to give this book a fairy tale quality to it, which fits the tone.

Overall 3 out of 5 stars

I'm vaguely familiar with Entrigan, but I don't care enough to figure out who everyone else is, or why I should care about them. This book is very weak and I wonder why they bothered to launch this title. It really deserves less than 3, but the art saves it from complete oblivion.

Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Pencils: Alberto Ponticelli

Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, Dracula, and the (Lady) Creature from the Black Lagoon form the Creature Commandos and set out to stop an army of monsters in a small town.

Isn't this just Hellboy and the BPRD? I'm so disappointed. I thought this book was going to be, at the very least, fun. Actually, I expected it to be horrible, and sure enough, Jeff Lemire, who also wrote last week's miserable Animal-Man, lives down to my expectations.

Story: 1 out of 5 stars

Jeff Lemire, Writer.

Derivative, and uninteresting. He tries to be clever by having Frankenstein's "Father" regenerate himself into a six year old girl in a sailor moon uniform. It fails. This whole thing fails. Just a general note, if there needs to be that much exposition, then something is terribly wrong. I get that there needs to be some, especially with the intro of new characters like the bulk of the Creature Commandos, but honestly, there's a very fine line that Lemire just can't seem to walk. Animal-Man explained too little, Frankenstein explains too much.

Art: 2 out of 5 stars

Alberto Ponticelli, Artist. Jose Villarrubia, Colorist.

Think Mike Mignola without the charm or humor. Ugly, scratchy art, confusing lay outs, with more than one instance where I couldn't figure out which panel to look to next. Bad storytelling.

Overall 1.5 out of 5 stars

Frankenstein is not the monster's name, DC, everyone knows that, and this book, sadly, is not for me. Damn. I was hoping. I was really hoping. Frankenstein must be destroyed! Kill the monster!!!

Now here's with a title I'm actually familiar with (shocker, I know.) Does this new story keep me intrigued or will I be shaking my fists at the heavens and swearing death on the DC editorial staff? Let's find out.

Green Lantern

Writer: Geoff Johns

Pencils: Doug Mahnke

Sinestro has been again chosen by his ring, much to the ire of Ganthet. But as the former yellow lantern goes to reclaim his sector and his home world, the nay-saying Guardian is taken care of by the rest of the little blue bastards. Meanwhile, on Earth, Hal is having problems dealing with having been stripped of his ring, and all the monetary and adjustment problems that go with suddenly being a civilian again. Evicted, jobless, and thanks to his own personality issues, girlfriend-less, Hal's suddenly offered a deal with the devil as Sinestro comes to him with a proposal to get him ring back.

This book is very simple and very easy to fall into. Hal is a little more Ryan Reynolds-esque than he was before the movie came out, but that's a completely understandable change. Enjoyable read, and while not a complete reboot like some of the others, the book does a very good job of walking that fine line I was talking about regarding exposition. You don't need to have read the massive history of the Green Lanterns to know what's happened, though I do recommend Blackest Night and Brightest Day, in tpbs at your local comic shop if you want more of the intricate universe that Geoff Johns has created for the Corps in recent years.

Story: 5 out of 5 stars

Geoff Johns, Writer.

Johns knows his GL, he really does. Every character is spot on, and speaks in their own unique voice, even the barely-individual Guardians, and there are no moments where you might think a line is off or out of character. What I liked most, was the smaller details included here, like Hal discharged from his piloting duties because of his long absences, or the fact that he doesn't own a car because for the past so many years he had the ring for transport. It's little moments like that that make this a very relateable situation. Hal is just a man suddenly out of work, and right now, it doesn't matter if you were once a space cop or you worked at the Taco Bell, we all feel for you, Hal.

Art: 4 out of 5 stars

Doug Mahnke, Pencils. Christian Alamy with Tom Nguyen, Inker. David Baron, Colorist.

Clean art, crisp inks and shiny colors. All in all a slick and professional looking book. Lots of light play, which makes sense considering the nature of the will power glow the Lanterns possess. The only downfall I think is in Mahnke's tendency to draw all the faces very similarly. There's a Steve Dillon look to the pencils, which is not necessarily bad, but if not for the color differences, and Sinestro's David Niven mustache, he and Hal could be brothers.

Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars

If you liked the Green Lantern before, you'll still like it. If you didn't, it might be time to give it a try. The book is very simple to get into and understand. This one, I think, has earned the first permanent spot on my list.

*****

Grifter

Story: Nathan Edmondson

Pencils: Cafu

Cole Cash, on the world's most spacious airplane (judging by the width of the aisles,) has a major freak out, hearing voices and claiming that they are all going to die. As he and one of his attackers plunge out over the ocean, flashbacks explain that our hero is a conman, and someone… something he's pulled a grift on is not what he seems to be. In a seventeen minute period of unconsciousness (or seventeen hours or seventeen days, all three are said,) something was done to him, and now he hears voices speaking of host bodies, and secrets. Presumed to be a terrorist for his actions on the plane, Cash is about to be hunted down by his own brother who works for Special Command, but it's all right, because he's going to figure out what happened to him and he's going to do it in a red and black mask because really, why not?

I have no idea what's going on in this book, but I like the way it goes on. The storytelling is very cinematic and without appearances by other, better known, DC characters, this could easily be adapted to film or even maybe a television show. It's told in that fashion, clues to what's happened to the Grifter doled out sparingly, but enticingly.

Story: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Nathan Edmondson, Story

Like I said, very nicely woven, moving back and forth in time smoothly. My quibble is that there is confusion whether Cash was experimented on for seventeen minutes, seventeen hours or seventeen days. That might be part of the mystery and we'll get answer soon, but right now, it just left me wondering if that was the result of bad editing, and if it's the result of my misreading, well, I'm only working with one eye here, people, plot points that happen on the left hand side of the page are difficult for me to see. *wink*

Art: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Cafu, Pencils. Jason Gorder, Inks. Andrew Dalhouse, Colorist.

With the exception of proportional issues like in the plane aisles wide enough for people to romp around in them easily, this is solid art. Anatomy, perspective, backgrounds, storytelling just very strong. The inks are clean and crisp, which you all might be able to guess from my other reviews, I like best. Color is sharp and used well. All in all, a good book.

Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars

I'm intrigued. Keep up the mystery, and you've got me. *Adds to the pull list.* Man, my comics bill is going to be huge after this. I need to get a better job.

*****

Legion Lost

Writer: Fabian Nicieza

Art: Pete Woods

An alien or a time traveler shows up in a hospital and explodes, then other aliens and/or time travelers show up and stand around arguing about how to find him, until a scary wolf alien time traveler chases him down. The angry one starts shouting about pathogens and the ruins of his world, then explodes, I guess.

Here's one of those examples of a DC reboot not fulfilling what it said it was planning to do. I have no idea who any of these people are, what they are doing, or why I should care.

Story: 2 out of 5 stars

Fabian Nicieza, Writer.

The story aside, since I don't understand what's going on or who these people are, the writing is fairly decent. The people speak like people and not stiff or stilted, the flow of the story seems fine, though there is a lot of standing around and chatting rather than acting, I just think it really suffers for not technically rebooting. If this is just the next issue of an ongoing title, why slap a #1 on it?

Art: 4 out of 5 stars

Pete Woods, Art. Brad Anderson, Colorist.

The art is actually very nice. Pete Woods handles his large cast very well. The panels sometimes run a little small for how much he has to cram in them, but when he gets the chance to let fly in a nice big panel, his art shines. Everything seems smooth and slick. The inks can be a little heavy, but the colors compliment them so it's a forgivable flaw.

Overall 3 out of 5 stars

This failed to grab my attention despite the nice art, so I'm going to pass. Current fans of this team might disagree though, I honestly just don't have enough fore- knowledge about this book to be able to recommend for or against picking it up.

*****

Mister Terrific

Writer: Eric Wallace

Pencils: Gianluca Gugliotta

Mister Terrific is the third smartest man on the planet, he tells us several times, and after explaining that his wife was killed in an what was apparently a GPS accident (I guess it went haywire and told her to drive into a brick wall or something) he was visited by his son who never was inspiring him to be a superhero, he begins to investigate the case of a man who got really smart all of a sudden and became a total evil D-Bag because of it. Later at a gala, a pair of women snark at each other and then Mister Terrific himself succumbs to the "turn smart and become a jerk" phenomenon and he threatens to kill a corrupt senator.

Pretty solid storytelling, the flashback to Mister Terrific's origin is told unobtrusively, maybe even a bit sparingly, but the rest of it flows nicely. I don't know who the two catty women are, or how the young supergenius Jamaal fits in, but it doesn't hamper the reading experience. I feel like I'll be introduced to them soon, and the story doesn't hang on my already knowing them.

Story: 4 out of 5 stars

Eric Wallace, Writer.

This is another example of a writer using the reboot to bring a character that might not be as well known to a place that a new reader can understand what's going on. Wallace might not have technically rebooted, I can't speak on that, but he also brings us up to speed fairly quickly. I'm still waiting for an explanation how a GPS malfunction flipped his wife's car though. Please, though, Mr. Wallace, watch cultural pigeon-holing such as when you are writing the British speakers, you're bordering on stereotype.

Art: 3 out of 5 stars

Gianluca Gugliotta, Pencils. Wayne Faucher, Inks. Mike Atiyeh, Colorist.

The art was all right, not stellar, but not Liefeld-esque. It seems like this might be a result of the uneven inking though. Color tries to help smooth out the clashing styles in pencils and inks, but in the end it just looks a little muddled and weakly executed.

Overall 3.5 out of 5 stars

I'll keep reading until I find out who the First and Second Smartest People on the Planet are.

I've been looking forward to this next book since it was announced.

Red Lanterns

Writer: Peter Milligan

Pencils: Ed Benes

An alien sadistic torture of a weaker captive is interrupted by a raging, glowing cat in a jumpsuit who proceeds to basically act like my cat every time dinner is late, until his master, the Red Lantern Atrocitus shows up to take him home. But home, Ysmault, is in shambles as the rest of his corps of angry 28 Days Later zombie aliens spew blood and bile everywhere, recognizing that their leader has become weak. But Atrocitus, as he muses over his own creation over the body of the mad Guardian Krona who was responsible for giving him rage, realizes that his work is not yet over. On Earth, the grandsons of a man beaten to death begin to succumb to their own anger, giving the Red Lantern purpose again… but as Bleeze, one of his corps, leads her brothers in rebellion, is it too late?

Did it live up to my expectations? No. But was it horrible? Well…. no. There are some moments that are a bit WTF, like, why does Atrocitus have a pet kitty that has its own little kitty bed, and in the flashback why is he naked when his wife and daughter are fully clothed? But other than that, this is a pretty decent jumping off point. It might be stretching credulity a bit that in all the planets between here and Ysmault, it's a random mugging that draws his attention, but there has to be an Earth connection somewhere, I guess.

Story: 4 out of 5 stars

Peter Milligan, Writer.

The writing is good, with the exceptions pointed above. It does a good job with bringing us up to speed on this corp of monsters, and if we didn't read Blackest Night, it doesn't really matter, because this is something new altogether.

Art: 5 out of 5 stars

Ed Benes, Pencils. Rob Hunter, Inker. Nathan Eyring, Colorist.

The art is adequate for what it is. There's not a lot of humans in this book, but the anatomy of the aliens is believable, given their alien body types, though true to comic form, the one female lantern is curvy and wearing very little. The colors are bright, heavy on the shades of scarlet, as you can imagine, and the inks are sharp and dark. The art team handles this story with clear skill and not a little bit of humor, like the googly eyed expression on Atrocitus's doomed daughter. I don't know that it was well placed humor, but there ya go.

Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars

I'll pick this up for as long as it continues, but given the nature of the title, I don't know that it can be sustained. Of all the spectrum corps that came out of Blackest Night, this one has the best potential to carry a book though… However, part of me mourns at the missed opportunity for the Avaricious Adventures of Larfleeze.

*****

Resurrection Man

Writers: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

Art: Fernando Dagnino

Mitch Shelley, the Resurrection Man comes back from the dead, over and over, each time with a different power and each time with a different purpose. This time, however, he's being hunted. Four armed angels who tear apart airplanes to get to him. Sexy assassins. Even agents from "The Basement Office."

For a book that is almost nonstop action, surprisingly little happens, but somehow, it remains intriguing and I want to know why he keeps coming back, why he gets those powers, who is manipulating him… It's all so exciting.

Story: 5 out of 5 stars

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, Writers

This is another one of those stories that's written in a very cinematic way. I'm left with more questions than answers, but the way they're presented makes me want to read more. The art and the story sometimes clash though, but I'll talk more about that in the art review. Overall, this story grabs on and doesn't let go.

Art: 3 out of 5 stars

Fernando Dagnino, Art. Santi Arcas, Colorist.

The art in this book is definitely unique, and well executed, though the inks are heavy and more obvious than I like to see. My problem with this artist is that he doesn't seem to pay attention to what the writers are saying. For example, before the lady in the plane is revealed to be a four armed angel, Mitch says, "Huh? Doesn't she even know how to shake hands?" But the art clearly shows her offering her hand in a completely normal way. There are several moments like that scattered throughout the book.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars

Add another to my pull list. It's getting longer. If you like a little mystery with your superheroics, this book is definitely right up your alley. Also the hit-women are hot and wear mini skirts.

*****

Suicide Squad

Writer: Adam Glass

Art: Federico Dallocchio, Ransom Getty, and Scott Hanna

Six of the world's craziest and most deadly are tortured. As we see a few of their back stories, the torture becomes more and more brutal, but in the end, they don't crack, and it earns them spots in Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad.

Brief intros to the main characters without seeming too much like exposition. Glass gives us a good example of who these people are and what they did to deserve this treatment. There's enough action to be interesting. But, and this might just be nitpicky, but why is Amanda Waller, a character normally depicted as an older, more… shall we say… Rubenesque woman, suddenly a slender, young woman with an apparent version to buttoning her shirt? Is it to make her resemble the lovely Angela Bassett who played her in the Green Lantern movie? Unfortunately, all it does is make her just another cookie cutter in the DCUs hot chick collection.

Story: 5 out of 5 stars

Adam Glass, Writer.

The story is fast paced and clever, with good detail on the characters, giving them unique voices and keeping their personalities straight. Harley Quinn is, of course, the draw here, and she's featured prominently on the cover and in the pages, having some of the best lines in the book. Our beloved Harleen Quinzel is still off her rocker, and still madly in love/hate with the Joker. But King Shark is pretty darn eloquent himself. "MEAT! MEAT!" There could be a little more front story on this book, but the back stories are interesting enough to make it worth the wait.

Art: 5 out of 5 stars

Federico Dallocchio, Ransom Getty, and Scott Hanna, Art. Val Staples, Colorist.

With the exception of the Jenny Craig diet that Waller went on, the art is amazing on this book. Expressions are out of this world, especially in Harley's close ups, of which there are many, because she's purty, and her costume leaves little to the imagination. The art compliments the writing style, and the storytelling is clean and easy to follow. I'm not sure what the work load was for each of the three artists, but it is all very seamless and smooth as silk.

Overall 5 out of 5 stars

Even though the only one of these characters I am familiar with is Harley, I'm fine getting to know the rest of them slowly, just please, feed Waller a turkey sandwich, or something. Start the backslide happening, DC, we fat girls need a role model too, you know.

*****

Superboy

Writer: Scott Lobdell

Pencils: R.B. Silva

Superboy, the cloned experiment trapped in his amniotic prison, escapes destruction by finally displaying sentience, and killing the team sent to terminate him. But months later, the study continues, running him through VR simulations of Kansas to try and awaken something locked inside him. The project is compromised though, by spies, double agents, and higher officials, and all of them want Superboy… but, when all is said and done, the question is… will he be a messiah… or a doomsday weapon?

Superboy = Superboring. God, I cared nothing at all for anyone in this book, or where the story is going. This is a reboot to be certain, because this totally resets Superboy back to his origins, with some "creative" twists, but honestly, who cares, really? They don't give me any reason to identify or care about the overpowered tabula rasa in his floaty tank, not even when he gets out of the vat and starts "living."

Story: 2 out of 5 stars

Scott Lobdell, Writer.

Starting the character off brand new is not only fine to do, but it's sort of the point with these reboots, or so we've been told, but let's face facts here. If you are trying to win new readers, you need to make us like the main character, or identify with him, or be curious about him, or even be scared of him. Superboy gives us none of that. He is completely emotionless and not even in that charming Mr. Spock sort of way. He's just sans any kind of personality whatsoever, so I ask again, who cares?

Art: 2 out of 5 stars

R.B. Silva, Pencils. Rob Lean, Inks. The Hories, Colorists.

In contrast to the Suicide Squad, this book lacks all expression. Everyone is completely dead eyed, and mouths never open except when someone is yelling. Colors and inks are fine but when the pencils are this charmless and uninviting, there's not a whole lot to be done about it.

Overall 2 out of 5 stars

This week ends with a fizzle and not a bang. Shame. This book sold out at my shop. Lot of people about to be bored to tears.

The books are boarded in their bags and tucked way into one of the long boxes that are slowly filling up my apartment, so that's it for now. Come back next week for twelve new reviews, including the highly anticipated Batman #1!

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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