"The Machine Stops" from "Out of the Unknown" 1966, BFI

The Machine Stops: E.M. Forster Story Anticipated Our Lockdown Life

He also wrote one Science Fiction story, The Machine Stops, which has suddenly turned out to be way ahead of its time. One of the First Dystopian Science Fiction Stories The novella, written back in 1909, takes place in a far future where an entire society lives in isolation and lockdown People all live underground in their[...]

The New World #2 cover by Tradd and Heather Moore

The New World #2 Review: Dystopian Romeo and Juliet

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] The New California government and the Guardians have tracked down Kirby's residence. Logan Maximus and the police are using Kirby's friends to get an in to Kirby's house. President Herod tells Stella that this is her kill, and he is planning on retiring soon and appointing Stella Maris as his replacement. All she […]

Scarlet #1 cover by Alex Maleev

Scarlet #1 Review: The Revolution Begins Anew

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Ice and a pair of men experience trouble while retrieving a supply drop. Later, we see Scarlet giving a speech to her people. Many of them want to take the rest of Portland, but Scarlet is reticent to start going for the whole city yet. They are suddenly attacked by a drone, and […]

The New World #1 cover by Tradd and Heather Moore

The New World #1 Review: Running Man, Judge Dredd, and Robocop Mixed Into One

Among the most popular of these Guardians is Stella Maris, the President Herod’s granddaughter.[caption id="attachment_895875" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The New World #1 cover by Tradd and Heather Moore[/caption]There is also Kirby Shakaku Miyazaki, a straightedge hacker who just wants to see this authoritarian establishment crumble.The New World #1 is like a stew of various sci-fi films[...]

Stellar #1 cover by Bret Blevins

Stellar #1 Advance Review: An Apocalypse in Motion

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Stellar is a bounty hunter in the bombed-out remains of a civilization that barely exists now. She now hauls an insectoid alien to retrieve the bounty on his head. When that fails, she takes him to her sanctuary. She recounts what led her to this point along the way. Stellar #1 is a […]

Lazarus #28 cover by Michael Lark

First Impressions: Lazarus Succeeds in Breadth and Depth (Lazarus #28 Review)

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Jonah has a son, and the former Lazarus is finally feeling like he belongs with his new family. He has a wife who loves him, a son he adores, and a father who treats him well. However, a family war between the Bittner's and the Vassalovka's threatens to upturn all of this. Some […]

Factory #3 cover by Elgo

First Impressions: Factory is Relentlessly Esoteric but Intriguing [#3 Review]

I liked the premise: factories in a dystopian landscape essentially providing everything the local populace needs to survive.[caption id="attachment_856580" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Factory #3 cover by Elgo[/caption]This issue focuses on a lot of things Gucco’s people continue to experiment with telepathy The townsfolk gather around a mysterious messianic figure named Quaid and attack Gucco’s factory[...]

Animosity #14 cover by Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo

Animosity #14 Review: The Tragedy of Watching a Dog Ponder Mortality

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Kyle has taken Jesse, and Sandor will do anything necessary to get his child back. Kyle is afraid of Sandor and believes that Jesse is not safe living with the animals in their herd. Kyle gets a significant lead on Sandor though, as the fight at the Old Gold Dam has left a […]

Cold War #4 cover by Hayden Sherman

Cold War #4 Advanced Review: Far Less than the Sum of Its Parts

It doesn’t help that these are often delivered for characters that are going to die in the same issue, making it all feel unnecessary.Sherman’s artwork is gritty and heavily angled, which makes sense for a sci-fi war-torn dystopia story like this However, it still makes many scenes hard to parcel out, and the color palette[...]

Robocop: Citizen's Arrest #2 cover by Nimit Malavia

Robocop: Citizen's Arrest #2 Review – Bloated but Sharp Satire

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] OCP continue their plan to take the ruins of Old Detroit and replace it with high-income housing. They use their mechanical police force in service of doing so, but Leo is helping Alex Murphy, aka the Robocop, to get back in action and fight back at OCP. Robocop: Citizen's Arrest #2 maintains the […]

Cyber Spectre #1 cover by Ale Graza

The Cyber Spectre #1 Review: Unrealized Sci-Fi Potential

Oracle Colors does some solid work too, even though the extremes of the spectrum could be toned down somewhat to aid in the atmosphere.Cyber Spectre #1 has potential, but that potential is ignored by a comic that relies too much on the clichés of cyberpunk dystopian fiction and a main character who is all attitude[...]

Brooklyn Gladiator #1 cover by Glen Farby

Brooklyn Gladiator Vol. 0 Review: Unique Twists Weighed Down by Myriad Problems

It can be off-putting at first, but it adds something to this Escape from New York-esque version of the dystopian genre which one does not often see.Miller is a little smarter than one would expect from such a protagonist too That makes him interesting.There is the overwhelming stench of dude all over this book[...]

Animosity: Evolution #5 cover by Eric Gapstur Rob Schwager

Animosity Evolution #5 Review: Cyber-Animals Unleashed

Meanwhile, Octavia and Penelope are brought to the crime lord behind both Mya and Fuzu Kazi.[caption id="attachment_829668" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Animosity: Evolution #5 cover by Eric Gapstur Rob Schwager[/caption]It never ceases to amaze me how much political and philosophical theory can be conveyed through a dystopian comic series about talking animals Marguerite Bennett really is one[...]

Captain America #700 cover by Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson

Captain America #700 Review: The Landmark Issue Captain America Deserves

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Captain America was made the leader of New America, and the role of leadership over a nation has proven among the most challenging for Steve Rogers. Other countries try to take advantage of the turmoil, and there are remnants of Rampart still fighting in pockets. Bruce Banner and Liang have a potential solution […]

Brilliant Trash #5 cover by Mike Norton and Addison Duke

Brilliant Trash #5 Review: Visceral Action Abruptly Turns into Waxing Philosophy

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Jim and Kennedy are pinned down in Lifespan's headquarters, and Cromwell is somewhere inside plotting his next move to capture Kennedy. Outside, the FDA has arrived with an army of their own. Jim and Kennedy need to escape and keep Zhen's secrets away from both Cromwell and the FDA. The beginning of Brilliant […]

Animosity #13 cover by Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo

Animosity #13 Review: The War of Farmers and Bees

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Willem and his farmers have killed the bee colony's queen. Jesse is still trying to keep the piece, but it may be too late for that. The colony is ready to go to war, and Willem is all too happy to provide it. In the chaos of the ensuing battle, Jesse is separated […]

Photo of Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski from Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Bleeding Cool Interviews Fantastic Beasts' Dan Fogler on New Comic Series 'Brooklyn Gladiator'

Fogler and myself is available below for your reading pleasure.[caption id="attachment_582926" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo of Dan Folger as Jacob Kowalski from Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[/caption] *  *  * BC: So, reading Brooklyn Gladiator, I definitely get the vibe of Escape from New York and Blade Runner. Would you say that is a part[...]

Captain America #699 cover by Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson

Captain America #699 Review: Swift Pacing and Classic Cap Feels

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Captain America, Liang, and their soldiers have challenged the rule of King Baby's America, and Cap quickly encounters and old friend and ally: The Incredible Hulk. He has been taken over by King Babbington. Elsewhere, the Things slaves away to keep power on in Babbington's tower. No, the Hulk and the Thing don't […]