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A Brief History Of Kieron Gillen, Ahead Of Ludocrats #1 FOC

I was in the pub last night with Kieron Gillen and friends. He said something very funny about his upcoming series from Image Comics, Ludocrats, but I can't remember what it was. Anyway, it's inspired me to run this Brief History Of Kieron Gillen, what with Ludocrats #1 being FOC'ed this weekend. A Brief History […]

When Warren Ellis Made a Bot Think Kieron Gillen Had Died (He Hasn't)

When Warren Ellis Made a Bot Think Kieron Gillen Had Died (He Hasn't)

Bleeding Cool readers will be familiar with Jude Terror's Written By A Bot series of articles in which, like CBR, he gets a bot programme to write a pop culture article by feeding in information and seeing what comes out the other end. The results can be quite amusing. At least the Bleeding Cool article […]





Top 100 Power List of Comics, 2019 Edition

The Complete Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List of Comics 2019, in Full

Here you go folks, in full, the Top 100 Power List of Comics, 2019 Edition. Every year, Bleeding Cool runs its Top 100 Power List of members of the English-speaking comic book industry, weighted towards the direct market. It is judged by all manner of attributes, the ability to influence what comics exist and sell, […]

REVIEW: Die #10

REVIEW: Die #10 – "A Steady Hand On The Wheel"

(Image Comics, creative team: Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, Clayton Cowles) The basic premise of a group of childhood friends sucked back into the magical and often deadly activities of their childhood is well-bolstered here by a story of struggle between two of their number. Working together for a singular plan, everything hinges on the ability […]


Could HOXPOX Tempt Kieron Gillen Back?

Once upon a time, Mister Sinister was created as a twelve-year-old boy's idea of what a supervillain may look like. That was meant to be the original revelation, as conceived by Chris Claremont for Uncanny X-Men. But that all changed, and Mister Sinister became a High Evolutionary stand-in, a genetic scientist from the nineteenth century […]

Once & Future #2 Goes To A Third Printing Even After A Massive Overship

Once & Future #2 Goes To A Third Printing Even After A Massive Overship

While we reported that the (friendly?) Marvel vs DC-esque feud between Boom Studios and Image Comics to see who could launch the better-selling Kieron Gillen series (dubbed "The Kieron Wars" by, well, me) had escalated further with the sixth printing of Once & Future #1. But it looks like the hit series from Doctor Kieron […]

Once And Future #1 Gets a Second Printing – and a New War of Words…

The war of words between Boom Studios and Image Comics over bragging rights to the relative performances of ongoing series Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, and limited series Once And Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora. Om Thursday, Image Comics announced that Die #6 would be getting a second printing ahead of […]

The Daily LITG, 24th July 2019 –

The Daily LITG, 24th July 2019 – Happy Birthday, Trevor Von Eeden

  Welcome to the pretty-much-mostly-daily Lying In The Gutters. A run around the day before and the day ahead. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here. The 10 most-read stories yesterday Tuk The Caveboy Responsible For The X-Men? Franklin Richards as the New Galactus? Two Histories Of The Marvel Universe, Tomorrow… […]

Boom Studios Make Collections Returnable – Starting With Once & Future

Boom Studios took to the stage at the Diamond Retailer Lunch in San Diego Comic-Con will all manner of announcements for retailers. And they brought a couple of friends to talk about Once & Future, Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora. They met an enthusiastic retailer reception, and Kieron Gillen kept thanking the room for their […]

Industry Shocker: BOOM! to Sell Once & Future Comics to Readers

Industry Shocker: BOOM! to Sell Once & Future Comics to Readers

For decades, the business strategy of comic book publishers in the Diamond monopoly direct market system has been simple: sell the comics to retailers, and then the comics are retailers' problem. But in a shocking move Tuesday, explosive publisher BOOM! Studios announced a novel plan that could turn the entire industry on its head: what […]

The Spoiler Bell Tolls For Woden, But The Following Silence Is Worse

The Spoiler Bell Tolls For Woden, But The Following Silence Is Worse

In the writer's notes for The Wicked + The Divine #42, Kieron Gillen describes a moment in the issue as a fist-pumping moment. He's right. One of Chekov's guns finally goes off, and Ananke (though mind controlling Woden's Valkyries) kills Woden. The team executes the violence well. Woden's faceplate is cracked, punctured and broken into […]

No Lighting, Just Thunder: Thoughts About Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

1. I can't muster up enthusiasm for it. There's bright spots. It's certainly a good looking issue. Caspar Winjgaard (Angelic, Limbo), Mary Safro (Drugs & Wires), and Hassan Otsmane-Elaou (Red Sonja, 24 Panels) put in the work to make an attractive, above average superhero story. We host a 12 page preview here. I forget who […]


Star Wars #50 cover by Travis Charest

Star Wars #50 Review: Hope Dies Around a Star

The Rebel Alliance finally has a fleet. With the help of the Mon Cal, the Rebels can now pose a genuine threat to the Empire. It is still miniscule in comparison to the Imperial armada, but, with precision and cunning, it could be enough to damage the Empire. The fleet is convened at Mako-Ta, where […]

Wicked + Divine #37 cover by Jamie McKelvie

The Wicked + The Divine #37 Review: Just Messing with Me Now

We see the failed attempts at the ritual from years past. In the present, Persephone touches base with Baphomet, and the two try to discern what to do about the apparently returned Ananke, Baal, Woden, and the living heads. Before they can get very far, Morrigan reemerges and attacks Persephone. Morrigan and Baphomet then fight. […]