THE HALL OF WOW – February Inductees


This little addition to Wow Comix World is a celebration of comic covers! We LOVE a good comic cover, who doesn’t? And so we thought what better way to honor the very best than opening our own ‘Hall of Fame’.

Each month our noble review team submit two covers, past or present, that they personally deem worthy to be entered into our Hall Of Wow! Then, at the end of each month, ONE will be chosen as our grand champion. What’s more, if you predict the winner in our end-of-month giveaway, you could stand to win some free comics!

You can check out all of the covers selected so far here!

Onto the first batch of inductees this month…


1

Marvels #4, April 1994 – cover by Alex Ross

“Pretty much any piece by Alex Ross would be worthy of inclusion in the Hall of WOW. His unique, painterly approach never fails to lend a new perspective on fan favourite characters and this classic is no exception. By making use of the reflective surfaces of Spider-Man’s eyes, we’re given a haunting new take on the moment that broke Peter Parker’s heart and marked the moment when comic books came of age.”

Chosen By Nathan Harrison

2


Daredevil #228
Art by David Mazzucchelli – 1986

“Terrifying close-up of Matt Murdoch’s fear-drenched face as his life is torn apart by the kingpin. Stripped of everything except his sanity, but that too is about to fracture.”

Chosen by Ross Kelly

3


Detective Comics #457 – 1976

Art by Dick Giordano and Tatjana Wood

“One look at this cover tells you everything you need to know about why Batman does what he does. It’s such a beautiful composition of tragedy and pain that shows us, in a very literal sense, just what’s going on behind those whited-out eyes.”

Chosen by Bryan Lomax

4


Conan the Barbarian #73

April 1977 by Gil Kane and Ernie Chan

“Out from an ‘age undreamed of, after the oceans drank Atlantis… when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world’ comes this awesome cover, depicting Conan during his fabled adventures alongside the pirate queen Belit.  Here they face near-insurmountable odds above ‘The Well of Skelos’, each valiantly facing down beasts and dark sorcery alike.  This is full of what made the Conan tales such fun.”

Chosen by Andy Flood

5


Marvel comics #1000 – 2019

Art by Julian Totino Tedesco


“She hulk lights this cover up in one of the most dazzling images in marvel history, Spidey, Thor, Wolverine, and Hulk all stare in bewilderment that She Hulk still rocks a walkman. This cover is an instant classic. It’s funny, it’s awesome, it’s 80’s. This retro cover for 2019’s Marvel Comics #1000 begs you to pick it out of the longbox and slap it in one of your nicer bags and boards.”

Chosen by Leo Brocklehurst

6


Section Zero #1 – June 2000.

Art by Tom Grummett and Karl Kesel

“It raises eyebrows and questions simultaneously with its silhouetted characters and what looks like an alien abduction. The sideline saying: “There is no Section Zero” gives the new reader the impression that it is a secret society filled with intrigue.”

Chosen by Liam Ashby

7


Dark Knight Returns #2

Art By Frank Miller
– 1986

“Ok, laugh it up. I see constipated Batman too, sure, but look again. I’m 98% sure on this being one of my favorite depictions of the man himself ever, let alone favorite cover art.

Perhaps it’s his expression, the huge arms, the torn clothing, or simply the pose itself that does it for me. Eitherway, I certainly know that this is the Batman who ain’t gonna go down without a fight! And I dig that.”

Chosen by L.J Marshall

8


Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8.

Art by Mike Zeck -1984

“The Symbiote that would become Venom owns this cover above all the chaos going on in the background. Original interior art for this comic recently sold for $ 3.36 million “

Chosen by Taz Maz


That’s it for this week! Some mighty fine first picks there from our review team!

Have you got any of these classic covers? Which of this week’s selections would you vote for!? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget that you can see all of the HALL OF WOW featured covers by heading over there right now in the menu above!



Alien #5 – Review

This arc is beginning to show that they might be investing in more action-based plots than horror, but with a view to creating a bit of new Alien lore and reveals.

Alien #5

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson 
Artist: Salvador Larroca

Colorist: Guru-eFX 

Published by Marvel Comics
Released – Sept 2021

Wow! This INHYUK LEE cover is an absolute stunner. I don’t care that it doesn’t resemble anything the “Alpha” or Alien drone looks like in the comic itself. It’s action, its terror and it is bursting through glass and the cover to attack at a frightening speed.

I love it, and I also love that it detracts from the pretty underwhelming Alpha we were introduced to in the last issue. It offers the promise that, although Marvel has failed to fully grab the reigns of the new Alien franchise, it can attract a wide range of influence from the House of Mouse (Disney) and the undoubted talent it might lure to the fold.

I actually quite enjoyed this issue especially when I gave it a read before the review write-up so as not to write it on first impression. My first impression was actually pretty good too though! . I chewed through it and found it entertaining. I think previous issues had helped me lower my expectations and increased my acceptance of the new audience that Marvel is trying to include and their approach to overseeing this current story. This arc I think is beginning to show that they might be investing in more action-based plots than horror but with a view to creating a bit of new Alien lore and reveals.


We are straight into the action from the start but this is delivered as an introspective insight into Gabe (our main character’s) history. It not only adds character depth it was reminiscent of the good old Dark Horse Comic plots. These few opening pages are pretty impactful and the gravity of the horror that could spread is so well-timed when Johnson writes ” I saw a TIDAL WAVE of living nightmares exploding out of my chest, blanketing the universe ” right before an image of a female resembling humanoid Alien around which there is building mystery and a sense of importance.

We get a nice double-page infographic that helps bring the reader up to speed. The mystery for me here though was that the Alpha Alien depicted was held in the Weyland-Yutani Epsilon station for heaven knows how long and yet with all them scientists not one thought to document things like its size whilst it was in a giant test tube! 


As for the main body of the issue, it’s pretty entertaining and rolls along quite well. Two pairs independently trying to trace against time and the ever-present xenomorph threat to the escape craft with an added little twist at the end. 
I’ve labored in past reviews about Larocca’s Aliens I don’t want to rehash old ground. Suffice it to say the drones particularly still look a bit frozen but I did find myself smiling in satisfaction at the presentation of the center ( stapled ) pages.


Verdict:
The Alien franchise is taking a new and bold direction in this first story arc. his is a solid issue and I looked forward to #6, titled The Beginning.



The Swamp Thing #9 – Review

Following the events of ‘In My Infancy’, Ram V and company bring us to a new chapter, ‘Conduit’.

The Swamp Thing #9

Written by: Ram V
Art: Mike Perkins
Colours: Mike Spicer
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Published by DC Comics
Released -Nov 2021

The cover for issue 9 feels like a promotional poster for a title fight, more so with the tagline ‘Brother vs. Brother’. This continues a vibe established by Mike Perkins and Mike Spicer on the title page of last issue, only here Levi/Swamp Thing faces his brother Jacob as the warped, vengeful perversion of the Green he has become. It’s powerful stuff, exuding the inner turmoil of both characters. Perhaps fight promoters ought to be approaching these guys to do some poster work…

Following the events of ‘In My Infancy’, Ram V and company bring us to a new chapter, ‘Conduit’. Part one opens on Jennifer Reece (Levi Kamei’s close friend/love interest) being ‘escorted’ through an imposing facility to meet with the apparent mastermind behind the machinations of the Prescot corporation. Mr. Pilgrim seems to know a lot about her, Levi and the Swamp Thing and, perhaps more dangerously, hints at considerable knowledge of The Green.

We then cut to New York and Levi trying to visit Jennifer, only to discover her missing. What follows is classic Swamp Thing and shows a much more ‘in-tune’, self-assured Levi as he puts his abilities to work tracking Jennifer down.

The story goes from there, with Ram V giving us a matter-of-fact ‘villain’ in Mr. Pilgrim, who goes on to outline his version of the big picture. In his hubris, he is quite unaware of the doom that approaches. It’s not long before chaos unfolds, with Jacob arriving to lay waste to the Prescot site.

As ever, this is a compelling read, initially offering a few moments to breathe following last issue’s action packed, fast paced events. Ram V does a great job of revealing the man behind the curtain while also showing us a more confident Levi alongside a further portrait of his brother, Jacob. The history of Prescot an Mr. Pilgrim’s involvement with Swamp Thing and The Green unfolds over a fascinating and brilliantly executed double page spread; one of many highlights in this issue.

Mike Perkins brings us everything here, from clever use of organic structures as both frames and panel elements through to inventive action and intricately rendered human emotion. His artwork is consistently amazing and is always perfectly complimented by Mike Spicer’s colours, whose palettes guide our subconscious mind as we read. Every colour choice has a purpose, beyond the function of looking good. Spicer makes a lab seem cold, a person seem even angrier, a moment of violence all the more unsettling.

As an interesting side note here on the subject of colours, at a recent panel discussing Swamp Thing, Mike Perkins and Ram V talked about some of the palette used in the title and its predecessors. Apparently, forests and swamps are often rendered in shades of purple so that Swamp Thing can stand out against the backdrop (avoiding a green-on-green mush of confusion). We can see this on not only the cover of issue 9 but in several interior panels as well.


Verdict

From cover to cover, this is an outstanding experience, with one of the best creative teams bringing us one of the best titles. It holds so much for the reader to engage with and gives us characters and events that we actually care about. And after all that, it’s full of cool things that we can check out again and again and say ‘wow’ to. I know I’m a proverbial stuck record on this, but Swamp Thing really is just that good.


Review by Andy Flood, 17/1/22



Fancy becoming a Beano character? Official Beano artist NIGEL PARKINSON comes to Wow Comix Stockport on 6th November!

Nigel will be attending Wow Comix for signings and original art commission’s in Stockport on Saturday the 6th of November, from 11am!


That’s right folks, the one and only Nigel Parkinson is set to grace our stores with his presence once again!

Having spent over 40 years in the British comic industry, Nigel has worked on (takes a deep breath…) Cor!!, Tracy, Dreamer, The Dandy, Whizzer and Chips, Nutty, Scouse Mouse Comic, Radio Times, Liverpool Echo, Fast Forward, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Collins diaries, Penguin Books, Thunderbirds The Comic, Stingray, Joe 90, Space Precinct, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, The Beano, Beezer, Bunty, KaiserChiefs, Count Arthur Strong, Football Galaxy, Bonnier Books, Victoria & Albert Museum, Isle of Man Post Office, INTU, National Trust, Royal Mail,Kew Gardens, Somerset House, Manchester University Press and much more too!

Out of all of Nigel’s work, he is perhaps best known for his prolonged and wonderful work as an artist on the national treasure that is the Beano, as can be told by just reading his Twitter profile name! (go follow) – https://twitter.com/NPBeanoArtist

Always a gent, and full of artistic tips and tricks to share with the budding artists of the world, Nigel will be attending Wow Comix for signings and original art commissions in Stockport on Saturday the 6th of November, from 11am!

So make sure you pop on down and don’t miss a chance to meet a British comic legend and perhaps walk away with an original drawing of yourself as a Beano character by an official Beano cartoonist! How awesome is that?!

You can check out more of Nigel’s work over on his blog too! http://nigelparkinsoncartoons.blogspot.com/

Stretford Comic Fest – Saturday 9th October 2021

Wow Comix are teaming up with Stretford Mall to bring the town’s first FREE ENTRY comic event on Saturday the 9th of October!


Wow Comix are teaming up with Stretford Mall to bring the town’s first FREE ENTRY comic event on Saturday the 9th of October!

Fans of comic book pop culture will find lots of stalls showcasing comic book products and memorabilia, and there’ll be plenty of special guests appearing giving attendees the chance to hang out with some Sci-Fi stars for autograph sessions and pics.

Attendees will also be invited to get in on the ‘cosplay’ act via a competition for the best-dressed character. Families and fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite comic book character, superhero/villain or any pop culture icon and a cosplay winner will be judged on the day taking home the Best Dressed Comic Fest Crown and some fantastic prizes!

Here is a quick look at some of our special guests…


Marc Jackson

We are very pleased to announce a late addition to Stretford Comic Fest. Our good friend Marc Jackson will be joining us this Saturday.

Marc is a cartoonist from Macclesfield in Cheshire. He has created comics and characters for the BEANO, Aces Weekly, Comicscene and various other publications. His work will shortly be seen in the Phoenix.

Marc has created a comic in partnership with Able Child Africa, seeking to help disadvantaged children in Rwanda navigate basic hygiene issues and the Corona Virus.

Marc runs cartoon art workshops in Schools, Libraries and at different festivals. He is the man behind the very popular MACC-POW! comic art festival in his home town of Macclesfield and this year opened ROOM FOR COMICS, a creative space dedicated to the teaching and love of comic art.


Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith’s debut graphic novel House Party came out in 2014 with Great Beast Comics to critical acclaim. The Rabbit, released by Avery Hill Publishing in 2015, is her second graphic novel and was nominated for Best Book in the British Comic Awards 2014/15. Rachael is also the creator of Flimsy the Kitten and One Good Thing. She currently works with Titan Comics on her monthly strip for the Doctor Who comic series, and is working on her new webcomic, Bess, which launched November 2015. She lives in Hebden Bridge, in Yorkshire, in the UK.

http://www.rachaelsmith.org/


John Jackson & Brian M Clarke


 Brian M Clarke (Crikey!Mancunian ); John Jackson (Albert the Mouse, Cyborg GerbilsCount DuckulaMancunian) are the creative force behind Wallop! Comics, which started after two self-published two issues of the new British superhero comic Mancunian.
They have also just released the fantasic Wallop! Annual, a 64 page book that is packed full of great entertainment for kids and ‘big kids’ alike, with features from Keith Robson (The DandyStarblazer, for IPC on Jinty and Buster); Alessandro GiampaelettiKev F Sutherland (Oink!BeanoViz2000ADStar TrekDoctor Who Adventures); Dave Windett (The DandySpookytownInspector Gadget, Tiny Toons); Joe Matthews (The BeanoLooney TunesTom & Jerry ComicBob The Builder); Chris MatthewsMike Collins (Marvel Comics, DC Comics, 2000ADDoctor Who); and Marc Jackson (BeanoAces WeeklyComic Heroes magazineComic Scene).


Neil ‘Bhuna’ Roch

Comic book artist and creator on a number of projects, most recently for Killing Moon Rises 1 – A 32 page full colour Sword & Sorcery comic from the team that brought you the award nominated Killing Moon.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bhuna/killing-moon-fantasy-graphic-novel


Victoria Bates

For fans of fantasy fiction, up and coming young author Victoria Bates will be attending Stretford Comic Fest to sign copies of the first two instalments of her fantasy series “Regal”.

https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Bates/e/B079MFGVRH%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share


David Leach

The Man behind cult favourite Psycho Gran will be joining the guests at both Bury and Stretford Comic Fests. David is one of our most experienced comic professionals having worked for both Marvel UK and US as well as many of the major UK publishing houses over the last 30 years.His work has appeared in publications as diverse as Toxic and The Sunday Times. He has written for Spiderman, Ren & Stimpy and numerous other strips. He is currently Senior Creative Editor at Titan Comics and is editor of the popular Blade Runner series. He has been the winner of “Come Dine With Me” on TV and recently designed an advertisement for Wow Comix featuring Psycho Gran.

https://twitter.com/davidleach2000?lang=en


Nathan Head

Announced as appearing at both Bury Comic Fest and Stretford Comic Fest is actor Nathan Head. He is best known for his star roles in films Theatre of Fear and Exorcist Chronicals.The Manchester trained actor enjoyed success in the theater before being spotted and signed to the cast of thriller Archangel Murders. He has since enjoyed a successful career in film often involving the use of horror prosthetics, creature make up and special effects costumes.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2368987/



Colin Mathieson

Latest guest announced for Stretford Comic Fest is Colin Mathieson. Colin is best know for his Moments of Adventure series and his work with Accent UK comics.

You can even find some of his work down in the National Army Museum in London.

He is currently hard at work on his Zulu Wars graphic novel about which you can find out more at https://momentsof adventure.blogspot.co.uk.


Willie Coppen

One for the Star Wars fans out there. Bury Comic Fest and Stretford Comic Fest have just added actor Willie Coppen to their guest lists.Willie is best known for Star Wars Episode V1: Return of the Jedi as well as various films and TV shows. He recently played the title character in the movie Perran which is currently in post production.


Liam Mulvey

And the guests just keep coming. Actor Liam Mulvey will be attending both Bury and Stretford Comic Fests as a guest. Liam is best known for playing Libertus Ostium in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Xv Comrades.He will be available for photos and autographs on the day.


Dan Whitehead

Latest announcement from Stretford Comic Fest and Bury Comic Fest is that writer Dan Whitehead is joining the guest list for both events.Dan is a prolific writer whose work spans comics, games and television. He is the author of graphic novels Ella Upgraded, Frankenstein Texas and the upcoming Hex Loader. As well as developing his own projects he has also written for Star Wars, Minecraft and Looney Tunes.
https://twitter.com/DanWritehead?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor


If our Bury event last week was anything to go by then this should be a cracker too! We hope to see you there on Saturday! For more information or any questions please feel free to email us – info@wowcomix.com