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Stretford Comic Fest 2021 – Photo Gallery


Gallery from Stretfords first Wow Comix Comix Fest! – 9/10/21

We want to say a big thank-you to all you folk who made it over on Saturday for Stretford’s first ever comic fest! It was great to see so many of you make journey over, we hope you all had as much of a blast as we did.
And, of course, a big thanks goes out to all of the fantastic creators and special guests too, who we could not have done it without!

Its great to have our events finally back on after such an unpredictable couple of years, and we are really looking forward to being able to put more on in 2022! So watch this space!

Here are a few of the photos that we took on Saturday’s Comic Fest in Stretford…

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!

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


This Month’s 10 Hottest Pre-Order Picks From WowComix.com!


Whether you’re looking to get a head start on your Christmas shopping a little early this year, or for some exciting new comics, graphic novels or action figures to add to your collection, here at Wow Comix we have a mountain of awesome new items currently available for pre-order! We’ve put a small list together of some of our personal favourites, featuring new products from well-known publishers and brands alongside a few things you may not have seen before. So if you’re in the mood to treat yourself or a loved one but you’re not too sure where to start, keep reading for some of this winter’s hottest (or should that be coolest?) new titles and collectables!


10. Buffy The Last Vampire Slayer #1

Due to be released this December, Buffy is back as we’ve never seen her before!

Can a lone Slayer save what’s left of humanity?

Buffy Summers is the last Slayer. Now in her 50s, she wages a one woman fight against the forces of darkness, who prey on humanity in the daylight unimpeded thanks to a magical catastrophe that has nearly blotted out the sun.

The same disaster robbed Buffy of her friends and ended the Slayer-line, forcing her into an endless guerilla war. That is, until she stumbles across something she hasn’t seen in a long time – hope, in the form of a prophecy and the young girl who carries it.

The Multiverse explodes as writer Casey Gilly (Femme Magnifique, You Died) and artist Joe Jaro (Firefly) bring you a dystopian tale of Buffy Summers as you’ve never seen her before for fans of Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, Batman: Last Knight On Earth, and Future State: Wonder Woman.

https://wowcomix.com/buffy-the-last-vampire-slayer-1-08-12-21-dynamite-comic/



9. Attack On Titan Omnibus Volume 2

The latest collected edition from the massively successful Attack On Titan manga series, this outing sees the Survey Corps trying dangerous new tactics to reclaim their land from the human-devouring Titans!

It’s never been easier to attack Attack on Titan than with these new, giant-sized 3-in-1 omnibus editions! The Survey Corps develop a risky gambit – have Eren in Titan form attempt to repair Wall Rose, reclaiming human territory from the monsters for the first time in a century. But Titan-Eren’s self-control is far from perfect, and when he goes on a rampage, not even Armin can stop him! With the survival of humanity on his massive shoulders, will Eren be able to return to his senses? This omnibus includes volumes 4-6.

https://wowcomix.com/attack-on-titan-omnibus-volume-2-08-12-21-kodansha-graphic-novel-tp/


8. Devil’s Reign #1

Kingpin (AKA Wilson Fisk) has gone from crime boss to mayor of New York and his new-found political power (coupled with his rather large evil streak) could lead to the downfall of our favourite Marvel superheroes!

The story that’s been building for years is here! Wilson Fisk went from Kingpin to mayor of the biggest city in America and is going to bring his full criminal and political power to bear on the super heroes who call NYC home. The man who once destroyed Daredevil has set his sights on The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and more. And since it’s Fisk, once he takes them all down, you know he’s going to sign it.

CROSSBONES! TASKMASTER! TYPHOID MARY! SHOCKER! WHIPLASH! RHINO! KRAVEN! Fisk has an ARMY of super villains at his command—and this is just his opening salvo. For years, Fisk has waited for his time to strike, and YOU WON’T BELIEVE the aces he’s got up his sleeves!

https://wowcomix.com/devils-reign-1-01-12-21-marvel-comic/



7. Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Clone Wars Aayla Secura Figure

A fan favourite from the Clone Wars animated series, here’s Jedi Knight Aayla Secura complete with robe and lightsaber!

Celebrate the legacy of Star Wars, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, with premium 3.75-inch scale figures and vehicles from Star Wars The Vintage Collection. Figures feature premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco that fans have come to know and love. (Additional products each sold separately.  Subject to availability.)

A cunning warrior and Jedi Knight during the rise of the Clone Wars, Aayla fought alongside Clone Commander Bly on many exotic battlefields

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation inspired by Star Wars: Clone Wars, this collectible Star Wars The Vintage Collection 3.75-inch-scale figure makes a great gift for Star Wars fans and collectors.

https://wowcomix.com/star-wars-the-vintage-collection-clone-wars-aayla-secura-figure-01-04-22-hasbro/



6. Disney’s Stitch: Stitch & The Samurai Volume 1

Whilst on the run from galactic authorities, loveable alien Stitch finds himself mistaken for a tanuki and taken under the wing of a Samurai Warrior!

While fleeing the Galactic Federation, Stitch’s spaceship malfunctions and he makes an emergency landing… not in Hawaii, but in sengoku-era Japan! Discovered by the brutal warlord Lord Yamato and his clan, Stitch’s incomparable cuteness is no match for the battle-weary samurai, who decides to bring the “blue tanuki” home with him. Will Stitch’s love of chaos turn into a formidable advantage for the samurai’s influence? Or will his cute and fluffy form disarm the noble lord’s stern facade?

https://wowcomix.com/disneys-stitch-stitch-the-samurai-vol-1-10-11-21-tokyopop-graphic-novel-tp/




5. Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1

New from author Jeff Lemire and artist Doug Mahnke comes a DC Black Label gore-fest straight from the swamp!

The Earth is all but done. The last remnants of humanity cling to a mountaintop island lost in endless floodwater. The Parliaments of the Green, the Red, and the Rot all agree: it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start the cycle of life over again. And to do so, they’ve united their powers to summon an avatar—one of the most horrific monsters to ever stalk the surface of this forsaken planet. Against a creature like that, there can be no fighting back…unless you have a soldier who understands the enemy. Someone who has used its tactics before. Someone like Alec Holland.

Of course, it would help if Alec Holland hadn’t been dead for decades…

Jeff Lemire—the author of the smash hits Joker: Killer Smile and The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, along with the graphic novel that inspired the television sensation Sweet Tooth—returns to Black Label with one of the greatest artists in modern DC history, Doug Mahnke, in tow! Together they’ll unleash a gory, gruesome monster mash, where the fate of humanity rests in the hands of someone who isn’t human at all!

https://wowcomix.com/swamp-thing-green-hell-1-28-12-21-dc-comic/




4. Loki: Glorious Purpose Poster

Here’s one for fans of the hugely successful Disney + show, add a little mischief to your wall with this awesome Loki poster!

It’s time to embrace the true powers of Loki as you add this awesome poster to your home. Featuring the God of Mischief himself, this is sure to be the perfect way to show off your love for the future Marvel classic. Official merch.

https://wowcomix.com/loki-glorious-purpose-poster-31-12-21-pyramid-international/


3. Star Wars: Life Day #1

Inspired by the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, get into the festive spirit with Han and Chewie!

THE GALAXY’S FAVORITE HOLIDAY!

Happy LIFE DAY! Celebrate the galaxy’s favorite holiday with a collection of festive tales from all across the STAR WARS SAGA! Life Day is the last thing on HAN SOLO’S mind when he and CHEWBACCA find themselves outgunned and under fire. But Chewie won’t give up hope, remembering the lessons of Life Days past and present. As for Life Days yet to come… Well, they’ll have to survive the night first!

https://wowcomix.com/star-wars-life-day-1-17-11-21-marvel-comic/


2. Pokemon: Articuno Articulated 6 Inch Figure

An ice type Pokemon perfectly suited to the coming winter season, this new addition to the Pokemon select range is a must-have!

With more detail, more points of articulation, and more ways to play and display than ever, this 15cm super articulated Articuno is the perfect addition to any Pokémon trainer’s team! Every Select super articulated figure comes with 15+ points of articulation, high levels of detail, and a posing arm accessory so you can pose Articuno any way you’d like!

With authentic details that make this Articuno figure look like it flew right out of the Pokémon animated series, you can pose Articuno to recreate all of your favourite moments! Gotta Catch ‘Em All! Each sold separately.

https://wowcomix.com/pokemon-articuno-articulated-6-inch-figure-release-date-tbc-jazwares/



1. Absolute Doomsday Clock

Coming in 2022, the DC Universe meets Watchmen in this colossal-sized edition of the Doomsday Clock mini-series!

NOTHING EVER REALLY ENDS. The world of Watchmen collides with the DC Universe in a story that rewrites the past, present, and future of comics!

Doomsday Clock finally gets the Absolute treatment! Dr. Manhattan, a near-omnipotent being from the Watchmen universe, has been using his powers to rewrite the DC Universe–reshaping some heroes’ histories, erasing other heroes altogether, and playing with the fates of the good and evil alike.

But why? What does a godlike being from another world stand to gain from the DC Universe? The mystery remains, but now that our heroes know they’re being toyed with,what can they do to stop it? The clock is ticking…

From Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, and Brad Anderson, the critically acclaimed team behind Shazam! and Batman: Earth One, this collection includes the full groundbreaking 12-issue miniseries.

https://wowcomix.com/absolute-doomsday-clock-14-06-22-dc-graphic-novel-hc/


Amazing Fantasy #1 Review

Amazing Fantasy #1

Reviewed by Andy Flood, 8/8/21

Story:  Kaare Andrews
Art:  Kaare Andrews
Letters:  Joe Sabino
Released: 28/7/21
Published by Marvel Comics


If you’re in a comic shop and don’t feel even the remotest pull of curiosity when faced with an image of Captain America riding a winged lion, then perhaps you are browsing the wrong shelves.  The first issue of Amazing Fantasy has such an image on its cover and it really is one you have to hold in your hands to appreciate.

Granted, old ‘Cap’ looks a little different here, with Thor-like hair and beard and Conan-esque garb.  But the shield is there, albeit peppered with arrows.  The whole composition of the cover, from the languid pose of the supple elf-maiden to the hyper muscled orc (?) and Cap bring to mind the classic sword and sorcery art of Frank Frazetta and maybe even a little Boris Vallejo.

The whole cover is gleefully anachronistic, and I love it.  From the title font down to the brief cover pitch, it instantly conjures up the feel of the pulps of old.  Indeed, the original run of Amazing Fantasy (originally titled Amazing Adult Fantasy) harkens back to the post-pulp early ‘60s, and while primarily being famous for featuring the first ever appearance of Spider Man, had previously featured some excellent, weird and wonderful stories from Stan Lee, illustrated by Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby!

It is perhaps fitting then, that this new book contains not only numerous nods to Marvel history but also stars Spider Man alongside Captain America.  Joining them is Black Widow, or perhaps more accurately here, ‘red-room’ era Natasha Romanoff.  Kaare Andrews has elected to use World War II era Cap and teenage Spidey in this awesome story.

Aside from the letters and editor credits, this title is very much a one man show, and Kaare Andrews makes sure it is a seriously impressive show, at that.  The opening scenes of ‘Arrival’ show us Captain America on what seems to be an ocean-bound escort mission during WWII.  Disaster soon strikes and the Cap is transported to a strange new world, lit by twin suns and populated by fearsome beasts.

We then change pace, tone and art style to join a young Black Widow in the depths of the Red Room programme.  Soon after experiencing some of her harsh reality, we shift over to join everyone’s favourite webslinger, mid-fight with the Green Goblin, just before he is similarly whisked away to find himself in hot water surrounded by odd, misshapen creatures.

This whole book is a love letter not only to Marvel but also the many early pulp fantasy and science fiction stories which informed a lot of later entertainment.  Kaare Andrews uses his shifts in art style to take us from one era or scene to another, with changes in line work and colours very effectively charting a course through the chaos until our three protagonists all arrive in this strange new world.

As the action unfolds and builds towards the climactic closing pages, we are left with a sense of wonder and discovery but also with questions as to the exact nature of our heroes’ experiences.  Is it real, a shared dream, or something more… permanent?


Verdict


‘Arrival’ is a superb opening issue for this 5 book run.  The standard cover is worth the price of admission alone (there are a few nice variant covers around, too).  As a comic creator, Kaare Andrews is openly flexing here, showing off his considerable talents to bring us a tale worthy of that awesome cover and a gathering of some of Marvel’s most popular characters.  This one is highly recommended.  I can’t wait for issue 2!


Review by Andy Flood, 8/8/21


Three Reasons You Should Check Out The Rick And Morty Comics Right Now.

If, like us, you were a little gutted when Oni Press cancelled their 60 issue long run in march of last year, I’m sure you need no introduction here, but if you are one of the many who missed that epic journey, or perhaps were not even aware that Rick and Morty comics even existed, fear not as Oni Press is on fire with a whole bunch of limited series and one shots, let us explain why you should give them a go…


  • If you like the show, you are going to like the comics.

    At the time of writing the show is halfway through its fifth season and still seemingly as strong as ever with the majority of its audience, among many other aspects this largely seems down to the popularity of its main cast and the consistency that the showrunners have been able to give them as they are thrown through ever wilder and (sometimes) more controversial adventures.
    This is carried over to the comics with a great deal of success.

At peace.
A problem arises…

In line with the best of of TV comic adaptions, as you already know the show, you can hear Rick’s belches, you can’t help but hard-cringe at the sound of Jerry’s incessant whining, it all feels a home in print. Its the same with the editing as, just like the show, the comics seem to pull off a good balance of quick witted, edgy humour and good some great comic timing. In this case by some short and flowing panels that push you so quickly through joke after joke that, just like the show, you end up wanting to go back for more just in-case you missed something crucial to the plot or another layer to the joke. Oh and yes, there are always plenty of references and links to the main show too, but with a universe so vast, complex and rich with characters as Rick and Morty’s, that’s not exactly the hardest trick they have had to pull off here.

If you are new to the comics then at first glance you might thing the artwork looks a little rough around the edges but we insist, fear not, it’s brilliant at what it needs to do, and once you are just a few panels in the character design and their reactions simply mimic the animation that the TV show brings and more often than not it far exceeds the detail needed for the premises it sets itself up in. It’s not as tight and easy on the eye as something like the (ever outstanding) Simpsons comics, but then that type of execution would certainly bring more of a ‘photo-story’ feel to them rather than the very plot-apt chaos that Oni present with Rick and Morty.


  • It makes for a nice break from the noise surrounding the show

If there is one thing that anybody in tune with social media can agree about with Rick and Morty, its that it never seems to be able to go a season without attracting some kind of controversy. We are certainly not going to get into all that here, oh no, but it is now a sad fact that, if its not spoilers, its going to be that one notification from an entertainment media outlet that leaves you to watch a new episode already knowing that there is something either controversial or an important plot point on the way.

Season five has been no exception to all of this so far and we are sure at least some of the publicity doesn’t exactly harm its viewing figures, either way the comics are a breath of fresh air when it comes to enjoying the content without all of the opinions spoilers, and general noise that come with the show.

None of that here Morty!

So, if you are worried that some of the content of the show, or even just the noise surrounding it is tarnishing what was once your love for a healthy fix of Rick and Morty, we would suggest having some land through your letterbox each month as the comics have yet to arouse any of the scrutiny that the show comes under and yet still manages to keep its trademark bite.


  • Just look what’s coming up!

Not only do we get the next part in the fantastically hilarious ‘Ricks New Hat’ run, but up for pre-order now is a Misteeeeeeeer Nimbus one shot along with, what’s that? is that a Frank Miller/Zach Snyder inspired 300 cover for a comic based on Snuffles the (former) family hound!? I think it is…

Feeling it? Well don’t worry, we have you covered as all of these will all be available on http://www.wowcomix.com, maybe even by the time you read this!

Rick and Morty: Rick’s New Hat #3 – 18/8/21

“Oh, snap. It’s over. Rick and Morty are in the big one, the afterlife. No, for real this time, seriously. OK. You got us. They’re in the afterlife, but which one?! Will they find the second Fact of Science in time to save all of reality?!

Rick and Morty: Snuffles Goes To War – TBA – OCTOBER

Rick & Morty: Mr Nimbus #1 – 22/9/21

Straight out of the Rick and Morty Season Five premiere comes Mr. Nimbus!

The origins of Rick’s mightiest foe are revealed in this very special issue of Rick and Morty Presents. Love, war, fish, and friendship undergo the battering sea of time and tide.

Article Written by LJ

Throwback Review – Silver Age DC Classics: Adventure Comics #247

Review By Andy Flood


Written by:
Otto Binder (Superboy)
Ed Herron (Green Arrow)
Jack Miller (Aquaman)
Art:
Al Plastino (Superboy)
George Papp (Green Arrow)
Ramona Fradon (Aquaman)
DC ComicsApril 1992



Originally released in 1958, Adventure Comics #247 is packed with three stories, each featuring a well known DC character.  Re-released here as part of the ‘Silver Age DC Classics’ series in 1992, this is a really attractive prospect for any fan of DC or indeed, comics in general.

The original cover was by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye and shows Superboy seemingly facing the judgement of ‘The Legion of Super-Heroes’.  Depending on the reader’s age, it’s either deeply nostalgic or else curious to see art in this style; very evocative of the era and full of elements rarely used today.  Everything from the lettering and logo through to the colours and line work are different and hint at just some of the allure of these older comics.

There was often some form of teaser or ‘pitch’ on the cover, sometimes plucked from the pages within, other times featuring headline hyperbole designed to pull the reader in.  There’s a sense of fun and a feeling of incredulity brought by the dialogue on this cover and, if you want to know whether Cosmic Boy is actually serious, you clearly need to read the story within!

The lead story is notable for being the first appearance of ‘The Legion of Super-Heroes’, comprised here of Cosmic Boy, Lightning Boy and Saturn Girl, along with cameos from un-named members of the legion who would pique the curiosity of readers back in the ‘50s

It’s a great story, full of the optimistic futurism which was prevalent during the time of writing.  We see rocket ships, jet packs and gleaming utopian cityscapes as Superboy is transported to the 30th century!  There he faces the trials of ‘The Legion’ as they attempt to assess his worthiness for inclusion in their club.  Exactly how they go about all this might be seen to be morally dubious but seeing Superboy’s powers pitched against inventive use of other singular super-powers makes for great entertainment.

We then go on to join Green Arrow as he faces ‘The 13 Superstition Arrows’, along with his trusty sidekick Speedy.  This is obviously a much earlier incarnation of Green Arrow and perhaps seems comical when compared to his more modern counterpart.  However, this is an inventive and fun yarn, with lovely art and dramatic writing typical of the age.  Current fans might get a kick from seeing Green Arrow in his early ‘classic’ form; there’s lots to enjoy and some familiar elements that remain through to today’s version.

Our second backup story features Aquaman in ‘Aquaman’s Super Sea-Squad’.  This wild ride reads almost more like one of the war comics of the ‘40s, featuring as it does several military elements.  That’s not to say that it’s not fun; despite the threat of subaquatic nuclear disaster, this remains a remarkably light hearted and thrilling read.  Will Aquaman make it on time? Will the denizens of the deep help him in his impossible task?  Will he pause to paint a nuke green?  Well, yes, as it happens.

As if these three wonderful short stories weren’t enough, we are treated to brief letters or essays from DC creators working on later iterations of the Legion, giving their perspective as they look back on this classic issue.  It’s an interesting read, and highlights the value of these early titles.


Verdict

There’s something special about picking up an old or vintage comic.  It looks different, smells different (yes, I’m weird) and certainly feels different when you read it.  There’s a magic to it which is very specific to almost any comic prior to the year 2000.  Perhaps it’s the small ads offering x-ray vision for $3.25, or a ‘master kung-fu in a week!’ scheme.  But more likely, it is the imaginative stories, focused purely on providing fun, excitement and entertainment – all things which this issue brings in spades.  Suspend your disbelief at the door and treat yourself to almost any vintage title.  Judge a book by its cover and, chances are, you’ll be glad you did.


Review by Andy Flood, 20/7/21


James Bond: Agent of Spectre #1 Review


James Bond: Agent of Spectre #1 Review by Angus Woods


Written by: Christos Gage

Art: Luca Casalanguida

Released 3/4/21 Published by Dynamite

James Bond #1 is the perfect cup of tea for a James Bond fan in the long wait for No Time To Die. I myself thoroughly enjoyed this issue and it only left me wanting more to be quite honest.

The cover art by Steve Epting is one of the nicest covers I have seen in a long time, the black and white cover with the dark red blood really sets the stage for what is behind it. This is definitely one of my favorite covers recently.

The story devised by Christos Gage is utterly action-packed and you see yourself getting drawn into the issue very quickly. Christos writing is something to behold, he moves the story on at a good pace while also spending enough time to develop the story around 007. We are introduced to Blofeld in this issue, Bond is set the objective to kill him, and in doing so we are shown a beautiful montage of panels of Blofeld and Bond brawling it out. In this series Blofeld is a rather big guy who doesn’t hurt easily and the way Christos has written him adds to the level of respect Bond and Blofeld mutually have for each other, which is a different angle for the Blofeld and Bond relationship and I find rather refreshing.

Although the art style chosen by Luca Casalanguida is not my all-time favorite, and is rather sketchy artwork, it does give a refreshing break from the cartoon/animated artwork of a mainstream comic book and is far from awful. If this is your kind of art in a book, both the writing and colours compliment it very well and you will enjoy a refreshing read away from Marvel and DC.


In conclusion, James Bond: Agents of Spectre #1 is a great starting point for anyone, you don’t need to have the greatest knowledge of the James Bond world or be a massive comic fan, it reads like an Ian Fleming book and draws you in like a 007 movie and I highly recommend you pick this up.


Reviewed by Angus Woods 11/07/2021


What is HOT in Wow Comix stores this week?


WOW COMIX STRETFORD

Warhammer section fully re-stocked!

Lots of great 40,000 and Sigmar sets available in our Stretford store. Check out the great value starter sets and for those of you needing that extra shade or two will be happy to see that our paint rack is back to being fully stocked too!

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Full Sets

A load of great value and collection worthy full sets are on display in Stockport right now. Stories such as the iconic All Star Superman, Civil War, Green Lantern Rebirth and Alien: Earth Hive, and many more are all in excellent condition and waiting for you now!

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Super Sized Batman Funko needs new home!

As much as we would love too, we can’t keep this guy hanging around, he’s just too big and he’s blocking out our R2-D2 display, so you can take him home for only £90 this week! (That’s the cheapest anywhere around!)

COMIC OF THE WEEK!

The New Mutants #98 – First Deadpool!

A fine copy for reading or grading, only a faint crease in the bottom right hand corner would keep this beauty of the absolute top tier with regards to quality. Copies like this are going for between £350 and £450 right now, and over the next we days we are offering it too you for only £200!!! Head to our Stockport store to have a look!



The Amazing Spider-man #69 Review

The Amazing Spider-man #69Review By Leo Brocklehurst


Writer:
Nick Spencer

Artists:
Z.E Carlos
Carlos Gómez
Marcelo Ferreira


Released 24/3/21 Published By Marvel Comics

Spider-mans latest adventure is what you would expect of Nick Spencer, just more and more escalation leading up to the finale. In essence, it’s a cash grab so you can see the ad in the back for the giant sized one shot final parter, not a bad cash grab by any means, but a cash grab. The Spidey team decided to do this with the previous “kings ransom” storyline; an enjoyable story that doesn’t finish in its own book. Its a little annoying but that’s nothing to do with book itself.

The writing (scripted by spencer) is on point, witty and even funny in parts. (The smashing pumpkins joke in particular). The art shares the same rotating cast as last issue and like last issue, to varying degrees of success. Zé Carlos’ work shines especially, it reminds me of the spectacular Spider-man show in the way that it flows so nicely and feels quick and swift.

Carlos Gómez, is a great artist who is unfortunately given the most artistically boring arc of the book. Not to say that the Betty and Ned story is boring, it’s actually pretty interesting but I can’t really fathom it going anywhere except for them both leaving for some quiet place in Europe so that the two characters are taken cate of for a few years and don’t have to be brought back (granted, it would be cool if their baby turned out to be and evil , universe consuming God). The final artist, Marcelo Ferreira is very hit and miss and results in so-so  art that looks a little odd.

With almost all the negatives out of the way, the book is all in all pretty great. The most interesting plot line involving the clairvoyant features a great fight scene where Spidey actually gets his butt handed to him and the villains win. An interesting twist ensues in the form of the Jack o lanterns (along with most of the criminals in the foreigners crime filled casino) turning out to be working for the finisher. This finally ties the Theresa Parker side plot to the clairvoyants and will therefore provide us with a satisfying conclusion in “giant sized the Amazing Spider-man: the chameleon conspiracy” which is unfortunately a separate book and won’t be concluded in issue 70.

This issue was not a stand alone book. It fits perfectly into it’s story and will probably flow better once it’s collected on trade form. All in all, a solid continuation of recent issues that will be enjoyed by Spidey fans everywhere. Check it out!


7/10

Now that this fun little story is over, we will be returning to big picture, life shattering, sinister six filled action in next month’s SINISTER WAR……


Review by Leo Brocklehurst – 4/7/21