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New Beginnings - Thrawn #1

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New Beginnings - Thrawn #1

Marvel Comics Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Luke Ross Colorist: Nolan Woodard For me, by far the most significant aspect of the Disney acquisition of LucasFilm was the decision to de-canonise the Expanded Universe. I could understand why they did it – trying to thread the plot of the new trilogy through the labyrinthine canonical moments set up by the books would have put so many constraints on what they were doing as to make it unworkable. The most significant piece of canon that I knew I would miss was the Heir To The Empire trilogy of books by Timothy Zahn,...

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New Beginnings - Oblivion Song

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New Beginnings - Oblivion Song

Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment Writer: Robert KirkmanArtist: Lorenzo De Felici We here at Proud Lion were sent an advance copy of the first 6 issues of Oblivion Song, the latest ongoing monthly series from Walking Dead and Outcast writer, Robert Kirkman. This is in the comic store, available for people to have a look through, so come on in and have a browse if you want to get a feel for it. The basic premise revolves around an incident that happened in Philadelphia, which sent 300,000 citizens and 30 square miles of city into a hellish alternate dimension known as Oblivion. Initially, there...

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New Beginnings - Old Man Hawkeye #1

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New Beginnings - Old Man Hawkeye #1

Marvel ComicsWriter: Ethan SacksArtist: Marco ChecchettoColorist: Andres MossaA disclaimer before this review goes any further: I haven’t read the original run of the Old Man Logan storyline. I’ve seen Logan, I know the basics of the comic’s story arc, and I’ve read subsequent issues that feature our aged protagonist, but I’ve never just sat down and read the original from cover to cover. This means that there may be some references contained with Old Man Hawkeye that I have missed, some layered and nuanced meanings that I don't understand the importance of, but it also means that I can review...

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New Beginnings - Atlas and Axis #1

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New Beginnings - Atlas and Axis #1

Titan Comics Creator/Writer/Artist: Pau As France brought us Asterix, and as Belgium brought us Tintin, Spain brings us Atlas and Axis. In the fantastical world of Pangea, where all the people are animals, our protagonists are on a mission to track down a viking warband that attacked their village, taking all the women and puppies hostage. The characterisation of our titular stars is strong from the beginning, and will make any fans of Asterix and Obelix feel instantly at home. Atlas is our hero: a great warrior and explorer, smart and a natural leader, if somewhat clumsy at times. Axis...

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New Beginnings - Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

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New Beginnings - Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 DC Comics Writer: Mark RusselPencils: Mike FeehanInks: Mark Morales Colours: Paul Mounts A high-stakes political drama, set in the early 1950s at the height of the 'Red Scare'. The story of a gay, intellectual playwright struggling with the knowledge that it doesn't take much for a writer to go from being the flavour of the month to cat food. The story of the execution of the Rosenburgs in Sing Sing Prison for selling nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. The story … of Snagglepuss, even?No, I don't know, either.But it works, it really works. The story...

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