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Books, Comics, General Monty

Best of 2013: Monty’s Picks

16.12.13 | Comment?

Trashy comic fun!

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, W. Haden Blackman

I personally love movie characters being loyally and accurately transferred from the big screen to comic books (often) and evil Sith lord Darth and an innocent, everyman lieutenant slug it out with whole battalions and win. You’re never really sure if Darth will destroy his young companion (like he does everyone else) and that tension lies at the heart of many scenes. We wonder what remains of Anarkin, but mostly, we enjoy one lusty, enormously destructive battle scene after another!

Demon Knights 2: The Avalon Trap, Paul Cornell

Reinventing old, neglected super characters seemed to be one of the major drives of DC’s new 52 series, but whilst The Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and Firestorm have long since been cancelled The Demon Knights, still runs (thankfully) and continues to impress. Mystical groupies include the rhyming demon Etrigan, Lucifer and Madame Xanadu and this unstable mix of good, basically evil and good or evil (depending on which side of the moral bed they got out of on) characters makes for an unpredictable, surprising comic, drawn awfully and horribly well by Diogenes Neves.

FF volume 1: Fantastic Faux, Matt Fraction

Fun parody and reimagining of the Fantastic Four story with Ms Thing, Ant Man and Valentine’s Day! For those who like kooky, often ridiculous meta-fiction.


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