Lazarus Volume 2: Lift

Time for a round up of all the graphic novels I’ve read since Ablogalypse went on hiatus. In my review of Lazarus Volume 1 I noted that it was a fairly conventional, if enjoyable, dystopian action comic and I boasted that I thought I had the plot of the rest of the story figured out…

Snowpiercer

-Review by Paul Ewbank- Snowpiercer was originally a French dystopian post apocalyptic graphic novel, released in 1982 to critical acclaim. Last month a Korean film adaptation starring Chris Evans hit American theatres, and to coincide an English language version of the source material was released for the first time by Titan Comics. Having managed to…

Planetoid: Volume 1 (Image Comics)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- The first page of Ken Garing’s Planetoid depicts hero Silas crash landing on an unidentified world covered in ruined factories deep in hostile alien territory. Within the first 16 pages a giant mechanical worm emerges from a lake of toxic sewage and begins trying to bite Silas’ head off. Sometimes you…

The Infinite Horizon (2012)

  -Review by Paul Ewbank- A near-future dystopian retelling of The Oddyssey in a graphic novel? Sure, why not. I’ve always had a bit of an interest in Ancient Greek mythology. I read The Odyssey a few years back, and found it to be about three awesome chapters of daring adventures with cool mythical monsters…

Great Pacific: Volume 1 (2013)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- I’m learning to beware comics where the main draw is some wacky new concept. I’m all for seeing new ideas and trying to be original but a fresh concept on its own does not a story make. The line between “hook” and “gimmick” is largely down to how well it’s implemented-…

Revival Volume 1 by Image Comics

The dead rising from the grave is an age-old concept – one that has filled horror stories for centuries. However Revival takes this concept and turns it one its head. Whereas we are used to vampires and zombies rising from their crypts to kill and cause mayhem, in Revival a small rural town in Wisconsin…

Lazarus: Volume 1 (2013)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- I’ve said it before, but I really, really love Image Comics, and if you think you might like original, adult graphic novels more than recycled stories about guys in spandex then you should probably check out some of their titles too. As far as I can tell their business plan is…

Apocalyptic Comics by RobotHugs

I recently started riffling through the archives of  http://www.robot-hugs.com which is a web comic primarily featuring work on the topics of LGBT, Relationships and Depression/Anxiety issues and cats – worth a read if those things interest you. However, among these comics I also found an interesting little selection of apocalyptic works, which I saved and…

Shatter: Volume 1 (First Comics)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- The world of comic books is a fascinating mess of countless franchises and publishers, twisted, recycling continuities, obscure masterpieces and bizarre detours. Throughout its history comic writers and artists have often experimented with their medium in all kinds of ways, from developing new artistic techniques to twisting old conventions into something…

Saga: Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Image Comics)

-Review by Paul Ewbank-   Image Comics are totally owning the world of sci-fi comics right now. Image have always had some quality titles under their belt, and with the likes of Prophet and this, Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ Saga getting into full swing in the last year or so, they really are…

Paul’s Top 10 Coolest Robots in Apocalyptic/Dystopian Media

It was only a matter of time. 10) The Terminator You’re probably wondering why Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic, nigh indestructible killer-from-the-future is so low on this list. Well if you think about it, the Terminator is actually kind of crap. It gets sent back in time to a point where no existing weapons can harm it…

Prophet- Brothers (Image Comics)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- The First Volume of Image Comic’s reboot of the obscure sci fi series Prophet was a bizarre, at times incomprehensible mess of body horror, grim atmosphere and breathtaking alien scenery. Though for much of it I had little idea what was going on I was sufficiently enthralled by the fantastic art…