If you could get away with murder... would you?
Alan Moore's Songbook
Delving into Alan Moore's non-comics work
The Blair Witch Project
If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big rip-off
An atmosphere-soaked story in an exotic setting
A close look at Garth Ennis's and John McCrea's DICKS (no,
Join Chunky the turtle on a voyage of emotional discovery
A savagely funny, alternative outing for everyone's favourite demon
Existentialism, exposition, and extreme violence for the Double
of the Bastard
Spider turns his attention to the last great spectator sport...politics
Sandman: The Dream
Neil Gaiman's first SANDMAN story in four years...can he
still cut it?
Writers on Comics Scriptwriting
Some of the best writers in comics talk openly about their work
Sandman: The Doll's
The book where Neil Gaiman "found his voice" and inspired a generation
Hello and welcome to another round-up of the great,
the good and the occasional waste of trees. This issue has more
of an "indie" slant than usual, as the last few months have seen
some excellent work coming from left field.
We kick off with an excellent story arc from 100
BULLETS, a powerful tale of greed, sex and power. Moving into
more surreal territory, we also take a look at the exemplary GOODBYE
CHUNKY RICE, proving once and for all that turtles are
cool; HELLBOY JR. gives fans of black humour a shot in the
arm; and Ennis & McCrea's DICKS, while not especially new,
gets the laughs every time.
Equally big on laughs of a different kind is WRITERS
ON COMICS SCRIPTWRITING, a series of frank and informal interviews
with many of today's top writers. If you've ever wondered what goes
on in the fevered minds of comics creators, give it a look.
November saw Vertigo celebrating ten years of SANDMAN,
so we couldn't have gone this month without mentioning SANDMAN:
THE DREAM HUNTERS, an original graphic novel from Neil Gaiman
(of course) and the obscenely talented Japanese artist Yoshitaka
And to play our own small part in the celebrations,
we've selected SANDMAN: THE DOLL'S HOUSE as this month's
Retro review. Arguably the book that kick-started DC into producing
the Vertigo line at all, 'The Doll's House' saw Gaiman "finding
his voice" and inspired a generation of writers who would follow.
Finally, well done to those who noticed that Gregory
Dickens's review of MR MAJESTIC mysteriously vanished from
last month's Reviews. Those responsible have been singled out for
extreme ridicule, and we present it this month instead.
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