Matthew Codd

Matthew is a freelance writer and reviewer with a love of all things nerdy. Comics and graphic novels are his main area of interest, but he’ll read anything that grabs his attention, be it romance, historical non-fiction, or anything in between. Some of his favourite books are The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, the Sandman comic series by Neil Gaiman, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. When he’s not reading, you’ll probably find him playing video games, eating pizza, watching cartoons, and trying to keep up with his cats, Clementine and Frankie.

Books

Australi

Australi #1

Australia is a land of stories. For 40,000 years, Indigenous Australians shared knowledge and culture in the stories passed down from generation to generation. The sands of time and the march of colonialism mean, sadly, that many of those tales have been lost, but what's been preserved and recovered offer some insight into a tradition [...]

Eyeshield 21, Volume 1

Eyeshield 21, by Riichiro Inagaki & Yusuke Murata

One of the neat idiosyncrasies of manga (Japanese comics) is the popularity of sports-themed series. Slam Dunk, a comic about a high school basketball team, is among the best-selling manga series of all time, and there are books about everything from swimming to rugby. Even sports that don't have a whole lot of cultural relevance [...]

Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception

Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception

Clean Room is one of the creepiest comics I’ve ever read. This is at least somewhat unexpected, given it’s written by Gail Simone – best known for colourful character action series’ like Batgirl and Red Sonja. Sure,  she’s written darker stuff before, and artist Jon Davis-Hunt cut his teeth on the likes of Judge Dredd, [...]

Fresh Romance

Fresh Romance: Volume 1, edited by Janelle Asselin

Fresh Romance is an incredible story of achievement. The product of not one but two successful Kickstarter campaigns – one to get it off the ground at all, and another for a print edition – it’s proven that there’s a demand for far more diversity in comics than the usual superheroes and action-adventure romps. According [...]

Rat Queens

Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery, by Kurtis J. Wiebe

“Lord of the Rings meets Bridesmaids”. That’s how writer Kurtis J. Wiebe has often described Rat Queens, and it’s a fitting comparison, though I’d maybe throw Kill Bill in there, too. Rat Queens is a modern take on the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy epic - funny, crass, full of action, and comically over-the-top violent. But [...]

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Captain America: Sam Wilson #1, by Nick Spencer with Artwork by Daniel Acuna

Over the last two months or so, Marvel have been undergoing a major publishing shake-up. With the establishment of the “All New, All Different” Marvel Universe, they’ve hit the reset button on every book in their line-up - cancelling some series, introducing brand new ones, and starting all ongoing lines with new #1s and fresh [...]

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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Get Into Comics

Comics can be daunting for newcomers. With so many different universes and different continuities, it can be difficult to know where to start. This is something I’ve written about before, but it’s a matter that deserves some more attention, because it seems like creators and publishers are aware of the problem - and as a [...]

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Jem and the Holograms: Showtime, by Kelly Thompson, Sophie Campbell & M. Victoria Robado

Sometimes, you find love in the unlikeliest places. It might be a chance encounter at a gig, it might be among the ranks of a rival band. Me? I found love within the pages of of a comic crafted by a team I wasn’t familiar with, from a publisher I’d never read, rebooting an ‘80s [...]

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