Comics & Graphic Novels

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Myths and legends play a huge part in the construction of a community’s narrative, the oral tradition vital to understanding origins and giving a focus to storytelling. Maori culture has some amazing fables and I highly recommend Rotorua Museum for incredible visuals, very similar to the ones found in this graphic book, that tell of… Read More

“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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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