Mart

Mart

Name: Martin Gray

Bio: I'm a journalist in Edinburgh and fond of police procedural telly, biscuits and musicals. I know far more than any decent person should about My Little Pony, having spent years editing British comic books about them; thankfully I also got to edit reprint titles for such folk as Batman and Superman. And the best bit of that? Chatting to the readers in lettercols - no pleasure in life equals being italicised. I review comics for Comic Buyers Guide and go on at appalling length at my own blog, http://dangermart.blogspot.com/

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Reviews

I enjoyed #1 but this wound up way down the reading pile. Partly, it’s because there were so many other…

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Oh dearie Lord, who signed off on this comic? It’s not even dopily entertaining, it’s just annoyingly bad. It’s part…

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Just read 600 and I’m going to moan again about the art. Why does the very competent Olivier Coipel seem…

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Mart's Recent Comments
April 23, 2017 7:16 pm Enjoyed the Marvel discussion lots.. but where did Conor go?
April 17, 2017 7:33 pm Great show as ever, hope you got some sleep afterwards. Good luck with the new extra shows... you probably saw on the poll page that I don't actually want rewards (or 'rewards' when we're talking the privilege of being able to buy something!), I'd rather you set a level that was comfortable, pays the bills with enough for the odd snack/beer and go for that - adjusting for inflation every now and then - and don't give yourself extra work. I'm really not fussed about non-comic chat, I can get that elsewhere.... does Patreon compel participants to set rewards?
March 27, 2017 4:46 pm I always assumed Ron's email address meant he was an XO Manofwar fan. Apparently not!
March 23, 2017 6:36 pm I'm British and old and I don't care about the Stones; it doesn't mean I'm terrible, or they're rubbish. We just don't connect. I do hope 'justify not liking something' doesn't become a regular feature. Are there any IGrans out there?
March 20, 2017 6:11 pm 'They're never gonna move him off for reasons not worth getting into...' Oh Conor, you tease!
March 6, 2017 8:33 am I'm reading barely any Marvels these days, they're so pricey and I think, well, I shall read them on Unlimited - but six months on, I just can't bring myself to care. The MU just ain't compelling these days. I apologise for not taking part in the Patreon vote, I almost did once, but on seeing how much catalogue stuff there was to wade through, just couldn't be bothered. if there was a shortlist of say five, that'd be great.
January 30, 2017 4:39 am Nice show, as ever. Did I hear right, six whole pages of Saga were all black, with no narrative content? If so, were they extra to the usual page count? More than one page of that and I'd flounce out! I'm not made of money! I hate Deathstroke, never could stand Creeper... but you may have me here.
January 10, 2017 4:53 am Thanks for another fun show. As regards colouring comics that were originally black and white or vice versa, I think the original is generally preferable. If an artist is drawing for mono publication theyre going to have workarounds for where colour would have helped the storytelling. And how awkward is Silver Age Green Lantern in the black and white Showcase editions? But good luck to any reissues, artists gotta eat! Regarding the Box Office Poison review, there was a lot in there about your relationship to the original book, and the creator, but very little about the story. I don't expect you to reduce a big, personal work to a single line, but a bit more context than 'slice of life' would have been useful. We later hear it's set in New York and perhaps aimed at 24-year-olds, and is influenced by Cerebus.... is it a soap? Autobiographical? Who's the main character or is it an ensemble? What's that title about? Love the super power section as ever, I'd hate people to believe I was the most important person in the room, I'm no leader! 'Strikezone'? The name alone may be enough for US sports fans but you, sirs, are international superstars, your foreign fans may need some handholding. OK, me. Anyway, lovely to have you back from the well-deserved break, all the best for 2017.
November 21, 2016 4:55 am That Elvis running joke needs another six months of out-of-town try-outs. Mind, he was a comics fan, basing his Vegas outfits and hair on Captain Marvel Jr. Well, that's what I've always heard. That extended GI sequence probably wasn't as long as it felt... Happy Thanksgiving for next week!
November 13, 2016 7:03 pm Great pick of the week, I was also surprised to see this appear – but what a nice surprise. I tweeted the Mike Del Mundo error to ComiXology Support last Wednesday or something and they said they'd look into it, but no change as of this typing. Avengers 1.1. should strictly have been #16.1 but there you do, gotta have a #1! And yes, a Waid/Kitson run could be splendid. Maybe Wanda'/ headpiece is a hex sphere that got stuck?