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,



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
March 17, 2021 7:34 pm Cheers for another terrific episode. I was excited to get Non-Stop Spider-Man, but boy, was it wordy. I was also tripped up by the dropping of names of people to whom we’ve not been introduced, and the flashbacks killed whatever momentum there was. It might have been better to start from a point of no forward momentum then build and build - get the exposition out of the way first, then move forward, faster and ever faster. Also, Chris Bachalo has many strengths, but his Peter Parker is spectacularly ugly. It’s also an ‘Amen’ from me as regards the criticisms of the back-up, that was no Zemo, that was a WB sidekick. And ‘yea’ so far as the hip dialogue goes - I’m a middle-aged British git, that payoff line, ‘And they have drip’? What? I looked it up and apparently ‘drip’ = ‘style’ but even that doesn’t give us a killer pay-off. As for the regular Spidey book, it was OK but I couldn’t get over how off-model the great Patrick Gleason’s Peter and JJJ are.
November 18, 2020 4:04 am And Bilqus Evely drew the excellent Sugar & Spike serial, written by Keith Giffen, for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow anthology. It’s huge fun, and collected as a cheap trade.
September 28, 2020 8:00 am I’m enjoying the show, congratulations and thanks for all the entertainment. If not all the fish. Conor mentioned that the only female to write in was ‘Emlyn W’. If I heard that correctly, that’s a chap’s name, apparently meaning ‘around the valley’. Famous Emlyns over here in the UK include footballer Emlyn Hughes and playwright Emlyn Williams.
September 18, 2020 1:23 pm I was also confused by those silent panels of Lana in Superman, but my pal Anj came to the rescue... it sounds plausible. Apparently Brad is from the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. ‘As for Lana’s faces, here is what I think. She sees pics of her in the yearbook with Brad. She’s sort of disgusted … like ‘ugh, I spent time with him when I could have been with Clark.’ Then she sees Clark, shy and unassuming, lingering in the background of the yearbook. Then she sees all the current pics of a smiling, confident Clark hugging Lana. And then she realizes that she really missed out.’
August 21, 2020 2:58 pm Great show as ever, you’re so right about the need for Hawkman to tell different stories, Conor; when Geoff Johns brought in the reincarnation business, people hailed it as a great simplification when to me it seemed to be adding a new level of complication. So long as writers refuse to write about anything else, I’m good with it going away. If you want a great, ungodly Diana story, try the super-cheap Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #4, by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Daniel Sampere. There’s a terrific new character in there.
August 10, 2020 7:33 pm I’m so pleased to hear the love for the current Hellblazer, it’s superb. But where did you get ‘slammer’ as a UK term for exclamation mark, Josh? When I worked in comics we called them ‘screamers’ and in newspapers we say ‘dog’s cock’ but ‘slammer’ is new to me! And there is certainly bad Hellblazer, the Azzarello stuff. The whole thing was terribly off.
August 3, 2020 12:16 pm Thanks, that makes sense. I’m just too British!
August 3, 2020 11:51 am Fun show, as ever. I’m not sure a GI Joe show is the best way to get to the next stretch goal, you already talks lots about GI Joe for free! Are they even as popular generally as they are with you fine fellas?
July 8, 2020 11:05 am It’s really, really good!
February 17, 2020 4:48 am Top show, as ever. I also dropped off Terrifics but the other week went back and read #19-#24 be Gene Yang and various non-big-name, but excellent, artists. It’s Year of the Villain-adjacent, but a hugely fun ride centred on time travel in which there are some great character beats. And a lot of it is set in Hamilton, former home of Lois, Clark and Jon. If you have DC Unlimited (or whatever it’s called, no one outside North America is allowed in), keep an eye out, Conor.