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
November 4, 2019 4:30 am Thanks for the best show in awhile (and that’s not to say the show isn’t always fun and insightful). The discussion of Sue Storm’s eyebrows has me dying to read this series on Marvel Unlimited, I could not agree more on the merits of Sandman Universe Prevents: (hee) Hellblazer and I suddenly want to look at Mack Weldon socks, even though I’m in the UK. Like Conor, I’ve sometimes arrived at the gym and found I’ve forgotten a piece of kit. What I do now is keep a lightweight vest, non-favourite socks and briefs in one of the pouches on my gym bag; I never bother with shorts as it’s pretty much impossible to pack a gym bag and forget shorts. It is, though, very easy to pack shorts without innards and forget briefs/trunks/whatever. This kind of thinking is the first step towards a utility belt.
September 12, 2019 5:15 am Just tweeted you Conor but forgot you’re likely not going to see that. In a new interview at the Beat with Brian Bendis there’s this exchange: CORI McCREERY: And we’re getting to the path to get my favorite future teens back. I just want to ask a question about the President Supergirl chapter. Was that meant to be a framing device for the rest of it? Or was that at the very beginning of this timeline? BRIAN BENDIS: This is the beginning of the story. It actually takes place about 40 or 50 years from now. Right? So we seemed from the first page that we’re in today, and we turned the page right? And Supergirl is Helen Mirren, we’re already in the future. She’s already started her path, and she doesn’t know it.’ Full piece at https://www.comicsbeat.com/who-leviathan-isnt-brian-michael-bendis-interview/ - interesting stuff!
September 9, 2019 6:23 pm @Conor - You’re likely right, I don’t know the Batman Beyond continuity, I’ve only come across him in Countdown. And who knows with DC characters and possible futures, they could all be bleeding immortal, or clones, or whatever.
September 9, 2019 3:26 pm Thanks guys. Conor, we don’t know HOW close to the present the Supergirl scene is, I just mean it’s the closest relative to the other vignettes - I was guessing late 21st century. Ah well, we may yet find out! Josh, unless I’m really missing something, the Planeteers she’s trying to join aren’t the Legion but the separate interstellar peacekeeping group that predates the Legion - the Tommy Tomorrow* of the Planeteers strip was originally set in the far-off late 20th century, then moved to the 21st century. I suspect here we’re in the 25th as that’s where Booster Gold works at the Space Museum... we see him as Michael the janitor in the previews for next issue. * In post-Crisis DC continuity the kid found in Command D grew up to be Tommy Tomorrow, but we can safely ignore that by now. Apologies if I’m telling you stuff you know because I’m just missing stuff - super-stupidity will likely turn out to be my Patreon Power!
September 9, 2019 2:04 am Hmm, what was the Legion reference Josh saw in the final sequence of Millennium? I must have my eyes closed! I understood this book differently to Conor, thinking it was moving forward in time... surely Supergirl is the first sequence as she’s closer to our time, then Batman Beyond as he’s in Bruce Wayne’s lifetime too, etc. Doesn’t ‘and then’ tell us each is coming AFTER the other?
September 2, 2019 4:49 am Nice show. Claremont does actually have a page in Marvel Comics #1000, can’t remember what it was though. Hang on... digital p64, it’s not very interesting. Good luck with the upcoming 700th! If you could ban two and three-part questions that would be useful!
August 15, 2019 4:32 am Ditto, I live in East Lothian near where he was born.
August 15, 2019 4:30 am Really enjoyed the lads together - maybe this could be a quarterly thing to give C and J a break?
April 29, 2019 12:05 pm Am I having a weird case of deja vu or did a Patron get trash-sorting powers last week too?
April 26, 2019 6:45 pm Just a quick thanks to Josh for a sterling effort!