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
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?
October 19, 2016 10:14 am Come on lads, the jokes about Lois being a technological dinosaur were amusing, but you know she’s not actually from the past - she moved earths, she’s lived the years just like the rest of us. And she didn’t just decide to steal New 52 Lois’ life, she’s at the Planet reluctantly after a vision of younger, supposedly dead Lois.
September 20, 2016 4:41 pm I'm all for Jim Lee leaving Suicide Squad so we can have longer stories. That said, the Captain Boomerang backup by Rob Williams and Ivan Reis was pure joy.
August 30, 2016 8:58 am Great episode, but dang, I wish I'd not said I'd be happy to be an anonymous Patreon now ... I want a super power!
August 23, 2016 5:19 am I'm all for a bit of reader voting, I loved it when DC would let readers vote for the Legion of Super-Heroes leader, from the Sixties to the Eighties. That led to such things as the surprise election of Dream Girl, when a bunch of readers decided to campaign for the then-ditsy seer out of sheer devilment, so Paul Levitz began writing her as really rather awesome (she was never an idiot anyway, beint a super-scientist in her first appearance, but that rather got left behind over the years).
July 20, 2016 8:12 pm Top show as ever. I think I may have asked this previously... what is the 'ratings ratings ratings' gag a reference to? And given you, rightly, hate the glowing Spider-Man bits, how do you stand the floating Green Lantern chest symbols, I find them even worse. Oh hang on, DC Rebirth seems to have be need it. Yay!
May 29, 2016 7:32 pm Conor, admittedly, I don't recall Superman's death coming up in Justice League #50, but so far as reasons for his sickness go, DC were playing it as All of the Above - the first part of the Final Days of Superman, in Superman #51, when Superman was doing experiments on himself in the Fortress, said he was dying due to three things - the fire pits of Apokolips, his battle with Rao in Hitch's Justice League, and sitting in the ARGUS Kryptonite chamber.
May 24, 2016 4:49 am I hadn't heard that Timmy Wood had died, I'm so sorry. Condolences to you all on the loss of Timmy, and Darwyn Cooke. Hugs.