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
September 18, 2018 4:06 am I didn’t ask a question so I’ve no horse in this race (is that the expression? Dumb Brit!) but to avoid having to apologise for not getting to people’s questions, how about limiting folk to one query apiece? Some of the questions were three or two separate queries. And I hate all stats!
September 16, 2018 6:55 pm Great show. As regards colouring, the latest DC Nation has a wonderful piece from Mark Chiarello - the first of two, I think - on the subjects, including an explanation of colour theory.
September 4, 2018 3:57 pm (When I get my Patreon power, I suspect i shall be Captain Tumbleweed.)
September 3, 2018 9:59 am Very nice episode as ever, and a worthy Pick of the Week. If you have the cash to splash though, Conor, get Catwoman/Tweety &Sylvester... it surprises and delights from the first page on, and has the best description of Starfire 3 ever! Talking of delightful, did you read the back-up in Lex/Porky? It's gorgeous fun.
April 28, 2018 12:08 pm There were lots of fun bits but this was way too long. I pretty much fell asleep every time they went into space, so missed a few details here and there. I’d forgotten this was a split story and came out utterly lacking the excited buzz I usually have. Fellow audience members also seemed to feel pretty flat. I love hearing about US audiences cheering. The only big response we had were laughs out loud at Chris Pratt’s slight weight increase. Even seeing our town, Edinburgh, on screen didn’t cause whoops!
April 23, 2018 3:17 pm That shot of Deathstroke with the heroes saluting Superman in Action Comics - it is weird, I’m thinking it’s a nod to one of the Triangle Era’s biggest stories, Panic in the Sky, in which Deathstroke was one of the featured character.
April 23, 2018 11:25 am Great show as ever. I loved the long review of Action Comics #1000. The digital version comes in at 93pp or whatever, despite forgetting the pin-ups, because that Levitz/Adams strip isn't in the physical copy... it comes from the 80 Years of Action book. Weirdly, Conor, Action Comics was weekly for not even a year, it obviously felt like a lot longer. Re: Batman, this must be a pre-2000s Booster Gold, popped out of the timestream - he 's not been this dim since JLI - heck, it's a matter of weeks since he refused to save Superman's parents from death.
January 31, 2018 9:01 am Brian's power of never having to wash the dishes sounds awesome, but what happens when he's eating off a plate - does he have to avoid touching it directly for fear his food would vanish? We had a dishwasher come with our new house, but it seems to take three hours to do anything. Useless! (Incidentally, you said the other week you were now bestowing powers on people who've joined in the last year or so... have I missed my moment?)
December 18, 2017 4:48 am I’m not far in, but great show so far. As regards hearing Tom Hardy speak normally on screen, he read five bedtime stories for BBC children’s channel CBBC recently. Sweetly, he contacted the BBC and asked if he could be on the Bedtime Stories series - here’s a sample, maybe something for Josh’s young ‘uns. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kUayOnHldv0 I tried the first Cars but it wasn’t for me. Is no one else distracted by the name ‘Lightning McQueen’? It sounds like a drag artist, or the actress Mercedes McCambridge of The Exorcist and camp western Johnny Guitar.
December 11, 2017 3:12 am Totally agree on the Pick, great comic overall. So when the DC Holiday Special 2017 came out last week, I bought it digitally, enjoyed it, allowed a ComiXology update, was pleased to see the classic Silent Night of the Batman appear as a bonus... and only today realised the Max Landis/Francis Manapul story Driver’s Seat has disappeared. But why? I can’t see any babies in microwaves...