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, 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...
December 5, 2017 5:58 am One of the most confusing things about this year's New Talent Showcase is that three of the artists, Minkyu Jung, Siya Oum and Sam Lotfi, are in last year's edition. I dislike 'jamokes' - it's too regional as a running gag, never mind too American!
November 27, 2017 3:49 pm Fun show, nice to hear Ryan again, although that dice thing was the worst ever power... even when he explained it to Conor, I was utterly lost. What’s the advantage of getting a number that’s one more than the number you threw? Mind, the constant hypotheticals when Conor was giving out powers was fun, I bet ‘why’ was his constant refrain as a toddler! The Cosmic Treadmill predates the Speed Force concept, so even if DC writers today say it can only be used by SF users - and why would that be, did the parts come from a SF workshop? - I reject that in this fluxing Rebirth period! So yeah, Superman can use it. Oh, and Comet isn’t a Kryptonian, he’s from ancient Greece.
October 30, 2017 7:56 am I'm really sorry I helped force you to read this. I'm sorrier still that I read it. And stop apologising, the show was great as ever!
July 19, 2017 5:30 pm Listening to the Harry's advert, I think you're the man who can answer something that has been bugging me for years, Conor. Why do some men shave at the gym? Shave at home! You're in the way!
June 27, 2017 5:47 am Great show, and thanks to everyone above for the fascinating art info, I like Janin a lot, his Nightwing work was especially great. I’m not sure if you recognised her with the tweaked look, Conor, but the mutant girl in Aquaman was Dolphin, that tart from the Peter David run. Maybe you were avoiding spoiling. Good news for the art - Aquaman is b ack to monthly publication.