Early 2016 sees Titan Comics publishing The X-Files, The Official Collection Vol. 1: The Agents, The Bureau & The SyndicateandThe X-Files, The Official Collection Vol. 2: Little Green Men – Monsters and Villains.
Content from the top-selling X-Files Magazine has been packed together in a stunning book format for fans, both old and new, to enjoy.
THE X-FILES, THE OFFICIAL COLLECTION VOLUME 1: THE AGENTS, THE BUREAU AND THE SYNDICATE
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 176
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 12 2016
Journey inside the bureau with the only X-Files publication with all the answers!
Exclusive interviews with David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, show creator Chris Carter and more! Features charting the history of the FBI and how to become the next Mulder and/or Scully!
It’s time to rediscover the truth!
You can order The X-Files, The Official Collection Vol. 1: The Agents, The Bureau & The Syndicate from the Novembers edition of PREVIEWS or pre-order your copy from Amazon here.
THE X-FILES, THE OFFICIAL COLLECTION VOLUME 2: LITTLE GREEN MEN – MONSTERS AND VILLAINS
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 176
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 8 2016
Re-live Mulder and Scully’s most memorable encounters – from the bizarre, to the downright chilling!
Interviews with the most memorable villains/monsters, including Doug Hutchison (Eugene Victor Tooms), Nick Chinlund (death fetishist Donnie Pfaster), and George Peacock! Plus. monster makers – the X-Files’ FX team!
The truth is in here!
You can order The X-Files, The Official Collection Vol. 2: Little Green Men – Monsters and Villains from November PREVIEWS or pre-order your copy at Amazon now.
What do you get when you cross ‘Wales’ and ‘Manga’? Wanga!
Or at least that’s the name Caerphilly-based comic book producers Cosmic Anvil are coining for their unique ‘East-meets-West’ series ‘Age of Revolution’.
After a busy Summer touring comic based events around the UK the creative team are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to get the first volume of the comic book printed.
After many years of development Age of Revolution’s first issue launched in July 2013, and now after five standard issues, Age of Revolution is continuing as a 100 page special collected volume featuring not only the first five issues but two brand new, unreleased issues along with exclusive artwork, all seven covers, development sketches of the characters, script pages, a world map, and much, much more unreleased goodness.
They want this volume to be both a treat for existing fans and an easy jumping-on point for new readers. The volume will conclude the first story arc and introduce readers to the five main characters of the series.
“My aim for Cosmic Anvil is that we can prove that the independent comic scene in Wales is alive and kicking and it’s not just the big names like Marvel and DC that can succeed. This is especially timely with the rise of Comic Exhibition events surrounding the South Wales area including Showmasters’ Film and Comic Con, Cardiff Anime & Gaming Con, CICE (Cardiff Independent Comic Expo), Pontypridd’s Valleycon and Newport’s Geekedfest.” Huw Williams, Co-Founder of Cosmic Anvil and creator of Age of Revolution.
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (DanMachi) Story by Fujino Omori, Character Design by Suzuhito Yasuda, Art by Kunieda
Unsurprisingly, I hate it. I mean, with a title like that it was just asking for a rant review. But oh boy. Oh boy, oh boy. Buckle up, readers, I’m angry.
Is it Too Much to Ask to Move to an Alternate Timeline Where This Stupid Series Doesn’t Exist?
This pulpy disaster tries to present itself as a coming-of-age story brimming with heroism and adventure. But it’s kind of like being given a pillow full of wasps. If you don’t know something is severely amiss from the very obvious and ferocious buzzing, you deserve to get stung in your eyeballs. After reading the first volume of the manga, I’d quite like to gouge mine out. With a spork.
The story (by ‘story’ I mean ‘whatever semblance of a narrative I could gather from this poopy mess’) is set in a city where adventurers follow different gods and goddesses and provide money for them for some unexplained reason.
It weirdly tries to pull off Sword Art Online’s gaming dynamics but without the game. The adventurers have skills and levels and item drops but it’s?…not actually??…a game??! I don’t even know. It doesn’t work, but that’s the least of my worries.
Young adventurer Bell Cranel works alone for the goddess Hestia. Bell’s a newbie, and during a mishap in the big dungeon place he’s saved by the beautiful and gormless boobs-with-legs swordswoman Aiz Wallenstein.
Bell has grown up firm in the belief that women are weak and that he deserves to fit snugly into the grim fight-the-monster-get-the-girl rhetoric. The embarrassment of it all makes Bell’s bell shrivel up like a fossilised raisin. The dialogue goes a little like this:
‘But me big man? But got saved by boobs?? Offence to mating ritual!!! Must smash more rocks. Must be better than boobs. Then mate with boobs. Yes. Good.’
Omori could’ve made a point of showing that the traditional masculine hero story is outdated. He could have argued that women are just as capable of fighting monsters and maybe they don’t want to date an egotistical, antsy-pants boy like Bell regardless of any life-saving.
And, of course, Bellend represents all the boys of the world who bruise easily when a girl is better than them at something, he develops a magical Super Special Skill which makes him grow big and strong. It’s like a magical fromage frais.
He begins to improve his adventurer-skillz at an alarming pace because heaven forfend he should accept that Aiz is miles ahead of him. He’s consumed by the need to ‘catch up to her’ and to ‘close the distance.’ Aiz’s character, furthermore, is about as deep and complex as a puddle of elderly cat wee. There’s nothing to her, apart from her large breasts. She’s like a cardboard cutout or a robot.
You can hardly say that Bell actually wants to get to know her as a person because it’d be more fulfilling to converse with an avocado. Since I’m ranting, I might as well say that I think DanMachi is just a giant and poorly executed metaphor for defending the dominant masculine stereotype.
The dungeon is a looming phallic symbol and Bell must climb higher and higher until he overtakes Aiz and shows her his big sword. Balance restored.
Freud would swoon, I tell you.
If that narrative tapeworm wasn’t bad enough, nearly every female character Bell encounters in the first volume demonstrates a weird crush on him. The worst offender being his possessive and frisky goddess, Hestia.
Hestia’s body is clearly child-like, but she has these massive knockers that artist Kunieda thinks are made of memory foam or something. And she has this ribbon under her bosom which I don’t understand, either. It reminds me of when I put a rubber band around an opened Weetabix packet to keep them from falling out. It’s just naff and weird and I hate it.
If you think you want to read DanMachi, you actually want to read Shinobu Ohtaka’s Magi. If you still need some (balanced) sexiness in your manga adventures, try Soul Eater instead.
There are so many series out there which are much better than this arse water.
I felt as though I’d already read DanMachi a hundred times. It brings nothing new to the medium, and its stomach-churning themes do nothing progressive for outdated stereotypes.
Just please. Be kind to yourself. Don’t read it.
I’m going to go and sit in a dark room for a while.