Review: Celtic Knights

Superhero stories that shoehorn Ireland, or Irish themed heroes, into their list of tropes can get a bit problematic and oversaturated. Only a few titles can pull this off well, like Celtic Clan and its knowing silly wink towards Saturday morning cartoons, and The Wren, which sets a great stylistic tone and intrinsically knows the popular […]

Review: Big Bastard #3

Big Bastard is still flying a relatively rare flag in Irish comics: a full colour story with an eye towards good presentation and production values. The release dates between each issue are still unsteady (as with much of the market, a lot of printing comes from our pockets) but the quality is hopping from strength to […]

Review: Lightning Strike #4

As part of their new reprinting move (Lightning Strike #1 and #2 now come in slightly smaller paperback editions, a more pleasant presentation than the bulky saddle bound ‘cartridge’ paper version of #2 I picked up over a year ago), the fourth anthology from the team at Lightning Strike Comics is in a smaller saddle bound format, […]

Review: I’m Awake, I’m Alive

Here’s a nice surprise: a comics anthology from Cork courtesy of Turncoat Press called I’m Awake, I’m Alive. (For writing’s sake, the title will be abbreviated to IAIA.) Since the other examples of comic anthologies I’ve reviewed here have been found densely around Belfast and Dublin, I for one welcome the Rebel County’s offering of local talent – […]

Review: Big Bastard #2

The first issue of Big Bastard got a favourable review on The Cool Bean last time we checked it out, and the comic was certainly due a return with an interesting premise and strong aesthetics. The creative team of McColgan and O’Driscoll have since released the second issue of Big Bastard, and the quality thankfully remains high. The eponymous […]

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