Another week, another poor soul washes up on the shoreline of one a string of isolated tiny desert islands somewhere in the Pacific. Misery, isolation, loneliness, and a constant struggle against the elements await them. But on the plus ...
Another week, another poor soul washes up on the shoreline of one a string of isolated tiny desert islands somewhere in the Pacific. Misery, isolation, loneliness, and a constant struggle against the elements await them. But on the plus side, they do get their eight favourite comics to while away the hours with.
This time round we have writer Lee Robson, whose most recent project; Babble was described by Zainab thus:
”Babble is an intriguing book, one that benefits from Robson’s decision not to drown the text in swathes of characters and plot lines, making for a clear, streamlined tale. The choice of subject raises some thoughts over which to ponder: if language is a cornerstone of civilisation, are we not better for the diversity and richness of various tongues or is the fuel for knowledge and the need for instant blanket communication paramount? Robson and Cole have created a great comic here, with an ending that you’ll have to read to appreciate. Pick it up.”
Robson’s based in the North East and has contributed to various UK publications and anthologies over the years; FutureQuake, Something Wicked and the Accent UK series of anthologies (Robots, Western, Predators, Zombies 2 and the forthcoming Victoriana). Babble was published in 2013 by Com.X to lots of reviews very similar to Zainabs. He has more more work set to appear in upcoming issues of Zarjaz and FutureQuake.
And in a timely co-incidence, his artistic collaborator on Babble, Bryan Coyle, has just been nominated for a prestigious Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award.
Desert Island Comics – Episode 60 – Lee Robson
Asterix & Cleopatra by Goscinny and Uderzo
I’ve owned a hardback copy of this since I was a kid. I can’t remember where I got it or who gave it to me, but I do remember being completely drawn into it in a way that a lot of comics like The Dandy and The Beano et al never had. Uderzo’s art was – and still is – amazing; it’s packed with so much detail, and, even now, I find myself marvelling at it and finding things I’d never noticed. Combined with Goscinny’s script (albeit the English translation from Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge), and all the jokes and silly character names, it’s a book I literally can’t imagine not having in my life.
Transformers UK: Time Wars by Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman
I make no excuses for my love of Transformers UK. The original strips produced for it by Simon Furman, Barry Kitson, Will Simpson, Lee Sullivan, Andrew Wildman and Geoff Senior amongst many, many others, quickly outstripped the US reprints in terms of quality. There’s a lot of great collections available, and, I’ll admit, I was torn between this one and Dinobot Hunt, but Time Wars just pips it. It was the culmination of a lot of UK storylines and had some brilliant moments that kept me on the edge of my seat (I mean, Optimus Prime vs Galvatron as the universe begins to tear itself apart!). This book – in fact, make that the whole series – still stands up as a great example of what can be done with licensed comics when the creators are let loose.
The complete Alan Grant/Norm Breyfogle Detective Comics run
Slight cheat this one, I’ll admit, but, hey if I’m going to be stuck on that island, I can damn well take what I want, and I want to take this run.
This was, for me, the definitive Batman run. The characters presented here encapsulated the whole mythos so perfectly. We had a Batman who was lithe, menacing and almost demonic; a hardboiled and tough as nails Commissioner Gordon, a prim and proper, but deeply caring Alfred and, frankly, some of the best character work on Tim Drake that’s ever been done. It also introduced some brilliant new villains and painted the characters – both good guys and bad guys – with a lot of moral grey areas. It’s a shame DC have never collected any of these issues, though.
Dragon’s Claws by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior
Dragon’s Claws is, basically, awesome. Razor sharp scripting by Simon Furman and