Monthly Archives: November 2013

Black Science #1 by Rick Remender – Friday Flash Review [Bane of Kings/Shadowhawk]

Black Science 01

Bane of Kings and Shadowhawk take a look at Rick Remender’s new series from Image Comics with artist Matteo Scalera.

An absolutely stellar first issue, Black Science might just be Rick Remender’s strongest work yet, and as a result it’s jumped right to the top of my pull list. A must read.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

“Quite an impressive story about desperation, bad choices and a pulp science fiction core that speaks of great adventures.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett – Book Review [Bellarius]


Moving into the realms of mostly fantasy for once, Bellarius takes a look at Night Watch from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

“Satirical commentary, humour, subverted science fiction and fantasy tropes and Sam Vimes. A gem of a novel worthy of any Discworld fan’s bookshelf.” – Bellarius, The Founding Fields

The Top 5 Comics To Look Out For On Wednesday 27 2013 [Bane of Kings]

Aquaman #25

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, runs down the Top 5 Comics to look out for on Wednesday 27 featuring books from DC, Image and Marvel Comics.

From The Flames by Graeme Lyon – eBook Review [Bellarius]


Bellarius keeps going with the Legion of the Damned collection with Graeme Lyon’s From the Flames.

“A story with potential, but is ultimately harmed by its unusual limitations.” – Bellarius, The Founding Fields

Elemental Wars #1: Heartwood by Freya Robertson – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, reviews the first novel in the Elemental Wars series by Freya Robertson, entitled Heartwood. The epic fantasy novel is published by Angry Robot Books. Its sequel, Sunstone – hits 25th March 2014 in the USA and in the UK on April 3rd.

“Whilst not living up to its full potential, Heartwood is nonetheless a solid book. However its biggest strength is also its greatest weakness, as the first novel in the Elemental Wars is all about worldbuilding and as a result everything else suffers.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Marching Time by Various Authors – Anthology Review [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, reviews the second anthology from the folks at the Black Library Bolthole, a fan-forum dedicated to fiction published Black Library, including veteran guest author CL Werner. Like The Black Wind’s Whispers, Marching Time is a themed anthology focusing around a particular subject – in this case time travel.

“An excellent collection of short stories – Marching Time learns from the mistakes made in The Black Wind’s Whispers and delivers a very awesome read that comes highly recommended for anybody looking for a true variety in time travel stories.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Uncanny X-Men #14 by Brian Michael Bendis – Friday Flash Review [Shadowhawk/Bane of Kings]

Uncanny X-Men 14

Shadowhawk and Bane of Kings take a look at the first issue of Uncanny X-Men after the events of Battle of the Atom.

“This is totally filler and not all that good at that too.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

“This comes recommended.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Dark Hollows of Memory by David Annadale – eBook Review [Bellarius]


Bellarius continues with a look at the Legion of the Damned short stories, moving onto David Annadale’s The Dark Hollows of Memory.

“A strong short tale, with enough bolterfire to keep any reader interested until the final page.” – Bellarius, The Founding Fields

The Black Beetle Vol. 1: No Way Out by Francesco Francavilla – Graphic Novel Review [Bane of Kings]

The Black Beetle Vol. 1

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, reviews the graphic novel focused on the adventures of Dark Horse Comics’ pulpy superhero The Black Beetle, with Francesco Francavilla (Batman: The Black Mirror & Green Hornet: Year One) at the helm of both writing and artistic duties. This graphic novel can be read as a standalone collection with little knowledge of the character required.

“The main attraction to the Black Beetle in No Way Out will be the absolutely stellar artwork of Francesco Francavilla, but Francavilla manages to craft a strong narrative thread that makes this comic a must read for fans of pulp-era superheroes with a fun and engaging storyline that comes highly recommended.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Thanos Imperative by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Miguel Sepulveda – Comic Review [Bellarius]


Bellarius returns to the Marvel universe with The Thanos Experiment by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker and Miguel Sepulveda.

“Starborne high fantasy war, loss, horrors and the Guardians of the Galaxy stuck in the middle. James Gunn, start taking notes.” – Bellarius, The Founding Fields