Author: Neil Vagg

Neil is the Editor-in-Chief at GYCO. He has a BA in Film & TV and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 in an office and 5-9 as a reviewer. He has been reading comics for as long as he can remember and is never far away from any book which has the word Bat in the title.

Cover by Guillem March Written by Ray Fawkes & Scott Snyder Art by Jeremy Haun Colours by John Rauch Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS The flagship ‘Batman’ series seems to have fallen back in love with The Riddler again recently. His reintroduction in the ‘Zero Year’ story – referenced here a couple of times – has been somewhat of a rebirth for the character. We now know he was present in the early days of Bruce’s vigilante career and that’ going to make him a pivotal role as that story continue to unfold so it’s clearly…

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Cover by Brian Bolland Written by China Mieville Pencils & Inks by Various Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS There’s not a lot I can say about this issue other than… I don’t get it. I never read the ‘Dial H’ series and I’m not familiar with ‘Dial H for Hero’ but having done a bit of researching I now kind of understand the premise behind it. That being said I’m still not entirely sure what’s going on in this issue. For me the artwork is pretty loud and busy which made it hard to pick up…

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Cover by Patrick Gleason Written by Gail Simone Pencils by Derliz Santracruz Inks by Karl Kesel Coloured by Brett Smith Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS I was definitely hesitant to the idea of changing The Ventriloquist from the Arnold Wesker incarnation to this new Shauna Belzer version but when handled by Gail Simone in the pages of ‘Batgirl’ it unsurprisingly turned out well and has added a truly terrifying psychotic serial killer angle to the character that is a massive departure to the villain I have come to know over the years. Here Belzer is making…

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Cover by Aaron Kuder Written by Marguerite Bennett Art by Ben Oliver Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS So I was a little confused reading this issue mainly because of the drastically different look the character of Lobo was sporting inside compared to the cover. I was preparing myself to call out DC Comics for another misleading ‘Villains Month’ cover but okay by the end of the story I got it. I don’t know very much about the character but this isn’t the kind of issue which relies on years of knowledge of the character. Actually in…

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Cover by Ivan Reis Written by Greg Pak Pencils by Netho Diaz & Paolo Siqueira Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS I’ve been looking forward to some backstory on Darkseid since the announcement of each of the individual titles that would be making up ‘Villains Month’ as he’s a character I’ve come across only once or twice and for whom I know very little of the history. So colour me happy to find out that this issue would basically be an origin story for the character. I was intrigued by how far back the story would go…

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Cover by Sean Murphy Written by Kyle Higgins Art by Thony Silas Colours by Andrew Elder Purchase your digital copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS For chapter three of ‘Rewired’ all hell has broken lose with the mysterious and still unseen villain breaking all the inmates out of the Arkham Institute. Higgins has managed to create a villain who looms large over the story without even having to show them or even give them a name. We’re a little over a quarter of a way through this story and already the Mayor has been murdered and all of the…

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Cover by Arthur Adams Written by Brian Wood Art by David Lopez Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS Its time for part three of the time-bending ‘Battle of the Atom’ event currently taking place across all the X-comics in the Marvel Universe. Part 3 falls under the banner of the headlining ‘X-Men’ volume 4 series currently under the team of writer Brian Wood and artist David Lopez so take over from Brian Bendis who wrote the previous two issues and Stuart Immonen whose designs for the young X-team have been the basis behind artwork in both previous…

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Directed by Rick Morales Written by John Matta & Matt Weinhold Watch ‘Beware the Batman’ live on Cartoon Network USA, Saturdays @ 10! BEWARE OF SPOILERS Okay brace yourselves, I’m about to make a negative comment about ‘Beware the Batman’ for the first time in quite a while, possibly ever… Alfred is still missing from this show for the third episode in a row. This show is focussing heavily on the Batman/Katana relationship and losing focus on the core three characters who were the heart at the beginning of the series. We’ve quickly forgotten Bruce’s reluctance to hire Tatsu and her…

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Directed by Jason Ensler Written by Rick Eid and Jeffrey Nachmanoff Catch ‘Hostages’ on CBS, Mondays 10/9c and catchup at CBS.com BEWARE OF SPOILERS In week two news ‘Hostages’ took a dip in it’s ratings, enough that critics are placing heavy bets on it being an early victim of the cancellation axe for this season and I’ll admit that I’m a little worried that’s the way it’s going to go… but then most of the shows I like end up cancelled sooner or later. The problem with ‘Hostages’ is still the immediacy of the story, we already know the full premise…

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Cover by Mike Allred Written by Jeff Parker Art by Ruben Procopio Coloured by Matthew Wilson Purchase your digital copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS The Sandman arc wraps up this week in ‘Batman Sleeps Tight’ which follows on directly from last weeks chapter which saw the villainous somnambulist succeeding in putting the citizens of Gotham – including the Dynamic Duo – to sleep in order to steal their secrets and their riches. This week is a pretty fast paced conclusion which goes on a trippy look in to Batman’s head allowing artist Procopio to really go to school…

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