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.

Written & Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff Catch ‘Hostages’ on CBS, Mondays 10/9c and catchup at CBS.com BEWARE OF SPOILERS Next up on the pilot list is NBC’s ‘Hostages’ a drama which, as you can tell by its title, is about a group of hostages… okay so it’s a little more complicated than that. This is the kind of show which is likely going to be a turn off for many viewers due to the sheer nature of its premise. Toni Collette plays Dr. Ellen Sanders a doctor at Maryland College Hospital who is picked to operate on the President of the…

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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 ‘Batman Beyond’ is a brilliant little franchise that keeps on ticking away in the background whilst the mainstream Batman comic series take all the glory. Spinning out from the short lived TV series the ‘Beyond’ (or ‘of the Future’ for UK audiences) franchise has been through several comic iterations before finally finding its niche in digital first issues that find themselves lumped in with similar ‘Justice League Beyond’ and ‘Superman Beyond’ stories under the…

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Written by Jon Bokenkamp Directed by Joe Carnahan Catch ‘The Blacklist’ on NBC 10/9c and catchup at NBC.com BEWARE OF SPOILERS! My second pilot for the 2013/14 season was always going to be ‘The Blacklist’. I hadn’t heard of the show until I was in San Diego during the summer and saw it advertised on the side of every other bus. The premise of ‘The Blacklist’ revolves around Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington (Spader) who, at the beginning of this episode, is high on the FBI’s ‘most wanted’ list. Reddington turns himself in to FBI headquarters in Washington, DC drip feeds the agents information…

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Cover by Arthur Adams Written by Brian Bendis Art by Frank Cho Purchase your copy @ Comixology now. BEWARE OF SPOILERS ‘Battle of the Atom’ has been touted for some time as one of the biggest events ever to take place in the X-Men universe and finally it has arrived. For those new to table here’s the checklist of issues you need to complete this cross-over event: September 2013 X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 All-New X-Men #16 X-Men Vol. 4 #5 Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 #12 Wolverine and the X-Men #36 October 2013 All-New X-Men #17 X-Men Vol. 4…

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Cover by Chris Burnham Written by Peter Tomasi Art by Guillem March Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS ‘Batman & Robin’ takes a break from it’s stages of grief arc to take a look at the actions of Two-Face. Once normal service returns the ‘Batman & _______’ banner will become ‘Batman & Two-Face’ presumably based on the position that Two-Face will find himself in after the ‘Forever Evil’ event draws to a close. Unlike the Poison Ivy issue which I reviewed earlier this story takes place much more in the present day although it does include a…

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Cover by Jay Fabok Written by Derek Fridolfs Art by Javier Pina Colours by John Kalisz Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS Pamela Isley’s entry to the ‘Villains Month’ event is a neat little origin story wrapped up in present day tale of Gotham under siege. The absence of Batman has provided a great setting to allow the villains of Gotham to explore the streets and as we see here also to have a little time analyse themselves. ‘The Green Kingdom’ was the first villain issue I picked up after the slightly lacklustre Joker story told in…

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Cover by Mike Allred Written by Jeff Parker Art by Sandy Jarrell Colours by Rico Renzi Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS There’s a pleasant surprise waiting for you inside this issue of ‘Batman ‘66’ where the usual back-up story would be, this week we have a mashup of a part 3 to the Mad Hatter tale which also works as its own back-up. ‘The Clock King Strikes’ continues the story of Batman and Robin’s trip to Londinium and the aftermath of last weeks ‘A Chase in London Town’ which ended with Mad Hatter locked up by…

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Directed by Curt Geda Written by Michael Stern Catch ‘Beware the Batman’ Saturdays @ 10am on Cartoon Network USA! BEWARE THE BATMAN SPOILERS! This week the story of ‘Control’ continues to push the ongoing story arc based around the League of Assassins and also Jason Burr/the Ion Cortex even further whilst focussing on a more emotional side of Tatsu/Katana. NB: Alfred is MIA in this episode. The League of Assassins are very much off screen in this episode but they continue to loom over the story as they have done in the past. There’s not a huge amount of exploration…

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Cover & Pencils by Greg Capullo Written by Scott Snyder Inks by Danny Miki Coloured by FCO Plascencia Purchase your copy @ Comixology now! BEWARE OF SPOILERS! ‘Zero Year’ returns this month with its closest issue to Frank Millers ‘Year One’ yet. Lets start by addressing the comparisons: both tales ‘Zero’ and ‘One’ were clearly always going to have story beats which would need to cross-over. Snyder is doing an amazing job of scripting a story that doesn’t just follow the same story that Miller made famous but there are unavoidable moments in that history which have to be touched…

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