Comic Review: The Bojeffries Saga

The Bojeffries Saga
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Alan Moore
Illustrated by Steve Parkhouse
Top Shelf Productions
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Cover Price: $14.95

Thirty-one years ago, Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse‘s satirical deconstructionist epic of the contemporary British family, The Bojeffries Saga, made its debut in the pages of the comic anthology publication Warrior, the same magazine where the Moore-penned Marvelman (later to become Miracleman in its U.S. reprinting) and V for Vendetta first appeared in serialized form. Warrior also featured works by other luminaries of the U.K. comics scene such as Steve Moore, Brian Bolland, Grant Morrison, and John Bolton and played a key role in bringing about the British Invasion of the American four-color world in the 1980s.

The stories comprising The Bojeffries Saga have appeared in a variety of publications and collected volumes on both sides of the Atlantic since the first story premiered in 1982, and now Top Shelf Productions has produced another trade paperback collection complete with an all-new 24-page story that catches up with the Bojeffries clan in the modern day.

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Comic Review: Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde #1

Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde #1
Written by Peter Hogan
Illustrated by Steve Parkhouse
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 11, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Your friendly neighborhood alien is back! Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde #1 written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Steve Parkhouse marks the next thrilling era for the visitor from another world. With a new mystery to solve, federal agents on his trail, and friends secretly protecting his identity, what will become of Harry as he continues to integrate himself into small town life?

As the quiet town of Patience suffers yet another tragic death, Harry — the shipwrecked alien turned doctor — and sheriff Mike investigate the crime scene. Set up to look like a suicide, Harry and Mike learn that the murder victim is not actually from Patience, but hails from Seattle. With a sufficient amount of data gathered, it would seem that the prime suspect is none other than Bert, the mayor of Patience. Using his enhanced empathic abilities while listening to Bert’s statement, Harry learns that Bert is not the killer, in fact, and decides to take the case into his own hands to clear his friend’s name; however, it looks as though Harry could use some help, as he remains unaware that a team of federal agents have discovered his secret and are closing in on him.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Dave Gibbons Collection
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Doctor Who: Dave Gibbons Collection
Written by Pat Mills, John Wagner, Steve Moore, Steve Parkhouse
Art by Dave Gibbons
Colors by Charlie Kirchoff
Cover by Dave Gibbons
IDW Publishing
Release Date: September 26, 2012
Cover Price: $29.99

I’m a recent convert to the Whovian Universe. For years I disregarded it as a viable source of entertainment. Not that I disliked it for any particular reason, I guess I just never gave it a chance. But now, having watched several episodes of different incarnations of the show, I can fully appreciate the fun factor you can find in the Time Lord’s stories. With that, I present to you Doctor Who: Dave Gibbons Collection.

Featuring an introduction by Dave Gibbons himself, this book collects all of his works from the very first issue of Doctor Who Weekly, which began featuring tales from the Fourth Doctor, to the tale he wrote about the Fifth Doctor in issue #69 of Doctor Who Monthly. I found myself really getting a feel for some of the earlier portrayals of the Doctor. Using his TARDIS to move (almost) flawlessly from one reality to the next, he finds himself in one pickle after the next but always manages to successfully extract himself and others from whatever problems might arise.

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