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REVIEW: Anna Fitzpatrick’s Koré

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Leeann Hamilton’s review of Anna Fitzpatrick’s Koré first appeared on The Cool Bean here. Koré Review By Leeann Hamilton You might have heard of Anna Fitzpatrick within a few comic circles around Ireland and the UK, mainly for her long-running and gorgeous webcomic Between Worlds which I have linked to on the left hand column. (If you […]

Review: Sancho – The Death & Life of José Maria Garcia

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Our next review on ICN comes courtesy of Leeann Hamilton and originally appeared on her site http://thecoolbean.net/ and is of Alan Nolan and Ian Whelan’s Sancho, a fan favourite title of which a new installment is currently in development. _______________________________________________________________________________________ A thing I do remember about my first exposure to the Sancho series was that I found it […]

REVIEW: SUPERHERO HELP DESK

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Review by David Ferguson Writing by Kerrie Smith and Hugo Boylan Art by Triona Tree Farrell Okay. Time for another webcomic review. As you may remember, I do these a little differently than my usual reviews. So up first is a description of their series: “The Superhero Help Desk is a really simple idea: what […]

REVIEW: GLIMMER MAN (2 OF 3)

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Review by David Ferguson Plot: Robert Curley, Darrin O’Toole Script: Darrin O’Toole Art: Luca Pizzari [NOTE: This review will contain SPOILERS for issue one so, if you haven’t read it, you should go buy it (if you haven’t already), read it and then start this review] As with my review of issue one, I will […]

REVIEW: SPLITTING BORDERS

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Review by David Ferguson Created by Gareth Gowran and Sadhbh Lawlor Ok. So I have been intending to look at webcomics for a while so I am finally going to review one. I’ve picked this one for 2 reasons: 1) co-creator Gareth Gowran contacted me made me aware of its existence and 2) once I […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: CELTIC KNIGHTS #4

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Review by David Ferguson Written by Stephen Coffey Art by Mike Kennedy This review was an interesting experiment for me. I have not yet had the chance to read the first three issues of the series yet so I am jumping in as the first Celtic Knights story-line “The Best of What’s Left” comes to […]

REVIEW: ALEISTER CROWLEY: WANDERING THE WASTE

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Review by David Ferguson Written by Martin Hayes Art by RH Stewart Up until a few months ago, I had never heard of Aleister Crowley and here I am reviewing a second book featuring the man. This book is a biography of the occultist, poet and mountaineer. At first glance I was worried that this […]

REVIEW: STORM CHASERS

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Review by David Ferguson Written by Ken Mahon Art by Ken Mahon The story takes place in a future where a second moon has appeared and disrupted the weather patterns of the planet. Mankind has retreated to the skies while the only people who remain on earth are the Storm Chasers. As with all good […]

REVIEW: Island By Barry Quinn

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Island  Created by: Barry Quinn Cost: €18 REVIEW: This was never going to be an easy book to review. The simple reason is that this isn’t your normal graphic novel. Published in landscape format and largely devoid of text, this book is very visually reliant. And in that, something very special lies. Island is a […]

REVIEW: EARTHRULER BOOK ONE

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Review by David Ferguson Written by Darrin O’Toole Art by Shawn Langley Variant cover by Stephen Mooney Note: I backed this as a Kickstarter project at a level where I would be drawn in the book. Just in case people might question my review, I think it means I have more investment in it being […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: Big Bastard #1

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  Big Bastard #1  Written by: Danny McColgan Art by: Neil O’Driscoll & Mark McColgan  Blurb: What you have known as myth and legend was real, just not in the way you think. The year is 1899. The place, Ireland. A mystical and destructive shockwave has torn through the country. Strange and dangerous creatures have […]

REVIEW: LIVING WITH DEATH ISSUE ONE

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Review By David Ferguson Written by Glenn Matchett Art by Alan Anguiano This book follows the investigation of a murder at Oxford in the 1980s. The roommate of the girlfriend of the victim, Jenna Wakefield, finds herself being quizzed by fellow student and amateur detective Stephanie Hawkins. Hawkins is a genius but she is bad […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: LADY BABYLON ISSUE ONE

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Review by David Ferguson Written by Darrin O’Toole Art by Alan Hurley This is the second Darrin O’Toole book in a row that I have reviewed and, as with the previous book, I am going to start with a very impressive cover. The beautifully painted piece by Alann Hurley is broken by a stark white […]

REVIEW: GLIMMER MAN (1 OF 3)

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Review by David Ferguson Plot: Robert Curley, Darrin O’Toole Script: Darrin O’Toole Art: Luca Pizzari I usually start my reviews with a summary of the story so far but, on this occasion, I feel I need to start with the cover. A good cover is meant to grab you and get you to pick up […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: Numbercruncher #2

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Numbercruncher #2   Written by Si Spurrier Art by: PJ Holden Colours by Jordie Bellaire Letters by Simon Bowland Published by Titan Comics On Sale: Wednesday August 21st  REVIEW: Titan Comics were very generous in giving ICN an advance look at next weeks Numbercruncher #2 from Si Spurrier, PJ Holden and Jordie Bellaire. In issue one we were […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: Dept. Of Monsterology #1

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  Dept. of Monsterology #1 (of 4) Written by: Gordon Rennie Art: PJ Holden Letters by: Jim Campbell Published by: Renegade Arts Entertainment On Sale: October 16th  REVIEW: This October, Renegade Arts Entertainment will be releasing a four issue mini series focusing on the DunsanyCollege’s Department of Cryptozoology, Mythological Studies, Parapsychology and Fortean Phenomena field teams. […]

REVIEW: Innocent Tales #1

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Innocent Tales #1  Written by: Gavin McCumiskey Art by: Anthony O’Neill, Ger Hankey & S. Rhoades Letters by: Gavin McCumiskey & Ger Hankey Cover by: Tommie Kelly Alternate Covers by: Shawn Langley, Dennis Coyle III & JP Jordan Published by: Green Monkey Comics REVIEW: This is the first issue from Green Monkey Comics and writer Gavin […]

REVIEW: JENNIFER WILDE: THE WILDE HUNT

This is a one-shot which takes place just after the first Jennifer Wilde series. Jennifer has decided that a change of scenary is in order and she, along with Oscar, visit the West of Ireland.

Review by David Ferguson Written by Karen Mahoney Art by Stephen Downey This is a one-shot which takes place just after the first Jennifer Wilde series. Jennifer has decided that a change of scenary is in order and she, along with Oscar, visit the West of Ireland. This story is different kind of story to […]

REVIEW: THE BALLAD OF HALF HANGED MACNAGHTEN

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Review by David Ferguson Written by Daniel McLaughlin Art by Adam Pescott This book is based on the local Derry legend of John “Half Hanged” MacNaghten. It is a legend that the guys at Uproar Comics grew up with, and with this adaptation, they continue a long tradition of Irish authors retelling Irish folklore and […]

REVIEW: Lone Star Soul

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LONE STAR SOUL – BOOK ONE: SOLE INVITATION, created by Peter Campbell is the set up for a Multi-Platform Graphic for the epic story that has yet to follow.  It focuses on ‘LEROY SOULO – as he searches for his lost self … and his Lost Soul’. The description for it is outlined as: ‘LEROY […]

REVIEW: 1913 – Larkin’s Labour War

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1913: Larkin’s Labour War Written & Art by: Gerry Hunt Colours by: Alan Nolan Published by: The O’Brien Press Price: €12.99 Blurb: Low-paid workers – under the leadership of Big Jim Larkin – organised themselves into Unions to insist on better conditions. The business world retaliated by locking them out of their jobs without pay […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: Celtic Clan #2

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The Celtic Clan #2 Written by: Nigel Flood Art by: Frank J. Right Published by: Punt Press On Sale: Soon! REVIEW (Somewhat spoiler free): The new issue of Celtic Clan is about to drop on us and it is comes in the latest instalment of Punt Press’ plan to expand beyond our shores on the […]

REVIEW: Knocked Up Nikki #1 – #3

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Finn & Fish creator Leeann Hamilton has very kindly let us carry her review of Knocked Up Nikki that appeared on her ‘The Cool Bean’ site earlier this morning. Knocked Up Nikki  isn’t the only comic Leeann has reviewed  so why not head on over to her site at http://thecoolbean.net/ and see what else she has […]

REVIEW: FINN & FISH: THE WASH CYCLE

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I feel no small amount of pressure reviewing this work as better writers than me have written far better reviews about it. It was on the recommendation of one these writers, Maura Mc Hugh, that I sought out Leanne Hamilton at the 2D Festival in Derry and picked up a copy of the book. Usually, […]

REVIEW: Half Past Danger #2

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Half Past Danger #2 By Stephen Mooney Colours by Jordie Bellaire Published by IDW Publishing   Stephen Mooney really hit the ground running with Half Past Danger issue one. The mix of pulp, war, heroics and adventure serials was perfectly seasoned with humour, and readers and critics both showed their appreciation; following a series of […]