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Sombra

by Stephen Hardman

The modern drug war is often traced back to 1971 and US President Richard Nixon’s declaration to wage a “new all-out offensive” aimed at defeating America’s “public enemy number one” – drug abuse. Initially the policies focused on funding treatment programs aimed at tackling the demand for drugs. Nixon stated that efforts of interdiction and eradication would be destined to fail. Two years later he forgot his own words when the US launched a massive interdiction effort in Mexico, creating the DEA in the process. Since then the US has been fighting a war which many people believe cannot be won, at least not in a traditional sense.

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COMIC REVIEW: Black #1

by Stephen Hardman

Black Mask Studios continues to publish some of the most original and exciting comic books coming out right now. The diversity of the creators, and the characters and stories they are putting on the page, guarantees an intriguing slate of titles which is being expanded even further as 2016 rumbles on.

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Vertigo vs. Image: A Tale of Two Comic Companies

By Derek Flynn

Once upon a time there were two comic companies. One was an imprint of DC Comics, which featured stories of a mature nature written by many of the bright new stars of the comics world. Its name was Vertigo. Vertigo published – amongst other titles – Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Preacher by Garth Ennis, and Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. The other company had been set up by a group of superstar artists, including Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee, who had become fan favourites drawing some of Marvel Comics’ biggest characters. That company was called Image Comics.

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IMAGE REVIEW: The Black Monday Murders

by Stephen Hardman

Whether it be the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, or other secretive groups of the super-rich and powerful, the idea that a very small percentage of the world’s population controls the majority of the world’s wealth is a pervasive one. Often dismissed as wild conspiracy theories the idea has taken greater hold since the most recent global banking crisis, the aftermath of which has been scant consequences for the people that caused it, coupled with devastating consequences for the people adversely affected by it.

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REVIEW: Lazarus – The Comic You Should Be Reading

It’s not surprising that Lazarus is such a great comic, given its pedigree. Written by Greg Rucka who – when he’s not writing some of the most interesting stories in mainstream DC – has also written such excellent series as Whiteout and Queen and Country; with art by Michael Lark of Daredevil and Captain America fame; and published by Image Comics – hands down the publisher of the most exciting new comics at the moment. (Indeed, there’s probably a separate piece to be written about how Image – once solely the home of the likes of Spawn and Savage Dragon – has now usurped Vertigo for cutting edge comics and left them trailing in their wake.)

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