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  • 2004 March | Shiny Shelf
    Smith James Bond The Man With The Golden Gun By Stephen Lavington on 15 March 2004 Comments Off Titan Books have given a new lease of life to 007 s most neglected adventures those serialised in cartoon form in the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers from 1958 to 1981 Tags Comics James Bond Jim Lawrence H E R O 14 By Eddie Robson on 14 March 2004 Comments Off This book has had a bit of good press so let me now redress the balance I ve given it three issues to impress me and well do I look impressed Tags Comics DC Leonard Kirk Superman Batman 7 By Mark Clapham on 09 March 2004 Comments Off Yep it s this title again already What can we say DC are throwing talent at this book with interesting results Tags Batman Comics Ed McGuiness Jeph Loeb Superman Buffy Angel DVD round up By Mark Clapham on 08 March 2004 Comments Off A huge stack of Whedon came out on DVD last week There s Angel season four a Buffy greatest hits and a selection of character themed discs Tags Angel Buffy David Fury David Greenwalt DVD Eliza Dushku Joss Whedon TV Crimson Dynamo 6 By Mark Clapham on 01 March 2004 Comments Off Marvel s Epic experiment comes to an end with the last issue of John Jackson Miller s Crimson Dynamo a six issue mini series that has taken the old Iron Man villain in a new direction Tags Bill Jemas Comics Iron Man John Jackson Miller Marvel RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012

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  • 2004 February | Shiny Shelf
    unused for long even if the concepts attached to them change Back in the 1980s Secret Wars saw a few dozen Marvel superheroes and supervillains abducted from Earth for spurious reasons Tags Brian Michael Bendis Comics Marvel Coup D etat Sleeper By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off A tale of two series one faded bestseller and one under selling critical hit Can this crossover revive the fortunes of both Tags Comics DC Jim Lee Sean Phillips Sleeper The Authority WildCATS Wildstorm Plastic Man 3 By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off My initial doubts about Plastic Man whether it would sustain itself over the long haul have quickly vanished over the course of issues 2 and 3 Tags Comics DC Kyle Baker The Dreamers By Iain Hepburn on 20 February 2004 Comments Off Last time Bernardo Bertolucci was in Paris he did wonders for the sale of butter Tags Bernardo Bertolucci Eva Green French Movies LONDON FILM FESTIVAL School of Rock By Stephen Lavington on 20 February 2004 Comments Off Anyone who s seen High Fidelity will remember the character played by Jack Black a grimy pudgy immensely sarcastic rock snob with face permanently locked into a demonic sneer Tags BFI Jack Black Joan Cusack London Film Festival Movies A Mighty Wind By Iain Hepburn on 20 February 2004 Comments Off It s an enduring testimony to the legacy of This Is Spinal Tap that even today the film and its titular rock act still get referenced and riffed upon everywhere from The Simpsons to highbrow academia Tags Christopher Guest Comedy Eugene Levy Harry Shearer Michael McKean Movies LONDON FILM FESTIVAL Sylvia By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off There s a certain amount of bravery in making this film at all yet the end result is somewhat callow Tags BFI Daniel Craig Gwyneth Paltrow London Film Festival Movies Freddy vs Jason By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off Freddy vs Jason brings together two franchises that thrived on home video so it s no surprise this installment is as much fun at home as on its cinema release Tags DVD Freddy Krueger Jason Vorhees Movies Ronny Yu DC The New Frontier By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off Some ideas are as good or as bad as the execution So much of New Frontier sounds terrible in abstract but in the hands of writer artist genius Darwyn Cooke this may well be the superhero series of the year Tags Batman Comics Darwyn Cooke Green Lantern JSA Superman The Flash Wonder Woman Detective Comics 790 By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off I read this latest issue of Detective Comics under what are perhaps the ideal conditions for reviewing a mainstream comic Tags Andersen Gabrych Batman Comics DC The Goon 4 By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off The other day I was asked for recommended comic purchases I thought long and hard about this

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  • 2004 January | Shiny Shelf
    to Unfortunately it doesn t cut deep enough Tags Sky TV The Mayor of Casterbridge By Eddie Robson on 14 January 2004 Comments Off It s bleak It s slow It s depressing It s hardly surprising it s Thomas Hardy Tags DVD ITV Jodhi May Thomas Hardy TV New X Men 151 By Mark Clapham on 11 January 2004 Comments Off This is Grant Morrison s last story arc writing New X Men Unsurprisingly he isn t going quietly Tags Clones Comics Grant Morrison Marc Silvestri Marvel Wolverine X Men Transformers Generation One 0 By Mark Clapham on 06 January 2004 Comments Off Ah an issue zero It feels like the early nineties all over again Ultimate Clone Saga anyone In that spirit this review is going to be loaded with continuity and comes with seven different covers I recommend the chromium plated version Tags Brad Mick Comics Don Figueroa Pat Lee Transformers Ultimate Fantastic Four 1 By Mark Clapham on 06 January 2004 Comments Off Apparently this first issue of Marvel s latest Ultimate title has already shifted 200 000 units That s a lot of comics certainly in today s market Does it deserve it Well no Tags Brian Michael Bendis Comics Fantastic Four Mark Millar Ultimate Let There Be Light By Mags L Halliday on 05 January 2004 Comments Off At first these two exhibitions seem rather unrelated Tags Fifth Life Beyond The Box Norman Stanley Fletcher By Jim Smith on 05 January 2004 Comments Off Even now Porridge is the best sitcom the BBC has ever made Tags BBC BBC Two Comedy Ronnie Barker TV Eats Shoots Leaves By Mags L Halliday on 04 January 2004 Comments Off It is almost inevitable in reviewing a book on grammatical punctuation that I will make at least one mistake Eats Shoots Leaves is not the book I would reach for checking my comma usage Tags Books Fifth French comics By Lance Parkin on 02 January 2004 Comments Off Bonjour mes amis I ve just returned from a lovely trip to Paris and as with all journeys out of my house my unerring Spidey sense led me to a comic shop Tags Comics Fifth French Lost In Translation By Iain Hepburn on 02 January 2004 Comments Off Anyone who thought Sofia Coppola might be trading in on the successful name of her dad had their doubts well and truly dispelled when her debut feature The Virgin Suicides was released Tags Bill Murray Movies Scarlett Johansson Sofia Coppola RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC

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  • 2003 December | Shiny Shelf
    clock on a Saturday night Why was this a good thing Simple it means that Harry Potter didn t win Tags BBC BBC Two Documentary Douglas Adams Harry Potter The Lord of the Rings TV Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl By Mark Clapham on 09 December 2003 Comments Off There s no real doubt that this is the live action hit of the summer Tags DVD Geoffrey Rush Gore Verbinski Jack Davenport Johnny Depp Keira Knightley Movies Pirates Pirates of the Caribbean Plastic Man 1 By Eddie Robson on 08 December 2003 Comments Off Clearly something of a coup for DC here as it relaunches one of its best loved characters with a writer artist of Kyle Baker s credentials Tags Comics DC Kyle Baker SWAT By Mark Clapham on 08 December 2003 Comments Off This is a bad bad film Tags Clark Johnson Colin Farrell Movies Samuel L Jackson Alan Moore s Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths 2 By Eddie Robson on 01 December 2003 Comments Off A word of warning do not read this comic on the bus Or on the train or in a caf or indeed anywhere that someone might see you Tags Alan Moore Comics Love Actually By J Clive Matthews on 01 December 2003 Comments Off Though amazingly not as mind numbingly awful as one might have thought Richard Curtis latest still has incredible levels of both corn and cheese Then again that s the whole point Tags Andrew Lincoln Comedy Hugh Grant Keira Knightley Movies Richard Curtis RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012

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  • 2003 November | Shiny Shelf
    Tags Helen Mirren ITV TV Teachers By Eddie Robson on 14 November 2003 Comments Off Next week Andrew Lincoln returns to Teachers When he left the big question was Can the show survive without him Now the question is more Where is he going to fit in Tags TV Alan Moore s Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths 1 By Mark Clapham on 12 November 2003 Comments Off Avatar have found a good thing in pulling together various fragments of writing from Alan Moore s career and recycling them in comic book form Tags Alan Moore Antony Johnston Comics The Man Who Wasn t There By Eddie Robson on 12 November 2003 Comments Off Criminally overlooked at the Oscars The Man Who Wasn t There sees the Coen brothers remain incredibly consistent in quality terms whilst retaining the capacity to surprise Tags Billy Bob Thornton Coen Brothers DVD The Armando Iannucci Shows By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2003 Comments Off Ordinarily we wouldn t cover a repeat screening here but I ve been waiting for Channel 4 to give The Armando Iannucci Shows another airing for more than two years Tags Armando Iannucci Channel 4 Comedy TV Batman 620 By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off After Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee s award winning Hush DC have decided to maintain momentum on the main Batbook by bringing in the entire team behind the Eisner winning Vertigo title 100 Bullets Tags Batman Brian Azzarello Comics DC Eduardo Risso The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen isn t a blockbuster it s an adventure movie Tags Alan Moore Comics DVD James Robinson Movies Richard Roxburgh Sean Connery Stephen Norrington The Matrix Reloaded By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off The Matrix Reloaded remains just as impressive on the small screen Tags DVD Gina Torres Hugo Weaving Keanu Reeves Monica Belluci Movies The Matrix Wachowski Brothers The Pardoner s Tale By J Clive Matthews on 11 November 2003 Comments Off Ignoring the fact that Shallow Grave is already a superb modern retelling of The Pardoner s Tale the Beeb thought they d have another crack Tags BBC BBC One Chaucer TV Human Target 1 By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2003 Comments Off I ve decided to just throw myself in at the deep end with this new ongoing series Tags Comics Pete Milligan Arrowsmith 4 By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2003 Comments Off Alternate histories are the cheap stuff of fantasy sci fi and comic books Tags Carlos Pacheco Comics Kurt Busiek Tom Strong 23 By Eddie Robson on 10 November 2003 Comments Off This could be the shape of things to come the first issue of Tom Strong to be written by someone other than Alan Moore Tags Alan Moore Comics DC Peter Hogan JSA All Stars 7 By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2003 Comments Off Michael Chabon s comic book debut

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  • 2003 October | Shiny Shelf
    Superboy TV series is rubbish Prequels are usually rubbish So why is Smallville actually good Tags DC DVD Smallville Superman TV Miller s Crossing By Eddie Robson on 11 October 2003 Comments Off Whilst Intolerable Cruelty looks set to provide the Coen brothers with their first resounding box office success Miller s Crossing has always been a cult movie and is likely to remain so Tags Barry Sonnenfeld Coen Brothers DVD John Turturro Movies Sword of Dracula 1 By Mark Clapham on 10 October 2003 Comments Off Let s get Hammered Tags Comics Dracula Greg Scott Jason Henderson Vampires Kill Bill volume 1 By Mark Clapham on 09 October 2003 Comments Off Kill Bill is a brilliant film I hated it Tags Movies Quentin Tarantino Samuel L Jackson Uma Thurman Peep Show By Eddie Robson on 05 October 2003 Comments Off Three episodes gone and this new comedy is starting to settle in Tags Comedy David Mitchell Robert Webb TV INTERVIEW Robert Popper By Eddie Robson on 05 October 2003 Comments Off The co creator of BBC2 s Look Around You released on DVD this month tells Shiny Shelf how he made water calcium and maths funny Tags Comedy DVD Interviews TV Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics By Mark Clapham on 04 October 2003 Comments Off Having lain waste to prose fiction kidlit is moving into the comics arena Even more so than the Harry Potter or His Dark Materials books Courtney Crumrin is more likely to be read by nostalgic adults than actual kids Tags Comics Ted Naifeh RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012

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  • 2003 September | Shiny Shelf
    of barrel scraping that s been going on have underlined the absolute paucity of original ideas kicking around California Tags F Gary Gray Mark Wahlberg Movies Captain America 17 By Jim Smith on 17 September 2003 Comments Off The peril of Cap in this modern world is that he invites moral absolutism Stuck on that unfortunate line between self pride and Nationalism as he is he inspires both love and hatred and perhaps divides critics and readers more than any other character Tags Captain America Comics Dave Gibbons Lee Weeks Marvel Nazis Superman Blood of My Ancestors By Jim Smith on 17 September 2003 Comments Off It is rare that a master of their craft gets a chance to deliver an entirely appropriate farewell to their art Tags Comics DC Gil Kane John Buscema Steven Grant Superman New X Men 146 By Jim Smith on 10 September 2003 Comments Off I love weeks like this when there are two comics you want to read first Two comics that in almost any other week in almost any other situation you d read before doing anything else Tags Comics Grant Morrison Phil Jiminez Wolverine X Men 100 Bullets Six Feet Under The Gun By Mark Clapham on 10 September 2003 Comments Off Over a third of the way into his story writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso check in on six of their characters in these short stories Tags 100 Bullets Brian Azzarello Comics DC Eduardo Risso Citizen Verdict By Jim Smith on 10 September 2003 Comments Off A noble failure with many fine qualities Citizen Verdict gives Roy Schneider and Armand Assante their best roles in years and establishes director Martinez as someone to keep an eye on Tags Armand Assante Movies Philip Martinez Cypher By Mark Clapham on 09 September 2003 Comments Off Vincenzo Natali director of the rather clever Cube has made an even more clever film in Cypher Tags Movies Green Lantern 168 By Jim Smith on 09 September 2003 Comments Off Reaching as it does the dizzying heights of almost readable and bearably mediocre this is by far and away the best issue of Ben Raab s disgracefully merit free run on Green Lantern Tags Ben Raab Comics DC Green Lantern Richard Attenborough at 80 By J Clive Matthews on 08 September 2003 Comments Off The director of eleven mostly excellent movies and star of another seventy is presenting a retrospective of his films at the NFT in London Tags Movies NFT Richard Attenborough American Century 27 By Mark Clapham on 06 September 2003 Comments Off Harry Kraft s American odyssey comes to an end in a surprising but characteristically witty way Tags Comics David Tischman DC Howard Chaykin Spirited Away By Mark Clapham on 06 September 2003 Comments Off Spirited Away is a beguiling mixture of Alice in Wonderland Japanese folklore and anime tradition Tags Hayao Miyazaki Japanese Movies Studio Ghibli An Open Letter to David Blaine By Eddie Robson on 05 September 2003 Comments

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  • 2003 August | Shiny Shelf
    Plater BBC One Brian Glover DVD Peter Davison TV Batman Death and the Maidens 1 By Mark Clapham on 12 August 2003 Comments Off It s ironic that Greg Rucka should count Two Face as one of his favourite Bat villains as the former Detective Comics writer seems equally split between good and bad Tags Batman Comics DC Greg Rucka Klaus Janson The Marquis Sin of One By Mark Clapham on 11 August 2003 Comments Off In an alternative version of France with its own fictional religion and customs a masked killer strikes throughout a snowbound city He is The Marquis Tags Comics Guy Davis Supreme Power 1 By Jim Smith on 11 August 2003 Comments Off Supreme Power 1 is not quite the stellar first issue one might expect from the man who has recently been setting the comics world afire with the brilliance of his Amazing Spider Man run but it s an arresting and accomplished beginning for an ongoing Tags Comics J Michael Straczynski Marvel Teachers By Jim Smith on 11 August 2003 Comments Off Flawlessly produced funny and well acted Teachers is what all British Television should be like but pretty much none of the rest of it is Tags Andrew Lincoln Channel 4 TV Firefly Heart of Gold By Jim Smith on 11 August 2003 Comments Off The last of the three UK premiere Firefly episodes Heart of Gold is another strong installment from a promising involving series that deserved vastly better treatment at the hands of its parent Network than it got Tags Firefly Joss Whedon Serenity TV My Further Television Shame By J Clive Matthews on 11 August 2003 Comments Off This year Big Brother has been truly mind numbing from the get go Tags Channel 4 Fifth Dr Fate 1 By Mark Clapham on 10 August 2003 Comments Off Stop me if you ve heard this before but Tags Christopher Golden Comics DC Doctor Fate JSA Punisher Born 2 and Thor Vikings 1 By Jim Smith on 08 August 2003 Comments Off Garth Ennis hasn t ever been one of comics more unreliable writers when it comes to getting stuff out on deadline Not for him the long delays between issues a la Kevin Smith or the sudden appearance of fill ins Tags Comics Darrick Robertson Garth Ennis Glenn Fabry Marvel Punisher Thor Vikings Superman Batman 1 By Eddie Robson on 07 August 2003 Comments Off It looks like DC has got sick of being accused of having dropped the ball these last couple of years Tags Batman Comics DC Ed McGuiness Jeph Loeb Superman Batman 617 By Jim Smith on 03 August 2003 Comments Off You know you re probably thinking that s it s ridiculous that it s taken us five days to review last week s Batman and you re right Tags Batman Comics DC Jeph Loeb Jim Lee The West Wing 20 Hours in America By Jim Smith on 01 August 2003 Comments Off Whether reports of a

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