WHAT'S NEW: 04.01.23
Dave and Kev don the CMYK-tinted specs and travel back precisely 36 years to bear witness to the beginnings of The Batman, and the rise of one James W. Gordon, as the newly transferred police lieutenant commences his personal mission to clean up the corrupt GCPD. These paths are destined to cross in Batman: Year One, Chapter One- Who I Am How I Came To Be.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.12.22
Dave and Kev don the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles and travel back to 1991 for the last time. But do they really though? Or are they merely pawns, trapped in yet another simulation of the Weapon X program? You decide.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.11.22
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles transport Dave and Kev back to the summer of 1991, just in time to get a fission gate-side seat for Weapon X meeting his maker, and sending The Professor to meet his. Snikt! Snikt! Snikt!
WHAT'S NEW: 31.10.22
Dave and Kev don the CMYK-tinted specs once again, and travel back to 1991, to witness Cornelius being turned into a human shish kebab, and Miss Hines get thrown into the pit by The Professor, to function as the bait to lure Weapon X into the fission-gate. Snikt!
WHAT'S NEW: 30.09.22
Dave and Kev have had enough of Liz Truss and her cronies, so travel back to "simpler times" by throwing on their Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles in order to watch a mindless automaton eviscerate everything that stands in their path. Sorry, got pulled back to Liz Truss for a second there. It's Weapon X, kids.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.08.22
Weapon X is on the move,
Weapon X is loose.
Feel the magic,
Hear the roar,
Weapon X is loose.
Weapon, Weapon, Weapon, Weapon X.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.07.22
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinded prescription shades? Check! "Clunky" helmets? Check! Ten pound battery pack strategically placed to cover your junk? Check! We're good to go then, back to the summer of 1991, where we had a Tory government presiding over a recession, a ridiculous rate of inflation, and an ineffective Labour opposition. But enough about 2022, we're here to talk about Weapon X.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.06.22
Dave and Kev get changed into their clothes from from the early '90's, (which are a little too small, and a bit snug as well, if we're being honest) throw on the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted shades, and are transported back to April of 1991, where they meet up with The Professor and Logan at the Weapon X facility for a cheeky coffee.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.05.22
Sporting their nifty Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles, Dave and Kev arrive at the Weapon program observation booth, with overpriced snacks in hand, in good time to see the Weapon Xperimenters feed Wolverine to the wolves. Or is it vice versa? "Are you not entertained?"
WHAT'S NEW: 30.04.22
Dave and Kev pop the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles on, before (Quantum) leaping into the bodies of The Professor and Doctor Cornelius, like a Poundland Sam and Al, just in time to torture Logan a bit more. The bastards! It's Weapon X, bay bay!
WHAT'S NEW: 31.03.22
Dave and Kev don the specs, travel back to 1991 (again), get the snacks in, pull up a pew and observe, as Logan comes crashing through the looking glass, only to collapse, get hog-tied, escape again, and be incinerated in a gas chamber. He's having a worse day than Reggie Hammond in Another 48 Hrs. It's Weapon X.
WHAT'S NEW: 28.02.22
In an attempt to escape the utter shit show that is the 2020s, Dave and Kev don the cyan, magenta, yellow and key-tinted spectacles once again and travel back to late February 1991, where an international conflict is winding down as opposed ramping up. They arrive just in time to witness more examples of man's inhumanity against man, including human experimentation, torture, and attempting to incinerate people in a gas chamber. Cheery. All in the latest instalment of 'Weapon X.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.01.22
Dave and Kev don the cyan, magenta, yellow and key-tinted spectacles and travel back to early 1991, taking the form of a pair of flies on the wall, as Logan is further exposed to the Weapon (X) program. And no, they're not Mephisto either.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.12.21
Dave and Kev travel back to 1991, when they were teenagers, sneaking into the cinema to see T2, trying to avoid hearing Bryan Adams's 'Everything I Do' on the old wireless, and witnessing the end of a Cold War, but the beginnings of the Gulf Wars. Oh, and they take a little bit of time out to have a backwards glance at the prologue to Barry Windsor-Smith's seminal Wolverine epic, 'Weapon X.'
WHAT'S NEW: 22.11.21
CHOOM! The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles wearing duo are back in 1986 for the final time, as they take a glance in the rearview mirror at the epilogue to Simon Furman and co.'s legendary epic. It's The Transformers. It's 'Target: 2006.' It's the 'Aftermath.' It's the end. But it never ends.
WHAT'S NEW: 15.11.21
CHOOM! The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted Spectacles wearing duo arrive 'Back In Time' to 1986, at just the right moment to witness Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr tell Galvatron that they're sending him 'Back To The Future!' It's The Transformers. It's 'Target: 2006.' It's.....CHOOM!
WHAT'S NEW: 08.11.21
CHOOM! The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles wearing, Ben-Day Dots seeing, time travelling duo are back in 1986, bets placed, teas brewed and popcorn at the ready for the big fight, the main event, the battle of The New Leaders. It's The Transformers. It's 'Target: 2006.' It's 'Ya Haveta Ask!' It's Ultra Magnus Vs. Galvatron.
WHAT'S NEW: 01.11.21
CHOOM! Dave and Kev have time-jumped back to 1986. They've missed the release date, (again) but have at least managed to hit the cover date (again). Either way, they are in time to witness, first hand, a Galvatron-remote-controlled-zombie-Jazz kick the crap out of his fellow Autobots. "Lovely stuff." It's The Transformers. It's 'Target: 2006.' It's 'Prisoners Of War!'
WHAT'S NEW: 25.10.21
CHOOM! With a schedule that's starting to resemble IDW more than Marvel UK, Dave and Kev are back being "men out of time," and now men out of sync with time, in 1986. At least it lines up with the cover date, so that's something, right? It's still The Transformers. It's still 'Target: 2006,' and it's still 'Trios!'
WHAT'S NEW: 11.10.21
CHOOM! Dave and Kev, with Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles on their ageing faces, arrive back in the autumn of 1986, and like Starscream awakening from a stasis pod, they're just in time to witness Megatron lead the Autobots. But if you can believe it, that's only the second biggest shock of this issue. It's The Transformers. It's 'Target: 2006.' It's '...The Devil You Know.'
WHAT'S NEW: 04.10.21
CHOOM! And with that, Dave and Kev are on Cybertron, just in time to witness The Wreckers perform a dress rehearsal for the big Operation: Volcano opening night. They then nip in to the pub for a cheeky, swift post-rehearal pint, where they witness a fight break out in MacCadam's. Just like your average night out in Dundee then. It's The Transformers. It's 'Target: 2006.' It's "Wreck and Rule!"
WHAT'S NEW: 27.09.21
CHOOM! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, We See The World In Ben-Day Dots is proud to present to you, it's tag team champions of the world, 'The Chaos Bringer,' Dave Scrimgeour, 'The Lost Light, Kev McCluskey, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Tinted Spectacles! Oh, they're discussing The Transformers- 'Target: 2006' Part 3, 'Defeat!' as well.
WHAT'S NEW: 20.09.21
CHOOM! Dave and Kev don their Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles and travel back in time to Earth: 1986, trying not to get sucked into the limbo of a Black Hole in the process. It's The Transformers. It's 'Target: 2006.' It's 'Construction Time Again!'
Dedicated to George Cordeiro. Without whom, we probably wouldn't be doing this.
WHAT'S NEW: 13.09.21
"CHOOM!" Dave and Kev use their CMYK-tinted spectacles to travel back to this very day in 1986, just in time to bear witness to the trail of destruction the "future" Deceptions leave in their wake, followed by watching them bury Megatron and Soundwave under a ton of rubble, and take command of the "present day" Decepticons. Buy the ticket, take the ride. It's The Transformers. It's Target: 2006. It's 'Apocalypse Then...Now!'
WHAT'S NEW: 06.09.21
We See The World In Ben-Day Dots is stumbling into its 6th year, like a drunkard at kicking out time, and as such we've decided to celebrate this milestone by donning the CMYK-tinted spectacles and covering The Transformers- Target: 2006 in REAL TIME. So every Monday, for the next 11 weeks, we'll be travelling back 35 years, to the autumn of 1986, to discuss it chapter by chapter, starting with this little aperitif, fitting titled 'Prologue.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.08.21
Dave and Kev are back again. Back like Arnold. Back wearing their CMYK-tinted spectacles, and travelling back to 1992. A time when Batman Returned to rule the box office, Madonna got REALLY sexy with Erotica, people read a lot of John Grisham, and some guy called Kalel was killed by a monster from beneath the earth. "Grrreat days." Oh, they also had a look at the second half of The Amazing Spider-Man: Soul of the Hunter while they were there.
***This issue, and hence this review, deals with themes of suicide, which some readers may find distressing.***
WHAT'S NEW: 02.08.21
".....shining for your illumination.
Good versus evil equals confrontation.
So when you're in trouble don't give in and turn sour.
Try to rely on your Turtle Power.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 1990 (Act 3)
WHAT'S NEW: 31.07.21
Dave and Kev get all modern, as they pop on their trusty Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles and transition out of the 80s into.....the 90s! August 1992 to be more precise. When the 'Dream Team' won the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics, Snap!'s 'Rhythm Is A Dancer' dominated the UK singles chart, the World Wrestling Federation held its annual Summerslam event at Wembley Stadium, and J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck finally followed up their Spidey classic 'Fearful Symmetry' with 'Soul of the Hunter.'
WHAT'S NEW: 30.06.21
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles wearing...., oh, it's been nearly five years now, you get the gist. Look, it's Dave and Kev banging on about another comic that they read when they were young, and still had some hope left in their hearts. Go on, have a gander at the third part of their review of 'Return To Big Nothing.' Or don't. We're not your two dads. It's not like eating your vegetables. And it's not like it's a criminal offence, and it'll put you in ol' Frank's cross hairs if you refuse.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.05.21
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles wearing tag team duo drop-in on Sin City to sample some of the wares, just in time to witness Frank take out Gorman's hired goons, but not before one of them gives up Snow's location, making him the first step on Frank's journey back to Gorman himself, and his Return To Big Nothing.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.04.21
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles wearing tag team duo return to the twilight of the '80s, and 'Return To Big Nothing,' for their look at Steve Grant, Mike Zeck, John Beatty, Ken Bruzenak, Ian Tetrault and Phil Zimmerman's follow-up to We See The World In Ben-Day Dots' Punisher favourite, 'Circle Of Blood.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.03.21
Spyder! Spyder! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
It's Fearful Symmetry. It's Kraven's Last Hunt Part 6. It's "Ascending."
WHAT'S NEW: 28.02.21
When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
It's Fearful Symmetry. It's Kraven's Last Hunt Part 5. It's 'Thunder.'
***This issue, and hence this review, deals with themes of suicide, which some readers may find distressing.***
wHAT'S NEW: 31.01.21
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
It's Fearful Symmetry. It's Kraven's Last Hunt Part 4. It's a 'Resurrection.'
WHAT'S NEW: 18.01.21
"They were once normal, but now they're mutants.
Splinter's the teacher, so they are the students.
Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello make up the team
with one other fellow, Raphael."
(He is NOT the leader of the group, however. Despite what Partners In Kryme told you.)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (1990. Act.2)
WHAT'S NEW: 31.12.20
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
It's Fearful Symmetry. It's Kraven's Last Hunt Part 3. It's Descent.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.11.20
In what distant deeps or skies,
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
It's Fearful Symmetry. It's Kraven's Last Hunt Part 2. It's 'Crawling.'
WHAT'S NEW: 23.11.20
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
On the half shell,
They're the heroes four.
In this day and age,
Who could ask for more?
No-one. No-one could've asked for more 30 years ago, and no-one could ask for more now.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.10.20
Spyder Spyder, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
It's Fearful Symmetry. It's Kraven's Last Hunt Part 1. It's 'The Coffin.'
WHAT'S NEW: 30.09.20
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted Spectacles duo don the green duds for the final time, for the moment (Kev as Hal Jordan and Dave as Ollie Queen. If Jai was involved, she could've been Dinah Drake), as they travel to the ancient planet of Maltus, only to discover that it has been the victim of a genetically engineered population explosion at the hands of the crazed scientist Mother Jura. And as we hurtle towards a seemingly perfect storm of extinction level events, it has them asking themselves, will 'Death Be My Destiny?' Well, ultimately it will, yeah.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.08.20
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted Spectacles wearing duo travel back fifty years, to the time a tinpot despot had taken control of a populace using an army of robotic automatons. Hold on! This is a superhero comic from 1970, right? This is starting to sound all too familiar. Either way, it's a time when 'Even An Immortal Can Die.'
WHAT'S NEW: 22.08.20
With timekeeping befitting a regional rail service, the cyan, magenta, yellow and key-tinted bespactacled trio finally round-off their watch/read-along of Mark Goldblatt's 1989 take on Frank Castle and his knife-wielding alter-ego. If you fancy joining in with the stabby, shooty, neck breaking festivities, just hop on over to YouTube, skip the ads, then jump to 58:18 in Mark Goldblatt's 'The Punisher.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.07.20
The CMYK, transition lenses, bespectacled duo return once again, in the decade of their birth, as they travel back 50 years to a world, and more specifically a United States, that was arguably just as tumultuous as the current one. However, as bleak as things may appear, never forget that 'Ulysses Star Is Still Alive.'
WHAT'S NEW: 04.07.20
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted Spectacles wearing TRIO of Dave, Kev and a returning Mike are back in full force to take a gander at the middle section of Mark Goldblatt's gritty, sombre take on 'The Punisher.' If you'd like to read along as you watch, whilst Frank shoots-up a casino, visits a Yakuza chiropractor, gets the crap beat out of him at a funfair and steals a bus-load of mafia kids, you can find this movie on YouTube and skip to 24:48.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.06.20
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles wearing duo wrote this before his passing, but here they are, gushing over the one and only Denny O'Neil anyway. It's 'A Kind Of Loving, A Way Of Death.'
WHAT'S NEW: 01.06.20
Thirty years ago today, post the Batmania of '89 and at the height of T.U.R.T.L.E. Power of '90, a more modest, less child-friendly "superhero" comic book movie arrived on the shores of the United Kingdom with none of the fanfare of its blockbuster contemporaries and landed, not at the cinema, but rather, at your local video rental shop. Read along as Dave, Kev and a debuting Mike, revisit the first act of a film they were far too young to be watching at the time, Mark Goldblatt's less-than-faithful-to-the-source-material take on 'The Punisher,' starring Dolph Lundgren in the titular role.
To get the full We See The World Through Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted Spectacles experience, you could watch 'The Punisher' on Amazon Prime in German. And if you're not fluent in German, you'll just have to resort to watching it on YouTube as it doesn't appear to be available in the UK at the moment. Again.
WHAT'S NEW: 31.05.20
The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles wearing duo go on a 'Journey To Desolation' this month, where they find a fascist trying to quell an uprising of downtrodden citizens.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.04.20
The 'We See The World In Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-Tinted Spectacles' tag team contradict the Dr. Beckettian theory of time travel and go back to a year not in their lifetime. They arrive in the nick of time to witness Oliver Queen and a specific member of the African American community of Star City force Hal Jordan to confront some uneasy truths about his homeworld, as well as his role within and outwith it. Join them as they celebrate the team-up of the Emerald Crusader and the Emerald Archer, and the 50th anniversary of one of the most seminal moments in superhero comics, with 'No Evil Shall Escape My Sight.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.03.20
The 'We See The World Through Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-Tinted Spectacles' duo don their glasses and travel back to 1986 for the final time in this series. Can Daredevil and Captain America prevent Nuke from destroying Hell's Kitchen? Can Matt rebuild his life? Will Fisk ever be accepted into the legitimate business community? And will Glori get the exclusive photographs she so desires? All these questions and more shall be answered if you can survive 'Armageddon' and be 'Born Again.'
WHAT'S NEW: 29.02.20
Our boys' Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted Spectacles have come over a shade of red, while and blue this month. With stars and stripes to boot. Sometimes you have to pray to 'God and Country' in order to be 'Born Again.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.01.20
"Risin' up, back on the street, did my time, took my chances. Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet, just a man and his will to survive. So many times, it happens too fast, you trade your passion for glory. Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past, you must fight just to keep them alive. Face to face, out in the heat, hangin' tough, stayin' hungry. They stack the odds 'til we take to the street, for the kill with the skill to survive." Sometimes you have to be 'Saved,' so that you can be 'Born Again.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.12.19
In something of a time paradox, Dave and Kev don their CMYK-tinted spectacles and step forwards into 2020, whilst simultaneously travelling backwards to the Hell's Kitchen of 1986, all so they can witness the rise of a devil, a rebirth, a bona fide miracle. Your heart must cease to beat in order for you to be 'Born Again.'
P.S. Be like Fisk and raise a glass to 2020. Happy New Year everybody.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.11.19
With their Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles sitting squarely on the ends of their noses, Dave and Kev travel back to 1986 for 'Pariah,' the somewhat Christmas themed third chapter of Miller and Mazzuccelli et al's Hornhead masterpiece. You have to go towards the light if you want to be 'Born Again.'
WHAT'S NEW: 14.11.19
WHAT'S NEW: 31.10.19
With their trademark Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles firmly in place, Dave and Kev travel back in time to Frank Miller and David Mazzuccelli's Hell's Kitchen of 1986, for the second part of their seminal Daredevil tale, 'Born Again.' Before entering heaven, you must atone for your sins in 'Purgatory.'
WHAT'S NEW: 30.10.19
Somewhat later than initially planned; Dave and Kev don their Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles for the third and final part of their backwards glance at the phenomenon that was Tim Burton's 1989 smash hit, 'Batman.' So for the last time, break out the old VCR, pop in the tape and fast forward it past the part where The Joker visits Vicki Vale in her apartment and Bruce Wayne pulls a 'Man With No Name' and uses a tin tray to stop a bullet. Bat-God.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.09.19
With their trademark Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles firmly in place, Dave and Kev travel back in time to 1986, so that they can re-live what is arguably THE definitive hornhead tale. It's Miller, it's Mazzuccelli, it's Murdock, it's Fisk, it's 'Apocalypse.' You have to die in order to be 'Born Again.'
WHAT'S NEW: 15.09.19
Dave and Kev slip on a pair of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles and dive back into Gotham City for the second part of their look back at Tim Burton's 1989 game changer. So dust off your video player, dig out your VHS cassette tape, cue it to approximately 40 minutes, (or when Joker visits Alicia after having killed Carl Grissom) press play and read along to 'Batman.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.08.19
And with that, summer is gone for another year. So to mark its passing and to round out our 'Summer of Batman,' Dave and Kev are popping on their trademark Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles and going back in time to 1987 for the second and concluding part of their rear view mirror look at the Damian Wayne spawning, Batman: 'Son of the Demon' Part 2.
WHAT'S NEW: 21.08.19
WHAT'S NEW: 11.08.19
It's here! Today marks the 30th anniversary of the UK release of a genre redefining blockbuster. So, grab your beverage of choice, get the snacks in, pop on your CMYK-tinted, time travelling spectacles, fire up your DVD, Blu-ray, brand, spanking new 4K, download or stream, (or VHS) press play and read along, as Dave and Kev go back and relive the "Batmania" of the summer of '89, in part 1 of their retrospective of Tim Burton's 'Batman.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.07.19
Pop on your cyan, magenta, yellow and key-tinted spectacles and travel with us back to 1987; where we're at the tail-end of the Cold War, tensions are running high in the international community, the al Ghul family have resurfaced and a mysterious terrorist named Qayin is spreading fear with no apparent agenda. And what, exactly, ties a murder in Gotham to all of this? Find out, in the first half of our look back at Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham's seminal Batman tale, 'Son of the Demon.'
WHAT'S NEW: 30.06.19
It's all come down to this. For the fourth and final time, the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-Tinted Spectacles wearing, time travelling duo are back in Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's Japan of 1982, as Logan comes face to face with Lord Shingen once again, in a rematch of their earlier confrontation. Will The Wolverine get the "W" and avenge the loss, or will Shingen put an end to the gaijin? The answer is here, in Dave and Kev's look back at The Wolverine #4, 'Honor.'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.05.19
"All done. Finished." The Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacles wearing, time travelling duo are back in the New York of 1989 for the last time, to witness a good, if not strictly speaking innocent, man get sent down for not grassing-up his old pal from high school. Oh, and there's also a werewolf on the loose in the final chapter of Gerry Conway and Sal Buscema's Tombstone Saga; The Spectacular Spider-Man #150, 'Guilty!'
WHAT'S NEW: 22.05.19
"Come with us now, as we journey through time and space, to the world of....." the Cyan-Magenta-Yellow and Key-Tinted Spectacles. Join Dave Noir and Kev Moon as they travel back to the Japan of 1982 to witness a sumo wrestler get thrown through a bar window, freerunning over the rooftops of a neon-drenched Tokyo, The Hand close-in on Yukio and Logan have an epiphany. It's all here, in their look back at Wolverine #3, 'Loss.'
WHAT'S NEW: 30.04.19
Once again, Dave and Kev pop the CMYK-tinted specs on and travel back 30 years to the spring of 1989, for a tale of full moons, lightning bolts, torrential rain, graveyards, tombstones, deadly potions, the undead and werewolves. Oh, and there's a web-swinging Spider-Guy in there somewhere too. Join them for a revisit of a Halloween tale that was either too late, or too early, depending on your perspective, in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149, 'What About Carrion?!'
WHAT'S NEW: 31.03.19
The demonic insanity of ‘Inferno’ comes to an explosive conclusion for our time traveling, cyan, magenta, yellow and key-tinted spectacles wearing duo, in this rather low-key airing of good old Flash Thompson and Betty Leeds. Jump in, as Gerry Conway, Sal Buscema and co. invite us all to join them for a ‘Night Of The Living Ned,' in ’The Spectacular Spider-Man #148.
WHAT'S NEW: 28.02.19
"What day is it? The date?" The 28th. February. Tuesday. "What year?" Well, it's 1989, "It is the day of Inferno" of course and the We See The World In Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-tinted spectacled duo are back in New York City to bear witness to the unfolding of N'Astirh's demonic master plan, in The Spectacular Spider-Man #147, 'When The Bugle Blows.'
WHAT'S NEW: 29.01.19
For the first time in this run, the time traveling We See The World In Ben-Day Dots tag team champions set their cyan, magenta, yellow and key-tinted spectacles for 1989, as they buckle-up and prepare themselves for the madness of that year’s major Marvel crossover event, ‘Inferno.’ Join them and risk your own sanity by gazing back through four-colour lenses at The Spectacular Spider-Man #146, ‘Demon Night.’
WHAT'S NEW: 08.01.19
We kick-off our 2019 here at We See The World In Ben-Day Dots in style, with the wall crawlin', web swingin', time travellin', don't look back in anger a-gazin', Ric Flairin', cyan, magenta, yellow and key-tinted spectacles wearin' Sons Of Guns, as Dave and Kev head back to the winter of 1988 to take in The Spectacular Spider-Man #145, 'The Boomerang Return.' Wooo!
WHAT'S NEW: 30.12.18
Here at We See The World In Ben-Day Dot's we're rounding-out our 2018 with Kev's long overdue look at B.J. Mendelson and Piotr Czaplarski's wild, freewheeling one-shot, 'Vengeance Nevada.' "All will be judged."
WHAT'S NEW: 04.12.18
The CMYK tinted spectacled duo are back in late 1988, to witness the handbags at ten paces confrontation between Spidey and Boomerang. It's got something to do with a book tour, a yacht race and some broken furniture. It's all here, in Dave and Kev's review of The Spectacular Spider-Man #144, "An Ill Wind..." "... a book which has been described as, and I quote, "Lovely stuff." Not my words...the words of Shakin' Stevens."
We can neither confirm, nor deny the authenticity of the Michael Barratt quote.
WHAT'S NEW: 18.11.18
For the second time, we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to join The We See The World In Ben-Day Dots time travelling duo back in 1982. The CMYK tinted spectacles sporting pair look on as Logan and Yukio go on a blood soaked first date, Logan gate crashes and ruins a performance of 'The 47 Ronin' and Mariko bears witness to a side of The Wolverine that she has never seen before. It's all here, in Dave and Kev's review of the second chapter of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's definitive tale of the Weapon X-Man, 'Debts and Obligations.'
WHAT'S NEW: 30.10.18
The time travelling, cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles wearing duo are back in 1988 once again for this tale of clones, gene testers, High Evolutionaries and Young Gods. It's all happening and it's all here in Dave and Kev's review of The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #8, 'Return To Sender.'
WHAT'S NEW: 30.09.18
Dave and Kev travel 30 years back in time, through cyan, magenta, yellow and key-tinted spectacles, to bear witness to the end of something. It's Spider-Man, it's The Punisher, it's The Persuader, it's the Lobo Brothers..... it's a bloodbath in The Spectacular Spider-Man #143 'Deadline In Dallas.'
WHAT'S NEW: 11.09.18
WHAT'S NEW: 31.08.18
Ladies and gentlemen, we are live! From an undisclosed, generic building site in Atlanta, Georgia for ‘The Spectacular Spider-Man #142‘- ‘Will.' IT'S TIME, for our catch-weight main event of the evening. Introducing first, in the red and blue corner, this man is a freestyle fighter, he stands at 5ft 10inches, weighing in at 167lbs, fighting out of Queens, New York, Peter “Spider-Man” Parker. His opponent, in the black and white corner, a boxer, standing at 6ft 7inches tall weighing in at 215lbs, fighting out of Philadelphia, Pensilvania, Lonnie “Tombstone” Lincoln.
WHAT'S NEW: 29.07.18
With CMYK-tinted spectacles at the ready, Dave and Kev, one again, travel back in time to the second summer of love and into the pages of The Spectacular Spider-Man #141 'The Tombstone Testament,' (or 'Private Enemies,' take your pick) where they find; Spidey and Frank having a pleasant conversation on a homely boat, Robbie Robertson recovering nicely in a hospital bed, Tombstone popping-in to visit Mary Jane at the Parker's home and The Arranger and Persuader throwing a surprise party for a sleepy Frank Castle.
WHAT'S NEW: 22.07.18
Dave and Kev interrupt their regularly scheduled programming and slap on their cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles to bring you this bonus review of the first issue in Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's seminal 'Wolverine' mini series, 'I'm Wolverine.' "Bub, you've just signed your death warrant!"
WHAT'S NEW: 30.06.18
Dave and Kev travel back through the mists of time to 1988, when Robbie Robertson was confined to a hospital bed, Tombstone had a very long arm, Mary Jane briefly tried her hand at stand-up comedy and the 'We See The World Through Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key-Tinted Spectacles' duo became oddly obsessed with skies. All this, and less, in their take on The Spectacular Spider-Man #140, 'Kill Zone.'
WHAT'S NEW: 29.05.18
Like a pair of less ripped ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Pipers in ‘They Live,’ Dave & Kev each don a pair of sunglasses, (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Tinted ones to be precise) but instead of seeing alien beings and their covert, subjugating propaganda, they are transported 30 years back in time to the summer of 1988. See how they become easily distracted by flat-top haircuts, seemingly waterproof, battery operated tape players and ship horn-like shrieks of agony, as they revisit ‘The Spectacular Spider-Man’ #139, “Grave Memory.”
WHAT'S NEW: 29.04.18
“Once again, it’s on!” With cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles firmly in place, Dave and Kev are transported though in time, back to 1988. Can four colour, bargain basement Sam and Al prevent the inevitable heel turn by John Walker, stop Tombstone from coercing Roland Rayburn into becoming ‘The Persuader’ and help Spidey send La Tarantula back where he came from? Find out, in their look back at The Spectacular Spider-Man #138; ‘Night of the Flag!’
WHAT'S NEW: 31.03.18
The cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles transport Dave and Kev back to 1988 again, this time so that they can revisit ‘The Spectacular Spider-Man’ #137. Can “The Amazing Spider-Boys” stop La Tarantula executing terrified refugees? Is it possible that Dave will be able to convince Peter to do the right thing and pay for his burger? And will Kev finally get that sweet J. Jonah Jameson/Tombstone flat-top haircut that he always wanted? All will be revealed in their review of ‘Nowhere to Run. Nowhere to Hide!’
WHAT'S NEW: 06.03.18
Congratulations to Mo Ali. Mo's was the name drawn out of the hat in our draw to win a copy of the Black Panther trade paperback 'A Nation Under Our Feet.' Happy reading, Mo. (K)
WHAT'S NEW: 27.02.18
With CMYK tinted spectacles firmly in place, Dave and Kev travel way back in time to their adolescence, as they revisit the moment in which the ‘Circle Of Blood’ closed with part 2 of ‘Final Solution.’ Can Frank escape the ever decreasing sphere? Will Alaric shave his 70s porn star moustache off? Is Angela ever going to wear anything other than that flimsy nighty? And can Tony Siciliano even focus on the task at hand with those wonky eyes? Want to find out?
WHAT'S NEW: 04.02.18
Through the magic of cyan, magenta, yellow & key tinted spectacles, Dave & Kev gaze back into the past upon 'Final Solution,' the penultimate chapter of 'Circle Of Blood.' Time would certainly appear to be of the essence, as Frank makes his move to exact his revenge upon Alaric and Angela, Texas gets chased by a dog and things get a bit sketchy, literally.
WHAT'S NEW: 02.02.18
You probably won't be aware, (as there has been so little promotion or buzz surrounding it) but there's a tiny indie movie called 'Black Panther' being released throughout arthouse cinemas in the UK on the 12th of February. To help the tiny, fledgling studio out, (and to leech off it like the parasite we are) we're giving away a copy of the bestselling Black Panther trade 'A Nation Under Our Feet' written by the multiple award winning Ta-Nehisi Coates, with art by Brian Stelfreeze, colour art by Laura Martin and letters by Joe Sabino.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you've got to do is the old social media triple-threat. So like, share and comment on Facebook, or like, retweet and reply on Twitter, or do them all if you're feeling generous. At the end of the month we'll draw a name out of a hat, get in touch with the lucky so-and-so and post the prize to them. Good luck.
WHAT'S NEW: 01.01.18
Here at We See The World In Ben-Day Dots, we blast our way into 2018 all guns a' blazing, like Frank charging into a Mob family Hogmanay party, with Dave & Kev's look back at The Punisher- 'Circle Of Blood' part 3, 'Slaughterday' through their signature four-colour tinted specs. Happy New Year!
WHAT'S NEW: 25.12.17
We round-off 2017 with Dave and Kev's CMYK tinted spectacled look back at The Punisher, 'Circle Of Blood' part 2: 'Back To The War.' "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal(s)."
WHAT'S NEW: 17.11.17
Whilst taking bathroom breaks from binge-watching 'The Punisher' on Netflix and repeatedly sticking the kettle on, why not treat yourself to a little reflection time as your tea brews, pop on your CMYK tinted spectacles and have a quick gander at Dave & Kev's review of 'Circle Of Blood' part 1.
WHAT'S NEW: 29.10.17
On the 17th of November, Frank Castle blasts his way onto the small screen, after a few relatively unsuccessful attempts at cracking the big one. As a little starter, why not whet your appetite for the Netflix carnage, by joining Dave and Kev as they dust off the cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles so that they can take a four colour look back at the debut of The Punisher in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' #129.
WHAT'S NEW: 30.09.17
Something a little different here at We See The World In Ben-Day Dots. 'What's It Called When A Black Hole Dies?' In which Kev mourns the passing of an institution from his childhood, muses a little on comic book retail and becomes undeniably middle-aged. Is that officially too old for the four-colour funny books?
WHAT'S NEW: 02.09.17
Congratulations to Garry Bodsworth. Garry was selected as the winner of our 'Dragon's Claws' competition for his fantasy casting of Taika Waititi as Scavenger in our pipe-dream live action 'Claws' adaptation. A copy of the 2008 collected edition is winging its way to him like the Pig on its way to the 'Pool.
WHAT'S NEW: 06.08.17
For one last time, Dave and Kev don their cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles, board the Trimaxion Drone Ship and travel through time to 8163 via the 2004 ‘Just One Page’ comic. Can the We See The World In Ben-Day Dots navigators stop the Evil Dead legion’s murderous rampage, prevent Dragon from crossing a line he can’t come back from and get one of those sweet Dragon’s Claws t-shirts as a souvenir? "Compliance!"
Get in touch with us on here via the contact page, or send us an email, or tweet us, or message us on Facebook, or send us a carrier pigeon, or smoke signals and let us know any or all of your dream cast for a live action 'Dragon's Claws.' You never know, there just might be a copy of the Panini collected edition in it for the best one.
WHAT'S NEW: 03.08.17
Happy birthday to us. Happy birthday to us. Happy birthday dear We See The World In Ben-Day Dots. Happy birthday to us.
We are one. Today marks the one year anniversary of Jai announcing We See The World In Ben-Day Dots' entry into the digital realm with her review of the animated adaptation of 'The Killing Joke.' To mark this momentous occasion, we are giving away a copy of the DVD of said animated feature, plus a copy of both the DVD and the graphic novel of 'Batman: Year One' (see what we did there?) to a lucky winner. A perfect double-bill for a Dark Knight in. All you've got to do is use one of the icons below, or the contact form on here to tell us which is your favourite We See The World In Ben-Day Dots review so far and why. We'll pop names in a hat at the end of August 2017, draw one out and be in touch with the victor.
Disclaimer- these discs are region two, so this competition is suited more to those who live in the UK. Unless you have a multi-region player, of course. Apologies to anyone who doesn't and is outside the United Kingdom.
WHAT'S NEW: 20.07.17
WHAT'S NEW: 03.07.17
WHAT'S NEW: 02.07.17
It's the 'End of the Road' for the Claws (well, not quite yet), so pop your cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles on and join Dave and Kev as they stroll down Duckett's Passage and through the portal that transports them to 8162 via 1989. Can the We See The World In Ben-Day Dots equivalent of Gary Sparrow tie up any loose ends involving Shrine, Michael, Tanya, Tanya's dad and the World Development Council before they run out of time and the comic runs out of pages to tell the story? Doubtful. But like Simon Furman always says, "It never ends."
WHAT'S NEW: 12.06.17
WHAT'S NEW: 04.06.17
With cyan, magenta, yellow and key spectacles firmly in place, Dave and Kev hijack Oceanic Flight 815, crash land it on ‘The Island,’ find the Orchid and turn the frozen wheel beneath it, all so they travel to Earth, 8162, by way of 1989 through “the constant” of Dragon’s Claws #9, ‘Treatment.’ Can the Ben-Day Dots Hurley and Charlie broker a peace treaty between the Claws and the Evil Dead 2.0, save Deller and Golding from becoming flame-grilled Whoppers and stop N.U.R.S.E. and it’s evil Matron’s nefarious schemes? Survey says, “No!”
WHAT'S NEW: 09.05.17
Buffy the Vampire Slayer the television show is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year. But after Sunnydale fell back in 2003 it didn't end there for our Scoobies. Joss Whedon brought back the fantastic Buffyverse in 2007 as a comic book. Jai takes a look at Season 8 Library Edition Volume 1 in her latest comic book review, and finds out and what happened with all the newly activated slayers, and what the Scoobies got up to next.
WHAT'S NEW: 07.05.17
Dave and Kev don their cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles, run through the brick wall between platforms 9 and 10, jump aboard the Hogwarts Express to the school of witchcraft and wizardry and mug Hermione for her time turner. They then proceed to use their ill gotten gains to travel to 8162 via the 1989 portal of Dragon's Claws #8, '…..The Evil Dead Too.' Can the Ben-Day Dots Neville and Sheamus stop the brand, spanking new Evil Dead from raising N.U.R.S.E. to the ground? Should they even want to? COULD they, even if they did? (They couldn't.)
WHAT'S NEW: 03.05.17
The Guardians of the Galaxy return to our screens with an action packed, humorous sequel in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Set to yet another awesome soundtrack, 'Awesome Mix Vol.2', it's a much more intimate storyline. With some new additions joining our unconventional superheroes, this movie is not be missed as Jai reveals in her latest movie review. (*CONTAINS SPOILERS*)
WHAT'S NEW: 23.04.17
WHAT'S NEW: 16.04.17
It’s time to break out the old cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles once again, as Dave and Kev stumble back into their beat-up, H.G. Wells inspired time machine and travel back to the Elseworlds Gotham of 1891 for a city break, just in time to revisit the sequel to ‘Gotham By Gaslight.’ It’s Bruce Wayne versus Alexandre LeRoi, the 19th versus the 20th century, progress versus tradition, all to see who and/or what will be ‘Master of the Future.’
WHAT'S NEW: 01.04.17
The unlucky, thirteenth Doctor, Doctor Dave and his not-so-glamourous companion, Catastrophe Kev, jump into the blue police box and set course once again for Earth, 8162 by way of Earth, 1989. Can the We See The World In Ben-Day Dots equivalent of Eric and Ernie stay focussed long enough to aid Mercy as she comes face to face with a shadowy version of her past, or even keep their wits about them enough to notice the arrival of the 2.0 version of a certain Sam Rami influenced group of mass murderers? Probably not, but don your cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles anyway and find out for yourself in their backwards look at Dragon’s Claws #7, ‘The Quality Of Mercy.’
WHAT'S NEW: 05.03.17
In this month's instalment of the We See The World In Ben-Day Dots Dragon's Claws Retrospective, Dave and Kev hop into the phone booth and travel through time to 8162, via the winter of 1988. Dave continues to put together the most expensive cast in the history of film and/or television, whilst Kev's unhealthy obsession with Deller's left shoulder and the multiple injuries it sustains only intensifies. Perhaps their energies would be better spent concerning themselves with the rampaging vigilante killer that's stalking the streets of Montreal. Join the bogus duo as they look at Dragon's Claws #6 'Craven Idols' through cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles.
WHAT'S NEW: 05.02.17
This month, Dave & Kev get naked and step into the Time Displacement Equipment to make the journey to Earth, 8162 via 1988. Can the markdown Sarah & Connor get there in time to stop the Jones Boys burning down the house, prevent N.U.R.S.E. from performing any more unnecessary laryngectomies and put an end to the Evil Dead funded, paid killing spree of everyone's favourite "freelance peacekeeping agent?" So don your cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles and join them as they look back at 'Dragon's Claws #5, 'Here's Death's Head.'
And would the end-of-line Kyle & Reese please put some clothes on, yes?
Also, a massive thank you to Elliott Hopkins (@ElliottHopkins on Twitter) who pointed-out to me that The 'Pool is in fact Liverpool. Nigh-on three decades of reading this comic and the penny had never dropped. Cheers, Elliott. Apparently I need a new prescription for my CMYK tinted specs. (K)
WHAT'S NEW: 01.01.17
We kick 2017 off in style here at We See The World In Ben-Day Dots, as Dave and Kev leap into the hot tub and travel to Earth, 8162 again by way of 1988. Can the four colour Adam and Lou save Raymond (or is it William?) Golding by delivering Legris and Ostleur to the terrorist group La Folie, stop two warring barons and their armies tearing the French countryside apart and get back to Greater Britain in time to prevent a certain “freelance peacekeeping agent” going on a paid killing spree? All this and more will be revealed as they look back at ‘Dragon’s Claws’ #4, ‘Wild in the Country’ through, cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles.
WHAT'S NEW: 18.12.16
Dave and Kev leap into the time machine and travel back to both 1989 and 1889 to take a closer look at the Batman Vs. Jack The Ripper tale, ‘Gotham By Gaslight.’ Join them as they consider a Victorian Gotham City, a less technologically advanced Caped Crusader and a real-life historical villain. All this before the conversation breaks-down descending into a nostalgic trip down a dark and dangerous memory lane, to the summer of the Bat in the last year of the 1980s.
P.S. This review does contain spoilers for a comic that is 27 years old at this point. So if you haven't read it and wish it to remain unspoiled, perhaps it's in your best interests to seek out the book and peruse its pages before reading our discussion of it. Statute of limitations and all that.
WHAT'S NEW: 04.12.16
Dave and Kev step into “the box,” creating a time loop between Earth, 1988 and Earth, 8162. Neither of which are a nice place to live. Can they win at hide and seek against ‘The Vanishing Ladies?’ Will they discover the true identity of the ‘High Father?' Do they have what it takes to bring Barry The Wildcat’s killer to justice? All this, and more, will be revealed, as the four colour Aaron and Abe reconsider Dragon’s Claws #3, ‘Heroes' Welcome’ through cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles.
WHAT'S NEW: 16.11.16
The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here- Dr. Strange. Jai shares her thoughts on this one in our latest movie review.
There are lots of events happening this weekend. Tomorrow is LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY 2016- an event celebrating independent comic book speciality stores. There will be a chance to get your hands on some rare and limited edition comics from DC, Marvel, Boom Studios, Dark Horse and more that will only be available from your local Forbidden Planet, Ironically.
This weekend is also Birmingham Comic Con and Film & Comic Con Newcastle. For more information on this weekends events, check out our events page.
what's new: 06.11.16
Dave and Kev step into the Quantum Leap Accelerator in order to travel back in time and into their 1988 bodies, in an attempt to change the future of either 2016 or 8162 for the better. (They're not quite sure which of the two it is.) Can the Poundland Sam and Al prevent the deaths of Kronos, Hex and Feral or perhaps even just stop the first of many injuries to Deller's shoulder. Join them as they look back to the future through cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles at 'Dragon's Claw's' #2, 'Dead Reckoning.'
What's new: 16.10.16
Congratulations are in order to Mason Radcliffe of Waskada, Manitoba, Canada and Gareth Jones of Cardiff, Wales. Both these gentlemen are expecting a new arrival in the shape of a copy of André Lima Araújo's 'Man Plus,' which is currently winging its way to them as we speak. Hopefully it won't take nine months to get to them. Well done, gents.
WHAT'S NEW: 04.10.16
Special guest star Dave Scrimgeour joins Kev in the Delorean, as they put the pedal to the metal and ramp that baby up to 88 MPH in order to travel back to 1988 and the future of 8162 simultaneously, with their review of 'Dragon's Claws' #1, 'The Game!' Does this adolescent favourite of the comic book reviewing tag-team hold-up to the scrutiny of failing, middle-aged eyes, or are the dynamic duo merely viewing it through the rosy glow of cyan, magenta, yellow and key tinted spectacles?
Also, if you like our review and you think 'Dragon's Claws' might be for you, it's worth bearing in mind that the creative powers behind it have a new project, 'To The Death,' that may also be of interest to you. The first issue of this creator-owned, web only series is available for free at to-the-death.com. But if you're old-school like us (or just plain old like us) and print is more your thing, they have a few days remaining on their Kickstarter campaign for the print only prequel to the series. The top tier gets you a Geoff Senior sketch of a character of your choosing. Need we say more.
P.S. Kev wants one of Dragon. Or Galvatron. Or Ultra Magnus. Look, he just wants a Geoff Senior original, okay?
WHAT'S NEW: 18.09.16
Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá took on Neil Gaiman's fantastic short story 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties' and transformed it beautifully into a 64 page hardback graphic novel. Does it work? Of course it does, with a team like that are you kidding me?! But still, lets have a look at what Jai thought of this adaptation in her recent review.
what's new: 04.09.16
Simon Furman and Geoff Senior launch a new creator-owned digital comic book series titled 'To The Death' on the 10th of September at to-the-death.com. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite for it AND our ten part, (eleven if you count the epilogue) issue-by-issue retrospective of its older cousin, Marvel UK's 'Dragon's Claws,' with this tasty little aperitif, as Kev meditates himself into a trance-like state in order to travel back through time to the late 1980s, reminiscing on how the comic came into his life and the effect it had on his adolescent mind.
What's new: 29.08.16
Giveaway time here at We See The World In Ben-Day Dots. If you've read our review of 'Man Plus' by André Lima Araújo and it has piqued your interest in the book, or you just like free stuff, here's your chance to get a copy of the collected edition on us. Just submit a contact form with any old comment before the end of September (this year, 2016, not 2042) and we'll draw an entry out of a hat, contact the lucky individual regarding shipping details, then send said copy of said book to said individual in the post. Good journey.
What's New: 21.08.16
Kev's look at André Lima Araújo's near-future, neo-noiresque, cyberpunk, crime series 'Man Plus' is now available for your reading pleasure (or displeasure) in the Comic Reviews section. If you're a fan of stories involving artificial intelligence, political corruption, hard boiled characters and a healthy dose of ultraviolence, this might just be worth your time checking out.
What's new 03.08.16
'BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE' review by Jai has been posted in our Movie Reviews.
Big events are happening this weekend! From intimate signings and creative workshops, to big comic expos and comic freebies! There really is a lot to keep you entertained so please do check out our events page to see what's on in your area.
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