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.
BEN-DAY'S SUPER-POWERED SPECIMEN OF THE MONTH
This month’s Super-Powered Specimen of the Month is the weird and whacky, Sabrina Victoria Spellman. Many of you will remember her has the bubbly, quick witted teenage witch who would feature on your T.V.’s after school in the 90’s, but Sabrina started out way before then as Archie Comic’s “Cute Little Witch” back in 1962. Sabrina lives in the town of Greendale, just a stones throwaway from the beloved Riverdale, the home of Archie Andrews and co. Although Sabrina’s father is a witch, her mother is mortal, making her a half-witch. She lives with her two aunts Hilda and Zelda Spellman who are also both witches, along with the family cat Salem Saberhagen; a witch who was turned into a cat as punishment for world domination attempts. Being half-witch, Sabrina’s life is caught between the two worlds, which often forces her to make difficult choices, as mortals cannot know about witches; and as well as having mortal friends, her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle is also a mortal. All of this plus balancing the daily trials of being a teenager results in the many adventures in the life of Sabrina Spellman- never a dull moment.
In 2014 the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” comic books were reimagined into a much darker account of the life of the teenager from Greendale we had all grown to know and love, when Archie Comics released “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. The new comic book series was very well received and in 2017 it was announced that a T.V series would be developed for The CW by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, which is now available to watch on Netflix; check out the trailer HERE. Although I wanted to resist and reminisce about the Sabrina I knew from back in the 90’s, the new show is actually pretty good, I do love its darkness, but I must say the comics are better; isn’t that always the way though.
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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