About Us

This is the official blog for the comic book club held in the book lounge of Waterstone's Liverpool One.

The group meet at 6pm on the third Monday of the month to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the comics selected.

It's a fun and friendly atmosphere and all are welcome: from those who have never read comic books, manga, or graphic novels before (call them what you like), to those who never read anything else.

The group, and this blog, are administered by Glyn Morgan, the Bookseller responsible for the Graphic Novels and Manga sections of the store and a big comic book fan who is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Liverpool.

If you would like to comment on any of the comics we've read, this month or in the distant past, please feel free to contribute to the comments section of the relevant posts.

Visit this club's big sister: The Science Fiction/ Fantasy Book Club

A Note on the Blog

Although this blog may appear slow paced and close to death in fact the group is very much alive and now entering its second year. Most of the group discussion (not done in person in Waterstone's of Wagamama's) takes place in the Facebook group - feel free to join. In the meantime I will try to keep a copy of the reading list here for general consumption. - G

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Batman: Year One - Discussion

Some of the group felt that it wasn't actually a good introduction to the character - it starts at the point that all the movies start at. They wanted a return to the character's childhood and teenage years.

There was more Gordon than expected, which was popular. Both the parallels with Wayne's existence and the contrasts with his struggles were interesting.

Some felt that Gordon's role, battling from within the system, was ultimately more interesting and more heroic.

Miller's ever-present conceit of newscasts and comments from the outside world was noted.

The storytelling was efficient - the plot was trimmed down and purring.

The artwork harked back to artists like Tarzan's Alec Severin.

The art was often expressionist, relying on chiaroscuro and other emotive techniques.

Both the artwork and the story return to the past.


  1. This is easily one of the comics I've read over the past year. And I'm one that agrees that Gordon's role of battling from within the system was very interesting.

  2. Ah Miller, look how far you've fallen. read this when I was about 14, after a deep yearning for good comics. It was like someone giving my brain a hug and letting me know comics weren't only full of bangers and mash escapades with rewards of sweets or the cane.

  3. No way, I'm doing this for my analytical essay against the anie Bleach :)