Reviewed in the Black Hall

Superman: Rebirth, reborn, reinvigorated

Since DC’s rebirth launched in May 2016 there’s been a lot happening – reimaginings, deaths, comings and goings. Amongst them, as if he’d be left out, is Superman.

What has to be said is there’s some really good story telling going on here. We all have a favourite version of Superman, and other DC characters, but there’s always that point when a reset, reimagining or alternate telling is required. Mainly by publishers but with readers expectations not far behind.

With this you can get confusion and contradiction and sometimes elements that make a great read for one person, can be off-putting for others. I know my Mother could never get her head around Lois both knowing Superman is Clark or marrying him. For her this ‘it’s right in front of your eyes’ but still not knowing was what made the story for her. And while I love alternate reality, having two Superman characters in one universe wouldn’t cut the mustard for her.

If i did try to explain it, I would certainly have to start it with, “what’s happening with Superman at the moment is fantastic”. Which has a lot to do with those currently writing, drawing and colouring the comic books. Essentially having a deletion of one, while another replaces him alongside throwing in the spanner in the works that is a powerless Clark Kent. Genius!

So before you can even get used to one Superman being gone, we’ve also got to get used to the alternate version taking his place, as do the characters. Characters who’ve been written so well, to emulate our feelings. Bruce/Batman mentioning, ‘he’s not our Clark,’ just as I was thinking the same thing. While others want to give him time, Bruce like readers are suspicious. “What’s going on?” “Where’s it going to go?”

While I’d love to tell you all I will say is, pick up Superman and Action Comics Rebirth from issue 1 respectively (and maybe a little before to help cement what’s going on) and make sure to continue until the finale of Superman Reborn.

You won’t, I firmly believe, be disappointed. What the writers, artists and colourists have done is took what’s been and what’s to come and said right this is how to please everyone.

So go read and enjoy. I know I did and can’t wait for what’s to come next.


The man behind the circles: An interview with Van Jensen

Read my interview with Cryptocracy writer Van Jensen.

At the end of last month I read Cryptocracy, one of the standout opening issues to a comic book in 2016 and I’ve read for a long time. Why? Simple, it’s a story that captured my imagination and planted the seed of intrigue to make me want to know what happens next. All while thinking about the nine families and circles, talking animals and why the Greys’ are wiping people’s memories. And all in one issue.

You may wonder why it took me a month to pick issue one up – there’s no reason. I bought it and left it in my digital library while reading other stuff.

I did want to go straight into issue two but I had this little niggle that wanted to find out more about Cryptocracy, how it came about. What followed was an interview request from me to writer Van Jensen, who kindly accepted and you can read this below.

There’s no plot spoilers below but we do mention things from the issues one and two. If you haven’t read these yet, go do that first. Van kindly shared some artwork around the symbol and the base rings which I’ve posted at the end of the interview.


Hi Van, thanks for taking the time to answer some of my questions about Cryptocracy – what I can only describe as, the best comic book I’ve read in 2016 and for a long time.

Where does it all come from? I mean to create a world behind the one we know, is that something that just comes to you and you have to get it all down in one go, or something that’s developing between other projects?

Van Jensen:

Well, first, thank you! We’re sure having a lot of fun with the book and hope others are, too. I guess, for me, Cryptocracy is a few interests coming together. I’ve long been fascinated with conspiracies (not as a theorist myself, but with the idea and psychology of them), and then I always wanted to see the world from the perspective of the all-powerful shadow government, the proverbial “they” who usually are just portrayed as faceless and evil. So this is an idea that’s been percolating for probably seven years, and I’ve been building at it steadily in the background, doing lots of research, coming up with this overly detailed alternate history of the world.


The Circles are what interest me the most – not that I’m paranoid – but these capture on paper that feeling of ‘there’s somebody controlling it all behind the scenes.” What influenced you when creating them?

Van Jensen:

Structure felt key to this. That’s really what conspiracies are—people seeing chaos and forming some kind of tortured logic around it. So I wanted to make the Families organized along a geometric principle, to work in symbols and numbers, which really are the coin of the realm among conspiracy theorists. And I liked the idea that we are all part of that structure, even if we don’t know it exists. That felt appropriately horrifying.

What is it, do you think it is about this subject that draws people in?

I kind of alluded to this earlier, but the world is a very chaotic, nonsensical place. And people see these things happen that just seem incredible—beyond belief or comprehension. So they start to think, “There must be a reason.” But there also are so many examples of weird things happening, especially among the powerful of the world. Take Bohemian Grove, where the elites meet up, wear robes, get drunk and worship a giant owl statue. This is true stuff! So it isn’t THAT far of a leap from there to the Queen of England being a lizard person, I guess.


I love Jason ( after just one issue) but can’t decide if he’s all bear or someone that became a bear. Do we get to find out more about his background and the preserve?

Van Jensen:

Yes! In issue four, we learn Jason’s background, when he and Grahame return to The Preserve, which is the home for cryptids, hiding them from the world.


Why a Bear? Nothing more than curiosity.

Van Jensen:

Bugbear. Which is a lot like a werewolf, but I wanted to go with something a bit more unique. Also, bugbear sounds funny.

Editor note: I hope Jason isn’t going to kill me for getting this wrong.


Also, you can’t kill Jason off. Like ever, I’m just putting that out there.

Van Jensen:

Can’t I?!! (I can’t. I know. I love Jason. That #$*@.)


Gary and the other Greys’ – the way they’re eating fast food etc.  That gives a whole different view to their usual concept. I can’t help thinking they’re not just here to “scrub good”?

Van Jensen:

There’s a lot going on with the Greys that we’ll explore eventually. The fast food was Pete’s^ idea. They run on sugar, fat and carbs. But because they’re messing with the minds of Americans, they unintentionally leave an imprint on people—thus the obesity epidemic.

^Peter Wood – Cryptocracy’s artist


At the moment Grahame seems to be the only one who sees the merit of people from the other circles. Is he one to trust or does he have his own agenda?

Van Jensen:

Grahame is someone who craves order, when we meet him. So he sees a world divided among the Families, and it feels equal and fair, and he wants to maintain that stasis.

He also despite his years and experience is a little naïve, so he often takes others at their word. As we’ll see, the changes coming to this world are soon to throw him into a bit of chaos.


And Chronos, well he sounds like he might have a few bones to pick with the other families. He’s only spoken of in issue one but man the way he sends his regards – he’s peed off about something?

Van Jensen:

You bet he is. Or it. Whatever Chronos is. We’ll see Chronos more directly in some upcoming issues, and I think the mystery is only going to deepen at first.


Should we expect to see other species of aliens or will the Greys be the main alien presence? And what about other humanised, animal hybrids?

Van Jensen:

Who said the Greys are aliens? I sure didn’t. 😉

Mothmen show up in issue #2, and then in issues #3 and #4, we’ll see all sorts of crazy beings inside The Preserve.


The diary entries of Farrell Fain really help to fill in the back story. Will we see him appear in visibly in the panels? Or is it top secret?

Van Jensen:

He has a bit of an appearance in the story in #2, and he’ll play a bigger role going forward, for sure. The journal isn’t there by happenstance.


Finally, I always think a little bit of the writer gets into their characters. Which character (s) would represent elements of you the most?

Van Jensen:

Well, not Jason. I have a toddler, so trying to cut back on the swearing. I think Bela, the conspiracy radio host, probably. She is both a sceptic and a believer, wanting to see the mysteries but also being dubious of anything she can’t prove.


Actually. Final, final question: What would make you want to pick this comic book up and why should everyone out there? On the spot time, sorry:).

Van Jensen

Will you ever let me escape this interview?! You’ve gone mad with power. Mad!

Sorry, where were we? Yes. I think if people enjoy conspiratorial-themed shows or books, things like The X-Files, then Cryptocracy would be a good bet. It imagines a world in which the shadow government does exist, but while they are not good, they also are not necessarily evil. They have a specific purpose and agenda, which we get to see from their side. But then, suddenly, someone begins to hunt and kill them. And for the first time, they are faced with a mystery that they can’t understand.

As mentioned Van kindly provided some images around the symbol and the circles. I hope you find them as fascinating as I did and give you a little bit of insight into how they came into being.

The symbol
Base Rings
The CIrcles

Thanks for reading and I’ll keep posting Cryptocracy reviews. I can’t wait to see Jason’s background story and if the Greys’ aren’t aliens then … Wow.

Thanks to Van for the interview who you guys can follow on Twitter via @van_Jensen and @DarkHorseComics

Leave any comments below.

I want more layers – Cryptocracy #1 and why I can’t wait to read the next.

#DarkHorse comics are a company I’m familiar with but have very rarely read any of their publications. With Cryptocracy I decided to wet my appetite and see if I’d bite. And boy did I bite. The inside cover is gripping enough, setting out how the world – our world – is made up of … no organised into nine circles. Immediately I’m reading the make up of each circle, wondering which I’d belong to. That’s the bite – I know, probably an obvious one for many but for me it brings to light very important subjects in today’s culture, politics, society and culture. Wrapped up in – wow University geekism alert! – ideology. Wow! And that’s just the inside cover.
Quickly throwing us into a narrative led flashback through the voice of Agent Shin. Oh and all those subjects, including ideology are all served with a big dose of ‘who’s controlling what’ and the ever gripping theme of conspiracy.

As a bit of a sci-fi slash futuristic geek (debatable scale, depending on who you ask), I was so pleased to see some super-futuristic tech come into play. Let out in a can of energy drink and called hydra, this tentacled piece of tech does more than it should and bringing attention with it.
So we’ve been hooked and baited in the first few pages and then bam it captures what a lot of us love in a certain #GameofThrones, family and hierarchies working in some reciprocal, beneficial manner with a little secret animosity. In this issue were introduced to Mars and Jupiter, two of the families in control. So, if you didn’t bite, surely you must’ve now?

It’s also got a little element of #AmazonVideo’s #Badlands in there and I can’t wait to see the fall out of this first issue.  Oh and there’s a brother, sister relationship that’s so far away from Cersei’s and Jamie’s I can’t wait to see what happens there. It tantalised, gives you a taste and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.  Issue two is already out so I’m gonna buy it and let you know how I get on.

Bosch: One not to miss


You could watch any episode of Amazon Instant’s Bosch, Season one or two, and pick out a piece of great acting, dialogue, narrative, plot and sub-plot – and that’s down to everyone involved in this series. For me in Season two’s ‘Follow the Money’ there’s a stand out scene that serves to encapsulate the solid partnership between detectives Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) and Jerry ‘J’ Edgar (Jamie Hector).

J. Edgar: Sh*t, Harry. What the f*ck? You should have told me.
Bosch: I couldn’t. Sorry.
J. Edgar: Sh*t, I’m pissed. I’m f*ckin pissed. (slight pause) I’ll get over it.
Bosch: I’m counting on that.


Coming after J. Edgar realises Bosch has been running his own investigation with Irving (Lance Reddick) – this well written, and well delivered piece of dialogue let’s us know these guys have been through a lot together, they trust each other and aren’t the type of guys to let something like this come between them.

It’s also a testament to the guys who write, act and are involved in the production of this series that they don’t go the usual route – these are characters that know their job and know things like this happen. They don’t fall out, and it doesn’t hinder their investigations.

It doesn’t stop there either. Chief Irving, who in season one seems to have Bosch by the short and curls – obviously no one really has Bosch like this – but Irving’s change from season one to season two is really well done. In season one he was a Deputy Chief looking to become Chief, embroiling Bosch in his politics to do so.

In season two the effects of events through the series see him change, he’s still the stern, no bull character from season one but with these events comes a new agenda. An agenda he turns to Bosch for help. Another partnership well performed and delivered by Welling and Reddick – the respect for each’s experience comes through tenfold, and the reason why Iriving chooses Bosch because he is relentless. Another trait that throughout both series comes across in Bosch’s character and one performed to perfection by Welling.

Eleanor (Sarah Clarke) and Maddie (Madison Lintz) have more screen time in season two, bringing Bosch’s family unit to the fore, and is a really useful tool to show what happens when you get at the family of a character who is relentless, and will do anything to get them back. With who else by his side than his partner J.Edgar for support. Clarke and Lintz providing such natural familial moments, you’d be forgiven for mistaking these as real mother and daughter.


Family relationships and indeed relationships of trust play a big part of season two, and along with great plots, sub-plots and plot twists this season, including some closure for Bosch, really brings home why this is one of the top dramas on television.

If you haven’t got Amazon Prime (UK, USA) I’d strongly recommend it, and then sit down for a weekend and just binge this season – or both if you’ve not seen series one. You won’t regret it.

If you like strong detective series, with no-nonsense detectives at the helm, this is definitely the series to watch. You won’t be disappointed, well not until you’ve come to the end of the series – and if like me you’ve got no patience, you’ll be craving the start of the next series within a day.



Batman Beyond (2015 -): An interview with Dan Jurgens

Spoilers are included in this article.

A few weeks ago I (Jon) got in touch with Dan Jurgens (Comic artist, writer and creator) to talk about Batman Beyond at a time when it’s first arc was coming to an in issue #6.

Jon: “Firstly, congratulations on a non-stop start to Tim Drake’s Batman Beyond. It must be hard to take on a character that is synonymous with Bruce Wayne entirely and Terry McGinniss as the future version?”

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Tim Drake (left) takes on the mantle of Batman in Batman Beyond (DC 2015), a role synonymous with Bruce Wayne (right) and later Terry McGinniss in the future.

Dan: “Thank you.

Is it a challenge? Yes. But not hard.

The backgrounds of all those characters are so rich that it gives us plenty of material to draw from. There’s a balance that really works here—and I think that’s important.  That balance allows us to touch on all aspects of the Batman legend—past, present and future.”

Jon: “I guess throwing Tim into the fire from the start and never giving it time to go out helps to show this is Tim’s world and his Batman now?”

Dan: “The entire concept is that the future has been thrown into chaos. The readers need to feel that chaos and that means we have to move at a pretty fast pace. This story is set against a backdrop much larger than Gotham and we need to reflect that.”


 “The entire concept is that the future has been thrown into chaos.”

I didn’t actually think about this until Dan mentioned it, even though it had been mentioned in the earlier issues. He doesn’t just become Batman for Gotham but also THE superhero to replace those Brother Eye has transformed – meaning his territory is much bigger than Bruce Wayne’s, and even when Bruce did expand Batman he did it with allies through Batman incorporated. I think there is definitely a case for Tim being the world’s number one detective now.

Back to the interview …

Jon: “I can’t believe** it’s only been six issues – how do you manage to fit so much into an arc in such a short space?”

** I really can’t! It’s been so long since I’ve read a comic book that has taken the arc by the horns, torn through the pages and being a fantastic tide along the way. Thanks Dan.

Dan: “Conceptually, I think too many titles are working at a pace that is too slow. From the start, we set out push things and make sure we’d show a lot of different characters, situations and concepts in the first six issues. We’ll continue with that as the series moves on.”

Spoiler alert!

Jon: “This magnificent bullet of an arc has seen the end of two great Batman Beyond enemies – Inque and Brother Eye. And the way it happened was such a great twist, but this can’t be then end of them. Can it?”

Dan: “Stay tuned! Time will tell.”

Warning – dubious naming of characters below!

Jon: “Perhaps in the future we’ll see them reborn as Inqu-eye (pronounced inky)?”

Dan: “Uh… don’t know if we want to go there. Again—stay tuned. We want to have lost of surprises in this series. We have plenty coming up—some quite big.”

Dan Jurgens’s first arc brings two Batman Beyond enemies to an end, both old (Inque) and new (Brother Eye). We also found out I’m not great at naming conventions.

Jon: “On a serious note, why did you make Brother Eye adopt a human form?”

Dan: “I felt it was more interesting to give him that type of human representation. It made it a bit more of a personal battle for Tim.

More importantly, it personalized Brother Eye a bit. That was important since Tim had already beaten him—partially—as a satellite in FUTURES END.”


As Batman Beyond, Tim Drake beat Brother Eye when in the form of a satellite.

Jon: “Batman Beyond’s situation is a continuation of the fall-out from Future’s End. This series had a number of one shots showing a lot of DC characters preparing for the Future, including Bruce Wayne creating a number of clones – will these play any part in future issues? 

Dan: “Once again, stay tuned. We have our plans set in place and I think we have some pretty good stuff coming. But I can’t tip my hand on all of it yet!”


Batman’s Future’s End one shot looked at Bruce Wayne creating clones to continue the legacy of Batman. 

Jon: “From the final issue of Future’s End and what Brother Eye has said in previous BB issues, i get the feeling that Brother Eye and Tim are bound together throughout time. Is this something that will be explored?”

Dan: “I don’t know that I’d phrase it as “bound together throughout time”, though I can see where you’d identify it that way.

Are they linked?


But I think it’s in a more immediate and visceral way, which you’ll be seeing as the series unfolds.”

Jon: “Enough of my wants and fancies. We’ve only just ended one rollercoaster ride in issue six and there’s already so many things left open.

Has Alfred’s AI gone completely? Matt’s got a Green Lantern Power ring.

Will we find out what happened in between the end of Future’s End and the beginning of Batman Beyond?

How do you pick the next story to tell?

batman_beyond_6.png Matt McGinniss (brother of Terry McGinniss and former Batman Beyond) discovers a Green Lantern ring in Batman Beyond #5 – you just know this is going somewhere. But where? Stay tuned!

Dan: “I don’t know that I want to get into a lot of specifics about what happened between FE and BB. Frankly, I think that saying Brother Eye has taken over much of the world while throwing the rest into chaos, that we’ve said enough.

It’s kind of like looking out your window after a snow storm. You know it’s here and that you have to deal with the snow that was dumped on your driveway. You don’t care about where it came from or even the science behind it—just the fact that it’s incredibly cold, your car won’t start and you may not be able to get to work that day.

As for how I pick the next story, it all has to be a logical progression. It isn’t about the next plot so much as it’s about the next development and how it affects the main characters.”

Jon: “Finally, as its the 25th anniversary of Robin this year will we see any nods to this in Batman Beyond?”

DC’s celebrates the 25th anniversary of Robin in 2015. 2015’S Robin War will be a highlight of these celebrations.

Dan: “It’d be tough to do since we exist in the future. It’d kind of ruin the timeline a bit, don’t you think?”

Jon: “You’re right, it would. Selfishly, my love for Robin’s character glazes over practicalities like time. But then it’s why I’m an even bigger fan of Batman Beyond than I was with a former Robin in the suit.”

Jon:  “Thank you for taking the time to speak to me and I can’t wait to see what happens to Tim and his allies in Batman Beyond.

Dan: “My pleasure. I think you’ll like what we have coming up!”

Jon: “You know I think I will. A Robin in the Batsuit filled me with joy when Grayson did it in Battle for the Cowl. So another Robin becoming Batman Beyond was just as good a feeling.”

There we have it my first interview with a comic book writer, artist and creator – which I think went quite well and thankfully continued after my attempts at naming a new villain. I’m a bit biased but Dan is correct I probably will like what they have coming up and I’m sure current fans and new fans will to.

What has my mouth watering and fingers ready to type about is the penultimate issue of Future’s End saw Tim Drake convince Brother Eye not to take the action against Earth 2’s hero’s.

The same action that caused the events sending Terry McGinniss back in time in Future’s End. So if Brother Eye didn’t do what he originally did, but Terry’s still deceased – Tim’s future must be a parallel one to Terry’s surely? Wish I’d thought to ask Dan in my interview.

Thinking about the 25th anniversary of Robin, with all these Robins running about Gotham City in We are Robin and the current Robin War story arc – will any of these grow up into adult superheroes or sidekicks for our new Batman? So much to think about – I don’t know how Dan and other writers take all these possibilities and put them into print, but my hat goes off to them for doing it.

If you haven’t read Future’s End I’d certainly recommend it, it shows how Tim becomes Batman Beyond and in itself is a really interesting story arc. 

Batman Beyond is available from your local comic book store or if like me you don’t have one I’ve found my way into digital comic books through the good people at ( in the USA).

Interview and article by Jon Palmer (@palmerjono)

(Please let me know what you think of the interview, anyways I can improve or anything you’d like to see interviews about. I’ll always try my best to get them and definitely act on any feedback.)

My Hero Academy – WSJ (no.46)

This week I’ve had the enormous pleasure of purchasing my very first Weekly Shonen Jump. It’s a name I’ve been aware of since my childhood and while manga videos (yep good old VHS) were hard to find, Shonen Jump was impossible to get my hands on. So through the Comixology app (ios and android) – you can also go to – I purchased no.46 for 69 pence. Yep a magazine with ten stories inside, including Bleach snd Naruto, I think this is a steal. I know this is a digital version of it but from my experience digital copies don’t retail for any less than their print siblings.

First up is an intriguing article called My Hero Academy by Kohei Horikoshi.


The story follows Izuku Midoriya a boy who is born quirkless in a world full of superheroes and villains who have quirks. Quirks they use to mean powerful abilities.

Coming into this story half way I thought, “is this going to be difficult to get into?” It wasn’t and as many of you fans will know it is down to great writing and illustrating coming together to tell the story. With the 17 page segment leaving you pining for the next issue.


For me what I really love is the sound effects, used in a way only Manga can. They also take me back to a Pow! Blam! Infested Power Rangers childhood, which of course took a lot of its fight scenes from tokusatsu Super Sentai.

As I said there’s another nine stories to read and as I know I can’t wait until no.47 I’m going to go find no.45 as soon as I’m finished this issue.

A few reading tips if you’re going to jump – should that be Shonen Jump? (no! I can hear your cries ) – into reading this for the first time.

These are read from right to left. If all the panels are on one page read right to left in a panel, then move down on to the next panel. On occasion a panel might run across two pages, if it does read from right to left across both pages for that panel and then move down to the next panel on the right sided page.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

Beginning of the End

Agents of SHIELD has been a terrific series to watch unfold. With episodes that stand alone as well as contribute to the overall arc, and characters that we’ve grown to like, got annoyed by on occasions to downright falling out with them to the point of screaming, “You evil son of a …” at the television. The revelation that Ward was and pretty much always has been on the side of Garrett was a stroke of genius. Some commentators I’ve read haven’t liked the fact that they’ve been trying to reconcile with Ward, make him out not to be as evil as he is. Its not bad writing and I don’t think it’s a flaw to Ward’s character.  Ward was taken in by Garrett, trained and honed to follow him just like Buddy, Episode 21: Ragtag, and be extremely loyal. For me this wouldn’t be a Whedon-esque show without some nod towards redemption, his inference to raping Skye lets you know the evil is in him and that this is what Garrett has played on. The episode itself is really well played out both through its dialogue and what character relationships. None more so than with Fitz and Simmons, a duo that more than once throughout the series have been referred to as Fitz-Simmons. A clever technique to let us know that these two are the best of friends, you don’t get one without the other and they’re inseparable. Fortunately Fitz knows different and lets us know in a beautifully played out scene. The chemistry has always been there and the introduction of Agent Triplett played on this but stick these in a sunken part of the lab and what you get is a confession, a beautiful confession that gives the moment added sentiment and brilliance. Talking of brilliance, when Nick Fury appeared, even though we knew he was alive already, there was a moment when a tiny bit of me cheered out along the lines of ‘Fitz, you absolute genius, with your weak signal that only SHIELD can pick up’. Then another cheer was let out and the words muttered went something like, ‘Yes, it’s Nick Fury’.

Nick Fury

Nick Fury rescues Fitz and Simmons

That’s when the episode really picked up for me, the use of Agent Triplett’s noisemaker had already started that with a nice injection of humour. The ‘incentives programme’ had already intrigued me and Skye has become some real bad-ass agent. Not just because she’s the daughter of two monsters who rampaged through China looking for her but because she had the whole hacking thing to start with and then added all the agent skills with it. One thing I can’t wait to see is how the mystery around Skye plays out in series two.


Coulson asks Agent Triplett if he brought his noisemaker

Infiltrating Cybertek, May and Skye get what they want, Mae more so when she defeats Ward and doesn’t even look like she was trying. Although, I can’t help wondering what Ward was going to say something before May damaged his larynx. Has this ended his final redemption or had he figured out what Quinn was planning with the ‘gravitonium’. On the subject of Quinn, I sill can’t work out if he was working for Garrett, with him or if he knows more about what’s going on than he lets on. I do know that Raina knows much more than she lets on though, I’m sure about it. So Quinn and Raina get the outcome they wanted, the gravitonium for the former and Raina the answer to her question – we just don’t know what that is yet. What we do know is that the blood soaked man Raina meets is Skye’s father. Where is her mother though … I hope she’s alive as well because I want some monster rampaging in the next series.


We finally meet Skye’s Dad in Agents of SHIELD

I also liked the addition of Koenig’s twin at the new secret headquarters. There’s definitely more to meets the eye there, hopefully every base has a Koenig as it’s facilitator. And then just when we think it’s over for the season we get Coulson becoming Director, some excellent make-up for Fury’s eye and then Coulson wakes up in the middle of the night and decides to scratch an entire map on to a wall. Now that’s what makes a good series, it doesn’t tie everything up, it makes you get to know its characters, follow them, fall out with them and even hate them if they’re Ward. The final thing a really good series does is it opens up more loose ends and makes you think, I want to see what happens next.