The Phoenix has landed

A couple of weeks ago the excitement levels in our house hit the roof as an envelope containing Issue Zero of The Phoenix arrived through the letterbox.

As my six-year-old lad was drawn away by the powers of Lego, my daughter settled down to read the comic from cover to cover. Here is her review.


The Phoenix Comic – Issue zero
Reviewed by Niamh, aged 9

My first impressions.
It has a nice front cover, good title, and it would probably stand out in a shop. It’s obviously for kids and makes me want to find out more.
The comic.
In the Welcome page, I really liked the names of the characters on The Phoenix team and the ‘Phoenix fact’.
The first story is ‘The Pirates of Pangaea’, beginning with a map that I really liked. I enjoyed the way the characters speak with their ‘pirate talk’.
‘What will Happen Next’ (a puzzle page) – it looked strange at first, but once I looked online at Part 1 I loved looking for all the things that happened.
‘Tale Feathers’ (featuring an extract from a new book) – I loved this too, I really want to read the book now.
‘Star Cat’ – Quite good, funny and sci-fi.
‘How to Make Awesome Comics’ – I really liked this, good advice! I want to draw my own now. (Niamh filled this in straight away.)
‘The Apprentice’ – I like this story, the setting and the illustrations.
‘Corpse talk ‘– it was very funny and full of facts.
‘Bunny vs Monkey’ – quite good. I like the way it was set in the Jungle with talking animals. Funny too.
I also like the look of some of the stories that are advertised in this issue that will begin in Issue 1.

In general.
Nice illustrations. I really like the notes from the editors, Tabs and Chops, throughout the comic and I’m looking forward to reading the stories. Can’t wait for Issue 1!



Niamh did love it, and has since re-read it a number of times. It now lives at the bottom of her bed along with her copies of The Dandy, Mo-Bot High and various other comics and books – she reads a lot!

From a parents point of view, The Phoenix looks really promising and the artwork is wonderful. It’s great to see a comic for children full of stories and I wish it every success.


Here come the girls…

Last week I received an “annual award” at work… a copy of the 1981 Bunty annual — brilliant!! I remember owning a copy of this when I was a girl.


Some of the stories and artwork are great, I can see why I received the comic for years. I haven’t read it all yet, and it is dated in some aspects, but the stories are still exciting. Here’s a couple of examples from the inside pages…



(I am yet to find a copy of the doll/burglary story, if anyone knows where I can get hold of a copy please let me know – I’d love to see it again!)


On a more serious note.

Having spoken to many parents and comic people over the past couple of months there has been unanimous agreement that there is a gap in the market, a lack of comics available for girls today, and much support for something new on the newsagents shelves.

I think this is reflected in the latest media coverage on the debate about the sexualisation of children. Key Stage 2 girls (7-11 year olds) should be allowed to be proud to be what they are, not yearning to be older. Many of the branded magazines available to them seem to be massive marketing machines with not much substance and barely any stories. The young girls that I know are more interested in reading and playing and just being girls rather than the latest fashions. Niamh and her friends have recently read Monkey Nuts and Mo-Bot High. They loved both stories and have since been playing Mo-Bot High in the school playground. Their latest obsession is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books — the format of these would work really well as a comic strip!

Lets give them something fun, original and packed full of stories, and let them enjoy their childhoods before they really do have to grow up.

Covers and images are copyright of DC Thomson, all images are being used for review purposes only.