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‘Guapa’ Is Much More Than Simply a ‘Gay’ Novel

Haddad makes a single day swell to encompass the powerful struggle to define one's own self and to come to terms with the consequences of autonomy.

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Mindbending Avenging in ‘All-New, All-Different Avengers #8’

This comic gives the impression that the human mind is stronger and more rational than daytime talk shows would have us believe.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Brings a Steady Hand to ‘Black Panther #1’

Acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has never written a comic book before, but this first issue of Black Panther puts to rest any fears of a vanity project gone bad.

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The Extraordinarily Advanced Basics in ‘X-men 92 #1’

The golden era of X-men injects fresh energy into a current era of uncertainty.

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Families, Flashbacks, and Fodder in ‘International Iron Man #1’

Tony Stark's secret origin takes a small, but meaningful step forward.

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Defending Chicago’s ‘Defender’

It's possible to trace much of 20th Century America’s history through the pages of the Defender, a local paper with a national impact.

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‘Snowden’ Is a Good Introduction to Our Era’s Struggle for Free Speech and Privacy Rights

Award-winning cartoonist Ted Rall offers a graphic novel to inspire the next generation of whistleblowers and activists.

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This Graphic Novel Brings Fresh Life to the Gonzo Quest for the American Dream

Hunter S. Thompson's "Vegas book" remains relevant as it subversively confronts the disillusionment and desperation that he saw corrupting his beloved American dream.

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When Worlds Collide (and Thrive): Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3

An unusual crossover creates extraordinary results.

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17 Feb 2016 // 3:05 AM

May the Puke Be With You

Brian Chippendale’s Puke Force has static on every page; not motionless images but bits of visual noise. It's like watching a great old TV show with bad reception.

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‘Deadpool #7’ Is Overpriced, Chaotic, and Undeniably Entertaining

Rude, crude, and perfectly in context.

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‘The New Mutants’ Is Rooted Both in Scholarship and in the Rich History of Superhero Narratives

Books about comic books, even scholarly ones, should be fun; The New Mutants certainly is.

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A Comic Book Look at Guns N’ Roses Wild Ride Through the Perils of Rock ‘n’ Roll Decadence

With Axl, Slash and Duff at least now set to reunite for the 2016 Coachella Festival and a rumored summer tour, Reckless Life comes at a great time to revisit the band’s colorful history.

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Fantagraphics Artist Daniel Clowes Takes on Gender Inequality in Comics Establishment

Artist Daniel Clowes and his publisher Fantagraphics, unleashed a storm of media attention last week when they announced Clowes would be withdrawing his name as nominee for the prestigious Grand Prix d’Angouleme

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13 Jan 2016 // 3:05 AM

Beer Is a Funny Thing

The Comic Book Story of Beer shows how the evolution of beer parallels the evolution of civilization. Bottoms up to civilization!

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The Morningstar Shines Again in ‘Lucifer #1’

The Devil you know is back in his newest Vertigo chapter.

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Back to the Drawing Board With ‘Flash Gordon Volume 4: The Storm Queen of Valkir’

At first, Austin Briggs’ work feels like a simplified version of Alex Raymond’s, the boldness of the characters’ figures and poses replaced by understated charm.

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21 Dec 2015 // 8:00 AM

Avengers Assemble!

The Avengers have never before been assembled quite as exhaustively as in the pages of The Avengers Encyclopedia.

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Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel

Paul Levitz weaves comic legend Will Eisner's life into the long history of sequential art in the 20th century.

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The Modest Man Returns in ‘Huck #1

Mark Millar's new hero is as simple as he is super.

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The Sound and the Warmth: An Interview with Cardiknox

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"New York's Cardiknox are taking more steps in their goal of world domination. With their debut record Portrait out, the band are dreaming big, wanting to transcend the indie pop scene.

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