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Wednesday, May 24 2006

Planetary Brigade #1-2

It's a not-so-serious story featuring costumed super-heroes, which in today's day and age is a welcome change from the norm.

Monday, May 22 2006

Detective Comics #817

Everything old is new again.

Thursday, May 18 2006

War of the Worlds: Second Wave #1

Our hero does something incredibly stupid in order to get the plot --and the entire series -- underway.

Thursday, May 11 2006

Ms. Marvel #1

Carol Danvers is motivated by an insecurity that will resonate with a lot of readers. And this makes her an interesting character.

Tuesday, May 9 2006

DMZ #1-3: On the Ground

Seeing such violence and destruction unfold in the streets of familiar cities rather than across an ocean is a poignant reminder no nation is invincible (even, gasp, America).

Thursday, May 4 2006

Batman Year 100 #3 (of 4)

Given his track record thus far, it is a safe bet that Paul Pope will satisfy his audience with his final explanation behind the mystery of the 'Bat-man of Gotham'.

Tuesday, May 2 2006

Paul Moves Out

A quiet, unpretentious book.

Uzumaki Vol. 1-3

Junji Ito creates an innovative and bizarre horror series that has thus far proved to be his most creatively successful series to date.

Friday, April 28 2006

G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 #1

Dabb keeps the story simple, either because he thinks that kids wouldn't be smart enough to follow along or would be hopelessly lost if they had to devote a few seconds to thinking about the story.

Wednesday, April 26 2006

Monkeys & Midgets

Monkeys & Midgets is an easy, fast-paced throwback to silly childhoods that won't disappoint you as long as you don't go into it expecting anything more.

Monday, April 24 2006

Batman Year 100 #2 (of 4)

'The Bat-man of Gotham' is real and very human, but also very mysterious and in one sequence of this story, even mystical.

Thursday, April 20 2006

The Flying Friar #1

The sign of good writing is that it raises questions and comparisons that even the writer hadn't originally intended.

Tuesday, April 18 2006

American Way #1

America loves conspiracies. Whether it is about who killed our leaders, the nasty truth about our natural disasters, or who ends up winning American Idol, we always try to construct the story behind the story.

Monday, April 17 2006

The Bart Dickon Omnibus

You can't merely wait for the man in the cape to swoop in and rescue the damsel, you have to be aware that drawings of capes and drawings of damsels are beyond swooping and saving, unless we find room for them in the stories we create for ourselves.

Thursday, April 13 2006

Showcase Presents Superman

In a much simpler time, when bank robbers and crooked landlords were the ultimate evil, Superman protected the citizens of Metropolis as if everything depended on it.

Wednesday, April 12 2006

Apparat: The Singles Collection

Ultimately, Apparat reads like something of a doggie bag of Ellis' leftover ideas: characters, stories, and concepts that didn't quite fit elsewhere, but were still too good to throw away.

Monday, April 10 2006

Ghost Rider #1-6: Road to Damnation

Anyone familiar with Ennis's other comic projects knows that he doesn't readily tip-toe around issues possibly offensive to the church or the far right.

Tuesday, April 4 2006

Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt Book I

Even fantasy can make you question your loyalty to your homeland and the unthinking tendency to follow orders and make you reevaluate what your eyes see versus the rhetoric fed to you in school, by your family, and by your leaders.

Friday, March 31 2006

Batman: Year 100 #1

The close-minded, oppressive atmosphere of this future Gotham pits the local law against the Federal law enforcement, playing on the now familiar idea that average Joes and Janes don't know what's going on in the big wide world.

Wednesday, March 29 2006

Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga

If you have little to no familiarity with any of the novels, comics or manga in the book, you're likely going to find more than a few pieces that catch your interest.

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