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Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Comic books are ultimately a fusion of literary and visual mediums; what makes them wonderful is the way they can combine the playfulness and elasticity of language with the stark simplicity of imagery to create something that's more than the sum of those parts.

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Grave Danger: A Zombie Noir Tale

Grave Danger is a long short story interspersed with pedestrian black and white artwork by Fox featuring Graves toting guns and babes through a series of bars and graveyards.

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14 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Ruffians #1-4

Ruffians is the kind of book that has the potential to appeal to everyone from superhero-obsessed fanfolk to jaded indie fans, from "cute critter" enthusiasts to teenagers who shop at Hot Topic.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Absolute Dark Knight

In a way, The Dark Knight Strikes Again is Miller turning his back on The Dark Knight Returns and trying to give readers a different take on superheroes.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

X Isle #1-3

Readers can also have fun with the characters by comparing them to the films they remind you of.

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New Avengers/X-Men: Time Trouble

Even at their best, superteam books have a hilarious tendency to expose every stumbling, stupid absurdity inherent to the superhero genre.

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28 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Fountain

The Fountain worries too much about crafting its symbols... to have time for Tom and Izzi's lives.

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Hero Squared #3

So, why is there only one major female in this story, and why is she either at a disadvantage (e.g. a lousy, selfish boyfriend), or playing the role of the scheming, vengeance-minded super villian?

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14 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Love the Way You Love

The most sincere emotional connection a person can have with a story like this comes from the reader's genuine desire to see the two people get together.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Losers: Endgame

In the end, the remaining Losers give a big "Screw You!" to the United States Government.

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5 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Fables

Its respect for its characters and the intellectual nuance that Willingham provides makes it a must-read for anyone out there hungry for a story of real substance that's somehow still got all the primal resonance of a good fairy tale.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cosmic Wars #0

No hidden cultural metaphors or implied societal critiques: a comic that is on-face entertaining and fun to read.

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23 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Epileptic

A touching story that is far more genuine and enjoyable than most "flashy" comics or graphic novels out there.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Siberia

Siberia is filled with these images, snapshots of the monumental and the trivial.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shuteye #1-2

It is rare that someone can tell a story that truly creates in the reader a need to keep thinking once the story has ended.

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17 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Lost Girls

Of all the ingredients necessary for good erotica, Moore forgot about the most crucial one: passion.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tag #1

Tag offers that most exquisite of rarities: an original horror premise.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Talent #1

Reading the first issue is like skimming through a hit parade of some of sci-fi and pop culture's greatest hits from the past 15 years.

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9 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pride of Baghdad

There is no cheap, theatrical melodrama or long, pseudo-Shakespearian deathbed monologues here, leaving us with no easy comforts and little else but the quick, unforgiving finality.

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6 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dragon Head Vol. 1-3

It's a strange sight, this poignant evidence of creative thought by the characters, as moving as it is confusing.

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