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13 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Nightmare Factory

On one level, this is esoteric horror for esoteric tastes, but as a graphic novel, it’s not a good fit.

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11 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Black Diamond #1-6

It was less like a car chase, more like a train wreck.

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7 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Southern Cross

Produced in the early '50s, this predates even Eisner in claim to the ancestry of the modern graphic novel.

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5 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Gakuen Alice Volume 1

As good an introduction to the darkly loony world of manga as you'll find.

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3 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Acme Novelty Library no. 18

If Ware's skill as an artist is to find the never-ending manifestations of sorrow and melancholy, his failure as a writer is to find meaning or resolution within them.

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30 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Ultimate Galactus Trilogy

The Galactus presented here is no giant in purple headdress and short pants that can be conversed with, bargained with, or made to take a vow not to set his sights on Earth again.

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28 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Essex County Vol. 2

The act a guilty conscience names to explain itself is all too often only the smear of mortar used to set the final brick in place.

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22 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Talent

Collecting the hot four-issue mini-series, Talent showcases plenty of the energy of a high-octane action movie, as well as the storytelling shortfalls.

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Gargoyles: Clan Building Volume 1

The theme of Gargoyles is making choices and dealing with the consequences of those choices. The consequence of making such a complicated piece of serial fiction is that no one is going to want to start in the middle.

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14 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Killer

Whether or not you traditionally enjoy graphic novels, the cinematic sensibility of The Killer makes the book as accessible as any film.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier

I hope that Moore decides to put the world of League aside and returns to telling stories about people.

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2 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

DORK #11

Dork #11 offers such an exhaustive assortment of alternately inspired and absurd jokes that it's tempting to simply list the best hundred or so in order to persuade you to buy it for yourself.

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19 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Incredible Hulk

There is a pure cathartic thrill in watching The Hulk smash those too powerful for others to dare even question, let alone challenge. That's what has made him such a perennial fan favorite.

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12 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Elks Run

Nobody in the story believes him- or herself to be a bad person.

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9 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Scott Pilgrim Vo.l 4

Is Scott Pilgrim formulaic? Yep. But it's a very good formula.

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5 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Lone Ranger

Make no mistake -- this incarnation ain't your pa's Lone Ranger.

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3 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Shortcomings

Adrian Tomine's latest work deftly displays the author's dissatisfaction that his unique generation ended up drowning in over-determined political correctness and tired experimentation.

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28 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

2 Guns #1

Perhaps this could have been, or could be in the future issues, so much more.

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18 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

JLA/Hitman #1-2

Garth Ennis once said in an interview that he could have written Hitman forever. I know I speak on behalf of fans everywhere when I say we would have read it forever.

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The Complete Dream of the Rarebit Fiend by Winsor McCay by Ulrich Merkl

The Dream of the Rarebit Fiend is a masterpiece of thorough scholarship and loving restoration. Unfortunately, this gets in the way of enjoying a great comic strip.

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