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Thursday, October 14 2004

Optic Nerve #9

Tomine questions traditional sexual values, asking us the readers to engage this question and to answer individually.

Wednesday, September 1 2004

Eightball #23

While forcefully shattering the architecture of the superhero comic, each author has, in their most famous pieces, lovingly preserved the foundation from which to build upon.

The White Elephant

He tells simple stories in a way that is perfectly suited to the medium of sequential, illustrated narrative, known more commonly as 'the comic book'.

Fables: Storybook Love

If you are tired of too much reality in your life and enjoy unique characterization, classic tales and rich artwork, this is one for you to pick up.

Seaguy #1-3

There are no heroes, no imagination, just characters and franchises; wonders are reduced to theme parks; everything is flattened in order to be sold.

Chosen #1-3

As long as you go into it knowing that the end drops like an axe, it's a lot of fun.

Thursday, July 22 2004

Peops: Portraits and Stories of People

Fly has a gift, and that gift is the ability to draw the most mundane, splayed-out meth addict in such a way as to make them look like an alien fairy superhero.

Treasure Hunters: Bone Vol. 8

The contrast of the occasional darkness of the story was compelling and there was always humor right around the corner.

Artesia Afire

Imagine, if you will, the literary genre of high fantasy existing in the middle of a rather crowded meadow -- one with deep trench now running through the middle of it. The trench would naturally mark the place where J.R.R. Tolkien struck gold with his Lord of the Rings trilogy in the 1950s.

Wednesday, June 23 2004

Exit 13, Volume 1

Exit 13 is a promising group of talented, creative, and imaginative writers and artists, who, with a little more experience, should grow into prominent voices within the industry.

Sojourn Vol. 1 [DVD]

It's a digital comic book with a strong female protagonist.

Quantum: Rock of Ages #2 (of 12)

Quantum still has its rough edges, but it's a book with heart, which is better than I can say for most books with 50 times it's distribution.

Friday, May 28 2004

THE ONE, The Last Word in Superheroics

It possesses a bleak view of supposed heroes: politicians, businessmen, even superheroes are manifestations of The Other's violence and blind hatred.

Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist

The Escapist project is a sprawling, ambitious form of comic-book meta-fiction that bounces back-and-forth between rediscovered potboilers from the '40s to '80s and scholarly essays offering context and academic takes on these works.

Wednesday, May 12 2004

Artesia Afield

Female role models are often a complicated, conflicted bunch.

The Losers: Ante Up

It moves like Akira and has all the trappings of a big Hollywood action flick.

The Matrix Comics

The world as you know it is not real. It is an illusion, a cage without bars: the perfect slave believes he is free.

My Flesh Is Cool #1-3

The nature of Freedom, with a capital-F, and how people judge their freedom, is a central concern of Stephen Grant's series.

Miracleman, Book One: A Dream of Flying

Miracleman, the very mention of the name should send tingles up your spine, unless you've been stranded in Siberia for the past decade or two.

Wednesday, April 28 2004

New X-Men #114-154

It was only recently that I realized that in every fight between Magneto and the X-Men, they've been having the same damn conversation for the last 30 years!

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