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32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics

32 Stories effectively demonstrates how the dolorous ‘90s diary comic might pull itself out of the mire of its similar contemporary pieces. It is Tomine’s command of form that ultimately redeems the genre.

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Moon Knight: The Death of Marc Spector

The Moon Knight we should not remember, but still do.

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The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

So what is it about The Photographer that makes it seem so particularly effective in its story-telling? One reason may be that it is not exactly a comic book.

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22 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Low Moon

Featuring tawdry sex, alien abductions, existential crises, betrayal, and a hundred and one different varieties of murder, this is a book that pretty much has it all.

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19 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Orbiter

Orbiter is perhaps a perfect comic for this period in American history, when a current of optimism can be felt within the Obama administration.

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15 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Chicken with Plums

Before even opening Chicken with Plums it is apparent that the book will have to go beyond the cultural seduction of Persepolis if Satrapi’s career is to become anything other than a one-note veil dance.

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Tank Girl One and Tank Girl Two

There’s something about Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin’s Tank Girl re-printed collections that feels like a time capsule.

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8 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Punisher: Year One

This collection proves that not all artistic relics warrant being unearthed.

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6 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Moomin Book Four

Moomin owes much of its unique brilliance to its inversion of traditional argumentation. Whereas it is not unusual for an essay to recourse to fantastic thought experiment to complement its strict reasoning, Moomin builds strictly verisimilar situations out of an aesthetics of wild illogic.

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25 Jun 2009 // 3:00 AM

Ghost Rider

Corporate compromise or faulty execution the tale of a Ghost Rider addict cannot be told.

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23 Jun 2009 // 2:30 AM

The Strange Deaths of Batman

Cynical merchandizing, or an attempt at regaining readers trust? DC make an implicit argument for sustaining the recent 'death' of Batman Bruce Wayne.

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18 Jun 2009 // 3:00 AM

The Bun Field

The world of The Bun Field is one in which the reader is forced into the child-like state of both unbridled imagination, coupled with uncertainty, and a certain inability to quite fathom what is happening around oneself.

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11 Jun 2009 // 12:00 PM

Runaways: Dead Wrong

"A creative team should not impose themselves on a title, but instead should become a part of it. It is the difference between being an obvious tourist and getting to know the locals."

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Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street

Warren Ellis’ violent, vicious, hilarious and horrifying vision of the future remains entrenched in a bleak and amoral future, where human beings are vat cloned as fast food livestock, media buys include subliminal bombs that buy ad space in your dreams and Star Trek style replicators are operated by AI addicted to cybernetic drugs.

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2 Jun 2009 // 4:20 AM

Stray Toasters

On the one hand, Sienkiewicz's art is vivid, semi-abstract. On the other hand, Sienkiewicz exceeds in storytelling, not only visual but literary as well.

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Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest

Millar presents something new, and infinitely engaging; superheroes facing the cultural ramifications of global disaster.

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House of Mystery, Vol. 1: Room and Boredom

An anthology series that is more than it seems that returns Vertigo to its roots.

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20 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Star Trek: Countdown

The beginning of a new era for a venerable science fiction franchise that ‘has and always will be [the] friend’ of many fans, and shall no doubt live long and prosper long after most of us are gone. If this collection is any indication, the future of live-action Star Trek is in excellent hands.

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18 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

A Mess of Everything

Lasko-Gross uses a dark and biting humor that both self-deprecates and pokes fun at alterna-teens along the way.

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13 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Metropol

It doesn't look anything like Augustine's City of God; its walls are guarded by a giant slug, and, in the end little hope remains for the angels of heaven.

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