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20 Apr 2009 // 9:00 PM

All-Star Superman

This story transcends all other Superman stories ever told, becoming the definitive take on the character almost without trying.

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16 Apr 2009 // 1:10 AM

Oishinbo Volume 1

Oishinbo provides a fascinating look at Japanese food that goes well beyond the usual Western notions.

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14 Apr 2009 // 2:00 AM

Nocturnal Conspiracies

Dreams are presented as reports with no analysis. In fact, readers get the sense that they are having the dream themselves, as they are equally lost and unaware in these curious dream worlds.

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7 Apr 2009 // 1:30 AM

The Alcoholic

Ames writes like a cartoonist while Haspiel draws like a novelist.

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2 Apr 2009 // 1:30 AM

Tamara Drewe

With its hyper-self-awareness of class and clout yearnings among the middle-class, Tamara Drewe comes off a bit like the graphic novel equivalent of Frasier.

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Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book One by Alan Moore

The Swamp Thing moons over his lost humanity and the tragic quality of his love with a zestfully (and sometimes too obviously) literary spirit.

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26 Mar 2009 // 3:45 AM

Kaspar

In this latest imagining of a tale that has been explored by artists from Werner Herzog to Harlan Ellison, Canadian artist Diane Obomsawin crafts a strangely charming account of Kaspar Hauser, the prototypical feral child.

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24 Mar 2009 // 2:30 AM

The Best American Comics 2008

Now that comics and graphic storytelling have been widely accepted as a part of the arts what is the purpose of the comics anthology?

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19 Mar 2009 // 1:20 AM

Swallow Me Whole

Schizophrenia, families and suburbia are all examined by Nate Powell in this ambitious slice of life.

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17 Mar 2009 // 1:15 AM

Burma Chronicles

Delisle's story is certainly biased, but that's to its advantage. Instead of simply reporting the facts, it explores culture-shock, conviction, and the capacity of the human spirit to overcome oppression.

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12 Mar 2009 // 2:00 AM

The Winter Men

Can a six-issue story work when told over a four year span?

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9 Mar 2009 // 10:00 PM

Token

The book confirms that in the great big world of modern horrors the biggest problem facing teen girls is the heartbreak of being a social outcast.

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The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares

Fraction's brilliant characterization makes "The Five Nightmares" an engaging character study. He exposes Tony Stark as a character not in pitched battle against his own successor, but one for whom obsolescence, inadequacy and fear of failure are baseline states, and equally powerful motivational drives.

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2 Mar 2009 // 9:00 PM

Solanin

A serviceable, if rather unoriginal, coming-of-age story.

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25 Feb 2009 // 8:00 PM

Starman Omnibus Vol. 1

One of the best superhero books ever made finally gets the love it deserves.

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23 Feb 2009 // 8:00 PM

Batman: Last Rites

In an industry where the average story is told in about six installments, it is refreshing to see one of the great masters return to a world he knows so well and deliver a two-issue, character-driven narrative that makes the reader wish all comic books were this engrossing and wonderful.

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19 Feb 2009 // 12:00 AM

Parade (with fireworks)

An entertaining and enlightening slice of history that is both personal and political, exploring the subtle battles between family members and the louder ones between ideologies.

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RASL Vol. 1: The Drift

More science than science fiction, and more character-driven than action-based, Jeff Smith's latest effort is the newest installment in a decades-old legacy of sci-fi storytelling, and a work that would no doubt please Jack Kirby himself.

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11 Feb 2009 // 8:00 PM

Skitzy

With few words to slow the reader down and a relatively small page count, Skitzy takes no more than 15 minutes to read. But I can't say I felt cheated.

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9 Feb 2009 // 8:00 PM

Omega: The Unkown

Full of explicit weirdness, Omega: The Unknown is the loving work of professional fan fiction.

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