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Sunday, October 21 2007

The Best American Comics 2007

More than any other comics anthology compiled thus far, The Best American Comics 2007 feels like a genuine effort to craft a truly comprehensive picture of comics as they are today, with a gentle nudging towards the various directions they could possibly go.


Tuesday, October 16 2007

Ballyhoo Stories No. 4

The two forms of media, comics and prose, play against one another well. Proponents of each should find much to enjoy in the other as well.


Tuesday, October 9 2007

Warhammer: Forge of War #1

Your typical licensed comic book: weak writing and average artwork.


Thursday, October 4 2007

Aliens Omnibus: Volume 1

While this tome might be a bit much for the casual fan, Alien devotees will find much to like about the Aliens Omnibus, and the series' anti-corporate brio still resonates.


The Black Diamond Detective Agency

The two-lane highway between comics and Hollywood takes a divergent turn as an unproduced screenplay is adapted for comics by a master.


Sunday, September 30 2007

The Complete Bite Club

Bite Club plays out like a vampiric cross between The Sopranos and Cruel Intentions, with more trashy decadence and profanity than Al Pacino's entire screen career.


Thursday, September 27 2007

Flight

The much-celebrated, illustrated short story collection returns with a typically gorgeous and captivating collection of art and narrative artistry.


Sunday, September 23 2007

I Killed Adolf Hitler

In I Killed Adolf Hitler, Jason attempts to suggest that major world events don't affect our lives so much as our day-to-day interactions and seemingly mundane decisions.


Thursday, September 20 2007

Union Jack: London Falling

National-themed superheroes have it tough, but a working class hero is something to be.


Tuesday, September 18 2007

Hero Squared #6

Through his own misadventure, the hero ends up creating an adversary who can challenge him, and who perhaps knows him better than almost anybody else.


Hero Squared #5

The romantic and sympathetic criss-cross pairing up of characters is a great method through which we can peer a little deeper into the relationships.


Friday, September 14 2007

Strangers in Paradise #81-90

Now that it is over I hope the series will be scrutinized by people within the comic book industry to gain a better appreciation of just how much it contributed to the medium.


Sunday, September 9 2007

Scalped: Indian Country

The creators are not holding back and will do what it takes to tell the story, even if that makes the reader feel uncomfortable.


Wednesday, September 5 2007

The Plain Janes

The Plain Janes spins a story of outsider-dom with affecting charm and poignancy, thoughtfully confronting the emotional costs of terrorism without becoming a humorless polemic.


Wednesday, August 29 2007

Mr. Stuffins #1 of 3

A comic that asks what if Jack Bauer was a stuffed bear, with equal measures action and humor.


Thursday, August 23 2007

Dominion #1 of 5

In Dominion, the apocalypse has come to Chicago, through the form of an alien parasite, and it doesn't look good.


Sunday, August 19 2007

The Immortal Iron Fist #1-6

This book will grab you, flip you over and kick your butt all the while leaving you begging for more.


Thursday, August 16 2007

Avengers: The Initative #1-3

Avengers: The Initiative is the only current Avengers title really worth buying, coming across like a fresh-faced gene-splicing of Runaways and a hormonal, teenage Ender's Game.


Sunday, August 12 2007

Bullet Points

Bullet Points exhibits much of the same flavor and sense of intrigue that made the canonical Marvel Universe so popular in its early years.


Tuesday, August 7 2007

Spent

Joe Matt's comics problematically document his voyeurism by appealing to our own.


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