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Sunday, January 7 2007

Runaways

Vaughan manages to build on his little corner of the Marvel universe, making it a lot fresher than many Marvel books that tend to retread beloved and overly familiar stories.


Thursday, January 4 2007

Absolute Sandman

Without it, there would be no Vertigo today, and perhaps none of the titles that have risen to prominence out of that publishing line.


Monday, January 1 2007

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Comic books are ultimately a fusion of literary and visual mediums; what makes them wonderful is the way they can combine the playfulness and elasticity of language with the stark simplicity of imagery to create something that's more than the sum of those parts.


Tuesday, December 19 2006

Grave Danger: A Zombie Noir Tale

Grave Danger is a long short story interspersed with pedestrian black and white artwork by Fox featuring Graves toting guns and babes through a series of bars and graveyards.


Thursday, December 14 2006

Ruffians #1-4

Ruffians is the kind of book that has the potential to appeal to everyone from superhero-obsessed fanfolk to jaded indie fans, from "cute critter" enthusiasts to teenagers who shop at Hot Topic.


Tuesday, December 12 2006

Absolute Dark Knight

In a way, The Dark Knight Strikes Again is Miller turning his back on The Dark Knight Returns and trying to give readers a different take on superheroes.


Wednesday, December 6 2006

X Isle #1-3

Readers can also have fun with the characters by comparing them to the films they remind you of.


Tuesday, December 5 2006

New Avengers/X-Men: Time Trouble

Even at their best, superteam books have a hilarious tendency to expose every stumbling, stupid absurdity inherent to the superhero genre.


Tuesday, November 28 2006

The Fountain

The Fountain worries too much about crafting its symbols... to have time for Tom and Izzi's lives.


Sunday, November 19 2006

Hero Squared #3

So, why is there only one major female in this story, and why is she either at a disadvantage (e.g. a lousy, selfish boyfriend), or playing the role of the scheming, vengeance-minded super villian?


Tuesday, November 14 2006

Love the Way You Love

The most sincere emotional connection a person can have with a story like this comes from the reader's genuine desire to see the two people get together.


Thursday, November 9 2006

The Losers: Endgame

In the end, the remaining Losers give a big "Screw You!" to the United States Government.


Sunday, November 5 2006

Fables

Its respect for its characters and the intellectual nuance that Willingham provides makes it a must-read for anyone out there hungry for a story of real substance that's somehow still got all the primal resonance of a good fairy tale.


Tuesday, October 31 2006

Cosmic Wars #0

No hidden cultural metaphors or implied societal critiques: a comic that is on-face entertaining and fun to read.


Monday, October 23 2006

Epileptic

A touching story that is far more genuine and enjoyable than most "flashy" comics or graphic novels out there.


Friday, October 20 2006

Siberia

Siberia is filled with these images, snapshots of the monumental and the trivial.


Thursday, October 19 2006

Shuteye #1-2

It is rare that someone can tell a story that truly creates in the reader a need to keep thinking once the story has ended.


Tuesday, October 17 2006

Lost Girls

Of all the ingredients necessary for good erotica, Moore forgot about the most crucial one: passion.


Friday, October 13 2006

Tag #1

Tag offers that most exquisite of rarities: an original horror premise.


Wednesday, October 11 2006

Talent #1

Reading the first issue is like skimming through a hit parade of some of sci-fi and pop culture's greatest hits from the past 15 years.


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