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Wednesday, April 30 2008

Criminal Vol. 2

With its second story-arc it has cemented itself as one of the best modern books and, likely, as one that will long be regarded as an example of the medium's artistic potential.


Monday, April 28 2008

Albert and the Others

Delisle, like so many contemporary cartoonists, attempts to utilize the simplicity and aesthetic of old-style cartoons for subversive means, yet he fails to subvert the sickening misogyny and conservatism of his comics into anything of critical value.


Wednesday, April 23 2008

Cover Girl

The back cover compares this book to Rush Hour and Lethal Weapon. This is a comparison the powers that be should not make. They sell their book too short.


Monday, April 21 2008

Thor #1-6

The series shows great promise in both its fresh take on the characters and its respect for what made the classic Silver and Bronze Age tales of the thunder god so much fun to read


Wednesday, April 16 2008

Criminal, Vol. 2: Lawless

Being bad has never been so good.


Monday, March 24 2008

365 Days: A Diary by Julie Doucet

The book never ceases to feel like the project that it is: A contractual obligation, devoid of very much genuine emotion, insight, or intimacy.


Wednesday, March 19 2008

Green Arrow: Year One #1-6

The best Green Arrow story in years.


Monday, March 10 2008

Left on Mission

This is a spy thriller with meat. A page turner that stands up with the best Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum have to offer but works on many different levels. It is frothy and deep at the same time.


Monday, March 3 2008

Incognegro

Incognegro proves once more, if proof is still needed, that the graphic novel equals prose, film and stage in its potential for all kinds of creative expression.


Monday, February 18 2008

The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul

Ultimately this series is representative of the potential hazards that can arise when one works in the comic book medium.


Wednesday, February 13 2008

The Nightmare Factory

On one level, this is esoteric horror for esoteric tastes, but as a graphic novel, it’s not a good fit.


Monday, February 11 2008

The Black Diamond #1-6

It was less like a car chase, more like a train wreck.


Thursday, February 7 2008

Southern Cross

Produced in the early '50s, this predates even Eisner in claim to the ancestry of the modern graphic novel.


Tuesday, February 5 2008

Gakuen Alice Volume 1

As good an introduction to the darkly loony world of manga as you'll find.


Sunday, February 3 2008

The Acme Novelty Library no. 18

If Ware's skill as an artist is to find the never-ending manifestations of sorrow and melancholy, his failure as a writer is to find meaning or resolution within them.


Wednesday, January 30 2008

Ultimate Galactus Trilogy

The Galactus presented here is no giant in purple headdress and short pants that can be conversed with, bargained with, or made to take a vow not to set his sights on Earth again.


Monday, January 28 2008

Essex County Vol. 2

The act a guilty conscience names to explain itself is all too often only the smear of mortar used to set the final brick in place.


Tuesday, January 22 2008

Talent

Collecting the hot four-issue mini-series, Talent showcases plenty of the energy of a high-octane action movie, as well as the storytelling shortfalls.


Thursday, January 17 2008

Gargoyles: Clan Building Volume 1

The theme of Gargoyles is making choices and dealing with the consequences of those choices. The consequence of making such a complicated piece of serial fiction is that no one is going to want to start in the middle.


Monday, January 14 2008

The Killer

Whether or not you traditionally enjoy graphic novels, the cinematic sensibility of The Killer makes the book as accessible as any film.


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