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24 Mar 2009 // 3:30 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 // 2:20 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 // 2:15 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 // 3:00 AM

The Winter Men

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

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9 Mar 2009 // 11:00 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 // 10:00 PM

Solanin

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

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25 Feb 2009 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 PM

Omega: The Unkown

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

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The DC Comics Encyclopedia (Updated and Expanded)

Superhero and supervillains' vital statistics are laid bare in D.C.'s newly updated glossy, hardback encyclopedia of comic book characters.

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The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For collects 25 years of Alison Bechdel’s battle against patriarchy, heterosexual hegemony and most everything else.

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28 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

Brainfag Forever

While at times the series might be easily categorized as the neurotic musings of a fractured personality, the topics and issues that Beaty discusses are both thoughtful and easily relatable.

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26 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

Breakdowns: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!

It seems appropriate in the midst of a comic renaissance that Spiegelman's pre-Maus material be reissued and reevaluated by a new audience that's finally catching up.

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21 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

Capacity

If you were wondering if art could be made that is both self-aware and sincere, experimental but not at the cost of being humanistic, here is your answer.

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19 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

The Tumor

Long story short: boy meets tumor, boy falls for tumor, boy and tumor begin dating.

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14 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

By framing the nuclear bomb in a less spectacular context, Kouno makes a very difficult subject a little easier for most of us to relate to.

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