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Monday, October 9 2006

Pride of Baghdad

There is no cheap, theatrical melodrama or long, pseudo-Shakespearian deathbed monologues here, leaving us with no easy comforts and little else but the quick, unforgiving finality.


Friday, October 6 2006

Dragon Head Vol. 1-3

It's a strange sight, this poignant evidence of creative thought by the characters, as moving as it is confusing.


Wednesday, October 4 2006

Twisted Toyfare Theater Volume 7

But while the characters are cleverly satirized, it's the actual humour that makes the book shine.


Tuesday, October 3 2006

Hero Squared #1-2

It's not about being a hero; it's about questioning why heroes are heroes and why "normal" people are not.


Monday, October 2 2006

Fantastic Four: First Family

Sue sums up the thrust of the series, saying, "We're not born heroes, but we can learn."


Friday, September 29 2006

Fell #1-6

Which is better: monthly comic books or trade paperback collections?


Thursday, September 28 2006

Batman: Secrets

What Kieth has done is take a typical story and made it anything but, creating a unique piece of work that is as interesting as it is fun to read.


Wednesday, September 27 2006

American Virgin #1-4

With a topic as heated as sex, if Seagle and Cloonan do their jobs right it's only a matter of time before people start making noise about this comic, and that's a very good thing.


Monday, September 25 2006

Ultimate Extinction

That's the advantage of the Ultimate books: bringing back the excitement to beloved but overly familiar universe.


Wednesday, September 20 2006

Supermarket

The ending provides very little closure and the strong anti-consumerism sentiment of the beginning feels like a distant, unrelated musing.


Monday, September 18 2006

The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Will Eisner's story shows the negative influence that this document has had in countries all over the world.


Wednesday, September 13 2006

A.L.I.E.E.E.N.

Taken out of a timeline each tragedy seems epic, because without a wider context they are the entirety of the context.


Monday, September 11 2006

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

There is no grand, national narrative that can offer "closure," or even comprehension.


Friday, September 8 2006

Batman: Face the Face

It seems like over time, writers and artists tried to see who could create the darker Batman. DC finally realized that this had been played out, and with "Face the Face", they decided to lighten things up.


Tuesday, September 5 2006

Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe

Sometimes when adapting another's work, particularly one so well known and loved as Poe, one tends to err on the side of caution and reverence.


Friday, September 1 2006

Lucifer

"Because God said so" is no longer an acceptable answer.


Wednesday, August 30 2006

Battle Royale—Volume #1-15

The slide from titillating to ridiculous happens very quickly.


Monday, August 21 2006

The Punisher: The Slavers

Well crafted, gruesomely violent, and genuinely fun tales about some of the darker sides of our society.


Wednesday, August 16 2006

Model Operandi #1

Voluptuous female protagonists and other stereotypes abound in this comic.


Monday, August 14 2006

Superman: Infinite Crisis

Like these two Supermen, hasn’t everyone in their life come to a crossroads where they must choose whether to be unflinching and steadfast in their beliefs, or compromise in the face of an impossible dilemma?


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