Reviews > Comics

28 Jan 2009 // 8:00 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 // 8:00 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 // 8:00 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 // 8:00 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 // 8:00 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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12 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

Kick Drum Comix #1, 2

Fusing comics with music, Jim Mahfood’s Kick Drum Comix spans pop culture with wicked art and some pretty cool musical accompaniment (sold separately).

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7 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

Transhuman #1-4

The scientific aspects of making a new humanity aren’t as important to Hickman as the societal ones, and it is here that Transhuman lands it strongest punches.

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5 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

Joker

In their follow-up to the brilliant Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo take us on a twisted, depraved ride through a strikingly recognizable America – and our tour guide is a Joker who acts less like any Joker we’ve ever seen and more like a guard at Abu Ghraib.

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The Mice Templar Volume One

In an age of secrets and lies, of murder and betrayal, many look to fiction for their greatest hope of escape. How is it, then, that a comic book about the worst parts of human nature is such a joy to read?

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After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001 -     )

The authors paint a portrait of the Bush Administration as fear mongers caught up in their own selfish quest to capture and execute Saddam Hussein.

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Little Things: A Memoir in Slices

Brown’s ability to have the reader relate and his ability to bring a sense of honesty and openness to his work is what makes his comics, including Little Things, sweet and poignant.

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10 Dec 2008 // 8:00 PM

Local

From the opening chapter where Megan makes powerful decision to jettison her boyfriend's codependency to the final chapter where Megan confronts the memory of her mother in their family home, Local demonstrates the need for a greater 'oppositional'.

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The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

Before Obama is sworn in as the next U.S. President in January, let Hennessey and McConnell’s The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation be your refresher course.

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4 Dec 2008 // 2:00 AM

Crawl Space: XXXombies

I’m not too sure if anyone has tried to combine the zombie and porno genre before, but it is certainly an entertaining hybrid.

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8 Oct 2008 // 10:00 PM

Welcome to the Dahl House

Dahl traps readers between his incredible powers of persuasion and his equally well-trained powers of self-deprecation. The entire experience leaves you saying, “Oh yes I do hate that about America…Oh, I hate myself for thinking that.”

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The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic & The Light Fantastic

As you can imagine, the Discworld novels are tricky ones to adapt into any form, yet beg -- almost scream -- to make the jump to comic books.

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22 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Number 73304-23- 4153-6-96-8

One of the biggest benefits to comics is the ability to tell a story completely through pictures. Few artists take as much advantage of this aspect as Thomas Ott.

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15 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

Stranger and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko

Comics history and scholarship has been improved with Bell's Strange and Stranger, a book that is likely to be an important part of understanding one of the key creators at the dawn of the Silver Age.

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Krazy! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art

These art forms are so commonplace in popular culture that it is easy for the general public to take advantage of what actually went into creating them.

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11 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

Good-Bye

Yoshihiro Tatsumi's work is aimed at an adult audience, and his stories present a perspective that can be challenging for a reader. It is dark and disturbing, but definitely worth the trip.

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