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Tuesday, July 31 2007

Spider-Man: Reign

Make no mistake about it: Reign is essentially a retelling of The Dark Knight Returns. But in returning to one of modern comic's primal scenes, Andrews poses provocative questions about how well we really know our favorite superheroes.


Wednesday, July 25 2007

Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 7

I certainly trust Carey with these characters, but now I want him to create miraculous and strange worlds of his own.


Friday, July 20 2007

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets

Fletcher Hanks shows that originality and conventional notions of quality are sometimes at odds with one another.


Monday, July 16 2007

Phonogram: Rue Britannia

This is still a wonderful tale of nostalgia for one's youth and a love-letter to what was one of the greatest music scenes: Britpop.


Sunday, July 8 2007

Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie

The book serves as a reminder of a period of greatness for a country that is now struggling to regain its footing.


Wednesday, July 4 2007

Essex County Vol. 1

This story speaks directly to those who were both comforted by and isolated by fantasy while growing up.


Wednesday, June 27 2007

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1-4

Buffy The Vampire Slayer hasn't felt this confident, charismatic or hungry, indeed this essential, in many years.


Tuesday, June 26 2007

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1-4

Buffy has returned in the form of a monthly comic book series, and the most important thing to note is that Whedon's imagination no longer has a dollar value attached to it.


Sunday, June 24 2007

The Killer #1-2

Matz and Jacamon are able to add European sensibilities of depth and character development to create one of the best noir books on the market at present.


Tuesday, June 19 2007

G.I. JOE: Americas Elite#19

A great mixture of the quiet moments in a high stakes, action-filled military-fiction in a manner that exceeded all possible expectations.


Sunday, June 17 2007

The Professors Daughter

Sfar is an author of subtle, swirling surrealism -- touching anecdotes that form narratives like brush strokes form Marc Chagall's dream worlds. Like Chagall, Sfar is Jewish, and frequently the loose steps of Kaballah, or Chassidis, tip-toe into the works.


Tuesday, June 12 2007

Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft

This collection allows readers to "see" Lovecraft's works, but with the less likelihood that you will wonder why you just spend five bucks to rent a crappy movie.


Thursday, June 7 2007

Moon Knight #7-12

This story is heavy on the soul-searching. Luckily for action fans, Moon Knight does his best soul-searching while cracking the teeth of those who prey on innocents.


Tuesday, June 5 2007

Famous Fighters #1

Famous Fighters is a wickedly absurd and delightfully entertaining romp which more than proved worthy of my initial affection. But, I have no idea why Smith and Pappalardo bothered to print it.


Friday, June 1 2007

Criminal #1-5

Brubaker gives enough surprises to keep you interested, but not only that, you also care for the characters and what happens to them no matter how dark and seedy they may be.


Monday, May 28 2007

Superman: Emperor Joker

Sadly, this is one of those stories that was better in my memory.


Tuesday, May 22 2007

Daredevil: The Devil, Inside and Out Vol. 1-2

This is a man making complex choices and compromises; no longer the devil-may-care swashbuckler with the simple liberty of always doing what’s right.


Tuesday, May 15 2007

Bizarre New World #1-3

No bad guys wanting to take over the world, no alien invasions to fight off, just an ordinary man struggling to deal with an amazing life change.


Wednesday, May 9 2007

Captain America #25

What do we dream of, who are our heroes, and what does it mean when we lose them?


Tuesday, May 8 2007

Loveless Vol. 2

The illustrations look like wood cutouts, carved from timber. The pages seem to drip red with setting suns and spliced veins.


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