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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century - 1910

Set in the past during the events of Brecht’s most well-known musical, it’s interesting to note that the latest League book is really about the modern world and the evolution of terrorism from Jack the Ripper to Osama bin Laden to the Antichrist himself.

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Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers

Boody’s bizarre comics are Golden Age nuggets of an off-kilter author who found a particular release in his medium. This is the absurd with no absurd as context.

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31 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Marvel 1985

This synthesis of escapist childhood fantasy and adult themed violence and plot, creates a wonderful storytelling blend that reminds the reminds the reader of the pleasures comics books offer as a child while still providing a story that is enjoyable to older readers.

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20 Aug 2009 // 4:30 AM

A Family Matter

Admittedly, it is probably not his finest work, but A Family Matter a worthy representation of a genre that Eisner pioneered.

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18 Aug 2009 // 1:00 AM

Soul Kiss #1-5

A soul is a terrible thing to waste, but then again, time and money are terrible things to waste on stories that fail to own up their promise.

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12 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Prayer Requested

Despite its aesthetic slickness and original subject matter, Prayer Requested comes of feeling a little uninspired and flat.

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10 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Melvin Monster

Melvin lives in an inverted universe where parents complain about television programs which don’t include enough crime and violence and kids worry that Melvin will give their neighborhood a good reputation.

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Marvel Illustrated The Iliad

Thomas, with the help of an amazing artist, has managed to create and adaptation of the classic war story still that manages to capture the glory and subtle elegance of Homer’s masterpiece.

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32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics

32 Stories effectively demonstrates how the dolorous ‘90s diary comic might pull itself out of the mire of its similar contemporary pieces. It is Tomine’s command of form that ultimately redeems the genre.

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Moon Knight: The Death of Marc Spector

The Moon Knight we should not remember, but still do.

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The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

So what is it about The Photographer that makes it seem so particularly effective in its story-telling? One reason may be that it is not exactly a comic book.

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22 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Low Moon

Featuring tawdry sex, alien abductions, existential crises, betrayal, and a hundred and one different varieties of murder, this is a book that pretty much has it all.

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19 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Orbiter

Orbiter is perhaps a perfect comic for this period in American history, when a current of optimism can be felt within the Obama administration.

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15 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Chicken with Plums

Before even opening Chicken with Plums it is apparent that the book will have to go beyond the cultural seduction of Persepolis if Satrapi’s career is to become anything other than a one-note veil dance.

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Tank Girl One and Tank Girl Two

There’s something about Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin’s Tank Girl re-printed collections that feels like a time capsule.

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8 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Punisher: Year One

This collection proves that not all artistic relics warrant being unearthed.

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6 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Moomin Book Four

Moomin owes much of its unique brilliance to its inversion of traditional argumentation. Whereas it is not unusual for an essay to recourse to fantastic thought experiment to complement its strict reasoning, Moomin builds strictly verisimilar situations out of an aesthetics of wild illogic.

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25 Jun 2009 // 3:00 AM

Ghost Rider

Corporate compromise or faulty execution the tale of a Ghost Rider addict cannot be told.

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23 Jun 2009 // 2:30 AM

The Strange Deaths of Batman

Cynical merchandizing, or an attempt at regaining readers trust? DC make an implicit argument for sustaining the recent 'death' of Batman Bruce Wayne.

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18 Jun 2009 // 3:00 AM

The Bun Field

The world of The Bun Field is one in which the reader is forced into the child-like state of both unbridled imagination, coupled with uncertainty, and a certain inability to quite fathom what is happening around oneself.

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