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21 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Thor #1-6

The series shows great promise in both its fresh take on the characters and its respect for what made the classic Silver and Bronze Age tales of the thunder god so much fun to read

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16 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Criminal, Vol. 2: Lawless

Being bad has never been so good.

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24 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

365 Days: A Diary by Julie Doucet

The book never ceases to feel like the project that it is: A contractual obligation, devoid of very much genuine emotion, insight, or intimacy.

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19 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Green Arrow: Year One #1-6

The best Green Arrow story in years.

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10 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Left on Mission

This is a spy thriller with meat. A page turner that stands up with the best Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum have to offer but works on many different levels. It is frothy and deep at the same time.

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3 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Incognegro

Incognegro proves once more, if proof is still needed, that the graphic novel equals prose, film and stage in its potential for all kinds of creative expression.

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The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul

Ultimately this series is representative of the potential hazards that can arise when one works in the comic book medium.

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13 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Nightmare Factory

On one level, this is esoteric horror for esoteric tastes, but as a graphic novel, it’s not a good fit.

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11 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Black Diamond #1-6

It was less like a car chase, more like a train wreck.

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7 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Southern Cross

Produced in the early '50s, this predates even Eisner in claim to the ancestry of the modern graphic novel.

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5 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Gakuen Alice Volume 1

As good an introduction to the darkly loony world of manga as you'll find.

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3 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Acme Novelty Library no. 18

If Ware's skill as an artist is to find the never-ending manifestations of sorrow and melancholy, his failure as a writer is to find meaning or resolution within them.

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30 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Ultimate Galactus Trilogy

The Galactus presented here is no giant in purple headdress and short pants that can be conversed with, bargained with, or made to take a vow not to set his sights on Earth again.

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28 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Essex County Vol. 2

The act a guilty conscience names to explain itself is all too often only the smear of mortar used to set the final brick in place.

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22 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Talent

Collecting the hot four-issue mini-series, Talent showcases plenty of the energy of a high-octane action movie, as well as the storytelling shortfalls.

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Gargoyles: Clan Building Volume 1

The theme of Gargoyles is making choices and dealing with the consequences of those choices. The consequence of making such a complicated piece of serial fiction is that no one is going to want to start in the middle.

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14 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Killer

Whether or not you traditionally enjoy graphic novels, the cinematic sensibility of The Killer makes the book as accessible as any film.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier

I hope that Moore decides to put the world of League aside and returns to telling stories about people.

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2 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

DORK #11

Dork #11 offers such an exhaustive assortment of alternately inspired and absurd jokes that it's tempting to simply list the best hundred or so in order to persuade you to buy it for yourself.

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19 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Incredible Hulk

There is a pure cathartic thrill in watching The Hulk smash those too powerful for others to dare even question, let alone challenge. That's what has made him such a perennial fan favorite.

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