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25 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Starman Omnibus Vol. 1

One of the best superhero books ever made finally gets the love it deserves.

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23 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Batman: Last Rites

In an industry where the average story is told in about six installments, it is refreshing to see one of the great masters return to a world he knows so well and deliver a two-issue, character-driven narrative that makes the reader wish all comic books were this engrossing and wonderful.

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19 Feb 2009 // 1:00 AM

Parade (with fireworks)

An entertaining and enlightening slice of history that is both personal and political, exploring the subtle battles between family members and the louder ones between ideologies.

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RASL Vol. 1: The Drift

More science than science fiction, and more character-driven than action-based, Jeff Smith's latest effort is the newest installment in a decades-old legacy of sci-fi storytelling, and a work that would no doubt please Jack Kirby himself.

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11 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Skitzy

With few words to slow the reader down and a relatively small page count, Skitzy takes no more than 15 minutes to read. But I can't say I felt cheated.

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9 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Omega: The Unkown

Full of explicit weirdness, Omega: The Unknown is the loving work of professional fan fiction.

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The DC Comics Encyclopedia (Updated and Expanded)

Superhero and supervillains' vital statistics are laid bare in D.C.'s newly updated glossy, hardback encyclopedia of comic book characters.

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The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For collects 25 years of Alison Bechdel’s battle against patriarchy, heterosexual hegemony and most everything else.

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28 Jan 2009 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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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