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Sunday, February 18 2007

Weird Sister and Red

All witches must have been, at some point, as cool as these girls are.


Thursday, February 15 2007

Mouse Guard #1-6

Happily for more sophisticated readers, much can be read into the political turmoil these characters are forced to navigate, but on the other hand none of the sociopolitical commentary is so heavy-handed as to diminish Mouse Guard's pleasures as a rousing action-adventure.


Tuesday, February 13 2007

The Dreamland Chronicles

Reading The Dreamland Chronicles is like watching someone else play a video game, and its cliffhanger ending is about as satisfying as, "Thank you, Mario, but our princess is in another castle."


Tuesday, February 6 2007

Catching Lucifers Lunch

The Mays Brothers never root the reader in any sort of identification, rendering the aesthetic pleasure a mere superficiality.


Monday, February 5 2007

Manifest Eternity #1-6

Lobdell and Nguyen undertake the monumental task of successfully merging two completely different genres and are able to craft a story that is entertaining and interesting.


Monday, January 29 2007

Children of the Grave

The audience can choose to read the book straight, in which case there is a cracking yarn to be found and enjoyed, or they can read between the lines, where a less-than-stellar moral battle is being waged.


Wednesday, January 24 2007

The Best American Comics 2006

By virtue of Pekar's immersion in the comix underground, he's uniquely equipped to lead newcomers on a tour of the best graphic work of the past year that reveals its depth and breadth.


Monday, January 22 2007

Graphic Classics, Vol. 5: Jack London

It is ironic that despite the constant threat of censorship of sexual and violent material -- particularly in products meant for kids -- that lurks today, London's work shows that things have not changed as much as some may think and society's values haven't taken such a steep downturn.


Wednesday, January 17 2007

Warhammer 40,000: Damnation Crusade #1

The galaxy of the far future depicted in Warhammer 40,000 has room for an uber-gothic Imperium of Mankind ruled by a dying Emperor kept on life support for centuries, and also a horde of green-skinned alien Orks straight out of Tolkien, only with big guns and the attitudes of soccer hooligans.


Monday, January 15 2007

Ultimate Spider-Man

There are hints at some promising stories in the future, but I want great stories now!


Thursday, January 11 2007

Joony Tuff #1

While not exactly original or brilliant, Joony Tuff's story has enough funny moments that a generous reader can get past the sloppiness in presentation to at least chuckle a few times.


Tuesday, January 9 2007

Ouija Interview #1-4

The gimmicky premise, the humble packaging, the minimalist illustrations and the overall cuteness serve to let the reader's defenses down so that its moments of power are all the more surprising and upsetting.


Sunday, January 7 2007

Runaways

Vaughan manages to build on his little corner of the Marvel universe, making it a lot fresher than many Marvel books that tend to retread beloved and overly familiar stories.


Thursday, January 4 2007

Absolute Sandman

Without it, there would be no Vertigo today, and perhaps none of the titles that have risen to prominence out of that publishing line.


Monday, January 1 2007

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Comic books are ultimately a fusion of literary and visual mediums; what makes them wonderful is the way they can combine the playfulness and elasticity of language with the stark simplicity of imagery to create something that's more than the sum of those parts.


Tuesday, December 19 2006

Grave Danger: A Zombie Noir Tale

Grave Danger is a long short story interspersed with pedestrian black and white artwork by Fox featuring Graves toting guns and babes through a series of bars and graveyards.


Thursday, December 14 2006

Ruffians #1-4

Ruffians is the kind of book that has the potential to appeal to everyone from superhero-obsessed fanfolk to jaded indie fans, from "cute critter" enthusiasts to teenagers who shop at Hot Topic.


Tuesday, December 12 2006

Absolute Dark Knight

In a way, The Dark Knight Strikes Again is Miller turning his back on The Dark Knight Returns and trying to give readers a different take on superheroes.


Wednesday, December 6 2006

X Isle #1-3

Readers can also have fun with the characters by comparing them to the films they remind you of.


Tuesday, December 5 2006

New Avengers/X-Men: Time Trouble

Even at their best, superteam books have a hilarious tendency to expose every stumbling, stupid absurdity inherent to the superhero genre.


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