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All Cut-Up: Charles Burns's "X'ed Out"

Rather than simply deconstruct the cultural engine that popularized Hergé's Adventures of Tintin, writer-artist Charles Burns relies on visualizing the cut-up technique of Beat writer William Burroughs in X'ed Out.

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If I Could Tell The World Just One Thing: Bizarro in Action Comics #856

How do you humanize the pre-verbal monster of the Superman continuity? If you're a gifted writer like Geoff Johns, it might mean pulling back and allowing the artwork to tell the tale.

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Marvel Icon

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Catch Her in ihe Rye: Paul Pope's THB

With visual elements sampled from the recent past and a science fiction tomorrow, Pope presents a future as garish as it is plausible.

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Fame: Lady Gaga #1, Robbie Pattinson #1

It is easy to feel cheated when reading Bluewater's Fame books, as one of the most groundbreaking performers of the generation is marginalized through inept comics.

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Bluewater Comics

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Mirror Phase: "Casanova: Luxuria"

Spy, thief, dimensional traveler, and international sex toy, Casanova Quinn doesn’t have the time to understand the twists and turns his life continually takes.

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Stephen King's N #1-4

With persuasive writing from Marc Guggenheim and opulent art from Alex Maleev, Stephen King's N. is clear example of the richness that can be achieved when translating prose into comics.

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Tokyo Sonata Is Truly a Brilliant Film

Tokyo Sonata shifts between various narratives of a family in turmoil, as each person struggles to find happiness and solace in what has become a life of overwhelming structure and rules beyond one’s control.

Comics

Am I Hard Enough: Beasts Of Burden #2

In Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden #2, the implications of blood vengeance and care for pets is explored.

Comics

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Swamp Thing, Ecology and the (Sometimes Slimy) Nature of Being

Continuing the critical analysis of the Swamp Thing character as it transitions from creative control of Len Wein and Berni Wrightson to Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jon Totleben.

Comics

Siege #1-4

With epic themes and impressive artistic heroics, Siege is the premier summer blockbuster for the Marvel Universe.

Comics

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Swamp Thing, Ecology and the (Sometimes Slimy) Nature of Being

New Swamp Thing scribe, Alan Moore evolved the character in the early 1980s by introducing stories around the frailty of human consciousness into a book which until then examined human/plant interaction.

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'Dark Avengers #16': The End of a Dark Era

Dark Avengers #16 is a probing conclusion to both the Dark Avengers title and the “Siege” crossover event, tabling questions of patriotism, loyalty, security and liberty.

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Backyard Fiction a.k.a. the Great American Myth of Suburbia

Suburban discontent in Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, John Updike's Couples and Richard Ford's Independence Day. The idea or myth of suburbia is just as real as the actual shopping centers, schools, etc.

Dean Blumberg

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