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“Algeria is Beautiful Like America”

By | May 14, 2018 | Reviews

I think there is something about the French that must make them a little more open to exploring the past. “Algeria is Beautiful Like America” is the third or fourth graphic novel I’ve read that features women of French descent going on a pilgrimage to seek out their roots in former French colonies. But Oliva […]

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By | Apr 16, 2018 | Reviews

“Magpie” is a book that has more in common with poetry anthologies than it does with graphic novels. There’s a flightiness to the collection that makes it hard to put in on the same shelf as other pieces of graphic fiction. Which is not to say the art isn’t good (it is), or the short, […]

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“Tales from the Age of the Cobra”

By | Mar 19, 2018 | Reviews

“Tales from the Age of the Cobra” might be one of the most beautiful books I’ve come across since I started writing for Multiversity. It is a stunning masterclass in the use of color, as well as succeeding by almost every other measure of sequential art. While the pulpy Sinbad-inspired narrative does feel a little […]

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“White Sand” Volume Two

By | Feb 26, 2018 | Reviews

In many ways, “White Sand” Volume Two is almost exactly the same as its predecessor. It shares many of the same weaknesses and most of the strengths of Volume One. Volume Two also has some problems that are unique to it, particular in the quality and consistency of the art. It also suffers from some […]

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“The Green Hand and Other Stories”

By | Jan 22, 2018 | Reviews

This review is a little outside my area of expertise. But I don’t think that makes it a less useful endeavor. I tend to take the view that if the uninitiated can appreciate something in an extreme niche, then there is something fundamentally worthwhile about the work. In this case, even though the works on […]

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“White Sand” Volume One

By | Jan 9, 2018 | Reviews

It is somewhat difficult to pick a starting place for a review of “White Sand.” The book is tangled up in the growing mythology of its author, Brandon Sanderson, in both the literal and literary senses. Suffice to say that “White Sand” is part of an expanding cannon of some of the best fantasy being […]

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“I am not okay with this”

By | Dec 12, 2017 | Reviews

This is a bleak book. In some ways, there isn’t anything else to say about “I am not okay with this” because the bleakness is so pervasive and oppressive as to almost override every other artistic element. This atmosphere might be appropriate for this story that is fundamentally about the virtues of suicide, but the […]

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“I, Parrot”

By | Nov 21, 2017 | Reviews

“I, Parrot” is aggressively charming. From the simple but expressive figures to the watercolor textures to the agile and clever dialogue, the whole thing seems optimized for maximum charm. This could easily be a criticism of a lesser, more twee work, but somehow it manages to make the whole package relatable without sacrificing the emotional […]

“Buffy – Season Eight: The Long Way Home”

By | Oct 30, 2017 | Reviews

I’ve been rewatching old TV. More specifically, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s a semi-regular ritual for me. There’s something extremely satisfying about revisiting old characters and storylines. Sometimes you discover new things and even when you don’t it can still be a comforting experience. So, today I thought I’d take a look at the book […]

“Poppies of Iraq”

By | Oct 16, 2017 | Reviews

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the way our media and culture has dealt with, and continues to deal with the ongoing conflict with Middle Eastern extremist groups. Perhaps the most basic one being not to paint the Muslim community with a broad brush. And yet, it is almost absurdly difficult […]

“Brass Sun: The Wheel of Worlds”

By | Sep 26, 2017 | Reviews

One of the things that has always drawn me to speculative fiction, and by extension comics, is worldbuilding. I love watching writers put a setting together from scratch, carving out the rules of societies and organizations and putting them into motion. There is something indefinably pleasing about a well-constructed world. Or even a poorly constructed […]

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The Umbrella Academy: The Apocalypse Suite

By | Aug 15, 2017 | Reviews

It seems like every year since 2009, there have been rumors or announcements about Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s “Umbrella Academy.” Either we get teased about the still-forthcoming “Hotel Oblivion,” or there are rumors of a movie, or something. This year, SDCC gave us a Netflix series, so it seemed like an appropriate time to […]


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