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“The Lie and How We Told It”

By | Jun 19, 2018 | Reviews

Friendship – what can happen to it over time, and the part it plays in identity – takes the spotlight in “The Lie and How We Told It,” a thoughtful title published by Fantagraphics. Written and illustrated by Tommi Parrish A friendship fumbles and falls apart after an uncertain encounter in this graphic novel from […]

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“Sabrina”

By | Jun 19, 2018 | Reviews

Nick Drnaso has shown a gift for depicting how the quotidian quality of life masks, and then reveals, the dark fissures in our society. Two years ago, “Beverly” served as an abrupt revelation of that talent. Now, “Sabrina” (Drawn + Quarterly) sustains it in a troubling triumph of that contemporary unease that comics can insinuate […]

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“The Comic Book Story of Baseball”

By | Jun 18, 2018 | Reviews

The game that is as American as apple pie gets another quintessentially American treatment: comic books. Can the graphic novel format break down what some consider to be a difficult sport to enjoy visually? It tdoes its best in many areas, but a preponderance of text may turn readers off. Written by Alex Irvine Illustrated, […]

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“Thor” #1

By | Jun 15, 2018 | Reviews

The Odinson has returned! After Jason Aaron’s amazing arc with Jane Foster as Thor, it’s time to return to the status quo. But the War of the Realms is still ongoing, Mjolnir is no more, and Loki is more morally ambiguous than ever. So how does the story continue? Let’s take a look and see. […]

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“Plastic Man” #1

By | Jun 15, 2018 | Reviews

With a raised profile and more attention than ever, DC is incredibly wise to launch a new Plastic Man series! Due to his recent focus as part of DC’s “The Terrifics,” Eel O’Brian is begging for the spotlight! Curiously, DC has assembled the popular creative team of writer Gail Simone and artist Adriana Melo to […]

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“The Weatherman” #1

By | Jun 15, 2018 | Reviews

A Martian weatherman can’t forecast the shitstorm about to rain down on his life. Our review—and especially the official synopsis—will contain spoilers. Written by Jody Leheup Illustrated by Nathan Fox Colored by Dave Stewart Lettered by Steve Wands Nathan Bright had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the number […]

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“Proxima Centauri” #1

By | Jun 15, 2018 | Reviews

Farel Dalrymple has been an artist lurking on the fringe of comics for a while now. He was introduced to the mainstream with an absurdist reinvention of Marvel’s “Omega The Unknown” and has since worked on his own titles and projects like “The Wrenchies” with his signature hyper-detailed penciling. Now, he’s releasing a mini-series that […]

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Incredibles 2

By | Jun 15, 2018 | Reviews

When The Incredibles come out in 2004, superheroes in movies were still more of a novelty than the norm. While Bryan Singer and Sam Raimi had released two installments of X-Men and Spider-Man, respectively, Batman hadn’t yet begun and Nick Fury still searched for heroes to assemble. There was something fresh, something cool, something classic about The Incredibles. It […]

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“Bloodstrike” #0

By | Jun 14, 2018 | Reviews

“Bloodstrike” is back with an origin story and with Michel Fiffe telling it, it isn’t going to be exactly what you suspect. Written, Illustrated, Colored, Lettered by Michel Fiffe “BRUTALISTS,” Part One In the spirit of Bloodstrike’s groundbreaking carnage, the creator behind the indie hit Copra shines a light on Image’s most extreme series. Witness […]

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“Tomb Raider: Inferno” #1

By | Jun 14, 2018 | Reviews

Fresh off of a gameplay reveal at E3 for Lara Croft’s next game, creative teams on the “Tomb Raider” comics collide for a spectacular opening salvo in this miniseries. Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly Illustrated by Phillip Sevy Colored by Michael Atiyeh Lettered by Michael Heisler Trinity is on high alert–they know Lara […]

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“Stellar” #1

By | Jun 14, 2018 | Reviews

I’ve discussed my love of science fantasy comics before and “Stellar” #1 hits right in my sweet spot. You have oodles of strange aliens, an escaped superweapon/woman with a mysterious past, and a pantheon of evil space wizards. None of those ideas are novel; they’re cliches that I know I like. As with any story […]

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“Nancy Drew” #1

By | Jun 14, 2018 | Reviews

Jenn St-Onge and Triona Farrell’s art give a true American icon and her crew a fresh new look. After a tepid debut in “Nancy Drew” #1, hopefully the script will keep pace.  (Warning: minor spoilers ahead.) Written by Kelly Thompson Illustrated by Jenn St-Onge Colored by Triona Farrell Lettered by Ariana Maher Nancy Drew is […]

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“By Night” #1

By | Jun 14, 2018 | Reviews

“By Night,” the newest maxi-series from “Giant Days” and “Bad Machinery” scribe John Allison promises a fantasy world, a mysterious disappearance, and more of that trademark Allison dialogue. What it delivers in its inaugural issue is something a little different. Something a bit less clear. Beware, spoilers await. Written by John Allison Illustrated by Christine […]

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Pick of the Week: “Hawkman” #1

By | Jun 14, 2018 | Pick of the Week, Reviews

Cartel Hall has been many things throughout his existence: hero, explorer, father, husband. What the creative team delivers with this debut issue is an excellent understanding of those multiple dimensions, excitement, and possibility. Written by Robert Venditti Pencilled by Bryan Hitch Inked by Andrew Currie & Bryan Hitch Colored by Alex Sinclair Lettered by Starkings […]

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“Kabul Disco”

By | Jun 12, 2018 | Reviews

In these turbulent, war torn times where political opinions can stain you permanently, how do you make the war in Afghanistan both charming and amusing? Apparently, you get Nicolas Wild to tell you a first person narrative of his time there as a cartoonist. It is hard to imagine a more upbeat interpretation of Kabul, and […]

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“Get Jiro!”

By | Jun 11, 2018 | Reviews

As the world mourns the passing of chef and television host Anthony Bourdain this past Friday at 61 years of age, one little-known side of his life has seen a more mainstream light: his love of comics. Bourdain was a big comic book fan and collector in his youth, unfortunately selling that collection in the […]

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“The Communist Manifesto”

By | Jun 11, 2018 | Reviews

As a political cartoonist for The Guardian, Martin Rowson mocks the figures of current politics. Now for the 200th birthday of legendary leftist thinker Karl Marx, Rowson turns his eye to 170-year-old politics, adapting Marx and Engels’s “Communist Manifesto” into a playful, strange, grotesque, and relevant graphic novel. Using the original text, and foregrounding Marx […]

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