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Tokyo Babylon, vol. 1

In this volume, we are introduced to our cast of characters — and though Hokuto is hit by the Exposition Fairy in a fairly obvious way, once we get all the explanations of who’s who out of the way, the…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 2

The opening pages of volume 2 reaffirm that CLAMP are masters of dramatic layout, pulling out all of the cinematic stops they can to create drama with just a few lines of dialogue and powerful images. The sequence here follows…

Goldfish

Before Brian Michael Bendis was the guy on everyone’s writer list, before he had numerous comics produced at once, and before he helped Ultimate Spider-Man take off in cartoon form on MTV, he wrote some of the best damned crime…

Jinx

In the sequel to Goldfish, again featuring his striking black and white artwork, all of the fallout from when we last saw Goldfish has settled somewhat. Goldfish still has a talent for persuasion and collecting less than stellar associates. That…

Torso

Any film noir fans out there? You know, thuggish gangsters, whipsmart private detectives, dames with attitude? In Torso, an Eisner Award winner, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Andreyko retell the true story of what happened to Elliot Ness after his…

Kill Me, Kiss Me, vol. 1

“In the history of bad ideas, I am now convinced most of them involve cross-dressing.” So speaks Tae, the heroine of Kill Me, Kiss Me, an entertaining new manhwa (Korean print comic). This title plays on gender stereotypes and teenage…

Bone

Introduction There is a scene in Bone: Crown of Horns that perfectly sums up what makes the Bone series so special. Thorn Harvestar, our heroine, needs to touch the Crown of Horns, but she can’t quite reach; her leg is…

Fake

Introduction Imagine your typical buddy cop show: one detective, blunt to a fault and with a high opinion of himself, is saddled with a naive but well-meaning partner. After the expected whining about rookies and rank, the two men maneuver…

Fake, vol. 1

The first volume introduces us to the darkly handsome Dee and the endearing Ryo. Intrigued by his new partner’s shy manner and modesty, the out-as-bisexual Dee immediately starts needling Ryo about his sexuality and, in the tradition of wacky romances,…

Fake, vol. 2

Volume two finds Dee and Ryo taking a much needed vacation in England. Dee has anticipated the ultimate seduction — candles, wine, moonlight — until pesky Bikky and Carol crash the party (as they are wont to do) and Ryo…

Fake, vol. 3

In volume three, installments continue to take a more serious turn, though the slapstick humor, most notably in Dee and Bikky’s antagonistic bickering, is still very evident. Dee and Ryo end up with one of the most chilling investigations to…

Fake, vol. 4

The fourth installment, pardon the bad pun, starts out with a bang, literally. A bomber is threatening Bikky’s school, but without any warning or logic that the police can piece together. Nothing is ever simple for Dee and Ryo–they end…

Fake, vol. 5

The fifth volume marks a darker chapter– all is not wine and roses. A case lands on our pair’s plate that at first appears routine, if a bit gruesome ø a couple murdered in their home, no immediate motive, no…

Fake, vol. 6

Like a ghoul out of a particularly grisly urban legend, a killer is haunting the streets of New York, stalking young girls until finally murdering them and chopping off their hand as souvenirs. The entire department is called in to…

Fake, vol. 7

Fake‘s final volume starts out with Dee and Ryo being dragged into an FBI witness protection case — their witness being an informant on the mob who also just happens to be the wife of Ryo’s parents’ killer. Neither partner…

Nightwing

Introduction As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of the big Bat (as are many of our reviewers here at NFNT.) There’s something about a superhero with that darker twinge of vengeance that appeals to me more than…

Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie

Whenever I see disappointing heroines in fantasy tales, from books to films to comics, I’m usually irritated by the fact that, whether they be magicians or knights, rarely do these supposedly powerful women stand on their own. Too often they’re…

Sparks: An Urban Fairytale

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This may be a story you think you’ve heard before: a princess, a knight, magic, and perils overcome by true love. You’d be wrong. In this version, the princess is a car mechanic, the knight a sweet and melancholy mechanical…