Author Archive for Robin

Sinbad the Sailor

Anyone who’s ever yearned to travel the high seas and see unknown places may do well to read Sinbad’s account of his seven trips into the great beyond. An incurable wanderer, Sinbad can’t help but be pulled into adventure on…

Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria

In this wonderful West African folktale, Shadusa believes he is by far the best man in town. And why not? He carries two antelope at once and everyone in town knows they’ve never seen anyone better. He strides about town…

Meanwhile…

Raymond can hear his mom calling him, really he can. He’d just rather not go. So, in a moment of creative genius, he decides he’ll use that means of escape he sees in comics all the time. Raymond scrawls “Meanwhile…”…

Anti-Superhero Blather – A rant

As a long-standing fan of genre fiction, I’ve heard a million reasons why genre fiction is less important, less impressive, and less, well, literary than “regular” fiction. The most often cited defense are that it’s escapism, it’s fanciful, it’s not…

Hellboy, vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

Hellboy– you’d think the name would say it all. I had visions of devils dancing on shoulders with impish glee. The solid, heavily shadowed figure on the cover of Mike Mignola’s classic, however, should’ve clued me in– Hellboy is far…

Red Star, vol. 2: Nokgorka

The audacity of reworking Russian history and filling it with technology-driven sorcery and mythological destinies still wows me when I consider Red Star–the authority and brilliance with which Team Red Star does leaves me gasping. We return to the world…

Boneyard, vol. 1

I think probably every one of us daydreams about being left an incredible inheritance by some wacky uncle we never knew we had. The possibilities! A huge manor house, piles of money, a family secret–it’s a recipe for intrigue and…

Cowboy Bebop, vol. 1

Ba baaa ba badabap. Waa waaaaa. Ba baaaa ba badabap. (insert melodic crooning here) That, my friends, is the only thing I missed in this first volume of Cowboy Bebop –the groovy jazz score that enlivens the anime show is…

Subway Series

Tina has a slight problem. While she enjoys fooling around with her occasional boyfriend, James, whenever he arrives home from school, she discovers she is more drawn to her guitar teacher Evan. To complicate things, Evan seems to feel the…

Superman for All Seasons

For a girl who loves Smallville, I realize it’s really sad that this is the first Superman centric graphic novel that I’ve reviewed. I must admit, though, that I was never drawn to Superman all that much — too noble,…

King, vol. 1

In his introduction to this first volume, Ho Che Anderson emphasizes biography as an interpretation of the facts he had gathered, and as a kind of meditation of the man behind the legacy. He wonders about how to uncover the…

Lenore: Wedgies

Meet Lenore, the sweetest little dead girl you’ll ever meet. Well, perhaps not the sweetest — she’s certainly cute, in a decrepit sort of way, but she’s also a little girl, full of tantrums and odd practical jokes. From her…

Crux, vol. 1: Atlantis Rising

Taking off from popluar mythology concerning Atlantis, Crux follows the idea that the mthyical Atlanteans, much more knowledgable and powerful than their Greek neighbors, were both eons beyond the human race and sent to Earth as humanity’s protectors. As this…

Buffy the Vampure Slayer: Spike & Dru

Taking off from the hit TV show, this volume traces the evolution of two of the most deliciously devious villains to hit Sunnydale – William the Bloody, otherwise known as Spike, and the mad but oddly endearing Drusilla, the vampire…

Trenches

In a clean, almost child-like style of wiggly lines and shifting shadows, Scott Mills tackles a story of the French front in World War I. At the center of the story are three men: Lloyd Allenby, a upstanding husband and…