Author Archive for Robin

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…

The Golden Vine

An ambitious, visually stunning work, The Golden Vine is also a study of history’s possibilities. The book focuses on one of the more enigmatic figures of the world’s past: Alexander the Great, that rebellious Macdeonian prince who conquered the bulk…

Scion, vol. 3: Divided Loyalties

Ethan’s world is getting both more complicated and simpler at once. As he flees North to escape his enemies, accompanied by the daughter of the Raven Clan Ashleigh, he is faced with the inhuman experiments and cruelty that his own…

Inu-Yasha: A Feudal Fairytale, vol. 1

The world-renowned author of Ranma 1/2 creates the equally delightful Inu-Yasha, a magical adventure set in Feudal Japan complete with animal demons, reincarnation, destiny, and a pesky half-demon dog boy Inu-Yasha. Kagome, tired of listening to her grandfather’s endless stories…

Hopeless Savages, vol. 2: Ground Zero

Hopeless Savages remains one of my favorite books simply for its exuberant punk family dynamics, youngest daughter’s Zero’s creative (non)swear words, and tribute to the power of music. In this second volume, it also made me get all mushy. This…

Decoy

Little green men. It’s an image we all carry around with us, like the Coke symbol and Armstrong landing on the Moon. The inescapable expectation that aliens will somehow appear as little green men rather than, say, rocks of black…

Blankets

The test for any good book is simple: can you put it down easily after you’ve started reading? Is there a sense of loss every time you stop reading? Well, with Craig Thompson’s Blankets, it passed this test with flying…

Skinwalker

Just to be clear from the start: this is not a comic version of a Tony Hillerman novel. Skinwalker does combine some of the same elements of those tales: grim Navajo legends apparently come to life, a reluctant partnership, this…

Batman: Child of Dreams

This title, in many ways, is a clever mix of ideas. Famed Japanese manga and anime creator Kia Asamiya tackles one of our most distinctly American heroes, Batman. DC Comics handed the keys to Gotham over and brought in Max…