Author Archive for Robin

Jack the Ripper

I will admit to a fascination with Jack the Ripper. Apparently like a good chunk of the American public, I am intrigued as to what causes such great evil to manifest in certain men and women, and all of the…

The Darren Blues

Happily reading through all The Authority trade paperbacks, I was struck by one thing that all comics readers have to put up with. In any other visual medium, be it TV, film, or traditional illustration, it would be met with great resistance and loud

TV is to comics as comics is to…

Ok, so my thought this time around is really not as deep as last time’s treatise. However, I think it’s just as important a realization. I was thinking, as we head toward the beginning of the new TV seasons, how much I love TV.

Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood

There’s a general perception, somehow, that small town life holds the key to community in this country. That’s where you find the tales of ancestors past, traditions passed from generation to generation, and intimate knowledge of everyone and everything worth…

Tellos Colossal, vol. 1

Tellos, vol. 1: Reluctant Heroes Tellos involves things familiar to all readers of sword and sorcery tales: honorable thieves, loyal companions, threatening adversaries, and a young boy destined to be a hero. The great thing about Tellos is that it…

Tellos, vol. 2: Kindred Spirits

First things first: do not, I repeat, do not peek at the end of this title! The twister at the end of this tale is such a wonderful, wrenching treat that any preview will kill your enjoyment. If you peek,…

Clan Apis

Many of us have a very distinct image of evolution, born of science classes and popular myth. We can almost see that brave creature, a cross between a fish and a frog, taking it’s first tentative steps onto land, forging…

Electric Girl, vol. 1

Electric Girl, a.k.a. Virginia, is not a butt-kicking, witty, whip-smart female superhero, as her name might suggest. No. Instead, Virginia is a witty, whip-smart, not so butt-kicking teenage girl who just happens to be the best natural conductor of electricity…

Sigil, vol. 1: Mark of Power

Samandahl Rey doesn’t ask much of life. All he wants is to enjoy a night out of gaming, the companionship of his best friend and partner, the sassy Roiya Sintor, and the command of his own ship in the intergalactic…

Gen 13: Superhuman Like You

Last update, I was introduced to The Authority, hardened, fierce peacekeepers. Gen13 is like a superhero team made up of the Authority’s bratty younger siblings. The members of Gen13 are young, hot, powerful, and in the prime of their teenage…

Mystic, vol. 1: Rite of Passage

Workaholic though I may be, I deeply understand the need to party. Even I need to let everything go, maybe dress up, and go crazy with my friends. Giselle, however, may have run with this urge a little too far.…

Clover

This is the kind of manga that blows away any stereotypes of childish interactions or frivolous stories. Kazuhiko, an embittered ex-military man turned P.I., is yanked out of retirement to perform an apparently simple task: transport a young lady to…

The Authority, vol. 1: Relentless

I had heard a great deal about The Authority, in general comments about the series’ excellence and in specific about its groundbreaking characters (see my post on this distinction). As you may have noticed by now, I love superhero comics…

Escapo

The circus has always held a great allure for storytellers–who can resist the wonderful contradictions of the center ring and the freak show, the blaring showmanship and the everyday lives of the performers? In Escapo, Paul Pope draws inspiration from…

Castle Waiting, vol. 1

Do you enjoy books like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or Donna Jo Napoli’s Zel? Strong heroines who survive by their wits, humorous dialogue to rival The Princess Bride, friends from a knight who happens to be a horse to…

Amnesia

I have a rather strong tendency toward considering rambling, esoteric questions about the nature of reality– just ask my friends. Some of my favorite stories, graphic novels or otherwise, are those that twist reality that little bit and ask “what…

Scion, vol. 1: Conflict of Conscience

Rivals clans locked into peace by ancient ritual, an underground resistance, and a chivalric code to rival the Round Table’s. Add to that genetically engineered slaves, computer-controlled dragons, and electronic armor, and you have Scion. This tale artfully combines court…

Scion, vol. 2: Blood for Blood

In this second volume of Scion, young Prince Ethan, having escaped his enemy’s overzealous vengeance, once again walks into danger. He has lost a beloved brother and the heir to the throne at the hands of the same man he…