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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…

Cheat

I will admit, I fell in love with Ms. Norrie’s artwork when I read the first Hopeless Savages. Cheat is her first solo book, and her artwork just shines all the way through. The black and white flow of her…

Green Arrow, vol. 1: Quiver

The number of times I laughed out loud at this title (and they were too numerous to count) should not in any way detract from the seriousness of its issues or the craft of its creators. If anything, readers should…

Bulletproof Monk

I’ll be the first to admit that ever since I picked up Powers, I’ve thought Michael Avon Oeming is a god. I love the man’s style, and I am unashamed. So, in truth, I sought out this title not because…

Orbiter

I grew up with two physicists for parents. We often had great dinner conversations about subatomic particles and cosmology. When I was ten, I was allowed to stay up late to watch the first episode of Star Trek: The Next…

Kissing Chaos, vol. 1

Sometimes stories stick with you because of a particularly well turned phrase. Sometimes it’s the characters. With Kissing Chaos, like a lot of the great noir films, it sticks with you because of the murky atmosphere and slowly built feeling…

Days Like This

As Jamie Rich reminds us in his afterword, the idea that all musicians must write their own lyrics and melodies is, in actuality, a rather stupid idea. What many think of as some of greatest performers of all time didn’t…

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,…