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Meridian, vol. 3: Taking the Skies

In this third volume of Crossgen’s epic fantasy, the tale shifts into a higher gear. Sephie is growing ever stronger, testing her new powers and blossoming into the leader her father knew she could be. As she grows more confident,…

Geisha

Jomi wants to be taken seriously as a painter. Her heroes are the Flemish masters, Vermeer at the top of the list, and like those illustrious artists, Jomi strives to show the amazing beauty in everyday life. Jomi, however, is…

The Road to Perdition

This one (surprise, surprise) has been getting a lot of press lately. Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, and Sam Mendes will do that to a story. I’ve not yet seen the film, though it’s on my short list, but…

Peach Girl, vol. 1

In my mission to educate myself further about manga, I sought out the recent popular titles. First off, a confession: I am not a girly girl. I never have been. I have never read romances and tend to disdain them,…

Batman: Dark Knight Destiny

You’re probably looking at this cover and wondering: who is that woman? Does Batgirl have a new costume? All right, so maybe you’re better informed than I am and you know exactly what’s going on. I thought that when I…

Witchblade–Origins, vol. 1: Genesis

As a relative newbie to the comics world, one of the prejudices I’ve had to shake off is the idea the women are consistently presented as eye-candy and little more. You know, skin-tight outfits, provocative poses, few lines. So you…

Meridian, vol. 2: Going to Ground

In my last update I introduced you all to Meridian and the world of Sephie, Minister, girl, and rebellion leader. In Going to Ground, Sephie realizes that though she desperately wants to return to Meridian immediately, in order to defend…

The Man Who Grew Young

This is one of those rare fantasies, a “what if?” scenario, that sticks to its potentially cliched idea is a compelling and imaginative way. The idea: instead of time moving forward, and the world and people aging and dying, what…

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

Poor Ug. He’s stuck in the stone age — literally, as his pants, and everything else, are made of solid stone. Stone baseball bat, stone blankets, stone bed — you get the rather uncomfortable picture. Smarter than his family, Ug…

Box Office Poison

If anyone ever asks you if a graphic novel is a “real” novel, hand this over to them and watch their eyes goggle. Alex Robinson’s 600 plus page whopper doesn’t just prove comics can sustain length — it’s a sly,…

Akiko, vol. 1 (pocket size)

From the outside, Akiko is certainly a normal 4th grader. She goes to school, plays with her friends, and helps out when she can. Of course, her friends happen to be aliens from the planet Smoo, and by helping out,…

Watchmen

If you’re like me, reading superhero tales, there is also that nagging, logical question in the back of your mind — just why are these particular men and women driven to put on costumes and become, for all intents and…

Starman, vol. 1: Sins of the Father

Jack Knight is having a bad day. His older brother has been murdered, his father attacked, and he’s expected take up the family tradition — being Opal City’s guardian, Starman. Never mind that he’s never had any interest in being…

Meridian, vol. 1: Flying Solo

Sephie lives in an ideal world– destined on day to rule as Minister of her land, Meridian, in her father’s place, she adores her family and friends and, most of all, the miraculous floating island she calls home. Everything changes…