Author Archive for Robin

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…

Ruse, vol. 1: Enter the Detective

I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I love period mysteries of all sorts, but nothing quite beats the acid tone and deliciously complex mind games of Holmesian cases. Ruse beautifully plays with the Holmes mythology, featuring a…

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…