Author Archive for Jack Baur

Isle of 100,000 Graves

It’s difficult for me to gauge whether or not a person is going to be a fan of mononymous Norwegian artist Jason. Over the past 10 years, Jason has become known for his particular brand of droll, short graphic novels…

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

It is possible that more people in this world are familiar with the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz than are the original 1900 novel that inspired it. The imagery, characters, and story of the film are so…

Thor: The World Eaters

Thor comics are tough. More than just about any other mainstream superhero series I can think of, getting into Thor is an uphill battle for new readers. Because of the way it mixes Norse mythology with science fiction concepts, untangling…

Feynman

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani

Although it offers an engaging story of a life of scientific discovery, I found Feynman to be a frustrating book. Not because it’s about particle physics and quantum electrodynamics (QED) and other things I don’t understand; on the contrary, I…

Night Animals

I don’t suspect that Night Animals is the sort of book that many libraries will be adding to their collections. At 48 pages it’s barely more than a standard pamphlet, and would get lost in most library’s graphic novel collections.…

Takio

In the recent hubbub over the rebooted DC titles, much has been made over the lack of and/or portrayal of female characters and their appropriateness for young readers. What perfect timing then for this little gem, a new creator-owned collaboration…

Andromeda Stories, vol. 1-3

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On the planet Astria in the Andromeda Galaxy, a wedding between Princess Lilia of Ayodoya and the prince of Cosmoralia is poised to establish a new dynasty and usher a new era of prosperity. However, the time for rejoicing is…

Holy Terror

Holy Terror, the self-proclaimed “piece of propaganda” from comic-book-legend-turned-punchline Frank Miller, is a difficult work: difficult to like, difficult to look away from, difficult to assess. The story is laughably slight, the characters cardboard cut-outs of standard Miller tropes, and…