Author Archive for Russ Harper

Angel Para Bellum, vol. 1

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One of the most interesting aspects of manga is how western stories end up being transmogrified into something new by Japanese writers and artists. Often the result is a work that will make western audiences feel, well, a little squirmy.…

Classic Fantastic: Fables

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Classic Fantastic is our series of features on the classics of the format — please check out our other picks for the most important titles, in terms of appeal, innovation, and storytelling, that every library should own. What is it…

Strugglers

If there’s one good thing about graphic novels achieving greater visibility on bookstore and library shelves, it’s the fact that small, independent projects that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of day get a chance to shine. A perfect case in…

Elephant Man #1

When you see the cover of Elephant Man, by Greg Houston, you will realize you’re in for a rather surreal experience.  In this send up of the superhero genre, the art is the main show, the plot definitely being secondary…

Summer Wars

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When high school student Kenji Koiso said yes to doing a favor for his cute friend Natsuki Shinohara he really didn’t know what he was getting into. Kenji is a math whiz who is a part time moderator for OZ…

Kekkaishi, set 1

Yoshimori Sumimura of the Hazama clan is a typical 14-year-old student in most respects, except for one big one: He is the hereditary protector, called a Kekkaishi, of the sacred site of Karasumori, which is a magic-rich area that attracts…

Bleach: Fade to Black

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the long-running manga and anime series Bleach, here’s a quick recap: Ichigo Kurosaki, who can see spirits, gets caught up in a battle between the Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki and a…

Americus

Neil Barton is a typical middle school student in the typical small town of Americus, Oklahoma. Sure, he’s quiet, reads a lot, and doesn’t have many friends except for his best friend Danny Burns, but otherwise, he’s typical. Average, you…