Author Archive for Russ Harper

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…

Crogan’s Loyalty

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Family history can be a fascinating thing, a fact that Chris Schweizer takes full advantage of in his series about the Crogan family and its adventures. In this third installment, Crogan’s Loyalty, the setting is the Revolutionary War. Schweizer starts…

Star Trek: Nero

Star Trek has been popular enough that various comics companies have made adaptations practically since the first series aired in the late sixties. After Gold Key, DC, Marvel, Wildstorm – and even Tokyopop – had their runs, since 2006 the…

Tyranny

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Sometimes the message of a book is more important than its medium. A case in point would be Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield, which tells a very personal story of one girl’s battle with anorexia and bulimia. According to the National…

Ultimo, vol. 1-6

So what happens when Stan Lee, perhaps the United States’ most famous comic book author and co-creator of many popular Marvel Comics characters, decides to create a Japanese manga? With the aid of veteran manga-ka Hiroyuki Takei, himself the author…

Heroic Age: the complete series

When watching anime, it’s always amazing to me how many Western concepts find their way into a Japanese medium, given a twist, and emerge as something wholly new. Heroic Age is a perfect example, as it borrows concepts, terminology, and…

Corpse Princess: The Complete Series

Rocking opening theme? Check. Hideous undead monsters threatening society as we know it? Check. Cute Japanese schoolgirls wielding semi-automatic weapons? Check. Yes, all the ingredients are in place for Corpse Princess (aka Shikabane Hime) to appeal to anime fans who…

The Influencing Machine

There’s supposedly an old Chinese curse that states “May you live in interesting times.” If that’s the case then Brooke Gladstone, author of The Influencing Machine, would not only most likely be happy, but be able to tell us all…

The Time Machine

Way, way back in the dark ages of comics history – well, what comics collectors actually call the Golden Age – there used to be a company called Classics Illustrated. For thirty years this company took literary classics and made…

Angel: Immortality for Dummies

Bill Willingham is a name that may be familiar to readers of fantasy graphic novels due to his multi award-winning series for Vertigo, Fables. So upon seeing his name attached to a new title I immediately jumped at the chance…

Psyren, vol. 1

Teen-aged Ageha Yoshina’s life could be called pretty simple. He likes to fight, no matter the reason. So for a modest fee of 10,000 yen he’ll take on just about any cause for the chance to crack some heads. Unfortunately…