Author Archive for Thomas Maluck

Batman: Endgame, vol 7

Batman Vol7 Endgame cover

“I don’t know what to do. These are uncharted waters.” So Batman observes about midway through the Endgame arc, collected in volume 7 of his New 52 series. Jim Gordon has taken an axe to the chest, the Joker has…

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, vol. 1

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volume 1 cover

Let’s get something straight right away: unlike the original video games, Resident Evil is not scary in comics form. It may be bloody and tense, but if it weren’t for the tropes it uses, I wouldn’t call it horror. In The Marhawa Desire, readers will find a cheesy…

The Hockey Saint

The Hockey Saint cover

College sophomore Tom Leonard is on his way to becoming assistant captain for his school’s ice hockey team. He receives a tip about the address of superstar hockey player Jeremiah “Jake” Jacobson and decides to stake out Jake’s house to…

Time Killers

Time Killers cover

  The title Time Killers—placed on a wraparound cover with a vast cast of characters and featuring a kimono, ninja knife, katana, school uniform, cape and goggles, UFOs, first aid box, and even Native Americans on horseback—screams time travel. Sure, the subtitle says, “short story…

My Love Story!!, vols. 1-3

My Love Story!! Volume 1 Cover

    Takeo Goda is the best thing to happen to shojo manga. He is a towering, muscular super-athlete, and characters like him are usually nowhere to be found in sparkly romances. His main love interest, the bubbly dessert cook…

Sword Art Online: Progressive, vol. 1

Sword Art Online Progressive cover

Your assessment of Sword Art Online: Progressive will come down to your tolerance for fanservice: targeted objectification or hypersexualization of anime and manga characters. All fanservice aside, this is a fairly entertaining debut story for Asuna Yuuki, one of the breakout stars of…

She-Hulk, vols. 1-2

shehulk

Superhero comics have to go a long way to impress me, and it’s not just because this site is called No Flying No Tights. The dramas and conflicts of superheroes are oftentimes so rote and formulaic that they can blend together…

Batgirl: The Batgirl of Burnside

Batgirl of Burnside cover

  The Batgirl of Burnside is a new take on Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl that retains its core character. This change is symbolized by the series’ numbering: this trade is volume one, but it’s comprised of issues 35–40 of the New 52 series. Confused readers may wonder which rules…

The Harlem Hellfighters

Harlem Hellfighters cover

  Educators and researchers: let’s all heave a collective sigh of disappointment that this is not truly a work of nonfiction. Max Brooks testifies that he conducted a lot of research and worked on this story for a long time, both…

Howard the Duck, iss. 1

Howard the Duck #1

  Howard the Duck‘s new tagline: “trapped in a world he’s grown accustomed to” has multiple meanings—the series’ first tagline was “trapped in a world he never made!”. Fans will understand it as an evolution of the character, one that will not mimic Steve…

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

Jaco The Galactic Patrolman cover

Jaco is an alien who wishes his reputation preceded him; as it stands, his creator, Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball fame, is the one with a reputation. Jaco cruises the galaxy under the impression that he is an elite agent of justice, when in…

My Neighbor Seki, vol. 1

My Neighbor Seki Volume 1

  The beauty of the “slice of life” genre is that a multitude of content can be contained within a simple premise. If I tell you that Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star are each about a small group of high school girls and their everyday…

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

DBZ Battle of Gods

Let’s be real: Dragon Ball Z is so entrenched in the consciousness of so many anime fans that it has become the quintessential all-ages action comedy. At my library, this movie received the same reaction from boys and girls, men and women: “There’s a new DBZ?!”…

JSA Omnibus, vol. 1

JSA Omnibus Volume One Cover

  Justice Society of America Omnibus represents several things. For comics fans and historians, it represents the rebirth of the superhero team, both their original forms and the legacies they have passed down. For DC fans, it represents the early…

Unico

Unico Cover

  Unico fits perfectly among the Greek myths: the pet of Psyche kidnapped by a jealous Venus, sprightly Unico is transported to different times and places, only to be whisked away with his memory wiped after a few days’ time. At worst, Unico leaves his new…