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Seconds

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I remember loving Scott Pilgrim initially, then feeling beaten down by the hype that started building around it over the course of subsequent volumes (and looking back on it, six is kind of a lot!), rolling my eyes profusely while…

47 Ronin

47 Ronin

The tale of the 47 Ronin has been enshrined in the Japanese cultural canon and will forever be regarded as the principal exemplar of the definition of honor, dignity, and bushido. These 47 loyal retainers, who risked lives and livelihoods…

Law of the Desert Born

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It is 1887 and New Mexico is wracked by a drought unlike anyone can remember. It is a place where family is supposed to mean something and fidelity is ensured by a man’s handshake and his word. When Tom Forrester…

Monster Musume, vols. 1-2

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Did you know that centaurs, mermaids, and harpies really exist, and they’ve been living in secret in Japan? Monster Musume features a Japanese government that has formally acknowledged the existence of liminal species. To foster goodwill between humans and liminals, Japan…

Gast

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Helen has just moved to rural Wales with her parents. She’s quiet and solitary, but she isn’t shy. She’s the kind of child whose mother must ask her not to bring any more dying animals to the house. Helen loves watching nature…

Sugar Skull

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Sugar Skull is the conclusion of Charles Burns’ trilogy about a troubled young man with an Tintin-esque alter ego operating in a acid-trip fantasy that parallels his real life. In this volume, the grotesque and hypnotizing world of toxic sewage,…

Shoplifter

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Once upon a time, perhaps ten or fifteen years ago, the world of graphic novels was a much smaller one, with fewer artists getting published, and thus fewer themes being explored and fewer artistic styles being used. Happily, as readers…

Fatherland

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Fatherland is a chilling portrait—a month after reading it, I looked again at the ominous cover image of a smiling, clean-cut blond man, and felt a palpable sorrow. The man is the author’s father, a radical Serbian nationalist whose troubled…

Love In Hell, Vol. 1

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Hell can be many things: a place of endless horrors and punishment, a black abyss devoid of God’s light, or simply other people. The infernal realm has inspired numerous literary works, comics, movies, and video games. An underground realm occupied by a…

Science: a Discovery in Comics

Science a Discovery in Comics

From Thales and Pythagoras to Darwin and Einstein, Science: a Discovery in Comics highlights the big names in the science world. While the book focuses on the history of science, it also covers famous formulas, the scientists behind them, and…

From Hell Companion

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If a single word can be used to describe Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell, that word must be “epic”. Ambitious in size, extravagant in scope, twisting in storyline, and published over nearly a decade as a serial from…