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Saga, vol. 4

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If you haven’t read Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga so far, the fourth volume might be a jarring entry point; the opening pulls no punches. The first image is of a naked woman, legs spread, giving birth. You…

Alex + Ada, vol. 2

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The second volume of Alex + Ada picks up right where the first volume left off with no summation to remind the reader of what had transpired (a pet peeve of mine). So, readers, read volume 1 first. Ada is…

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…

The Strain, vol. #1

The Strain Vol. 1

Graphic novels are getting a pretty sweet slice of the multimedia pie these days. From adult fare like Game of Thrones and True Blood to cartoons like Adventure Time and My Little Pony, comic adaptations have been pretty successful at…

Heavy Weapon

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While I vividly remember the classic 80s action movies that I grew up with, I have managed to completely avoid any sense of nostalgia for them. Besides a few gems such as Die Hard (also my favorite Christmas movie), I…

Reed Gunther: the complete series

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Chris & Shane Houghton’s Reed Gunther stories follow the adventures of the titular hapless cowboy, his best friend, Sterling, and his love interest, Starla. Set in an imaginary version of the Wild West that is equal parts dangerous and absurd,…

Vinland Saga, Books 1-3

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Makoto Yukimura’s claim to fame before Vinland Saga was a relatively brief manga series called Planetes. It was a “hard sci-fi” series that focused on the lives of a team of orbiting garbage collectors. There was a default main character,…