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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…

The Curse of Dracula

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Before The Curse of Dracula, author, Marv Wolfman, and artist, Gene Colan, had already made a significant contribution to vampires in popular culture. In the 1970’s, they worked together on Marvel’s long-running horror comic, The Tomb of Dracula, in which…

Dream Thief, vol. 1

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  John Lincoln is a classic loser. He has no job, no ambition, and no empathy for anyone but himself. Even though his girlfriend Claire takes care of him, he cheats on her. But one morning, John wakes up next…

Blacklung

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What on earth is going on in Blacklung? Why do these characters have faces that look like they were all constructed from the castoff remains of the faces of pugilists, who were also prolific knife-fighters? What about their grotesque hairstyles?…

Eerie Archives, vol. #15

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You don’t get much more nostalgic than Eerie. When it first appeared in 1947, it essentially established the horror comics scene, pushing the envelope of good taste and good sense for its entire checkered life . (Check out the first…

Nuns Without Guns

I can’t say I’ve thought much about the Vatican keeping a secret team of highly trained enforcers to take down mystically charged villains, but it’s a concept that certainly makes sense. After all, what other large organization would have the…

Alabaster: Wolves

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Caitlin Kiernan’s dark stories of a paranormal South are brought to life in this introductory graphic adaptation. I had not previously read the stories this graphic novel is based on. I waited to read them until after I’d read the…

Zombillenium, vol. 1: Gretchen

In this darkly humorous tale, it’s hard to tell what’s going to happen next. The Zombillenium Amusement Park is filled with monsters of every sort: mummies, ghosts, zombies, and more. Little do the visitors know that every one of them…

Road Rage

This gritty, violent, and gory graphic novel collects the limited series “Throttle,” originally inspired by Richard Matheson’s classic tale of suspense “Duel,” and co-authored by the dynamic father-son duo, Stephen King and Joe Hill. This first collaboration between the two…

JimJoe – Den of Thieves

Full Dislosure: JimJoe – Den of Thieves was published by Dog Ear Publishing – a vanity publishing house. This note is included as a courtesy to those libraries that have a policy against adding such materials to their collections. In…

The Evil Tree

Misha and Daren bought a cabin in the woods. They have been living there for a few months and Daren is concerned because Misha has become increasingly withdrawn and depressed. In the hopes of cheering her up and helping her…

Rohan at the Louvre

It’s hard not to be curious about a manga commissioned by the Louvre from Hirohiko Araki, a mangaka best known for the seinen series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The Louvre calls to mind an austere classicism along the lines of the…

American Vampire, vol. 1

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The introduction to this book informs us that Stephen King was so impressed by the idea behind American Vampire that when Scott Snyder approached him about writing a promotional blurb for the series King asked if he might write for…