mysteries and thrillers

Velvet, Vols. 1-2

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If you like your spies tough, angst-ridden, and British, Velvet is the perfect read for you. Imagine a James Bond universe where Moneypenny, the Director’s mild-mannered secretary, was actually an agent with a higher clearance level than Bond, who just…

Louise Brooks: Detective

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The cartoon mystery is well-trodden territory for Rick Geary. He has written a comprehensive collection of Victorian murder mysteries, penned a tight and effective graphic biography of the mysterious J. Edgar Hoover, and adapted a number of classical stories to…

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, vol. 1

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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…

Toshiro

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In the Dark Horse press release for Toshiro, author Jai Nitz describes his work as a horror graphic novel that “…bends and blends genres to make something altogether new”. He wrote, “Janusz and I wanted to play with Victorian steampunk,…

Kill My Mother

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For those of us who grew up on The Phantom Tollbooth and later came to know Jules Feiffer as an illustrator and storyteller of adult tales, it is still a bit disconcerting to see his characters acting out a frantic…

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell

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  Jacques Tardi is one of the French cartooning greats—but his work is just starting to get its due in English translation, thanks largely to Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics. Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell, translated by Doug Headline, is…

High School DxD, vols. 4-5

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In my previous review of the High School DxD manga, I learned to enjoy the story of pervert Issei Hyoudou and his so-called life as a demon. In earlier volumes, there was plenty of hilarity to go around, which provided a good counterbalance to…

The Fade Out

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      Hollywood, California, 1948. Fade in on professional screenwriter and semi-professional drunkard Charlie Parrish as he slowly wakes up after a wild night on the town. Charlie finds himself in a hotel bathtub, unable to remember anything about…

iZombie, vols. 1-4

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    To the outside world, Gwen looks like any other white-haired, pale-skinned Goth Grrrl. The fact that she’s stuck in a dead-end job as a gravedigger might raise some eyebrows, but as far as anyone knows, Gwen is just…

Dorohedoro, vols. 1-13

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Caiman is a decent guy. He may be huge and handy with a knife, but he’d just as soon stuff his face with tasty gyoza from his friend’s shop as he would pick a fight—unless, of course, that fight is with a sorcerer.…

Bucko

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Erika Moen is a bold voice among women cartoonists—and among cartoonists period. Her webcomic, DAR, illuminated her experiences of being twenty-something, coming out as queer, loving ladies, marrying a dude, and how she discovered herself as a person and an…

Gangsta., vols. 1-2

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This gritty urban tale with a hint of sci-fi centers on partners Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown, owner-operators of the Handymen, an odd-jobs business in the troubled city of Ergastulum. With its sun-drenched stucco facades, narrow alleys, and idle traffic, the…