science fiction

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…

Trigun Maximum Omnibus, vol.1

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Trigun Maximum can best be described using the line of text on its contents page: “DEEP SPACE PLANET FUTURE GUN ACTION!!” The series includes lots of over-the-top, gunslingin’ action, with machines and weapons advanced far beyond what the Wild West-style setting suggests, coupled with a large…

Aliens vs. Parker

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In this collaboration between comedian Paul Scheer and Adult Swim writer, Nick Giovannetti, stoned interstellar deliverymen, Parker and Modi, find themselves on a secret mining base with a gorgeous secret agent, a surly soldier, and a seemingly infinite number of…

Husbands: The Comic

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Husbands: The Comic has a lot of very strong selling points. It’s co-written by Jane Espenson, a name familiar to genre fans from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, and more. It has an introduction by Neil Gaiman and an…

Lost Planet: First Colony

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Crashed on the surface of a hostile frozen planet, Captain June and her crew can be sure of nothing, even survival. As the only uninjured crew members make their way into the wilderness, they find themselves beset by both alien…

Captain Midnight, vol. 1: On the Run

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When a modern Navy ship stumbles across a legendary World War II superhero named Captain Midnight, they aren’t sure how to react, especially when he escapes custody! Meanwhile, Captain Midnight wastes no time tracking down the evil immortal Nazi, Fury…

Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition

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When executed with creativity and gusto, satire can transcend its subject matter and move into a realm of unexpected thoughtfulness.  Characters who perhaps were intended to be broad strokes instead take on surprisingly sympathetic aspects.  While the whole affair seems…

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…

Tick

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When we move from place to place, we’re bound to forget something and leave it behind. Typically it’s not something all that important – maybe a broom, a sweater, or those odds and ends that accumulate in our cupboards. In…

The Arctic Marauder

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Jacques Tardi’s The Arctic Marauder is a rip roaring, rollicking yarn set on the icy seas. When a young doctor searches for his uncle, he is lead down a path of mystery involving the destruction of sailing vessels within the…

Angel Para Bellum, vol. 1

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One of the most interesting aspects of manga is how western stories end up being transmogrified into something new by Japanese writers and artists. Often the result is a work that will make western audiences feel, well, a little squirmy.…

Doctor Who Omnibus, vol. 1

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The Doctor Who Omnibus, vol. 1, collects eight comics by all different authors and artists. The first story and last one are long and the middle six are short. It helps to know something about Doctor Who, the TV show…

Nexus Omnibus vol. 1

Deep in space, on the planet Ylum, a figure sleeps and dreams. Emerging from his chamber, he speeds through space to deliver justice and death to the criminals of the universe. It is Nexus! Feared and revered, Nexus is something…

Superman: Secret Origin

Over the past decade, many comics-reading pundits have cracked-wise about DC Comics retelling Superman’s origin story every year, like clockwork. Surprisingly, this is only a slight exaggeration and somewhat ironic given that Superman is one of the most widely recognized…