staff picks

Killing and Dying: Stories

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Does it even need to be said? Adrien Tomine is one of the major reasons graphic novels hold the small but significant market share and critical acclaim that they do today—his storytelling prowess, his understated and precise illustration style, his…

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…

Here

Here

One of the great things about the graphic novel format is how flexible it is. A gifted creator can look at topics in unique ways that neither books nor cinema can approach. Richard McGuire’s Here is an example of stunning…

Tokyo Ghoul, vol. 2

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2

Tokyo Ghoul, originally published as a serial in the manga magazine Weekly Young Jump, follows college student Ken Kaneki as he attempts to survive in a world overrun by ghouls who look and act like humans, but kill and eat…

Batman: Endgame, vol 7

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“I don’t know what to do. These are uncharted waters.” So Batman observes about midway through the Endgame arc, collected in volume 7 of his New 52 series. Jim Gordon has taken an axe to the chest, the Joker has…

Big Nate: Welcome to my World

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Lincoln Pierce knows how to draw bad hair. Big Nate: Welcome to My World is a serialized anthology of the Big Nate weekly strips that originally ran between May and October of 2011. Presenting a series of self-contained four-panel strips…

Trees

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Ten years ago, aliens landed on Earth, with no warning and no attempt at any communication. Humans called them “Trees” because they appeared as enormous columns, hundreds of feet in diameter and thousands of feet tall. Since then, humans have adjusted, but still, no one knows…

Photobooth: A Biography

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How many of us remember the photo booths that dotted the urban landscape of the fairly recent past? How many of us think about them with nostalgia, sometimes remembering group photographs sprinkled with laughter, grotesque facial expressions, or memories of…

One-Punch Man, vols. 1-2

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Saitama was having a rough life: lingering unemployment, lack of direction, and an omnipresent malaise that threatened to overwhelm him, all adding up to one very unsatisfied individual. Desperately searching for a purpose, Saitama made the fateful decision to become a…

Enchanted

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Brooke is having a rather bad time of it at her new school. She’s been dubbed a dork by her classmates. Her poor sense of direction leaves her unable to get to school or go home without a guide. And…

World War One, 1914-1918

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It was called “The War to End All Wars” in the early twentieth century. Forgotten by some and overshadowed by the war that followed 20 years later, the First World War helped to shape the twentieth century and was, as…