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Prez, vol. 1: Corndog-In-Chief

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“Apparently it’s a lot easier to gamble with someone else’s life.” “And there it is. The dirty secret that makes politics possible.” So ends the fifth issue of Prez in this collection of its first story-arc, still in the early…

Starve, vol. 1

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Starve reminds me of a Shakespearean tragedy: the good guys are also the bad guys, and the worst guys have the best lines.The cover features a jowly man with a wide face and deep-set eyes holding the flat end of a…

Divinity, vol. 1

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Abram Adams, the black, adopted, Russian, communist cosmonaut protagonist of Divinity, was one of the most interesting character debuts of 2015. An excellent student and soldier raised during the Cold War, he was chosen for a mission to the edge…

Sunny Side Up

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The Holm siblings, particularly well known in the children’s book world as creators of the Babymouse and Squish series, take a step forward into a more sensitive topic in their latest book, Sunny Side Up. When a family secret forces…

Spider-Gwen, vol. 0: Most Wanted?

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Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted? answers the Marvel “What If?” question you never even knew you had: What would the Marvel Universe look like if Gwen Stacy had become Spider-Woman and Peter Parker had died? Most Wanted? follows Gwen’s struggle to be Spider-Woman and resolve…

Ultraman, vol. 1

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   I revisited various incarnations of the storied Ultraman property before reading the all new manga, mostly to remind myself about the character and the main touchstones, but also as an excuse to take a trip down the good old…

Conan Red Sonja

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  Know, O’ reader that in the time known as “The Dark Age of Comics,” the genre of fantasy fell out of favor and the heroes of old were forgotten. And for a time, there were no new tales of…

Batgirl: The Batgirl of Burnside

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  The Batgirl of Burnside is a new take on Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl that retains its core character. This change is symbolized by the series’ numbering: this trade is volume one, but it’s comprised of issues 35–40 of the New 52 series. Confused readers may wonder which rules…

Hawkeye, vols. 1-2

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    Archer Clint Barton is better known to the world by his titles than his name: “Hawkeye,” “World’s Greatest Marksman,” and “Avenger”.  Barton is unenhanced, unpowered, and merely human, yet he holds his own in the superhero big leagues,…

Howard the Duck, iss. 1

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  Howard the Duck‘s new tagline: “trapped in a world he’s grown accustomed to” has multiple meanings—the series’ first tagline was “trapped in a world he never made!”. Fans will understand it as an evolution of the character, one that will not mimic Steve…

JSA Omnibus, vol. 1

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  Justice Society of America Omnibus represents several things. For comics fans and historians, it represents the rebirth of the superhero team, both their original forms and the legacies they have passed down. For DC fans, it represents the early…

This One Summer

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    Rose is just an ordinary girl with an average life and regular parents. Every year, her family travels to Awago Beach for a summer filled with sun and surf, accompanied by her younger friend, Windy. But this year, everything feels different, including Rose herself. She’s begun to notice things…

March: Book One

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      After years of schoolwork, countless documentaries, and numerous film adaptations, the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s seems so familiar to us that we may feel there is no new way to approach it. I’m happy to say that March:…

Finder: Talisman

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  Marcie: “It’s not fair!” Lynne: “So? So? Look, Mars. This is not soccer. This is dealing with people who have power over you… There are no rules and there is no ‘fair.’” Marcie: “But…” Lynne: “If you want your…

Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad

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  In 2022, Sword Art Online (SAO) is released, a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) that is unlike any other. Advances in technology have allowed for the creation of a perfect virtual reality experience, known as “full-dive.”…