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All You Need Is Kill

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One of my favorite video games is a dark fantasy role playing game called Dark Souls. Developed by From Software, the game is notorious for its extreme difficulty. While most games take the time to teach users the rules and controls,…

The Battle of the Bulge

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Comics are uniquely suited to tell nonfiction narratives in a way that can reach students who find textbooks dull and boring. It has been wonderful to see publishers like Zenith Press devote more resources towards historically accurate graphic novels like The…

The Manga Guide To Linear Algebra

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The cover of this guide to linear algebra promises “Comics Inside!” Is there a chance that this math lesson could be fun? Shin Takahashi hopes so, at least. The author’s preface acts as an extended disclaimer, making the goals of the book clear to…

Barbarian Lord

Barbarian Lord

Like any traditional saga, Barbarian Lord concerns a feud, legal issues, and a journey that leads to the resolution of the conflict, filled with stalwart characters and brave deeds. The Barbarian Lord in question is introduced by two ravens that serve as our narrators and…

Kitaro

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In his introduction, Matt Alt describes Kitaro as “quite possibly the single most famous Japanese manga series you’ve never heard of, even if you happen to be a manga fan.” In this series, Mizuki transforms classic yokai monsters from Japanese folklore into modern,…

Monsters! and Other Stories

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From cave paintings to Medieval stained glass windows to silent movies, wordless stories have long been a part of our culture. In recent times, they seem to have lost some of their appeal as creators have struggled to produce quality stories. Thankfully,…

JUDGE, vols. 1-4

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Yoshiki Tonogai has returned to torture teens once more in this judicial follow-up to Doubt. Previously, Tonogai’s victims were united by their interest in a mobile phone game called Rabbit Doubt. Their love of the game inevitably doomed them to participate in a real life version, created by a…

Nine Tenths: The Slider

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Nine Tenths: The SIider is a slim, self-published volume that contains the promise of a story whose writer hopes it will one day become a film. As such, it can be read as a pitch: 42 of its 82 pages, a full…

Iron Man, Vol. 1: Believe

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The grand irony of Tony Stark’s former life was that he was a futurist who lived for the moment. Born into power and privilege, Tony’s only thoughts of tomorrow involved the technological marvels he could create to increase his family fortune and personal glory. Everything changed when a…

ZooDotCom

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Created by Matt McCray, ZooDotCom is a webcomic-turned-graphic novel that follows a group of animals who have been forced to become the zoo’s new IT department. As McCray’s tagline goes, “and you thought your office was a zoo!” This broad premise allows…

This One Summer

This One Summer

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 she hasn’t seen…

Are You Alice?, vols. 3-5

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Something is rotten in the state of Wonderland. Ever since the Alice in Wonderland story was mysteriously disrupted, the White Rabbit has been trying to piece it all together again. Determined and dangerous, he kidnaps people from our world to…

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Great Britain and other European nations mounted expeditions to explore the polar regions of the earth, including Antarctica. Men set forth in wooden sailing ships to uncover the mysteries of the southern ice and stand…

Deadman Wonderland, vol. 1

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When 14-year-old Ganta Igarashii’s entire class is killed by a flying man all dressed in red, Ganta is sentenced to death for the crime. The manner of his execution will be Deadman Wonderland, a giant privatized prison that also serves as a tourist…