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Star Trek: New Visions, vol. 1-2

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Starting with the 2013 Star Trek Annual Strange New Worlds, IDW assigned John Byrne to turn some classic episodes of the original 1960s Star Trek into “photonovels.” A photonovel uses film stills from the episode itself and imposes dialogue boxes…

Bumperhead

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On the cover of Bumperhead, Gilbert Hernandez’s second book with Drawn and Quarterly, a boy looks out at the reader with a confident glare, suggesting he knows what he believes in and where he’s going in life. He’s caught the eye of a…

Manga Classics: Emma

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One of the perks of being a Jane Austen fan (or Austenite) is the abundant para-literature on all of dear old Jane’s books. Current variations include zombies, vampires, and gender bending of characters with other formats in the mix. Manga Classics:…

Dresden Files: War Cry

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Harry Dresden’s life hasn’t been an easy one—his parents died while he was young and Harry spent the better part of his youth in the foster care system before being rescued by a man who saw the potential for power…

Zero’s Familiar Omnibus 1-3

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Louise Francoise le Blanc de la Valliere is a noble in the land of Tristain, in which all nobles possess magical abilities and are served by commoners. She attends the Tristain Academy of Magic, but unfortunately for poor Louise, she’s a bit of a…

My Love Story!!, vols. 1-3

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Takeo Goda is the best thing to happen to shojo manga. He is a towering, muscular super-athlete, and characters like him are usually nowhere to be found in sparkly romances. His main love interest, the bubbly dessert cook Rinko Yamato,…

Vermonia, vols. 1-8

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The planet Vermonia is no more, destroyed in a battle between two brothers: Uro, bent on darkness and destruction, and Boros, Vermonia’s staunchest defender. At the last moment, Vermonia’s queen sent her four most trusted and powerful ministers on a mission…

The Betrayal Knows My Name, vols. 1-6

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The Betrayal Knows My Name pairs emotional drama with an escalating battle against evil forces, featuring a number of characters with angst-ridden backgrounds. There are 52 chapters of this serialized manga available in six volumes, the last of which includes only four chapters.…

She-Hulk, vols. 1-2

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Superhero comics have to go a long way to impress me, and it’s not just because this site is called No Flying No Tights. The dramas and conflicts of superheroes are oftentimes so rote and formulaic that they can blend together…

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 apply:…