science fiction

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…

Black Canary: Kicking and Screaming

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Dinah Lance, previously known best for wearing fishnets and screaming with supersonic ferocity, stars in her own series where she…wears fishnets and sings with crowd-pleasing ferocity! Hey, she’s a touring rock star, the wardrobe makes sense now. However, her band…

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…

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…

Star Wars, vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes

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You’ve heard of Star Wars, right? The world famous samurai-influenced space opera that’s part “hero’s journey” and part “tale of redemption”, featuring aliens, aerial dogfights, and mystical powers? The multi-trillion dollar franchise that sells movies, toys, bed sheets and cheese graters?…

Descender, vol 1: Tin Stars

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The new sci-fi series Descender is set in a shiny, Star Trek-like future of technology, aliens, and androids. Dr. Jin Quon, once revered as the universe’s “father of robotics”, has fallen on hard times. Ten years prior, over half a…

The Flash: Season Zero

The Flash: Season Zero

Let’s be clear: what the title refers to as “Season Zero” is really “Unfilmed filler stories taking place during Season One.” Far from a criticism, that synopsis is meant to signal fans of the CW network series that if they…

Black Bullet, vol. 1

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In the year 2021, the Gastrea Virus overwhelmed humanity and turned the majority of the human race into ravenous beasts. The rest were forced to retreat, unable to stand against the incredible power of the infected victims. Ten years later,…

Arpeggio of Blue Steel, vols. 1-2

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Seventeen years ago, strange, ghostly ships and submarines appeared all over the world, quickly decimating the navies of every country on Earth. Dubbed the Fleet of Fog, these ships are nearly indestructible. They rule the waves, shooting down aircraft and…

Time Killers

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  The title Time Killers—placed on a wraparound cover with a vast cast of characters and featuring a kimono, ninja knife, katana, school uniform, cape and goggles, UFOs, first aid box, and even Native Americans on horseback—screams time travel. Sure, the subtitle says, “short story…

Finder: Third World

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Jaeger, the titular Finder of Carla Speed McNeil’s intricate creations, has a full, colorful book to himself in this installment. The color is a first and it is gorgeous, adding to the reality of McNeil’s world. The reader no longer…

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…

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…

Earthling

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Whether it be in Germany or anywhere else, the suburbs seems like the perfect setting for a story that examines alienation, malaise, and uncertainty. In Earthling, Aisha Franz explores this subject through the stories of a young girl named Mädchen, her older sister,…

Hinges: Clockwork City

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Although the webcomic Hinges started in 2011, Image has only recently published its first collection in print form, subtitled Clockwork City. The first book is nearly wordless and the main character, Orio, is silent until its last pages. Orio lives in Clockwork City, a steampunk-inspired village…