science fiction

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 2

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As the second volume of Until Death Do Us Part opens, blind swordsman/ex-criminal Mamoru and his allies in the Element Network have successfully protected tween psychic Haruka from her would-be kidnappers. However, the vigilantes have little time to rest on their…

Attack on Titan, vol. 1

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Attack on Titan and the film adaptation of Starship Troopers share quite a few similarities. Both tell the story of young men driven by revenge against an enemy responsible for killing their families and besieging the human race. While Johnnie…

Steampunk Originals

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Steampunk Originals is a collection of 28 stories that celebrate the diversity of the steampunk genre. Steampunk, for those who don’t know, is a sub-genre of science fiction wonderfully described by Urban Dictionary as, “what the past would look like…

Uglies, vol. 2: Cutters

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Like everyone else, Shay has been an Ugly—a teenager full of imperfections, but not old enough for the surgery that everyone gets at sixteen to turn them into perfect Pretties. Shay didn’t want that surgery, so she ran away to…

Doctor Who Omnibus, vol. 1

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The Doctor Who Omnibus, vol. 1, collects eight comics by all different authors and artists. The first story and last one are long and the middle six are short. It helps to know something about Doctor Who, the TV show…

Daniel X: the Manga, vol. 1

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Daniel X is an unusual fifteen-year-old. Since his parents were murdered by a vicious alien when Daniel was three, he has lived by himself—sort of. Daniel has the ability to manipulate matter, which he uses to create independently-operating manifestations of…

Avengers Vs. X-Men: Vs.

When I wrote my review of the original Avengers Vs. X-Men trade paperback collection, I commented that we didn’t really get to see any of the one-on-one matches promised by the series’ concept and book covers. What few battles we…

Avengers Vs. X-Men

It all begins as a fiery figure falls from the sky toward downtown Manhattan. Stopping this sort of thing is all in a day’s work for The Avengers, but even they are surprised to find the fiery figure is a…

Barrage, vol. 1

It is the Era of Warring Planets and Industria, a hardscrabble little world, has been invaded by aliens of all kinds. Enter Astro, a brave, caring fifteen-year-old who lives in the slums, supporting a ragtag collection of younger kids. Astro…

Astronaut Academy, vol. 2: Re-Entry

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It’s time again to start the school year at that most prestigious school, Astronaut Academy. The timing couldn’t be better, since Hakata Soy, our mysterious hero, needs a distraction after getting some sad summer news from his crush, Princess Boots.…

Superman: Secret Origin

Over the past decade, many comics-reading pundits have cracked-wise about DC Comics retelling Superman’s origin story every year, like clockwork. Surprisingly, this is only a slight exaggeration and somewhat ironic given that Superman is one of the most widely recognized…