Tom Strong, Book Two

The second Tom Strong book doesn’t follow Book 1 chronologically but instead explores various plot threads that are only hinted at in the previous volume. In one episode a young Dhalua waits on Attabar Teru dreaming of Tom until she…

Cheeky Angel, vol. 1

In elementary school Megumi Amatsuka was a young hoodlum whose only ambition was to become “the manliest man on earth.” When he ran afoul of a sorcerer and relied on his martial arts skills to get him out of a…

Tom Strong, Book One

Sometime in the early years of the 20th century inventor Sinclair Strong and his wife Susan land on the island of Attabar Teru. The Strongs have come to the island to bring up their son Tomas as the perfect human…

How Loathsome

“We were beautiful monsters, the kind this city thrives on, allows to flourish, and greedily destroys. Alone we felt like outcast aliens. Together we were perfect: too unusual and awful for anyone else.” So begins Ted Naifeh’s strange and haunting…

Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds

Sigh. I like Birds of Prey. I like the female-centric story lines and the DC Universe’s women coming together to make a formidable crime solving/fighting team. It’s just that I find it hard to believe that women who are as…

Once in a Blue Moon, vol. 1

While I find the trend of American publishers attempting to capitalize on the booming manga market by trimming books down to “manga” size and artists mimicking the manga style frequently offputting, a few people get it right. Artist Jennifer Quick…