Bee and PuppyCat, vol. 1

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As a stereotypical librarian, I could not resist a comic about a girl and her cat. Bee, an unemployed woman-child in her 20s, meets a half- cat/half-dog with a mysterious past named PuppyCat who falls from the sky. PuppyCat opens…

Doctor Who: Series 3, vol. 1-3

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Once there was a man with a blue box—which was bigger on the inside—who could travel anywhere in time and space. For over 50 years, this has been a familiar, well-loved story to the legions of Doctor Who fans around…

The Borgias

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Borgia: the name is nearly synonymous with deceit and debauchery, a family whose infamy, deserved or not, has become entrenched in Western cultural memory for over 500 years. A tangled web of power, religion, sex, and violence, the Borgias have…

Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book

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My current comic reading habits tend to veer toward the influences of modern work. I often find myself enraptured by innovators, Jack Kirby or Carl Barks for example, and I can’t help but be completely enthralled by the creative output…

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…

Grayson: Agents of Spyral, vol. 1

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Don’t mess with Dick Grayson, the original Robin, has been a touchstone character for me ever since reading the Teen Titan series in the 1980s. I’ll generally try any book with Dick Grayson in it, but not many writers know…

Spell of Desire, vol. 1

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The opening volume of Tomu Ohmi’s latest josei manga series introduces Kaoruko “Koko” Mochizuki, a young woman who owns an herbal shop in a small seaside town. Never knowing her mother, Koko grew up with her grandmother, a gifted herbalist who trained Koko until…