The Man Who Grew Young

This is one of those rare fantasies, a “what if?” scenario, that sticks to its potentially cliched idea is a compelling and imaginative way. The idea: instead of time moving forward, and the world and people aging and dying, what…

Angelic Layer, battle 1

A new game has taken Tokyo by storm, drawing girls from all over the city to the Angelic Layer battle arena where players use their minds to control tiny robotic warriors in complicated, deadly fights. New arrival Misaki is enraptured…

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

Poor Ug. He’s stuck in the stone age — literally, as his pants, and everything else, are made of solid stone. Stone baseball bat, stone blankets, stone bed — you get the rather uncomfortable picture. Smarter than his family, Ug…

Box Office Poison

If anyone ever asks you if a graphic novel is a “real” novel, hand this over to them and watch their eyes goggle. Alex Robinson’s 600 plus page whopper doesn’t just prove comics can sustain length — it’s a sly,…

Akiko, vol. 1 (pocket size)

From the outside, Akiko is certainly a normal 4th grader. She goes to school, plays with her friends, and helps out when she can. Of course, her friends happen to be aliens from the planet Smoo, and by helping out,…