GoGirl!, vol. 1

It’s a great time to be a girl comics fan. Between shojo manga (Japanese comics written for girls) and the current generation of kick-ass heroines, girls have more comics choices than ever before. That said, GoGirl! is still unique. Trina…

Top 10, book 1

It’s early morning in my favorite alternate reality, and Officer Robyn “Toy Box” Slinger has just boarded a train for her first day on the job as a member of the Neopolis City Police Force (aka Top 10). Neopolis was…

Top 10, book 2

Step outside. Cars are flying through the air, and all around you people, robots, and aliens are levitating, inflating like balloons, blowing up buildings, and becoming invisible. Yes, we’re back in Neopolis with the Top 10 police force, just in…

Marmalade Boy, vol. 1

Imagine this: you’re a perfectly normal teenage girl. Your parents go on a cruise. They meet another couple–and fall in love! Divorce is hard enough under normal circumstances, but Miki Koishikawa thinks her parents have gone crazy–they want to keep…

Love Hina, vol. 1

Poor Keitaro Urashima! All he’s ever wanted was to get into prestigious Tokyo University. Well, that and a girlfriend. In fact, the two goals seem to be connected: Keitaro once promised his childhood crush that they’d go to Tokyo U.…

Anti-Superhero Blather – A rant

As a long-standing fan of genre fiction, I’ve heard a million reasons why genre fiction is less important, less impressive, and less, well, literary than “regular” fiction. The most often cited defense are that it’s escapism, it’s fanciful, it’s not…

Daredevil Legends, vol. 1: Yellow

The superhero’s origin defines that hero. It determines what kind of hero they will become and the future life-or-death decisions they will make. The comic book team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale has practically made a living…