Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death

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In the opening sequence of Rachel Rising, a woman walks through the forest. Black birds and trees engulfed in shadow immediately set the atmosphere for the story and create an ominous tone. As the mysterious woman gets to a clearing,…

Batman: Endgame, vol 7

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“I don’t know what to do. These are uncharted waters.” So Batman observes about midway through the Endgame arc, collected in volume 7 of his New 52 series. Jim Gordon has taken an axe to the chest, the Joker has…

Wandering Son, vols. 1-7

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Wandering Son is an important manga series, much celebrated for the sensitive treatment of its two young transgender protagonists. It offers nuanced portrayals of these two middle schoolers, their friends, and their families. The tone is sweet, gentle, and hopeful,…

Rose Guns Days: Season 1, vol. 1

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In 1944, Japan surrenders and members of the Sino-American Alliance take over. The Japanese rapidly become second-class citizens, and many have to turn to alternative lifestyles to keep from working menial jobs or joining the American or Chinese militaries. When former…

Oddly Normal, vol. 1

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Oddly Normal is a kid with problems. The daughter of a witch and an average guy named Mr. Normal, Oddly has green hair, pointed ears, a weird old house, and a painful sensitivity to water. She is mercilessly teased at…

Crystal Cadets, vol. 1

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Zoe has just started at a new school, and bullies have singled her out already. A trio of bold, confident girls stand up for Zoe, but then they start acting weird and rush off, not even talking to her. Things…