The Undertaking of Lily Chen

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The title of The Undertaking of Lily Chen has a double meaning, just as the mountain peaks and valleys on the cover of the book represent the landscape while forming a trompe l’oeil skull. The first meaning is entirely dark…

Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice

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Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice spins a familiar-yet-compelling story of orphans, prophecies, and magic. Neither its plot points nor its steampunk setting break new ground, but the customary pieces are assembled skillfully. Mystic breaks away from the pack of similar tales by the strength…

Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories

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Recently I read and reviewed The Joker: Clown Prince of Crime, a collection of Joker stories in a new trade paperback. This sample of Joker’s 1970′s-era escapades whet my appetite for short story comic collections, and luckily for me, DC Comics has put out another book…

R.I.P.D.

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Welcome to R.I.P.D., the Rest in Peace Department. As members of Heaven’s eternal enforcement division, law enforcement officers who have been killed in action are charged to protect mankind from the ghouls and demons that threaten them. Enter—or rather, exit—Detective Nick Cruz, an up-and-coming…

Native American Classics

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The 18 entries in this anthology were originally written by Native American authors in the early 19th and 20th centuries, and they are adapted here by contemporary authors and illustrators with various tribal affiliations. The poems, stories, and folklore retellings vary in…