Tag Archive for Archaia

Mouse Guard, vol. 3: The Black Axe

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Mouse Guard, vol. 3:The Black Axe gathers David Petersen’s well-written and superbly illustrated, six-part limited series of the same name, reprints the “Free Comic Book Day” story as a prologue, includes a twenty-two page section of maps, and starts things…

Spera, vol. 3

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Did you ever play a game where you would pass a story around and each person had to add a piece to the story? Now imagine that one person wrote the whole story, but each person who got it had…

The Reason for Dragons

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Wendell has it rough. He’s a skinny, nerdy teen surrounded by beefy, hyper-masculine types, like his well-meaning stepfather, Ted, or the bullies from school. Trying to prove himself on their terms is hard. When he attempts to learn the workings…

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller

Like the illustrated prose book of the same title published in 1991 and written by Anthony Minghella, author of the nine episodes of the 1988 television program of the same name, Archaia’s lush anthology, contains nine adaptations of folktales and…

Everlast

This is one graphic novel that’s, unfortunately, all too easy to dismiss. Its author, Chad Michael Murray, is better known as a male model and star of the CW Network’s night-time drama One Tree Hill. Not exactly someone you’d automatically…

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

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Based on a lost screenplay, this found treasure from the archives of Jim Henson, penned by him and his frequent co-author Jerry Juhl, is beautifully rendered through the talents of Ramón K. Pérez. The Kafka-like montage of images, characters, and…

Gunnerkrigg Court, vol. 1-3

After Antimony Carver’s mother dies, she is sent to Gunnerkrigg Court, a boarding school that is far from ordinary; there are mysterious items hidden deep in the school, the teachers seem to have more than normal abilities, and somehow Antimony…

Primordia

Not unlike the thin slivers of clothing worn by the green-skinned elven princess whose agency-free romantic vacillations provide the book’s initial conflict, Primordia is full nearly to bursting. The book’s diaphanous pretense of narrative structure neither supports its voluminous amalgam…

Genetiks

How long do you need to think about whether or not you should give away the rights to your DNA? Oh, that’s right, no time at all. Well, Thomas Hale isn’t as smart as you are. He decided that selling…

Mr. Murder Is Dead

What if Dick Tracy woke up one day and discovered that Big Boy Caprice and his goons threw down their guns and moved on with their lives? What if Big Boy was found dead? What if the individuals that defined…

Bleedout

Bleedout is set in a world where the petroleum has basically run out. Predictably this has caused no end of chaos and danger. As a result of this situation, Sunset City (the main setting of this comic) is controlled by…

Inanna’s Tears

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Entika is a handmaiden of the goddess Inanna, working faithfully in her temple, serving the En, the goddess’ human consort. Our story opens as the old En is dying. He names Entika to be the next En, going against all…

Spera, vol. 1

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This fantasy adventure is arranged in four chapters and a selection of short stories, all illustrated by a variety of artists. The reader is plunged immediately into the middle of the story; we see a lonely princess, surrounding by arguing…

Old City Blues

Set in the year 2048, Solano is a young detective for the New Athens Police Force who gets drawn into a case involving the death of the president and CEO of the Hiyashi robotics company. While investigating the crime scene,…

An Elegy for Amelia Johnson

30-year-old poet Amelia, entering the final three weeks of her life, has enlisted her best friends Henry, an Oscar award-winning filmmaker in Los Angeles, and Jillian, a celebrated writer in New York, to travel across the country and deliver personal…