Tag Archive for Archaia

Lantern City, vol. 1

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Lantern City is a gritty city surrounded by a high wall; the city’s class system is highly stratified, Killian Grey and his allies rule, the Guards enforce order, and those who remain slave away to provide food and other necessities…

Feathers

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A feathered boy with a prophetic future is found abandoned in the Maze, slums that stretch out from the white-walled City of order and cleanliness. Poe, the feathered boy, grows up living life in the night, only able to be…

March of the Crabs

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Off the coast of France lives Cancer Simplicimus Vulgaris, or the Square Crab. (Not a real species, by the way. I had to check to make sure.) They can only move in a straight line their whole lives. They spend…

The Realist

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Where do the personal and political collide? For Asaf Hanuka, raising a family in Tel Aviv with his Arab-Jewish background, married to a woman of Polish-Jewish origin whose father was killed by terrorists, the answer is at nearly every turn.…

Cursed Pirate Girl

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The first pages of this story plunge the reader directly into the busy, dirty, dangerous streets of an alternate fantasy world: Port Elisabeth, Jamaica, 1728. The governor’s daughter Apollonia has been warned about the dangers of pirates, but when she sees…

Rubicon

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Depicting modern warfare in comics or film is tricky business. Mark Long, Dan Capel, and their collaborators approach the topic in a unique way with Rubicon. In this graphic novel, Long and Capel take the plot of the Japanese medieval epic,…

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,…

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…

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…