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Fractured Fables

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This whimsical book rewrites fairy tales and rhymes with quirky, new endings or interesting twists. See Cinderella as a fashion magazine junkie who wants to copy Anne Hathway’s Oscar look for the ball and a Miss Muffet who likes the…

Skullkickers, vol 1

Jim Zubkavich writes stories I shouldn’t like. I’m nowhere near to being his target audience. As a rule, I don’t play video games or laugh at jokes involving slapstick or bodily functions. I’m middle-aged. I’m female. I’m couth. And yet…

G-Man: Learning to Fly

Learning to fly turns out to be the least of Mikey’s problems. As G-Man he must cope with a host of unpleasant surprises, such as the bratty son of a superhero, the crazy activities at the Sunnyside Superhero Summercamp, the…

The Amazing Joy Buzzards, vol. 1

Biff Ashby, Stevo Vargas, Gabe Carlyle, and El Campeon are The Amazing Joy Buzzards, an internationally renowned band. But secretly, they also fight evil–zombies, robots, giant gorillas, and even evil film studio executives. Will Gabe get the girl he wants…

Powers, vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?

What, Brian Michael Bendis again? I’ll admit, I’m a wee bit biased, but he’s also one of the few authors who consistently works in this genre. This time around, with Oeming’s artwork a wonderful vision of traditionally bright animation cast…

Powers, vol. 2: Roleplay

Powers continues to be one of the strongest and distinctive titles on the market, despite drawing on the familiar tropes of the superhero story and the gritty cop drama. Bendis, with all the usual wit, and slick artist Oeming make…

Powers, vol. 3: Little Deaths

Slyly commenting on our own media obsessed culture, this third volume of Powers features the fall of another hero, the Superman-like Olympia. Getting under the skin, so to speak, of such a towering figure is not only what every citizen…

Powers, vol. 4: Supergroup

Never has there been a more fitting synergy between writer and artists than in Powers, and this volume is like the best song you’ve ever heard, the kind that rips out your heart and makes you close your eyes to…

Slop: Analecta

“He’s no match from my chinchilla of doom!” Oh yes, dear reader, chinchillas of doom and much much more await you in Slop: Analecta. It’s funny, sometimes crass, sometimes dark, but always interesting. Slop: Analecta is a small collection of…

Earthboy Jacobus

There’s a terrifying alternate universe sharing space with our own. It’s populated by a race of vicious, buglike creatures reminiscent of The Borg who roam their barren world in strange ships made of an unholy mixture of organic and mechanical…

Long Hot Summer

Long Hot Summer is the story of Steve, sort of. Here’s what I know about Steve: He’s 22 and he’s a mod. That’s about all I can tell you. The description on the back cover tells me it’s 1988, but…

Age of Bronze, vol. 2: Sacrifice

Paris returns to Troy from his visit to Sparta in triumph, beautiful Helen at his side, expecting accolades from King Priam and his princely brothers. Instead, Paris’ theft of Menelaus’ bride shocks the Trojan royal house who see his exploit…

Flight, vol. 1

One of my favorite animated films growing up was the Disney experiment Fantasia–now acknowledged a classic, though at the time of release it was famously shunned by audiences too used to fluffy talking animals and melodious princesses. For me, the…

Invincible: Ultimate Collection, vol. 1

Volume 1 of Invincible: Ultimate Collection collects 13 issues of the Eisner Award-nominated series and offers a look at another superhero who learns there’s more to saving the day and staying alive than punching stuff. Robert Kirkman’s Invincible follows the…

Invincible, vol. 2: Eight is Enough

Robert Kirkman’s excellent series just keeps getting better with this next installment, though in this volume the story takes a dark, gory turn that guarantees this title a place in the teen collection. Mark Grayson continues to grow up a…

Hawaiian Dick: Byrd of Paradise

Hawaiian Dick reminds me of those great 1950s crime dramas, full of speeding cars, jumpin’ jazz scores, and tough P.I.’s looking for balancing shaky moral ground. It’s full of great reaction shots, car chases, snappy dialogue, and a few zombies.…