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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.…

Goldfish

Before Brian Michael Bendis was the guy on everyone’s writer list, before he had numerous comics produced at once, and before he helped Ultimate Spider-Man take off in cartoon form on MTV, he wrote some of the best damned crime…

Jinx

In the sequel to Goldfish, again featuring his striking black and white artwork, all of the fallout from when we last saw Goldfish has settled somewhat. Goldfish still has a talent for persuasion and collecting less than stellar associates. That…

Torso

Any film noir fans out there? You know, thuggish gangsters, whipsmart private detectives, dames with attitude? In Torso, an Eisner Award winner, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Andreyko retell the true story of what happened to Elliot Ness after his…

Kabuki, vol. 1: Circle of Blood

Kyoto, Japan: the calm of a rainy night in the not-too-distant future is punctuated by a brutal murder inside one of the city’s most notorious nightclubs. As the words Target:Confirmed:Terminate play across our vision, a masked figure carrying two sickle-shaped…

Kabuki, vol. 2: Dreams

Part near-death experience, part spiritual awakening, Dreams opens with Kabuki lying mortally wounded on her mother’s grave. Wandering in and out of consciousness, Kabuki travels mentally from her childhood to the present and briefly leaves her body for a rendez-vous…

Kabuki, vol. 4: Skin Deep

Kabuki opens her eyes as a brief blast of radio static from the Noh’s communication devices falls silent. Scarred, weakened, and isolated in stark and unfamiliar surroundings, her knowledge of the passage of time slips away. Kabuki has been taken…

Kabuki, vol. 5: Metamorphosis

Still trapped within the windowless maze of the Control Corps psychiatric facility, Kabuki fights her inner demons and learns to resist the hospital’s insidious attempts to control her. We get to meet some of Kabuki’s fellow inmates as this episode…

Kabuki, vol. 6: Scarab

Bandaged, exhausted, and scarred mentally as well as physically, Keiko is taken from prison by an agent of the Noh and “reassembled” into “Scarab,” a woman with no friends, no lover, no past, and no clear future beyond revenge against…