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March: Book One

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After years of schoolwork, countless documentaries, and numerous film adaptations, the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s seems so familiar to us that we may feel there is no new way to approach it. I’m happy to say that March: Book One by…

Monster on the Hill

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Prepare yourself for a time travel journey back to a time that never was: the 1867 English countryside and the resident beasts that terrorize (loosely) the communities, bringing excitement and, of course, tourism dollars in return. Well, almost every community.…

A Matter of Life

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I really love Jeffrey Brown’s works. From Darth Vader & Son to Clumsy to Funny Misshapen Body, his work is always wonderfully told and illustrated. Consistently heartwarming with moments of melancholy as well as laughter, Brown’s newest autobiographical book, A…

Second Thoughts

I was actually putting off reviewing this title. I read it once. Then I read it again. By now, I’ve actually read it several times. Second Thoughts is a brief slice-of-life comic. In it, we meet two couples, both at…

Liar’s Kiss

In the noir style comic book Liar’s Kiss, Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano tell the story of Nick Archer, P.I. It’s clear from page one that Archer isn’t exactly ethical, as he’s scamming his client Kincaid and sleeping with Kincaid’s…

The Homeland Directive

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So, Venditti does it again with this great [photoshop] premise that makes you question all of these inner workings [photoshop] of the government. Right when you think it can’t get any more [photoshop] twisted, he’ll push the narrative a little…

Any Empire

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Nate Powell’s Any Empire weaves together past and future with the imaginations and realities of three elementary school classmates who encounter each other again as young adults. The paranoid culture they grow up in seeps into their childhood play and…

Far Arden

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Army Shanks is perhaps the toughest arctic pirate you’ve ever met, though it’s unlikely you’ve ever met anyone like him. He is “as cold and unforgiving as the arctic itself” and excels at punching. Shanks is on a mission to…

Carnet De Voyage

During his Blankets promotion tour through Europe and Morocco, Craig Thompson created a travel journal. Carnet De Voyage was created using those pages. Consisting of a few paragraphs and pages and pages of gorgeous illustrations, Thompson takes the reader through…

BB Wolf and the Three LPs

I first came upon this title when researching the contemporary legend of blues musician Robert Johnson and his alleged meeting with the devil at the crossroads to obtain his musical talents and short-lived fame. And although neither Robert Johnson nor…

Gingerbread Girl

Twenty-seven-year old Annah Billips is a lot of things — she’s a tease, she’s a wine lover, and she’s bisexual (maybe). Oh, and she’s also convinced that her father created a sister out of her own brain when she was…

Infinite Kung Fu

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Immortal Kung Fu masters? Check. Crazy bad guy threatening to take over the world? You bet. Scary zombies that refuse to die? Sure, why not. Unstoppably wild Kung Fu action? Of course! McLeod’s debut graphic novel mixes it together and…

Lucille

I was uneasy at the start of Lucille. First off, the art is incredibly spare. Characters are drawn with simple, slightly wobbly, lines and little or no shading. Backgrounds are minimal and there are no panels. Altogether, it gave the…

Night Animals

I don’t suspect that Night Animals is the sort of book that many libraries will be adding to their collections. At 48 pages it’s barely more than a standard pamphlet, and would get lost in most library’s graphic novel collections.…