Murder Is Bad Manners

Murder Is Bad Manners is a wonderful read for anyone who likes English boarding school stories or classic mysteries. Although put out by a young adult imprint, and thus marketed for kids, I also enjoyed reading it. Robin Stevens has captured the antique flavor of a residence for proper young ladies during the 1930s, but with a modern attitude. Our narrator is Hazel Wong, who’s come to the school from Hong Kong, and the Brit girls aren’t above the occasional […]

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Powers DVD Details

More information is now available on the upcoming Powers DVD set, collecting the TV series that aired on the PlayStation Network. The series, available on July 14, stars Sharlto Copley as detective Christian Walker and Susan Heyward as his partner Deena Pilgrim. Together, they investigate homicide cases involving people with superhuman abilities. There are 10 episodes in the first season, arriving on three discs. The Blu-ray edition includes two featurettes: “Policing the All Powerful: Envisioning and Filming Powers” “From One […]

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Apartment Hunting

Alison Wilgus (A Stray in the Woods) has released a new full-color minicomic, Apartment Hunting. The title’s a pun, you see. Hanne is a licensed apartment hunter in a world where you can shoot wild rooms to obtain housing. Click that title link for a six-page preview. When I read it, I immediately bought the PDF ($2). You can also order a print version, but then there’s a wait to read it. What I like most about the story is […]

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The Perhapanauts Return Via Kickstarter

I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading the Perhapanauts. The series, written by Todd Dezago and illustrated by Craig Rousseau, has had a few publishers and stops and starts over the years (as can happen with an independent adventure series). It’s about a team investigating weird monsters who are themselves odd creatures — a sasquatch, a ghost, a telepath, and more. (Find out more about the characters at the official website.) Here’s the bibliography as far as I know, in […]

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The New Serialization: Digital With Preview Chapters — Heart in a Box

It used to be that a comic story (and I’m talking here about non-superhero work, stories that are planned to have some kind of ending) could be published as a limited-run miniseries and then collected into a final volume. However, miniseries these days don’t sell well. There are just too many comic options for shoppers, and many will wait for the eventual collection (since it’s a better package and often a better deal). So smart publishers have now switched to […]

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Doctor Who Summer Comic Event Crosses Over Four Doctors

In keeping with the tradition of the big summer event, Titan Comics has announced that they will publish a five-part weekly crossover in August among their ongoing Doctor Who comic titles. Their “Year One” will conclude with issue #15 in each title, followed by this weekly event, “Four Doctors”, written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Neil Edwards. Each issue will have a regular cover with an illustration of the Doctor: Together, the backgrounds interlock. But there will also be […]

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Noelle Stevenson Brings Back Runaways

Marvel has announced that Runaways will return in June, which is exciting enough news in itself, but even more terrific is its writer — Noelle Stevenson! Stevenson is gathering plenty of praise for her Nimona, and she’s shown skill writing groups of young people in her work on Lumberjanes. I’m also looking forward to the character lineup — Molly Hayes, Jubilee, Bucky Barnes, Cloak & Dagger, Amadeus Cho, Skaar, and a “few new faces” — mainly because I loved Amadeus […]

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Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery #1

After the conspiracy theory that wove through Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde, it’s a pleasure to get back to a more literary small-town mystery. In The Sam Hain Mystery, Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle — secretly a space alien stranded on earth — is seeking out Sixties pulp mysteries, only to find that one of the genre authors, Rex Monday, may have connections to the town. Few people remember his Sam Hain series character, but Harry would like to find out the […]

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