Murder at the Spa

Murder at the Spa by Stefanie Matteson is the first of eight mysteries starring Charlotte Graham, an older actress. It was originally published in 1990 and is now out of print but available digitally through Open Road Media, along with the other seven books in the series. Charlotte is enlisted by an old friend, cosmetic mogul Paulina Langenberg (think Helena Rubinstein or Estée Lauder), to find out who is trying to sabotage her luxury spa. This was either the best […]

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Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises #1

When I first heard of Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises, I thought it wasn’t for me. I have no interest in kung fu movies or nostalgia for same. But they’re doing something with this series that so far, I like (and thanks to the Free Comic Book Day sampler for the chance to try it). That approach is waking a frozen Bruce Lee in today (well, 2012, for some reason), so he’s got a lot of culture clash to figure […]

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Gotham Season 2 Announced for Home Video

Gotham: The Complete Second Season will be available on DVD ($49.99 suggested retail price) and Blu-ray ($54.97) on August 16. The season consists of 22 episodes, plus the following extras: Gotham: 2015 Comic-Con Panel: Warner Bros. Television Presents a Night of DC Entertainment at Comic-Con 2015 Gotham by Noir Light: Gotham is deeply cast into the film noir technique and edgy attitude. The camera’s lens is able to pick up on the subtlety for the fans to enjoy a modern […]

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All the Feels: All Is Fair in Love and Fandom

Inspired by @CoulsonLives, Danika Stone has written a young adult romance about a fan who refuses to accept the movie death of her favorite character. In All the Feels, Liv was eager to see the latest film installment of her beloved Starveil, only to be crushed when it ended with the death of Spartan, the spaceship captain. She refuses to accept this and becomes determined, with the help of her best friend Xander (who lives his life cosplaying as a […]

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ComiXology Launches Unlimited Reading Service for Monthly Fee

It’s what fans want — sort of. ComiXology has launched ComiXology Unlimited, an all-you-can-read browsing service. It’s $5.99 a month; you get a 30-day free trial; and it includes downloads for offline reading. What it doesn’t include is DC or Marvel titles. Publishers participating include: Image Comics Dark Horse Comics IDW Publishing BOOM! Studios Dynamite Entertainment Oni Press Archie Comics Valiant Entertainment Fantagraphics Humanoids Kodansha Comics The offerings are selected titles only, so check if there’s something you want before […]

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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has a fun concept with a tiny bit of social commentary behind it. It’s a multi-platform franchise, beginning as a light novel series by Satoshi Wagahara, translated and available from Yen On, with four volumes out so far. There was a great war of supernatural forces. The demon generals were defeated at the cusp of victory by a hero rallying the human forces. They all fled to other dimensions, and Sadao (formerly Satan), accompanied by […]

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A Study in Charlotte

There have been female takes on Sherlock Holmes before, but A Study in Charlotte beautifully blends the traditional detective with a teen romance and a young adult boarding school novel. James “Jamie” Watson is a new student at the Sherringford boarding school in Connecticut. Although American by birth, he’s previously been living in London with his divorced mom. He wants to be a writer but has to play on the rugby team for his scholarship. He’s the latest generation of […]

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Good Books to Order for July 2016

The latest Diamond Previews catalog lists a lot of books worth checking out. Here are a few of them, along with others I had something to say about. You can order them now through your local comic shop for delivery in July or later. (The ones with May or June dates are relists of items that have already been published, so they’re available earlier.) Jem & the Holograms #1 Greatest Hits Edition IDW Publishing, $1.00, MAY16 0437, July 20 Try […]

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