Ooku: The Inner Chambers Volume 12

Another year, another volume. (It’s like an early Christmas present!) But as Fumi Yoshinaga’s alternate history gets closer to the modern era, and the opening of Japan to the rest of the world, events move faster and more dramatically. Even with the delay between volumes — beautifully detailed historical interactions take time to draw — I had no problem catching up in volume 12. The thorough cast of characters pages help, but so does the universality of the main story. […]

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Master Keaton Volume 8

Master Keaton volume 8 has the usual mix of chapters typical to the series — some period Cold War adventures where Keaton has to stop an assassination; some heartstring-tugging family mysteries, where Keaton has to reunite relatives who have misunderstood each other; some life-or-death struggles, where Keaton’s military training is all that keeps the stubborn alive. But the chapter that stood out to me most in this collection was the one where we find out how he became an insurance […]

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A Front Page Affair

While hoping for another Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery, I stumbled across this similar series. A Front Page Affair, by Radha Vatsal, is the first Kitty Weeks mystery. Kitty (short for “Capability”) is a fish out of water no matter where she goes in 1915 New York City. Her father is her only relative, and he’s mysterious about his business. She’s got enough money to hang with her high society friend, but not the family background, particularly since she was born […]

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My Love Story!! Volume 7

It can be difficult to keep a love story going once it gets more than a handful of volumes under its belt, particularly if you (correctly, in this case) don’t want to break up the main couple. Kazune Kawahara (writer) and Aruko (artist) in this volume of My Love Story!! are exploring another possibility, which provides a valuable contrast to the happiness of Takeo and Yamato. Takeo’s best friend Sunakawa is good-looking, so he gets plenty of attention from girls. […]

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Remember the Legion of Super-Heroes? DC All Access Does

I used to be a huge fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the future teen team that was first published in 1958. When I got back into comics in the 90s, I collected all the issues… which was a lot of fun, since they ran in different titles over the decades. Heck, eventually, I even collected the editor. (After meeting at a comic convention, reader, I married him 17 years ago.) When KC Carlson left the book after issue #100 […]

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Melanie Gillman Announces Upcoming YA Queer Western Romance

Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) is one of those cartoonists whose every project I will read, because they do such beautiful work in colored pencils with such eye-opening, inspiring topics. Gillman has just announced their next book, Stage Dreams, a “queer western romance YA graphic novel with Lerner/Graphic Universe”. As they describe it, it’s “all about queer gals going on adventures (and smoochin’)!” I'm really excited to be working on a new book that's all about queer gals going […]

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Marvel and Funko Team up for Three Cartoons

I shouldn’t like the Funko characters as much as I do. They’re almost scarily designed to be perfectly cute, with the giant blank eyes and oversized heads, appealing to all those protective impulses hardcoded in our subconscious. But they are adorable, and now there are three short cartoons with the Marvel characters in Funko style. The first, “Spellbound”, features Spider-Man and Iron Man fighting Loki — and each other, due to some mind control magic. The second, “Bait n Switch”, […]

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Liberty Belle in DC Super Hero Girls

In addition to the DC Super Hero Girls graphic novels I’ve reviewed previously, I have just discovered that they also put out a digital-first comic. DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High comes out every two weeks on Wednesday, with issue #5 just out. Issues are a dollar for 22 screens. The story is by writer Shea Fontana, the same as the graphic novels, making for nice consistency. GN artist Yancey Labat illustrates the first issue before […]

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