A Perfect Manhattan Murder

It’s a wonderful thing when the third installment of a mystery series is even better than the previous books. Nic and Nigel Martini have returned in A Perfect Manhattan Murder. (They first appeared in Murder With a Twist and took on Hollywood in Killer Cocktail.) This time, they’re back in New York, where Nic used to be a police detective, until a wound put her into retirement, and Nigel knows, as he always does, the rich and snooty. They’re visiting […]

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Kiss Him, Not Me! Volume 10

I thought, by this point, the series would have settled down to a comfortable familiarity, but by introducing a new character, Kiss Him, Not Me! volume 10 adds an interesting dimension to the gang of fans. Kae finds out that a long-lost childhood friend is now a key voice actor in her favorite anime. She used to defend Takeru from bullies when they were young, and he craves her protection again now, to help him manage the stress of a […]

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Monster: A Graphic Novel Adaptation of a Jonathan Kellerman Novel

I hadn’t realized this series was continuing. Five years ago, the first Jonathan Kellerman graphic novel adaptation, Silent Partner, was published. It was based on the fourth in his Alex Delaware book series about a psychologist who solves murders. In 2014, The Web came out, jumping ahead to the 10th book. Since it’s set on a restricted island, one might assume that it was chosen for the visual possibilities, but given the density of the work, most of the panels […]

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Another Reason to Own Your Art

Marvel’s latest “let’s sell comics as collectibles instead of stories” alternate-cover scheme is rather blatant in the way it’s cashing in. Jim Lee, who’s currently a higher-up at competitor DC comics, illustrated some trading cards for Marvel about 20 years ago. Now, they’re reprinting the work in July as a series of 29 variant covers on the following comics. All-New Wolverine #22 (Archangel) Amazing Spider-Man #30 (Bishop) Avengers #9 (Mystique) Black Panther #16 (Storm) Cable #3 (Cable) Captain America: Steve […]

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Arrow Season 5 Completes the Set of Fall WB DC Releases

I haven’t seen the most recent season of Arrow, because my taste in superheroes is more light-hearted than this granddaddy of the DC TV universe, but I’m told that this was the season that built a new hero team with Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum), Artemis (Madison McLaughlin), Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), and Ragman (Joe Dinicol). Meanwhile, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is juggling being a hero with being the mayor of Star City, and the Human Target (Wil Traval) comes back […]

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The Flash Season 3 Out in September

Continuing the chain of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release announcements, here’s The Flash! This will be a great way for me to catch up on the second half of the season and relive Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) learning the hard way why speedsters shouldn’t change history. Plus, I’ll get to see more of Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) figuring out how to deal with her Killer Frost alter ego. Oh! And the singing crossover with Supergirl! The Flash: The Complete Third Season […]

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Wizard World Hall of Legends Achieves Gender Parity

I made fun of the first inductee in the newly announced Wizard World Hall of Legends, but I’m more interested in the second one. Trina Robbins, the “first woman to draw Wonder Woman” [in 1986], will be added to the Wizard World Hall of Legends in Sacramento on June 16. But her historical impact extends beyond working on corporate properties: In 1970, Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t Me, Babe. She’s also written a number of […]

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So It’s the Millennials That Are Entitled?

A 59-year-old woman is working on her bachelor’s degree at a Wisconsin university. She took an Advanced Creative Writing Poetry course but didn’t agree with the assigned reading, so she sued her professor, demanding an A in the course (she got an F) and that the professor be fired or suspended for a year without pay. Nowhere in the linked article is the answer to the question “why not just drop the course? or take one focused on old male […]

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