Gronk: A Monster’s Story Volume 3

Gronk: A Monster’s Story volume 3 has the same appeal as the first book by Katie Cook. Each page is a four-panel strip, often quite funny. Dale’s still a beleaguered substitute parent, coping with the little monster Gronk. My favorite strips are those that either 1) comment on popular culture or 2) treat Gronk as the equivalent of a toddler, operating on her own logic and (usually) utterly destroying part of Dale’s world. You can imagine, then, how tickled I […]

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Old Wounds #1-3

Old Wounds is a four-issue miniseries from Pop! Goes the Icon. It’s also available digitally on ComiXology. The first two issues are out, with #3 coming later this month. Writer Russell Lissau and artist John Bivens present a story that I should find too familiar, but the telling makes it unusual. As issue #1 opens, Michael Lane is told that his ex-wife has been killed when her home was blown up. Their secret, which Lane refuses to share with the […]

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IDW Relaunches Comic Apps With Madefire

IDW has moved its branded iOS apps from ComiXology to Madefire, relaunching with an IDW app for the entire digital library (over 3500 comics and graphic novels, they say), plus specific apps for Transformers, Star Trek, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. The big difference? Their new apps allow in-app purchases, unlike ComiXology’s, which require a trip to a separate website so Apple doesn’t get a cut of the purchase. Forcing that action is customer-unfriendly and likely removes a lot […]

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Hawaiian Dick to Return: When and How

Hawaiian Dick was a fun and gorgeous retro private eye series set in 1950s Hawaii that I was reminded of when I saw the recent movie Aloha, which is similarly a love letter to the islands. Last decade, there were two collections of the comic released — Byrd of Paradise and The Last Resort — as well as a five-issue miniseries, Screaming Black Thunder, that hasn’t yet made it to book format. But more will be coming! A quick conversation […]

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The World’s Greatest First Love Publishing Schedule Delayed

The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera was announced last June by SuBLime, and the yaoi community was happy. (The series was announced four years ago from Tokyopop but never came out before they shut down their publishing arm.) There’s a devoted fandom for works by Shungiku Nakamura (and an associated anime), and the plan was to release all eight books in the series bimonthly, starting in February 2015. Except things didn’t work out that way. Volume […]

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Metazoa

Metazoa just launched on ComiXology Submit. Story is by Peter Marshall Smith and art by Sandy Brion Spreitz. It’s described as anthropomorphic sci-fi and cyberpunk neo-noir. I found it redundant, too familiar in its setup and events to many other stories I’ve seen. It’s your standard “tough guy must walk these mean streets alone” premise, only everyone has an animal head. We’re told that Ram, a bear, is feared by most at the bar he visits, and he randomly beats […]

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What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volumes 7-8

The more time I spend with Shiro and Kenji, the couple behind What Did You Eat Yesterday?, the more I like them and their stories. Particularly now that they’re celebrating Christmas with another couple in volume 7. Mr. Kohinata makes sense for them to get along with, since he’s relatively well-behaved and shares some of the same interests, but Gilbert seems to exist just to make smarmy cracks about how they’re not “being gay” right. (He was the one criticizing […]

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 6

Just when I started feeling that reviews of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma could become almost mechanical — what’s the special ingredient for the challenge? what’s the competition hook? what crazy dish does Soma come up with to win, or at least demonstrate his strength of character? — volume 6 comes along to shake things up. The next big competition for the cooking school kids is the Fall Classic. Before summer break, those who have been selected to participate are […]

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