The Nameless City

Now that I think of it, Faith Erin Hicks may be the most consistent comic creator I’ve known. Every one of her written and drawn graphic novels, I’ve enjoyed (even the zombie one), and half of the ones she drew but didn’t write. That’s a remarkable track record, since, depending on how you count, this is her 11th book. To be honest, I feared that this one might break the streak. The Nameless City is a fantasy adventure in an […]

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Deadpool DVD Release Date Announced

I am mentioning this only because I a bit surprised at how many different people saw and really enjoyed this movie. Deadpool, rated R, will be on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10, and my comic reading club wants to hold a release party. Normally, we talk about graphic memoir and women-focused adventure titles (Saga and Bitch Planet are big favorites), but those who haven’t seen this yet (like me) are intrigued, and those who have seen it want to […]

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Faith Gets an Ongoing Series From Valiant

Well, it’s about time. Faith, the Valiant superhero known for her optimism and size, had a four-issue miniseries launch at the end of January. Although public reaction was outstanding — readers were apparently hungry for a superheroine who wasn’t defined by boob size, brokeback poses, or lack of clothing — there was no guarantee we’d see more of her. Now Valiant has announced that Faith will get an ongoing series starting July 20, spurred perhaps by the demand that has […]

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Exclusive Extract From A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ Civil War: Exploring the Moral Judgment of Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man

As we lead up to next month’s Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War, we’re going to see a lot of product tie-ins. One of the more interesting (and intellectual) is a new book, A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ Civil War: Exploring the Moral Judgment of Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man, by Professor Mark D. White, Chair of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. (It can also be ordered from BookDepository.com worldwide.) I’ve been given this exclusive excerpt by […]

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L♥DK Volumes 2-3

I summed up L♥DK volume 1 as featuring sitcom-style contrivances to imply smutty situations, only without being funny. Volume 2 continues in that mode, throwing in every possible engineered situation to imply or force interaction between its girl and boy leads. For example, it opens with Aoi jealous of the woman embracing Shusei, only to find out it’s his sister. She wants her brother to move in with her, but seeing how he doesn’t want to, Aoi suddenly decides to […]

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Master Keaton Volumes 5-6

The Master Keaton series has hit its stride with these volumes, now that the title character has settled into a groove as a globe-trotting adventurer. He mentions, at times, his theory of culture development or his love of academia, but he now seems resigned to his investigation work, where his skills as a former special forces soldier come into play. Some of the stories have also gotten longer, which allows for more development of characters and plots, a welcome change. […]

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Local Con Extends Hours to Compete With Wizard World

Wizard World Madison will be here in town next weekend, April 8-10. That’s also the weekend a local science fiction convention, Odyssey Con, will be holding its 16th show. The timing is unfortunate, but instead of getting up in arms about the conflict, OdysseyCon is offering a clever special deal: Odyssey Con has a special evening pass for after-hour festivities, and for $25 you can join in the fun Friday and Saturday nights! Starting at 6pm, you can get an […]

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Library Wars: Love & War Volume 15

When Viz launched Library Wars: Love & War in English in the summer of 2010, I appreciated the premise, of an organized force of librarians who form an army to defend the right to read and defeat government censorship. However, the series became much more focused on its dippy heroine and her crushes (typical of its shojo genre) than the science-fiction exploration of the premise I hoped for, so I stopped reading with volume 5 in 2011. I checked back […]

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