Servant x Service Volume 2

Instead of the occasional civil servant workplace jokes we got in the first volume by Karino Takatsu, Servant x Service volume 2 is pretty much all soap opera in four-panel comics. Which is a shame, since I don’t care that much about these characters to enjoy 300 pages of will Hasebe successfully ask out the book-obsessed Lucy? can they recover the chief, who speaks through a stuffed rabbit, when he’s accidentally mistaken for a toy? will Chihaya ever tell her […]

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Dark Beach #1

Dark Beach is a sci-fi noir. While it makes a couple of mistakes common to startup indy comics, it’s well-drawn enough for me to suggest you check out the preview pages (at the link above) if you’re curious. It’s the story of Gordo, a drug addict who takes crime scene photos to buy drugs, in a world where the only sun is artificial. He stumbles across a murder victim and gets her stuck in his head. When he sets out […]

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Marvel Announces U.S.Avengers for Fourth of July

Marvel Comics has announced a new team book that has a perfect theme for this holiday weekend — unfortunately, we won’t get to read the comic until December. U.S.Avengers, written by Al Ewing and drawn (with cover) by Paco Medina, is a team to replace S.H.I.E.L.D., which “can no longer be trusted.” A new “American Intelligence Mechanics” formed by Roberto Da Costa will replace them as the country’s super-spy agency. Lookit all that red, white, and blue! Series editor Tom […]

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Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1 Marks Doctor Who Comics Day

It’s summer, so once again, Titan Comics has declared their own holiday. Doctor Who Comics Day is July 9. Last year, they put out a weekly crossover series featuring four Doctors. This year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cybermen, they’re putting out a five-part series, Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen, with an issue every two weeks. It stars the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors (plus Rose and Captain Jack) and is written by George Mann and […]

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The Fuse #19

The next major storyline of The Fuse begins here, with a promise to reveal why Ralph Dietrich came to the Homicide division of the police force on the space station. It’s something to do with a political group, the Fuse Liberation Front, but all we’ve had so far are hints and suspicions. Since the FLF is considered a terrorist group, that’s a significant problem for his role. Meanwhile, his partner Klem, the best character in the book — she’s a […]

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Giant Days #16

Giant Days #16 covers several key moments of college life. Daisy is volunteering as a campus tour guide. Susan is getting over a breakup by jumping into dating again — in hardcore fashion, with three in one day. And Esther is running low on money and contemplating selling off some of her goth wardrobe to raise funds. Or maybe getting a job. As told by John Allison and drawn by Max Sarin, these incidents either bring back fond memories of […]

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Starve #10

I was surprised to find that the series was over already. I’ve been a bit confused by Starve since it began, and this second storyline (by Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj, and Dave Stewart) didn’t help. It was a good feeling of being off-balance, though, mimicking the way the lead character careened from one moment of self-destructive excitement to another. Why I’m talking about this issue, the final one, though, is that it seemed to me more like a letter to […]

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A Hundred Thousand Worlds

A Hundred Thousand Worlds is a new literary novel aimed at con-goers, or at least those who know of such things. It’s the story of Valerie Torrey, former star of a cult sci-fi TV show; her son Alex, obsessed with words; and Brett Kazan, artist of Lady Stardust, a small press comic series. Brett and Valerie meet at a comic convention in Cleveland. Valerie is traveling across the country with Alex to return him to his father, a more successful […]

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