Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery #3

The literary mystery concludes in this issue, wrapping up another satisfying small-town miniseries. Dr. Harry doesn’t have to use his alien abilities to figure out who the real author-in-hiding is, or why the writer went underground for so long. He just has to ask the right questions and understand how difficult it can be for a woman to leave an abusive husband and survive as a single mother. Writer Peter Hogan and artist Steve Parkhouse have come up with a […]

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Angel & Faith Season 10 #16-17

Now that Fred has returned, we get to see her helping out Faith on a new undercover mission. And keeping in mind that the Buffy the Vampire Slayer has always been best when the kids were in school, we’re back in that environment — only this time, Faith is undercover as a teacher. Given my dislike of the writing of Victor Gischler, I was surprised that there were certain scenes that worked for me in these issues. They don’t add […]

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Happy Marriage?! Volume 10

The mismatched romance manga series by Maki Enjoji concludes in Happy Marriage?! volume 10. First, we have to abruptly wrap up the cliffhanger from the previous book, with Chiwa attacked on the street. Hokuto is handling the situation badly, since it reminds him of the event that killed his mother and setting him on the competitive path he took to take over the family company. That’s the big plot element that has to be resolved before we can get to […]

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Next Superhero TV Frontier: Comedy

DC and NBC are teaming up for what Deadline.com calls “The Office, but with superheroes.” It’s a half-hour single-camera comedy by Ben Queen, who previously created the short-lived A to Z (which had strong casting but boring writing) and wrote Cars 2. The show is planned for pilot, without a series commitment yet, and here’s the description: Powerless is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also […]

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The Paybacks #1

The concept is well-suited to today’s economy: Some heroes who borrow money for their super-gadgets and secret hideouts can’t pay their bills. When they get caught, they’re pressed into acting as debt collectors for others in the same situation. The Paybacks are thus a repo team, sent to repossess fancy weapons and such. It’s a risky job, since those convinced they’re doing the right thing don’t want to have their toys taken away from them. The Paybacks is written by […]

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Case Closed Volume 56

Case Closed volume 56 begins with a whodunit I was immediately attracted to. A famous mystery novelist is going to be featured in a magazine piece, so he, detective Richard Moore, the interviewer, and the photographer spend the night at his house. After we observe him berating his editor over a small, obsessive point, they all retire for the night — but in the morning, the writer is found dead! The attention to detail, the publishing characters, and the classic […]

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Olympus

Although coming out from Humanoids and published in a European-style hardcover, Olympus features two creative names familiar to superhero fans. Butch Guice draws and Geoff Johns co-writes, with Kris Grimminger, this fantasy-themed action thriller, reprinted from an earlier paperback. Typical of Guice’s style, the people are pretty and many of the panels look like snapshots. His work doesn’t flow; there’s no sense of action or movement, but the staging is attractive, often framed around shots of the female characters that […]

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 7

In contrast to the previous book, which emphasized the emotional, personal discovery, Food Wars volume 7 jumps right into the competition, which means the book is a never-ending parade of creative food dishes, provided by a revolving list of student chefs with quickly definable quirks. There’s a character page at the beginning you’ll find yourself referring back to. Don’t read this volume just before dinner, either, because it will make you crave some variant of curry, the theme of the […]

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