ComiXology Launches Unlimited Reading Service for Monthly Fee

It’s what fans want — sort of. ComiXology has launched ComiXology Unlimited, an all-you-can-read browsing service. It’s $5.99 a month; you get a 30-day free trial; and it includes downloads for offline reading. What it doesn’t include is DC or Marvel titles. Publishers participating include: Image Comics Dark Horse Comics IDW Publishing BOOM! Studios Dynamite Entertainment Oni Press Archie Comics Valiant Entertainment Fantagraphics Humanoids Kodansha Comics The offerings are selected titles only, so check if there’s something you want before […]

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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has a fun concept with a tiny bit of social commentary behind it. It’s a multi-platform franchise, beginning as a light novel series by Satoshi Wagahara, translated and available from Yen On, with four volumes out so far. There was a great war of supernatural forces. The demon generals were defeated at the cusp of victory by a hero rallying the human forces. They all fled to other dimensions, and Sadao (formerly Satan), accompanied by […]

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A Study in Charlotte

There have been female takes on Sherlock Holmes before, but A Study in Charlotte beautifully blends the traditional detective with a teen romance and a young adult boarding school novel. James “Jamie” Watson is a new student at the Sherringford boarding school in Connecticut. Although American by birth, he’s previously been living in London with his divorced mom. He wants to be a writer but has to play on the rugby team for his scholarship. He’s the latest generation of […]

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Good Books to Order for July 2016

The latest Diamond Previews catalog lists a lot of books worth checking out. Here are a few of them, along with others I had something to say about. You can order them now through your local comic shop for delivery in July or later. (The ones with May or June dates are relists of items that have already been published, so they’re available earlier.) Jem & the Holograms #1 Greatest Hits Edition IDW Publishing, $1.00, MAY16 0437, July 20 Try […]

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Einstein, Freud, and Marx: Nobrow Graphic Biographies

Corinne Maier writes and Anne Simon illustrates these three graphic biographies of notable figures whose thinking changed the world. They’re handsome European-style hardcovers, allowing for pages packed with detail, putting readers in the day-to-day moments as well as capturing the major discoveries. Those accomplishments become part of the flow, which is more realistic, as people rarely realize the significance of a discovery when it happens. Maier gives as much space to domestic concerns, providing a full portrait of the subject’s […]

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Another Doctor Who Title Joins the Titan Comics Lineup

Joining their titles for the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Eighth, and Fourth Doctors, Titan Comics has announced that they will launch a five-issue miniseries for Doctor Who: The Third Doctor on August 31. Paul Cornell writes and Christopher Jones illustrates “The Heralds Of Destruction”, with the likeness of Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor from 1970-1974. Cornell is known for writing episodes of the new TV series, including “Fathers Day” and “Human Nature/The Family of Blood”, as well as […]

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Girl in Dior

With most graphic novels, I’m driven by the story (or in the case of non-fiction titles, the information). I love reading comics as a blend of words and pictures, using both sides of my brain at once, and too many problems with one or the other will interfere with that enjoyment, but if I have to pick the part I respond to most strongly, it’s most often the text content. Girl in Dior is a departure for me, in that […]

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Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking

Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking is a fascinating read, full of disturbing information about the rise of the fast fashion industry and how the apparel trade is related to human trafficking and the jobs women have as options worldwide, especially those living in poverty. Anne Elizabeth Moore has substantially researched and written a series of essays illustrated by the “Ladydrawers Comics Collective” — Leela Corman, Julia Gfrörer, Ellen Lindner, Delia Jean, Melissa Mendes, Simon Hätussle. Unfortunately, it’s marred by its […]

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