Alphabetical Index of Boom! Studios / Archaia

The Woods #1-3

The concept behind The Woods is familiar, especially to manga readers. A high school full of students and faculty is transported to a mysterious world? dimension? where they have to quickly learn to work together or die. The best-known example exploring the rapid devolution of society when teens are stranded may be Lord of the Flies, but comic readers are likely thinking of Battle Royale. Although here, the kids aren’t told to kill each other — they just may cause […]

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Lumberjanes #1

It’s always nice when something much-anticipated turns out to be better than you hoped. Lumberjanes is a strong start to a girls’ adventure series written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis and drawn by Brooke Allen. There are evocations of all kinds of “girls in the woods” victim stories, starting with Little Red Riding Hood, but these scouts are no victims or shrinking violets. When they hear scary noises, they spring into action poses, ready to defend themselves and their […]

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The Joyners in 3D

I have the sinking feeling that this is another graphic novel, like Asterios Polyp, where the visual hijinks will distract enough people that no one will want to talk about how stereotypical and pointless the story is. The Joyners in 3D is actually printed in 3D, requiring red/blue glasses to read it. It comes with two pair and a cute note about sharing. (The gimmick made review copies particularly difficult for the publisher, who had to send out paper glasses […]

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Strange Attractors

I first looked at this graphic novel because I have a fondness for the mid-90s indy comic of the same name. This Strange Attractors is no relation. Then I was interested by writer Charles Soule’s clear affection for New York City, one of the book’s characters. The premise is that, with enough math and deep understanding, one person can keep the city going by using a variant of chaos theory and the Butterfly Effect. A lot of little actions manage […]

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The Sigh

I’m pleased to see that Marjane Satrapi, best known for her autobiographical Persepolis, continues to write and draw stories beyond her own experience. (Too many cartoonists who put out comics from their own lives are expected to continue in that vein instead of branching out.) From telling us about her female relatives to an unbalanced uncle, now she’s moved completely into fable and folktale with The Sigh. With a beginning that will remind the reader of Beauty and the Beast, […]

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Slush Pile: Unemployed Man, Shadrach Stone, Forget Sorrow, Athena Voltaire, Screamland, Return of the Dapper Men, Sixsmiths, Francis Sharp, I See the Promised Land

All books are review copies provided by the publishers. The Adventures of Unemployed Man written by Erich Origen and Gan Golan; pencils by Ramona Fradon, Rick Veitch, Michael Netzer; inks by Terry Beatty, Joe Rubinstein; additional art by Benton Jew, Thomas Yeates, Shawn Martinbrough Little, Brown and Company, $14.99 US The superhero genre is used for satire of our current economic system, with stunning art by some accomplished veterans. The Ultimatum represents the hypocrisy of rich people who blame the […]

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The Muppet Show #6-7

The “Family Reunion” storyline that began in issue #4 with the appearance of Scooter’s sister and continued bringing in Muppet relatives with Randy and Andy Pig in issue #5 concludes in these two issues. It’s written by Roger Langridge with art by Amy Mebberson. I admit, I wasn’t quite as thrilled with the back half of the storyline as I was with the first two comics. But please keep my criticisms in balance; a bad Muppet Show issue is still […]

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The Muppet Show #5

The Family Reunion storyline continues from issue #4. In this issue, it’s Miss Piggy’s turn, with the visit of her nephews Randy and Andy, who are incredibly stupid pigs. I never cared for them much when they appeared on Muppets Tonight!, but in print, they’re funny to me. Perhaps because I can enjoy how they waste everyone else’s time without feeling that mine is wasted, since they take up relatively less screen time. And since their appearance is framed as […]

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