Alphabetical Index of Image Comics

Madame Frankenstein #5

We’re more than halfway through the seven-issue Madame Frankenstein series, and so the characters are beginning to show more depth in their twists. Henry, who at first struck the reader as a jealous, spoiled, frat-boy type, is investigating what really happened to ex-girlfriend Courtney, whom he killed in a car accident. His apparent desire to atone makes him more sympathetic (although I suppose it’s possible that it’s just from selfish reasons, such as to once again punish Vincent). Vincent, meanwhile, […]

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The Wicked + the Divine #1-3

Image Comics is putting out some of the most exciting comics out there, and their newest must-read series is The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. The Wicked + The Divine postulates gods as pop stars, and it’s drawn in typically gorgeous fashion by McKelvie. Gillen portrays the absolute devotion of a dedicated fan in tangible fashion before sending us into the question of how our world would deal with these beings, plus a murder mystery […]

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The Fuse: The Russia Shift

What sold me on The Fuse was hearing writer Antony Johnston describe it. “Sci-fi, detective stories, and murder mysteries are three of my favorite things, and The Fuse mashes them all up into something unique,” said writer Johnston. “We’ve been blown away by the response from our readers — especially women, who love Klem and her kick-ass attitude — and we hope this collection will encourage even more people to visit the claustrophobic, corrupt, and violent world of Midway City.” […]

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Displaced Persons

Derek McCulloch, writer of Stagger Lee, returns with a mind-bending generational noir involving time travel and how terrible families can be to each other, illustrated by Anthony Peruzzo. The three main sections of Displaced Persons look at various generations inhabiting a San Francisco house across from a park. In 1939, a private eye struggling to keep his family together under economic pressure is asked to find a mogul’s missing daughter. She’s run away, perhaps for very good reason, as a […]

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Ghosted #1-2

I don’t like horror, and I don’t much like caper comics (since in comics, the capers are often strung out, never actually completing in anything like the fast pace they should), but this combination of the genres (written by Joshua Williamson; art by Goran Sudzuka) is off to a strong start due to the cast. We meet Jackson Winters in prison, where he’s busted out by a tough blonde wearing black and ammo. (You see her on the cover of […]

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Between Gears

Natalie Nourigat captured her senior year at the University of Oregon in daily diary comics on the web, and now they’ve been collected in this thick volume. Opening Between Gears served as an immediate time capsule for me. It’s been longer than I like to think since I went away to school, but even though I didn’t (for example) watch Twilight my first night back, I could identify with so many of the events — moving back into dorms, catching […]

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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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Underground

Stillwater Cave is a battleground. The townspeople of nearby Marion, Kentucky, want the cave open to the public for the business it will bring. Conservationists want its limited access status as a state park maintained, because they worry that tourists will destroy the natural formations. Two park rangers find the discussion becoming personal in Underground. They work together, they’ve just slept together, and now they find themselves with different opinions. One, Seth, is from the area and understands the economic […]

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