The Tomb

The Tomb, a mystical action movie on paper, is ably executed by artist Christopher Mitten and writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. Jessica Parrish is a hard-charging archaeologist who lost her Harvard job after a political incident in Baghdad. She was trying to stop looters from robbing the museum, but soldiers arrested her to prevent her embarrassing them by doing the job they should have been doing. She’s the kind of “damn the consequences” bulldog fighter who’s sometimes envied but […]

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Clockwork Angels

Clockwork Angels, Lea Hernandez’s followup to Cathedral Child, is something of a departure from the romantic nature of the first book. The same ingredients are included — love, adventure, discovery — but they’re mixed in different proportions, resulting in a gripping chase across the Southwest as the main characters discover their true selves. Temperance and Amy are traveling from New Orleans to San Antonio. Temper, a young widow, is pretending to be a parlor magician, although she’s really a psychic […]

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Cathedral Child

Cathedral Child is many things at once: an exploration of scientific discovery, a clever adventure with an evil villain, and my favorite, a romantic story of young love. Parrish has come to the rural West to build an “analytical engine” in a cathedral. Once his illegitimate daughter Glory gets involved with the computer prototype, it awakens into much more. At the same time, Glory and Sumner, Parrish’s adopted son, are growing up together and falling in love. There are a […]

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The K Chronicles

The K Chronicles is a weekly semi-autobiographical strip about a struggling cartoonist and musician — Knight is half of the hip-hop group The Marginal Prophets — living in San Francisco. This isn’t a typical newspaper comic, mainly due to the nature of some of the jokes, which have involved vomit, snot, poop, cannibalism, and penis size (illustrated). Common themes include family, the difference between the East and West Coasts, popular culture, liberal politics, foreign views of our country (through his […]

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Whiteout

There’s been a murder in Antarctica, and U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko has to find out what happened, who did it, and why before 90% of the base personnel ship out for the winter. In Whiteout, acclaimed writer Greg Rucka has set up a unique mystery situation with gripping characters while artist Steve Lieber does an amazing job of capturing the personalities, the setting, and especially the weather (a character in itself). The sense of movement in the drifting snow is […]

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Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia

I hate to say it (because I abhor the cover), but this may very well be the best Wonder Woman story I’ve ever read. Diana is treated as a realistic person, not some symbol or image of all womanhood, and her unique abilities and heritage are an essential part of the tale. The Hiketeia is a vow where one party takes responsibility for sheltering another. When a murderer hunted by Batman vows herself to Diana, conflict ensues — but this […]

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Love Fights

Love Fights is an everyday romance set in a superhero universe. Jack is an artist, illustrating The Flamer’s superhero comic, put out for public relations purposes. He meets Nora on the subway, but he’s too shy to ask her out. Jack feels inferior compared to the superheroes, you see. He’s convinced girls want them, and he’ll never measure up. He thinks their expectations are unrealistic, although so are his — he wants women to see how neat he is without […]

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The Sandwalk Adventures

In this scientific fantasy, two mites living in the follicle of Charles Darwin’s eyebrow tell each other myths about the creation of the world, involving a motley collection of humorous gods. It’s sort of a cosmic game of telephone, taking events and making them bigger and different in the retelling over generations. For some unknown reason, Darwin is able to hear one of them, Mara, when she speaks. Their resulting conversations about how life came to be touch on myth, […]

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