Age of Bronze: Sacrifice

As Sacrifice begins (following first volume A Thousand Ships), Paris and Helen return to Troy. King Priam at first refuses to admit her, knowing her presence will bring his city under attack, but she is pregnant with his grandchild. Kassandra prophesies doom but isn’t believed, in an affecting portrayal of a tortured soul. The Achaeans begin the war, only in the wrong place. They’re so eager for something to happen that they mistakenly think they’ve reached Troy as soon as […]

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Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships

Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze retells the story of the Trojan War in a beautiful, realistic fashion. Although they speak of being a god’s son or daughter the way we’d speak of our parents’ hometown, the participants are treated as real people with identifiable motivations: lust, anger, greed, arrogance … all the classics. Eric Shanower well deserved the 2001 and 2003 Eisner Awards for Best Writer/Artist. A Thousand Ships opens with Paris as a cowherd, which grounds the series before […]

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Madrox: Multiple Choice

In Madrox: Multiple Choice, writer Peter David refreshes the superhero story by combining it with elements of detective noir. Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man, has the ability to create duplicates of himself. He’s opened a investigation agency, staffed by other mutants, but the case here is a little more personal. He’s got to figure out who killed one of his bodies. Jamie’s been expanding his skills by sending out duplicates to learn new things and try different experiences. One of […]

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Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness

In the third book in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series, Scott’s band drama continues. His ex-girlfriend, Envy Adams, and her group are much more successful than he is, and she’s offered to let his band open for them. Unfortunately, Scott still has to fight his girlfriend Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends, and one of them is a member of Envy’s band. O’Malley’s work has been criticized as “too emo” by those who don’t have an appreciation for young adult soap opera. […]

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Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga

Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga by Koji Aihara & Kentaro Takekuma hides useful information about creating and analyzing readable, marketable comic stories inside savage parody of the industry. Inspired by the crap people read and publish, two manga creators decide to lay bare the secrets of success, using the rationale “if they can do it, anyone can”. They aim to create popular series that become anime, spawn character merchandising, and make them rich. The first lesson is therefore choosing […]

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Dykes to Watch Out For

Dykes to Watch Out For (DTWOF) is a lesbian soap opera with political themes, populated by a variety of fascinating women who come in all shapes, ages, races, and inclinations. The books poke fun at the foibles of human behavior, making this an entertaining read for anyone, regardless of sexual preference. The first book is a collection of single-page strips about such topics as lesbian etiquette, wearing short hair and being mistaken for a guy, the perils of roommates and […]

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Supernatural Law: #1 With a Silver Bullet

I regularly watch CSI. The writing and cast are good enough that I’m kept entertained, and it’s a nice distraction for 45 minutes or so.1 Not everything has to be destination entertainment that you seek out, and there’s nothing wrong with competent craft that doesn’t aim to be high art. Many of the mass media — movies, TV, popular literature — are built on such products. Why am I nattering about TV shows in what’s supposed to be a comic […]

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That Kind of Girl

A writer takes an erotic road trip in this graphic novel by Molly Kiely for adults only. Diva is heading out to her trailer in the desert for some time alone writing. During the day, it’s just her and her typewriter and open space as far as the eye can see. There’s a brief hetero encounter, after Diva fixes a guy’s stalled car (go talented woman!), but the core relationship of the book begins when she picks up the larger-than-life […]

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