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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The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln

Think back… it’s 1998. After revolutionizing the medium with Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud hasn’t published comics for several years. Instead, he’s been talking about micropayments and digital work and how computers will open a brave new world for comics. The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln was him putting his theories into practice, created entirely on computers, and oh, what a disappointment it was! The technology wasn’t yet ready for what he was attempting, and the result was very minimal cartoony […]

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Hectic Planet: The Bummer Trilogy

This one-shot collects three love stories, previously printed in Dark Horse Presents #118-120: “5 Years and Counting”, “Shot on Goal”, and “Love You Madly, Elsie; or, Scumbag of Oz”. They’re modern takes on romance conventions. The stories turn on promising to meet five years after a separation; locking eyes with a mysterious stranger across a crowded dance floor; or finding an ex-boyfriend’s gift and trying to get back in touch with him. As expected, the art is the usual Evan […]

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My Thoughts on Continuity

I’ve talked about this before online, but I thought I’d capture the core of my position in one location. Many continuing comic fans say, “Continuity is no barrier to readers to new readers. When I was a kid, I loved knowing that there was a bigger universe out there with more stories.” It’s a common thread among those who defend a tight continuity as an attractive element for a superhero comic universe. I’m not sure people realize a key factor […]

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Archie #565: Wrong About Manga

What an odd mix of stories. First, Archie’s featured in a magazine picture, and his new role as “teen model” goes to his head. Betty and Veronica teach him a lesson by convincing him to make himself look like an idiot. They get their payback, though, when he ditches them for a couple of other random girls. Next, Archie and Jughead fight because Jughead thinks Archie should go out with Betty and Archie wants to call Veronica. Everyone’s scowling at […]

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Small Publisher Decisions: Athena Voltaire

Athena Voltaire, originally a webcomic, started in print from the now-dead publisher Speakeasy, where the first issue sold out. (I know, in a world where many publishers print to order, that may not mean much, but it does indicate demand.) Here’s the creator’s description: Athena Voltaire follows the globetrotting adventures of a 1930s aviatrix as she crosses paths with Nazis and battles occult forces against a diverse backdrop of exotic locales. Debuting online in 2002, the series received a 2005 […]

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Girls Rule

I was rather pleasantly surprised to see the following card flyer given out at my comic store a couple of weeks ago, promoting Scholastic’s Graphix line of graphic novels. The back text reads as follows. (I’ve inserted links to their website and my reviews of certain titles.) From Scholastic’s Graphix, the official home of Bone, new graphic novels for girls of all ages. Become BFF with the new Baby-Sitters Club! Ann M. Martin’s original series is now a graphic novel […]

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