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Rusty Brown

February 2, 2020 Leave a comment

Cover to "Rusty Brown" by Chris WareRusty Brown
by Chris Ware
Pantheon Books, 356 pp.
Rating: Not Rated

Chris Ware’s latest work, Rusty Brown, is a collection of separate but interconnected tales depicting the lives of three residents in a small Midwestern American town. The work bares all the hallmarks of Ware, ranging from an obsession with minutiae of everyday life, the painful loneliness of modern existence, and his signature blue-print like page layouts. The result is a deceptively simplistic looking comic, which carries a deeply powerful emotional punch as we watch the various character live, love, lose, and stumble their way through their everyday lives.
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Kaijumax: Season 4, #1-6

August 9, 2019 2 comments

The cover to "Kaiju Max: Season 4, #1"Kaijumax: Season 4, #1-6
by Zander Cannon.
Oni Press
Rating: Teen +

For the past four years, Zander Cannon has quietly been creating one of the best comics on the shelves today. Kaijumax envisions a world which is part giant monster movie, part prison drama, and follows the lives of its ensemble cast of giant monsters and those who guard them, as they struggle to cope with prison life. Drawing inspiration from documentaries, prison dramas, kaiju (giant monster) movies, and live action Japanese superhero TV shows, Cannon has created a series which deals with questions revolving around the prison system, punishment vs. redemption, racism, drug addiction, and the fallibility of humanity. While the previous three “seasons” of the series have been focused on the male branch of the titular prison, Season Four shifts its lens to the women’s prison, while continuing story arcs for several of the guards from previous seasons.
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Virgil

December 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Virgil
Written by Steve Orlando, Art by J.D. Faith, and Colors by Chris Beckett
Image Comics, 96 pp.
Rating: Mature Readers

Virgil is a corrupt cop, working the mean streets of Jamaica. With his partner and childhood friend, Omar, and the rest of the force, he shakes down the local criminals, pockets the cash and drugs and leads a pretty good life. However, Virgil’s got a secret, his boyfriend Ervan. When his secret is discovered, Omar and his homophobic friends on the force turn on Virgil. Omar leads an attack on Virgil’s home, killing several of his friends, kidnapping Ervan, and leaving Virgil under a pile of corpses on the beach. Only, Virgil wasn’t dead, and now he’s out for revenge. As he tracks down Omar, Virgil must contend with corrupt, homophobic police and the criminals he once harassed. From writer Steve Orlando, and artist J.D. Faith comes the 2015 graphic novel, Virgil, a brutal tale of love and revenge.
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Cosmic Commandos

June 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Cosmic CommandosCosmic Commandos
By Christopher Eliopoulos
Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers, 192 pp.
Rating: Young Readers (8 – 12)

From Christopher Eliopoulos, the writer of Marvel’s adorable Pet Avengers trilogy, comes the cute, light hearted adventure of twins Justin and Jeremy. When Jeremy finds a magic wish granting ring in his box of cereal, his favorite video game comes to life, but will he be able to defeat it and save the world, or will his frustration at being compared to his brother, Justin, drive an unreconcilable wedge between the two, dooming everyone? Find out, in Christopher Eliopoulos’ Cosmic Commandos!
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Attack on Titan Anthology

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

aotanthologyAttack on Titan Anthology
by Various Creators.
Kodansha Comics, 256 pgs
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Trying to explain what the Attack on Titan Anthology is can be surprisingly difficult. The short answer, is that it’s an anthology from Kodansha Comics featuring American comic creators telling stories inspired by and based upon Hajime Isayama’s hit franchise, Attack on Titan. That doesn’t quite do it justice though, nor does it really delve into the depth of talent among the roughly 30 creators who contributed stories to it. If that wasn’t enough, the stories run the gamut from comedy strips, to stories placing Isayama’s creation into new and different worlds, to stories set in the world Attack on Titan fans know and which sit neatly alongside the rest of the franchise. Suffice it to say, the Attack on Titan Anthology probably has something for anyone holding even a passing interest in the franchise.
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Legend: The Graphic Novel and Prodigy: The Graphic Novel

May 24, 2016 Leave a comment

Legend: The Graphic NovelLegend: The Graphic Novel and Prodigy: The Graphic Novel
Original story by Marie Lu, adapted by Leigh Dragoon, art by Kaari and Caravan StudioPenguin/
Penguin/Putnam
Rating: Not Rated

Sometime in the future the United States is hit with a series of disasters which destroys much of the east coast. From it’s ashes rise two rival powers, the Republic and the Colonies. Day and June are two teenagers in the Republic on opposite sides of the law. Day, an infamous rebel fighter and June, a military prodigy soon find their paths crossing as they’re forced to ally with each other against the powers that be. The two must decide who to trust and attempt to navigate the web of lies and conspiracies if they any hope of surviving and getting unraveling the secrets looming over both their lives. Based on the popular young adult novel series by Marie Lu, Legend: The Graphic Novel and Prodigy: The Graphic Novel adapt the first two volumes of The Legend series thanks to the talents of Leigh Dragoon, Kaari and Caravan Studio.
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Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Welcome and apologies for this slightly belated weekly review! This week I’ll be taking a look a the Yen Press release of Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9, but first, a few bits of pieces that caught my attention this past week.

 

 

And now, onto this weeks review of Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9!

Jack Frost, Vol. 8Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9
By JonHo Ko
Yen Press
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

About five years ago I read and reviewed the first volume of Jack Frost for the now defunct Manga Recon. At the time I was taken by the slick artwork and intense action scenes, but not much else. After all that time I’ve finally returned to the series with Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9. After so long and so many volumes, surely things have improved and the story’s developed nicely! For those who don’t know, Jack Frost tells the tale of a world between worlds known as Amityville. Here souls leave the karmic cycle and take part in the struggle for a being known as Mirror Image. This time around it’s young Noh-Ah, and her guardian in this strange afterlife has been the violent and enigmatic man known as Jack Frost.
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