COMIC BOOKS

Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays (Villard)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 20 August 2009 17:00

syncopated-header.jpgJoe Sacco-style comics-as-news-reports attempt to rescue traditional journalism in this collection of true life stories.

 

Self Published 09.09 | Faction #0

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 20 August 2009 17:00

faction_header.jpgThe schemes of gods, the desires of demons, the powers of nature, myth, and the supernatural all collide in this new fantasy adventure series.

 

   

Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

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Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 14 August 2009 02:31

asterios-header.jpgThis sure-to-be-award-winning new work from David Mazzucchelli (Batman: Year One, City of Glass) puts the "novel" back in "graphic novel."

 

 

Strongman (SLG Publishing)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 13 August 2009 17:00

strongman-header.jpgA down-on-his-luck luchador tracks down black market organ dealers with a superhero's sense of right and wrong.

 

   

The Color of Water (First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 13 August 2009 17:00

colorofwater-header.jpgThis second volume in Kim Dong Hwa's Color Trilogy and continues the story of Ehwa, a young girl living with her widowed mother in a rural Korean village.

 

 

Democracy for Beginners (For Beginners)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 06 August 2009 17:00

democracy-header.jpgFor those who buy into the rhetoric that America's "big government" is bad, this history of the democratic process has one simple message: don't hate, participate.

 

   

Marvel Comics 09.02-16.09 | Vengeance of Moon Knight, The List

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 06 August 2009 17:00

vengeanceofthemoonknight.jpgMarc Spector's back, and he's out for...you guessed it. It's Vengeance of the Moon Knight, and we've got a 5 page preview, plus a teasing look at the Dark Reign game-changer The List and more of the upcoming Punisher: Rest In Pieces.

 

 

Love the Way You Love: Side B: Songs of Devotion (Oni Press)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:00

ltwyl-header.jpg A manga-inspired indie rock romance from Jamie S. Rich and Marc Ellerby.

 

 

   

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:00

thrizzle-header.jpgRetro art mixes with postmodern wisecracks in this collection of Michael Kupperman's hilarious comic series.

 

 

Marvel Comics 08.26.09 | Five Days of Fantastic...all at once!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:00

fantasticfour_header.jpgMarvel's been giving out bits and pieces of preview art on Fantastic Four #570, but we here at Playback saved you the trouble and gathered it all together in one place, alongside second printing variant covers for Dark Avengers #7, Captain America #601, and Captain America: Reborn #1.

 

   

Marvel Comics 08.12-19.09 | Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers vs...Thanos?!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:00

lockjaw.jpgThat's right, the dog with the tuning fork on his forehead and his fuzzy animal pals take on the guy who once killed the entire universe in Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers #4 and we've got your 4-page preview, plus second printing variants for Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 and X-Men Legacy #226, and a sneak peek at the upcoming Punisher: RIP.

 

 

Samurai 7 vol. 1 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:00

samurai7-header.gifAkira Kurosawa's classic The Seven Samurai gets a steampunk spin.

 

   

The Best of Simon and Kirby (Titan Books)

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Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 17 July 2009 00:54

simonkirby-header.jpgA loving look back at two men who changed comics forever.

 

 

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #3/Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising #5 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:00

hotwire-header.jpgGrim alternate futures and lushly painted art highlight these two releases from Radical Comics.

 

   

Marvel Comics Fall 09 | Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:00

strangetales.jpgA sneak peek at what Marvel has coming this autumn, including JMS' farewell to Thor in Thor: Defining Moments, the new Spidey series Web of Spider-Man, the upcoming Thor vs. Hercules battle, and Peter Bagge's Hulk cover from the much-anticipated Strange Tales #2.

 

 

Marvel Comics 08.12.09 | The Marvels Project

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:00

themarvelsproject.jpgThe team behind Captain America's recent renaissance reunite with a look at the MU's early days in Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's The Marvels Project #1, and we've got a 5-page preview. And just when you thought it was safe to forget the 90s: foil variant covers! We've got your preview of three from the impending relaunch of Ultimate Comics.

 

   

Marvel Comics 08.05.09 | Heaven's on Fire!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:00

ghostriders.jpgJohnny Blaze and Danny Ketch team up to stop Zadkiel as Jason Aaron wraps up his run on the Spirit(s) of Vengeance with Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire #1 and we've got a 5-page preview, plus a smorgasbord of second printing variants.

 

 

Marvel Comics 07.29.09 | The Secret Warriors H.A.M.M.E.R. It Home

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:00

secretwarriors.jpgNick Fury and Norman Osborn's respective teams are headed for a clash, and apparently Silver Samurai has something to do with it if this 3-page preview of Secret Warriors #6 is to be believed. All that plus a tasty new Sinister Spider-Man cover from Chris Bachalo, and some hints at "The End" from Ultimatum #5.

 

   

Pow! To the People 07.15.09

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Written by Eddie Argos Tuesday, 14 July 2009 17:00

scottpilgrim-header.jpgBack after a lengthy hiatus, Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos discusses being ‘outed' as a comics fan and his take on the fan favorite Scott Pilgrim series.

 

 

Manga Round-Up 07.09

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 July 2009 17:00

honeyhunt-header.jpgA quick look at the first volumes of three new manga series: the high school shojo stories Orange Planet and Honey Hunt, and the fetisth-tastic Maid War Chronicle.

 

 

   

Iconic (Comicbook Artists’ Guild)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 09 July 2009 17:00

iconic-header.jpgA collaboration of over 30 artists and writers that aims to set its mark in schools with fresh takes on classic stories, letting the young student explore beyond the classroom.

 

 

Ayn Rand for Beginners (For Beginners)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 July 2009 17:00

aynrand-header.jpgBut if you're one of those people who wonders what all the fuss is about but is disinclined to invest the time necessary to read one of Rand's door-stop sized novels, an easier way to start would be by reading this comic book primer.

 

   

Low Moon (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 02 July 2009 17:00

lowmoon-header.jpgFive stories from Norwegian artist Jason, previously featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
 

Ho! (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 02 July 2009 17:00

ho-header.jpgA greatest hits collection of "the morally objectionable cartoons of Ivan Brunetti."

   

Out of Picture 2: Art from the Outside Looking In (Villard)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 26 June 2009 07:02

outofpicture2-header.jpgThe animation studio behind Robots and Ice Age returns with another collection of visually arresting comics shorts.

 

 

Kaze Hikaru Vol. 10-11 (VIZ Media)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 June 2009 17:00

kazehikaru-header2.jpgThis gender-bending shojo manga offers a detailed portrait of life at the end of an historical era.

 

   

In the Flesh (Villard)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 18 June 2009 17:00

intheflesh-header.jpgSexually-charged short stories from Israeli cartoonist Koren Shadmi.

 

Deconstruction for Beginners (For Beginners)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 June 2009 17:00

decon-header.jpgA primer on "the monster that murdered philosophy."

 

   

Marvel Comics Summer 09 | Teaseriffic!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 18 June 2009 17:00

captainamerica_600_header.jpgMarvel's being extra-stingy with the preview art of late, but we do have some pretty pictures to share, including second printing variant covers, some decade-themed variants, and the covers to the hotly anticipated Captain America: Reborn.

 

 

Bailout for Brawn

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 11 June 2009 17:00

pirates.jpgWith an impending TV series that follows real pirate hunters hunting real pirates, Gabe Bullard ponders Terry and the Pirates and the need to redefine our fictional swashbucklers.

 

   

Papillion Vol. 1-2 (Del Rey)

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Written by Erin Jameson Thursday, 11 June 2009 17:00

papillon-header.jpgA high school outcast becomes a beautiful butterfly in this shojo manga (from the creator of Peach Girl) that goes a little too far.

 

 

Chicken with Plums (Pantheon)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 04 June 2009 17:00

chickenwithplums-header.jpgMarjane Satrapi, the award-winning writer and artist of Persepolis, weaves another fairytale about a member of her family, the great musician Nasser Ali Khan. Humor, heartbreak, and the consequences of his life's choices play before his eyes in his quest for peace-and death.

 

   

Arcade of Cruelty (Also-Ran)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 04 June 2009 17:00

aoc_header.jpgIt is terrifically juvenile. It is sick. It is hilarious.

 

 

Contraband (SLG Publishing)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 June 2009 17:00

contraband-header.jpgViral video gets taken to the extreme in this new original graphic novel.

 

   

All-Ages Roundup 06.09

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 June 2009 17:00

astroboyheader.jpgSarah Boslaugh reviews a trio recent all-ages releases: IDW's Astro Boy: Official Movie Prequel #1 and "cine-manga" editions of Cartoon Network's Ben 10 Alien Force and Bakugan Battle Brawlers.

 

 

 

Wolverine: Weapon X #1-2 (Marvel); Wolverine: Prodigal Son Vol. 1 (Del Rey)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 28 May 2009 17:00

weaponx_header.jpgMarvel and Del Rey vie for movie fan dollars with two very different new takes on everyone's favorite Canucklehead.

 

   

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