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Cupcakes of Doom! (Don’t Eat Any Bugs)

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Written by Erin Jameson Thursday, 05 March 2009 17:00

cupcakes-header.jpgIt's pirates vs. vikings in a culinary fight to the finish in this light-hearted tale.

 

 

American Elf Book Three (Top Shelf)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 05 March 2009 17:00

amelf-header.gifCatch up with an old friend in this collection of two years' worth of James Kochalka's daily diary strip.

 

   

Marvel Comics 03.25-04.01.09 | Messiah War's Opening Shot

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 05 March 2009 17:00

messiahwar-header.jpgThe future of mutantkind is at stake when Cable and X-Force butt heads in X-Force/Cable: Messiah War Prologue, the kick-off the year's big X-crossover. Plus, a mystic battle royale to decide who is the new Sorceror Supreme in New Avengers #51, even more preview art from Dark Reign: Elektra #1, and the Merc with a Mouth celebrates April Fool's Day with the miniseries Deadpool: Suicide Kings #1.

 

 

Knights of the Lunch Table Vol. 1 (Scholastic/Graphix); Caliber #1-5 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 27 February 2009 05:35

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A look at two very different twists on the legend of King Arthur, one a gritty Western aimed at adults and the other a light adventure series for kids.

 

   

Lulu & Mitzy: Best Laid Plans (SLG Publishing)

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Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 27 February 2009 02:14

lulumitzy-header.jpgMeet the Lucy and Ethel of the world's oldest profession in this genuinely funny gutter-circus comedy.

 

 

Yozakura Quartet 3 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:00

yozakura3-header.jpgStorytelling falls off the rails in the latest adventure of these manga-fied Charlie's Angels.

 

   

Pow! To the People 02.20.09

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Written by Eddie Argos Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:00

freedomheader.jpgEddie Argos attempts to survive a transatlantic flight armed with nothing but a couple issues of Radical Comics' futuristic racing epic Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland. The results aren't pretty.

 

 

Marvel Comics 03.11-04.08.09 | A Dark Reign Falls on Elektra and Hawkeye

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:00

drkelktraheader.jpgElektra deals with the fallout of coming "back from the dead" after her alien abduction in Dark Reign: Elektra #1, plus Bullseye settles into his role as the Dark Avengers' new archer in Dark Reign: Hawkeye #1, and the gritty new take on Marvel's mutants reaches its end in X-Men Noir #4.

 

   

08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail (Three Rivers Press)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 12 February 2009 17:00

Journalist Michael Crowley and cartoonist Dan Goldman dredge through the highlights and lowlights of Barack Obama's historic run for the White House.

 

 

The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls Vol. 1-2 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 12 February 2009 17:00

yagyu-header.jpgSeven female samurai seek bloody, gruesome revenge in this semi-continuation of the hit manga/anime Basilisk.

 

   

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 12 February 2009 17:00

thrizzle4-header.jpg"Now you are as much sandwich as man! "

 

 

Marvel Comics 03.04.09 | F.F. vs. H.A.M.M.E.R.

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 12 February 2009 17:00

darkreign_ff_header.jpgMarvel's first family takes on Norman Osborn's new strikeforce when Jonathan Hickman and Sean Chen bring you Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1, plus the merc with a mouth comes face-to-disfigured face with the Thunderbolts when "Magnum Opus" kicks off in Deadpool #8.

 

   

Marvel Comics 02.25-03.04.09 | Who Will Rule?

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 06 February 2009 08:29

wok.jpgBlack Bolt and the Inhumans go toe-to-toe with the Shi'Ar in War of Kings #1 (spinning from the pages of Secret Invasion), and we have a 7-page preview. Plus, it's not all gumdrops and lollipops when Hawkeye and Mockingbird reunite in New Avengers: The Reunion #1 and Daken reveals his role in Dark Reign in the pages of Wolverine: Origins #33.

 

 

Kasumi Vol. 1 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 05 February 2009 17:00

kasumi-header.jpgThis collaboration between an American writer and a Japanese artist best known for boys' comics hits all the right magic girl/high school romance notes.

   

Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution Vol. 8 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 05 February 2009 17:00

gacha-gacha-8-header.jpgIn which your reviewer attempts to get to the bottom of the abundance of gender-bending characters in Japanese pop culture.

 

 

Good-Bye (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:00

Unpredictable twists and poignant endings abound in this collection of short stories from a forgotten manga master.

 

   

Into the Volcano (Blue Sky/Scholastic)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:00

volcano-header.jpgInto the Volcano is a good old-fashioned boy's adventure story which plunges directly into the action and keeps the tension high as the brothers are greeted with one new obstacle after another.

 

GalaxyQuest #1-2 (IDW Publishing)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:00

gq-header.jpgThe late-90s sci-fi send-up (starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman) returns in comic form.

 

   

Marvel Comics 02.18.09 | The X-Men Fight for Survival

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:00

uncanny_xmen_506_header.jpgIt's the merry mutants vs. Humanity NOW! in Uncanny X-Men #506 and we've got a 4-page preview, plus a look at some new second printing variants for Invincible Iron Man and War Machine.

 

 

Marvel Comics 01.28.08 | Stephen King Extravaganza

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 27 January 2009 04:27

thestand_header.jpgThe latest chapter in two adaptations from the master of horror hit store shelves this Wednesday with Dark Tower: Treachery #5 and The Stand: Captain Trips #5, and we have a pair of 7-page previews to whet your appetite.

 

   

Marvel Comics 02.11-25.09 | Sell outs and second prints

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:00

hulk_header.jpgNo new interior art this week, but some good art just the same, with upcoming variants and second printings, plus a hint of things to come in Captain Britain & MI-13.

 

 

Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising #1 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Erin Jameson Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:00

shrapnel-header.jpgInterplanetary war looms on the surface of Venus in this video game-inspired sci-fi epic.

 

   

Gus & His Gang (:01 First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 15 January 2009 17:00

gus-header.jpgChris Blain offers a post modern take on the classic western with his tale of cowpokes who go gaga over every pretty little lady they come across.

 

 

Manmachine Book 1: Praeposito (self-published)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 15 January 2009 17:00

manmachine-header.jpgA rich backstory, intricate digital illustrations, and an ambient music soundtrack are the highlights of this ambitious webcomic.

 

   

Journal Sanders Vol. 1: Kentucky Fried Sketchbook (Low Key Comics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 09 January 2009 07:51

sanders-header.jpgCartoonist Juan Ruvalcaba documents the boredom of everyday life and the soul-sucking experience of living in Los Angeles in this daily sketch diary.

 

 

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Vol. 1 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 09 January 2009 04:42

gankutsuou-header.jpgAlexandre Dumas' classic revenge tale gets a futuristic spin courtesy of Mahiro Maeda, who also directed the series' animated incarnation.

 

   

Pow! To the People 01.09.09

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Written by Eddie Argos Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:00

alanswar-header.jpgThe recording of Art Brut's new album kept Eddie Argos a bit too busy to read comics over the last few months, but he's back with a new favorite: Emmanuel Guibert's unique soldier's memoir, Alan's War.

 

 

Marvel Comics 02.04.09 | Is SHE the New Black Panther?

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:00

blackpanther-header.jpgA new lady takes the mantle of Wakanda's champion this February, but just who is she? You'll find out in Black Panther #1, but for now, Marvel just wants to taunt you with the possibilities. Also, Nick Fury leads Marvel's next generation of heroes in Secret Warriors #1, Marc Silvestri covers Astonishing Tales #1, and a teasing look at the upcoming Marvel Assistant-Sized Spectacular and the all-new Savage She-Hulk.

   

Marvel Comics 01.14.09 | Mighty Avengers #21

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:00

mightyavengers_header.jpgA new creative team takes over when Dan Slott and Khoi Pham come on board for Mighty Avengers #21, and we have a 5-page preview.

 

 

Three To Read | 01.07.09

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:55

rasl-header.jpgThis week's best bets include Jeff Smith's latest, a Warren Ellis finale, and one of Marvel's most under-rated titles.

 

   

City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story #2 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 25 December 2008 17:00

cityofdust-header.jpgIt's Blade Runner meets 1984 with a touch of Fahrenheit 451 in this dystopic future where creativity and imagination are outlawed.

 

 

Solanin (VIZ Media)

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Written by Erin Jameson Thursday, 25 December 2008 17:00

solanin-header.jpgSolanin follows a group of post-collegiate Japanese twentysomethings through meaningless jobs with a minimum of starry-eyes, a heavy helping of rock star ambition, and a surprising amount of tragedy, love, and honesty.

 

   

Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward (IDW Publishing)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 December 2008 17:00

silenthill-header.jpgThe doom and forboding of the hit Konami survival horror video game series comes to life in this ominous graphic novel.

 

 

Drawing Wizards, Witches and Warlocks (Sixth & Spring)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 18 December 2008 17:00

wizards-header.jpgA useful stepping-off point, this instructional art book's important lesson is that drawing can be simpler than one might fear.

 

   

Three To Read | 12.17.08

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 16 December 2008 17:00

beanworld-header.jpgThree works to check out this week include a new work by David Lapham, a classic by John Byrne, and the return of an indie stalwart after more than a decade.

 

 

Garfield Minus Garfield, Garfield: 30 Years of Laughs and Lasagna (Ballantine Books)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 11 December 2008 17:00

garfield-header.jpgA look at the surrealist webcomic—which removes the titular tabby from Garfield strips to show how sad and lonely Jon Arbuckle really is—plus a special hardcover retrospective just in time for the character's 30th birthday.

 

   

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