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Nodame Cantabile Vol. 11-12 (Del Rey)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 08 May 2008 17:00

nodame-header.jpgParis is a city for lovers and musicians, but what happens when you're both? Megumi Noda struggles to balance her love life and conservatory studies, but it's not easy when your conductor boyfriend becomes a star and starts touring all over Europe!

 

 

Therefore Repent! (IDW Publishing)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 08 May 2008 17:00

repent-header.jpgWhat if the religious right, are right? This post-Rapture graphic novel tries to answer the question without playing out like "Bible camp for heathens."

   

Marvel Comics 05.28.08 | King Hulk

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 08 May 2008 17:00

kinghulkheader.jpgThe not-so-jolly, not-so-green-these-days giant takes on all comers in King-Size Hulk #1, with art from Art Adams, Frank Cho, and classic 70s Hulk artist Herb Trimpe.

 

 

The Clouds Above (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Jaffa Aharonov Thursday, 01 May 2008 17:00

cloudsabove-header.jpgJordan Crane's not-quite-children's book—now available in a new softcover edition—is so enjoyable it's almost good enough to eat.

 

   

Fairy Tail Vol. 1-2 (Del Rey)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 01 May 2008 17:00

ft-header.jpgA young sorceress joins the leagues of an elite wizards' guild in this new action/adventure series from the creator of Rave Master.

 

 

Mamotte! Lollipop vols. 1-4 (Del Rey)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 01 May 2008 17:00

mamotte-header.jpgNina is looking for the perfect boy, but she better be careful what she wishes for! When handsome novice wizards Zero and Ichi literally fall from the sky, they bring along the whole wizarding world and a host of problems.

 

   

Incognegro (DC/Vertigo)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 01 May 2008 17:00

incognegro-header.jpgIdentity, race, and prejudice mix with murder in this powerful new graphic novel, one of the best of the year so far.

 

 

Marvel Comics 05.21-28.08 | The End of an Astonishing Era

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 01 May 2008 17:00

gsastonishingx-men-header.jpgJoss Whedon and John Cassaday's landmark run concludes in Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1, while Skrulls wreak havoc on the Sentry in Mighty Avengers #14 and Herc and the God Squad in Incredible Hercules #117.

 

   

Magic Pickle (Scholastic/Graphix)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 24 April 2008 17:00

mp-header.jpgA powerful pickle battles villainous veggies in this silly superhero series.

 

 

Marvel Comics 05.14.08 | The Next Generation X

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 24 April 2008 17:00

genext.jpgLegendary X-writer Chris Claremont introduces the children of the X-Men in the all-new GeNext #1, Warren Ellis' sci-fi revival of the New Universe returns in newuniversal: shockfront #1, plus a sneak peek at Jim Cheung's cover for Marvel: 1985 #1.

 

   

Superman Turns 70: The Mask of Clark Kent’s Glasses

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Written by Jason Green Sunday, 20 April 2008 12:51

clark-header.jpgIn the final essay in our celebration of the 70th anniversary of Action Comics #1, Comics Editor Jason Green explores Superman's mild-mannered alter ego Clark Kent, and how a storyline revolving around the human side of the Last Son of Krypton forever changed his view of the character.

 

 

Superman Turns 70: Bizarro Am Him All

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Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 18 April 2008 17:00

bizarro-header.jpgA special Saturday treat in our celebration of the Man of Steel's birthday, as Byron Kerman writes a poem from the perspective of Superman's twisted, backwards doppelganger, Bizarro.

   

Salt Water Taffy Vol. 1: The Legend of Old Salty (Oni Press)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Friday, 18 April 2008 08:22

swt-header.jpgNo friends, no Game Boy, no TV--What could be worse than being dragged to coastal Maine for the summer? Try having your candy stolen by giant lobsters!

 

 

Superman Turns 70: Out of Continuity

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Written by Jared Vandergriff Thursday, 17 April 2008 17:00

supes-rs-header.jpgAs our celebration of the Man of Steel's 70th continues, Jared Vandergriff explores the stories that take place outside of the world of Superman's monthly comic, featuring alternate futures, "what if?" scenarios, and tales that strip the character back to basics.

 

   

Superman Turns 70: The Bastards of Krypton

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Written by Greg O'Driscoll Wednesday, 16 April 2008 17:00

supes-bok-header.jpgContinuing our tribute to the Man of Steel, Greg O'Driscoll ponders Superman's many illegitimate offspring: the knock-offs, parodies, and imitators inspired by the original superhero.

 

 

Superman Turns 70: The Search for Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

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Written by Steve Higgins Tuesday, 15 April 2008 17:00

supes-mot-header.jpgIn our next feature celebrating the 70th birthday of the Man of Tomorrow, Steve Higgins tells how Alan Moore's historic Superman swansong started him on a quest and changed the way he looked at comic books.

 

   

Superman Turns 70: The Real King of All Media and what he means to me

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Written by Jim Ousley Monday, 14 April 2008 17:00

super-friends-header.jpgContinuing our week of features celebrating Superman's 70th birthday, Jim Ousley explores Superman's life outside the comics page and how the Man of Steel transcended his four-color adventures.

 

 

Superman Turns 70: It’s Not Easy Being Super, Man

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Written by Carlos Ruiz Monday, 14 April 2008 03:00

supes_header.jpg...or What Do You Do With the Man of Tomorrow When Tomorrow Comes Today? In the first of our features on Superman's 70th anniversary, Carlos Ruiz explores what makes the Man of Steel the toughest character to write in comics.
   

Return of the Gremlins #1 (Dark Horse)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 10 April 2008 17:00

gremlins-header.jpgThe long-lost product of the unlikely team of Roald Dahl and Walt Disney gets a modern spin.

 

 

More Old Jewish Comedians (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 10 April 2008 17:00

friedman-header.jpgAnother collection of celebrated caricaturist Drew Friedman's portraits of Jewish comedians as they enter their very golden (read: ancient) years.

 

   

Essex County Vol. 2: Ghost Stories (Top Shelf)

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Written by Ryan Parker Thursday, 10 April 2008 17:00

essexcounty2-header.gifJeff Lemire's graphic novel series continues with this deep, sad tale of estranged brothers, mistakes, and hockey.

 

 

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #3 (Archaia Studios Press)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 10 April 2008 17:00

mousguard-header.jpgDavid Petersen's hit fantasy series continues, with the book's rodent heroes separated and lost on their quest to bring medicine to a fallen comrade.

 

   

Marvel Comics 04.30-05.07.08 | Xavier vs. Exodus

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 10 April 2008 17:00

x-men-header.jpgSeemingly back from the dead, the X-Men's leader is fighting for his life in X-Men: The Legacy #210. Plus, a bonus look at the five variant covers to Invincible Iron Man #1 by Marko Djurdjevic, Salvador Larocca, Bob Layton, Joe Quesada, and Billy Tan!

 

 

Last Call, Second Shot | Brian Azzarello, pt. 2

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Written by Carlos Ruiz Thursday, 03 April 2008 17:00

ba.jpgIn the free-wheeling second half of our conversation with the famed 100 Bullets writer, Brian Azzarello talks about his newest projects, his superhero work, what it takes to get inside the head of a villain, and why Bruce Wayne is the ultimate Ladies' Man.

 

   

Marvel Comics 04.30.08 | Days of Thunder

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 03 April 2008 17:00

thor-header.jpgGet electrified by this whopping ten-page preview (in 5 handy double-page spreads!) of the upcoming one-shot Thor: Ages of Thunder from Matt Fraction, Patrick Zircher, and Khari Evans.

 

 

Marvel Comics 04.23.08 | The return of Nick Fury

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 03 April 2008 17:00

fury.jpgSecret Invasion draws the eye-patched one out of hiding when Nick Fury (finally!) returns in Mighty Avengers #12. On the X-side of things, it's war against the Purifiers in X-Force #3 while the main team remains splintered in Uncanny X-Men #497, plus it's Hulk vs. Herc in the one-shot Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide.

   

Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper (Scholastic/Graphix)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 03 April 2008 17:00

amulet-header.gifThis all-ages series from the editor of the Flight anthologies may tread on familiar territory, but its unique creatures and fantastic artwork should be a hit with children and adults alike.

 

 

That Salty Air (Top Shelf)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 03 April 2008 17:00

thatsaltyair-header.gif"Not since Bryan Lee O'Malley's Lost At Sea has a premiere made me feel so excited for a sophomore release."

 

   

Bringing Comics into the Classroom

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Written by Steve Higgins Monday, 31 March 2008 03:55

bcc-header.jpgSteve Higgins, a frequent PLAYBACK:stl contributor and English instructor at Lewis and Clark Community College, gives the ins and outs of his experience in crafting a course in Comic Books as Literature.

 

 

30 Days of Night: Red Snow (IDW Publishing)

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Written by Jared Vandergriff Thursday, 27 March 2008 17:00

30days.jpgWorld War II-era soldiers battle the bitter Russian winter, ruthless Nazis, and bloodthirsty vampires in this prequel to the chilling horror franchise 30 Days of Night.

 

   

Watching Days Become Years #4 (Sparkplug Comic Books)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 27 March 2008 17:00

watching-header.jpgJeff LeVine's autobiographical journal-comic is melancholic, but if you can get into a sometimes-dark meditation on the meaning of it all, this Bud's for you.

 

 

Marvel Comics 04.16.08 | Divided We Stand

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 27 March 2008 17:00

x-mendwsheader.jpgStorm and co. enter a new era for mutantkind in X-Men: Divided We Stand Book 1, Act Three of "The Death of Captain America" kicks off in Captain America #37, Johnny Blaze has "Hell To Pay" in Ghost Rider #22, and it's Herc vs. the Eternals in Incredible Hercules #116.

 

   

Dark Wraith Of Shannara (Del Rey)

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Written by Ryan Parker Thursday, 27 March 2008 17:00

shannara-header.jpgFor the first time ever, Terry Brooks brings his famed fantasy novel series to the comics page.

 

 

First Call, First Shot | Brian Azzarello, pt. 1

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Written by Carlos Ruiz Thursday, 27 March 2008 10:17

loveless-header.jpgAs he kicks off the final story arc of his storied crime drama 100 Bullets, the writer joins us for a lengthy chat on the end of that title, his new book Loveless, the American vs. European comic markets, and punching lead singers of rock bands in the face.  

 

   

Image Comics/Shadowline 06.25.08 | VIX! #1

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 21 March 2008 08:41

vix-header.jpgA slick animated art style is the highlight in this new series about a young girl haunted by flashbacks and stalked by shadowy forces.

 

 

Noble Causes #32-33 (Image Comics)

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Written by Jared Vandergriff Friday, 21 March 2008 03:35

noblecauses-header.jpgA five year leap in time provides the perfect jumping on point for Jay Faerber's family-driven superhero soap opera.

 

   

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