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Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

The Goddess of Love ain't no angel in this latest volume in George O'Connor's Olympians series.

 

 

Dogs of War (Scholastic)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

Dogs are not only man's best friend, they're also a soldier's best brother-in-arms in this trio of man-and-his-dog war stories from Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox.

 

   

Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Young King, The Remarkable Rocket, and The Birthday of the Infanta (NBM)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 28 February 2014 20:52

Multiple Eisner Award winner P. Craig Russell adapts a trio of Wilde's not-necessarily-kid-friendly fairy tales.

 

 

Rookie Yearbook Two (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00

Story and art mash together in endlessly interesting ways in this collection of highlights from the second year of the inventive teen magazine Rookie.

 

   

The Cute Girl Network (First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

When you start a new relationship, it's tempting to want to dig up some dirt on your new beau. But what if there was an entire organized network of ex-girlfriends eager to do the excavating for you? That's the temptation Jane must resist in The Cute Girl Network.

 

 

Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action! (First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 29 November 2013 11:50

The latest in this series of kid-friendly art education books offers up adventure as well as instruction.

 

   

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (First Second)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Friday, 08 November 2013 16:40

A delightful tale of adventure, derring-do, thievery and a flying ship! Also tea.

 

 

Battling Boy (First Second)

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Written by Mick Martin Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00

Paul Pope does his typically gorgeous work in breathing life into the coming-of-age tale of a young Thor-meets-Kamandi hero in his latest graphic novel.

 

   

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series (Dark Horse)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Friday, 27 September 2013 19:45

The magic and talent behind Nickelodeon’s hit series The Legend of Korra is revealed in this art collection for the first season of the series, Book One: Air.

 

 

Templar (First Second)

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Written by Mick Martin Saturday, 07 September 2013 07:51

Many a hit movie has cast the Knights Templar as would-be world conquerors, but Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner has a different take in this epic graphic novel.

 

   

Boxers & Saints (First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) offers up two very different perspectives on an important piece of Chinese history in this pair of new graphic novels.

 

 

Poseidon: Earth Shaker (First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 26 July 2013 11:50

Fluid storytelling and action-packed artwork are the highlights of this retelling of Greek myth from George O'Connor.

 

   

Flash Gordon: The Fall of Ming (Titan Books)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 05 July 2013 11:03

The current events of the time take over as the effects of World War II are felt on this batch of Sunday strips from the early 1940s.

 

 

Relish (First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 21 June 2013 15:46

Lucy Knisley captures her life in the kitchen in this food-filled memoir.

 

   

Siegfried II: The Valkyrie (Archaia)

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Written by Brent Mueller Friday, 31 May 2013 13:02

Siegfried 2 HeaderIn the second installment of his Siegfried series, Alex Alice weaves a tale that has all the appeal of Richard Wagner’s classic opera with the complexities and edginess of a modern fantasy epic.

 

 

The Simon & Kirby Library: Science Fiction (Titan Books)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 May 2013 09:30

A collection of Space Race-era sci-fi stories from the prolific creators of Captain America.

 

   

The Last of Us: American Dreams #1 (Dark Horse)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

This must-read prequel to the upcoming video game from Naughty Dog Studio follows an orphan sent for quarantine at a military school in post-pandemic Boston.

 

 

An Enchantment (NBM/ComicsLit)

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Written by Mick Martin Friday, 12 April 2013 15:34

 A museum director meets an otherworldly woman in the halls of the Louvre in this lavishly illustrated "graphic poem."

 

   

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1 (Bantam)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

Can't stand the weekly wait to get your Westeros fix? This graphic novel adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy frachise offers a fresh way to feed your fix.

 

 

Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics (NBM)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Most books on philosophy tend to be stuffy, but with her expressive cartooning, Dutch artist Margreet de Heer gets down to basics without forgetting the fun.

 

   

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse)

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Written by Brent Mueller Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Part artbook, part chronology, and all any fan of The Legend of Zelda video game franchise could ever ask for.

 

 

Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery (NBM)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

A sensational affair ends in a gruesome murder in the latest volume of Rick Geary's "Treasury of XXth Century Murder" series. 

   

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel (NBM)

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Written by Mick Martin Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Library director and noted graphic novel evangelist Stephen Weiner offers up a history of the graphic novel that serves as a great primer for the uninitiated, but its occasional omissions, inconsistencies, and errors may prove distracting to the more familiar reader.

 

 

Siegfried (Archaia)

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Written by Brent Mueller Friday, 08 February 2013 21:08

Think opera is stuffy? You won't in the hands of Alex Alice, who excites the senses with this adaptation of Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.

   

Cherubs! (Dark Horse)

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Written by Brent Mueller Friday, 25 January 2013 22:29

A group of angels goes on the lam when they're accused of heaven's first murder in this twisted new book with a bit of '60s underground flair.

 

Assassin’s Creed Vol. 1-3 (Titan Books)

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Written by Brent Mueller Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

This three-volume side story from the hit video game franchise starts strong, but a disjointed story ultimately leaves the complete work less than satisfying.

 

   

Deva Zan (Dark Horse)

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Written by Brent Mueller Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

Yoshitaka Amano, the famed illustrator behind Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D, crafts a fantasy story for the ages.

 

 

Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo (Titan Books)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 21 December 2012 09:46

Fast-moving storylines and killer cliffhangers are the order of the day in this latest collection of the classic Sunday strip by Don Moore and Alex Raymond.

   

Danger Club Vol. 1: Death (Image Comics)

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Written by Mick Martin Friday, 14 December 2012 00:00

When the heroes are away, the sidekicks will play in this bloody, Irredeemable-esque tale of superpowers run amok.

 

 

Scene of the Crime (Image Comics)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

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Years before Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark teamed up on Daredevil and Gotham Central, they crafted this noirish crime mystery that previewed Brubaker’s award-winning series Criminal.

   

Great Pacific #1 (Image)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 23 November 2012 00:00

A young man tries to use his science skills and his inheritance to try to solve the problem of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in this teen adventure series' debut.

 

 

X-Men Legacy #1 (Marvel)

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Written by Justin Crouse Friday, 23 November 2012 00:00

Charles Xavier's split personality son takes the spotlight in this Marvel NOW relaunch.

 

   

The Great Showdowns (Titan Books)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 18 November 2012 10:21

Some of cinema's greatest faceoffs are captured with whimsical detachment in this art book from Scott C.

 

 

Uglies: Shay’s Story (Del Rey)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

Scott Westerfeld adapts his bestselling teen novel series into a manga-styled side story starring one of his most appealing ancillary characters.

 

   

Whore (Big City Comics/Zenescope)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

Jacob Mars is a badass action hero who’ll do any job as long as it pays in this exercise in action-packed wish fulfillment.

 

Ghost #1 (Dark Horse)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

Personality goes a long way in resurrecting the appeal of Dark Horse's long dormant undead superheroine of sorts, now brought back to life by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto.

   

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