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Jan 16, 2020. 1 comments

Carmen Maria Machado's The Low, Low Woods blends supernatural and mundane horror

Carmen Maria Machado's The Low, Low Woods blends supernatural and mundane horror

Just like Young Animal before it, the Hill House imprint from DC is proving to be a fascinating experiment, fostering comics that aren’t quite like what you find anywhere else. Helmed by Joe Hill of Locke & Key fame, the Hill House books are offering readers a handful of six-issue comics, each one distinct but with a clear overarching theme: horror. While many of the names attached to Hill...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jan 15, 2020. 3 comments

Suicide Squad’s relaunch pairs deadly thrills with sharp political commentary

Suicide Squad’s relaunch pairs deadly thrills with sharp political commentary

Suicide Squad endures as a superhero concept because it’s built on internal conflict: between members of the titular team and the authority figures forcing them to work together. There are layers upon layers of character dynamics to explore as supervillains butt heads with their ethically dubious handlers bearing government connections—a link that allows Suicide Squad’s writers to explore the...

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Dec 12, 2019. 2 comments

The Banks offers a new kind of heist and a fresh take on crime families

The Banks offers a new kind of heist and a fresh take on crime families
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Roxane Gay

Art

Ming Doyle

Colors

Jordie Bellaire

Publisher

TKO Studio

At the heart of The Banks is a criminal legacy that walks a fine line between familiar and fresh twists on old tropes. The titular Banks family is three generations of black women living in Chicago, a family at least in part founded upon breaking and entering. The youngest, Celia, is an...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Dec 11, 2019. 3 comments

Michel Fiffe pays tribute to his comic idols with Copra’s superhero remix

Michel Fiffe pays tribute to his comic idols with Copra’s superhero remix

Knowing how superhero publishers have treated the creators of their billion-dollar IP, working with Marvel and DC to tell new stories with those characters might not be the best way to honor those legends who shaped the genre. For the last seven years, Michel Fiffe has carried on the legacy of his artistic heroes in the pages of Copra, a superhero series combining different concepts and...

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Nov 28, 2019. 16 comments

DC's compelling new Green Lantern story is a genre-blending delight

DC's compelling new Green Lantern story is a genre-blending delight

At first glance, the most striking thing about Far Sector #1 is the artwork. That’s usually true of comic books, but it’s especially true of Jamal Campbell’s work on the cover and first few pages of this book. The design is bold and futuristic, refreshing for the Green Lanterns franchise and rooted in the changes made in the past few years. Campbell dresses Lantern Mullein in angular and...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Nov 27, 2019. 1 comments

The Tea Dragon Festival returns to Katie O’Neill’s soft, soothing fantasy world

The Tea Dragon Festival returns to Katie O’Neill’s soft, soothing fantasy world

Katie O’Neill’s The Tea Dragon Society was a kids-comics sensation when it came out in 2017, winning two Eisner Awards with its tender tale of a young girl creating friendships through the art of tea harvesting. O’Neill returns to the world of the adorable tea dragons with The Tea Dragon Festival (Oni), a significantly longer prequel that introduces readers to Rinn, a gatherer who discovers a...

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Oct 30, 2019. 2 comments

The Okay Witch is the perfect read for kids who love Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown

The Okay Witch is the perfect read for kids who love Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown

If there’s a perfect confluence between the continued boom of middle-grade graphic novels and beloved childrens’ Halloween movies, it’s The Okay Witch. A young girl named Moth is the star of this particular show, the odd one out at her school and the victim of getting both widely ignored and bullied in turns. Moth lives with her mom Calendula in Founder’s Bluff, Massachusetts; between their...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Oct 29, 2019. 8 comments

Archie Vs. Predator II drops a Betty and Veronica bombshell

Archie Vs. Predator II drops a Betty and Veronica bombshell

Archie Vs. Predator was one of the most delightful surprises of 2015, unleashing the alien killer in the cartoon world of classic Riverdale. A bloodbath ensued, but writer Alex De Campi and artist Fernando Ruiz made the book more than a hyper-violent joke by positioning Predator as an Archie replacement caught in the classic Betty and Veronica love triangle. That first miniseries ended with...

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Oct 16, 2019. 1 comments

Pumpkinheads offers sweet, familiar fun for fans of autumn, YA, and romance alike

Pumpkinheads offers sweet, familiar fun for fans of autumn, YA, and romance alike

Fans of Rainbow Rowell will know exactly what to expect when they pick up Pumpkinheads. The author has been carving out her niche in young adult novels and comics, delivering books like Fangirl and (along with artist Kris Anka) the new Runaways. Rowell has worked hard to earn her reputation with fans as someone with a particular skill for writing young people in realistic relationships, both...

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Oct 15, 2019. 8 comments

Raina Telgemeier returns to memoir to explore childhood anxiety in Guts

Raina Telgemeier returns to memoir to explore childhood anxiety in Guts

Raina Telgemeier isn’t solely responsible for the explosion of graphic novels in the current literary landscape, but sometimes it feels like the industry revolves around her. It might just be a coincidence that The New York Times revived its Graphic Books and Manga bestsellers list the week after the release of Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Guts (Graphix), but having a bestsellers list...

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Caitlin Rosberg Caitlin Rosberg Oct 02, 2019. 8 comments

Gotham City Monsters kicks off a spooky new creature feature for DC

Gotham City Monsters kicks off a spooky new creature feature for DC

Every year the arrival of fall heralds a rush of spooky comics, and sometimes it feels like the ongoing superhero titles get left behind in the rush to get out appropriately themed books. Graphic novels and one shot issues are a far easier prospect when it comes to holidays and events, so consider Gotham City Monsters the exception that proves this rule. Written by DC veteran Steve Orlando...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Oct 01, 2019. 2 comments

Tillie Walden tackles trauma and survival in the poetic, poignant Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden tackles trauma and survival in the poetic, poignant Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden is an unstoppable force in comics. At only 23, she’s one of the youngest Eisner Award winners ever, and for the past three years, Walden has been responsible for some of the most heartfelt and striking graphic novels to hit stands. Each of Walden’s First Second releases—the graphic memoir Spinning , sci-fi coming-of-age story On A Sunbeam , and surreal road trip drama Are You...

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Sep 18, 2019. 1 comments

Stargazing has just as much heart as Jen Wang’s 2018 hit, The Prince And The Dressmaker

Stargazing has just as much heart as Jen Wang’s 2018 hit, The Prince And The Dressmaker

Jen Wang’s The Prince And the Dressmaker was unquestionably one of the big hits of 2018, beloved by fans and celebrated by critics. A story of identity and love, the book resonated with a lot of readers and made a showing in a slew of best-of lists at the end of the year. That kind of success can put undue pressure on a follow-up, but Stargazing and Wang both rise to meet the challenge and...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Sep 17, 2019. 5 comments

Sabrina The Teenage Witch goes full fantasy hero in her latest reimagining

Sabrina The Teenage Witch goes full fantasy hero in her latest reimagining

Now that popular culture has fully embraced the dark, creepy teenage witchery of Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, Archie Comics is shifting gears with the magical character once more. The latest Sabrina The Teenage Witch miniseries returns to a brighter, more cartoony aesthetic but still brings in more intense genre elements, blending teen romance, fantasy, horror, and even a dash of superhero....

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Sep 04, 2019. 15 comments

Marvel Comics #1000 is an awkward blend of event set-up and anniversary tribute

Marvel Comics #1000 is an awkward blend of event set-up and anniversary tribute

Marvel has never been a company to pass up a trend. DC has seen considerable success with Action Comics #1000 and Detectice Comics #1000, and Marvel wants a piece of that pie despite not having any books that have run for 1000 issues. Enter: Marvel Comics #1000 (Marvel), celebrating the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics with a book that would have maybe been the thousandth issue of Marvel...

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Caitlin Rosberg Caitlin Rosberg Sep 03, 2019. 4 comments

Doctor Mirage dives into a new adventure with outstanding art and carefully balanced grief

Doctor Mirage dives into a new adventure with outstanding art and carefully balanced grief

Valiant’s superhero roster isn’t as familiar as DC’s or Marvel’s, and while a lot of what Valiant has to offer includes incredible world building and a rich history, it sometimes comes at the cost—like many other superhero stories—of more personal, intimate narratives that help to root the characters. Doctor Mirage is the rare exception to that rule, a comic that’s deeply committed to both a...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Aug 21, 2019. 2 comments

The White Trees takes three war buddies on a kink-infused fantasy journey

The White Trees takes three war buddies on a kink-infused fantasy journey

There isn’t a lot of room for erotica in superhero comics. It’s a genre tailored for mass market appeal, and while there are plenty of sexualized characters, explicit sexual content has a ceiling at publishers like Marvel and DC. Chip Zdarsky and Kris Anka are two creators with a passion for erotic art; Zdarsky is the co-creator of Image Comics’ Sex Criminals and Anka has a reputation for...

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Caitlin Rosberg Caitlin Rosberg Aug 20, 2019. 5 comments

Bad Gateway finds itself by refusing to let readers look away from uncomfortable truths

Bad Gateway finds itself by refusing to let readers look away from uncomfortable truths

Some comics have both the good fortune and burden of being wholly unfamiliar in form and tone to readers. Bad Gateway is definitely one of those, a book specifically and clearly rooted in the comic-book storytelling tradition but which differs wildly from the average superhero tale or graphic memoir. The book focuses mostly on Megg, a young woman with the green skin, long nose, black dress,...

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Caitlin Rosberg Caitlin Rosberg Aug 07, 2019. 4 comments

Shing Yin Khor finds the best of what road-trip memoirs have to offer

Shing Yin Khor finds the best of what road-trip memoirs have to offer

The symbolism is clear in travel memoirs: Journey as metaphor for the way a life unfolds. The growing number of graphic novel additions to this sub-genre have revitalized it in the past few years. Books like Lucy Knisley’s Displacement and Eleanor Davis’s You & A Bike & A Road are wonderful examples of the way that a creator’s art can take stories beyond what they would be as prose. Memoirs so...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Aug 06, 2019. 4 comments

GLOW nails the TV show’s tone as it delves deeper into wrestling culture

GLOW nails the TV show’s tone as it delves deeper into wrestling culture

Netflix’s GLOW returns this weekend for its third season , and after the binge is done and viewers are hungry for more of the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, they should check out IDW’s GLOW comic book. This is a TV show run by women with a predominantly female ensemble, so it’s nice to see IDW assemble a creative team of women for the comic adaptation. Written by Tini Howard with art by Hannah...

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