Graphic Novels from Davis, McKean, and Ostrander & Mandrake | Xpress Reviews

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A wonderfully told story of a boy coming of age and coming to terms, a superb print exhibition of McKean’s varied talents and styles, a confusing read for those unfamiliar with the first Martian Manhunter title

Betrayals, Bound Feet, Ghosts, and Rollergirls | What We’re Reading

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This week the School Library Journal/LJ staffers learn some things about spycraft, Chinese culture, roller derby doings, imperfect relationships, and growing up in 1970s Texas.

Aguirre-Sacasa/Francavilla, Anglo/Leach, Lanzac/Blain, & More | Graphic Novels Reviews

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Afterlife with Archie casts off the typical Archie comic lightheartedness; Michael Moran once again becomes the super­powerful Miracleman; Masterful Marks for artists interested in doing biography comics.

Graphic Novels from Brisson & Co., Lapham, and Lemire | Xpress Reviews

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Brisson and company present gut-wrenching portrayals of humankind, Lapham has expertly crafted a noir tale with great dialog, Lemire’s latest imaginative and personal but too self-indulgent

Graphic Novels from Johnson/Mitten, Koike/Mori, Grant & Co., Ulinich, and Vaughn/Luna | Xpress Reviews

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A magic- and fantasy-heavy, action-packed adventure; classic of the samurai manga; A great introduction to a vibrant dystopia; an exceptional “semiautobiographical” tragicomedy; exploring what it means to be intelligent and human

Graphic Novels from Anno, Bendis, Peyo, & Woodring | Xpress Reviews

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Manga on mangled vanity; for aspiring pros, on the comics business; nostalgia in blue: The Smurfs Anthology, Woodring’s intersection of comic books and outsider art

Graphic Novels from Collins, Nero & Dowling, and Remender & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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A visually lyrical modern fable that manages to be both utterly unique and eerily recognizable, a modern-day cautionary parable with a kick, and a book for fans of stories of espionage, spies, assassins, and high school awkwardness

Thor, Batman ’66, Daredevil, plus World War I in Comics, & Much, Much More | Graphic Novels Reviews

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A bloodier, earthier take on the Norse hero, preeminent comics scribe Busiek reveals the the extraordinary side of more ordinary folk living among superpowered movers and shakers, sports fans and history readers will find Kleist’s Boxer mesmerizing

Graphic Novels Literary and Adventuresome from Kuper and Van Lente & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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The System has the heft of a literary novel; Volume 1 of Brain Boy is great fun for fans of sf or espionage thrillers

Graphic Novels: Dead Boy Detectives, Twelve Gems, Protectors, & Peter Panzerfaust | Xpress Reviews

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Strange travels of dead boy detectives, a space adventure in search of gems, an intriguing murder mystery involving superheroes, and Wiebe’s take on Peter Pan

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