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Archive for the ‘Graphic Novel’ Category

BLACK WIDOW: THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Marjorie Liu & Daniel Acuna

May 11, 2014

I read the first issue of this graphic novel collection when it came out and was impressed. The story is pretty emotional and there’s lots of action along the way. Marjorie Liu is a novelist by trade, and the layered plot shows off those skills. She also does a really good job building up all […]


May 11, 2014

For a long time, Bucky Barnes was the deadest superhero in the world. Though other heroes died and came back, making the ultimate sacrifice just to sell more issues of their comics, Bucky remained blown to pieces somewhere deep in the ocean. That Captain America survived was just impossible to believe, though his return heralded […]

CONSTANTINE: THE SPARK AND THE FLAME by Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, and Renato Guedes

May 11, 2014

I’m trying to settle into my summer (post-college semester) with reading and writing. So yesterday when I discovered that Constantine was indeed going to be making a small-screen appearance as a series in the fall, I thought about the first graphic novel of the “new” Constantine I’d picked up but hadn’t gotten around to yet. […]

DAREDEVIL by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Marcos Martin

January 3, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Daredevil, Vol. 1 For years now, Daredevil has been a dark character. I remember when Frank Miller took over the writing chores of the monthly book way back in the day. We’d never seen cinematic art like that, and we’d never seen Daredevil portrayed so … mean. I liked the change. Daredevil […]


January 2, 2014

Buy at Amazon: Justice League Dark Vol. 2: The Books of Magic (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)) Justice League Dark: The Books Magic is a mixed bag. Peter Milligan, the author of the first graphic novel, has a two-issue story in this one that doesn’t quite feel finished, but maybe […]


January 2, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Earth 2 Vol. 1: The Gathering (The New 52) James Robinson and Nicola Scott are blowing my mind with Earth-2. The reimagining of the Justice Society (or maybe this is kind of a slipstream Justice Society since the New 52 is in effect) is just amazing. The new/old heroes are a welcome […]

JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee

January 2, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) DC’s The New 52 has hit the ground running, splitting the fan base to a degree, but raising the sales overall, which is a good thing for comics. With all the superhero movies doing so well at the theaters these days, the spillover is […]

ALL-NEW X-MEN: HERE TO STAY by Brian Michael Bendis, Dave Marquez, and Stuart Immonen

December 23, 2013

After reading the first volume in this new series, I couldn’t help downloading and blazing through the second volume. If you haven’t read the first review I’ve done for this series, take a minute and do so. In this book things really come to a head. Young Scott is trying to figure out what he’s […]

ALL-NEW X-MEN: YESTERDAY’S X-MEN by Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen

December 23, 2013

Mixing the old X-Men with the new X-Men? You’d think that had been done before, and if memory serves, it has been done before. But never like Brian Michael Bendis is now doing it in All-New X-Men, which seems like a weird choice for comic books that feature the “old” X-Men. When I’d first heard […]

HAWKEYE: MY LIFE AS A WEAPON by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido

December 14, 2013

Matt Fraction has revealed yet another facet of iconic hero, Hawkeye: Clint Barton’s days NOT wearing the purple costume. However, even though these stories are not focused on supervillains, more or less, they still feature a lot of action and character development. The first issue gathered in this graphic novel has already been reviewed in […]