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Archive for the ‘Young Adult’ Category


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. […]

THE BOUNDLESS by Kenneth Oppel

April 22, 2014

As soon as I dug into The Boundless, I was immediately reminded of another book I’d read by Kenneth Oppel: Airborn. Both of the books feature young protagonists in worlds that are slightly a-kilter from our own. In the latter book, the world spun around large airships. In The Boundless, the world revolves around a […]

MISTWALKER by Saundra Mitchell

February 14, 2014

Buy At Amazon Mistwalker I got an advance copy of Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell. I fell in love with the evocative cover and couldn’t help guessing what the book was about even before I read the synopsis. Turns out I was both surprised and disappointed. To encapsulate this book for a quite byte, I’d call […]


January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 3: Rotworld: The Red Kingdom Much of the forward moment set up in the first two volumes of what has turned out to be one very LONG story gets frittered away by endless action scenes. The battle in this volume seems to go on forever and involve a cast […]

ANIMAL MAN: ANIMAL VS. MAN by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh, & Timothy Green II

January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 2: Animal Vs. Man Animal Man: Animal vs. Man takes the read on an even darker turn in this new imagining of the life of Buddy Baker. The road trip from/to Hell continues unabated. I’m glad I decided not to list the book for juveniles because I personally think […]

ANIMAL MAN: THE HUNT by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman

January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt (The New 52) Animal Man is one of those weird superheroes who was – seemingly – destined for obscurity. In the beginning he was picked up by aliens and exposed to a process that allowed him to temporarily take on the abilities and attributes of animals, […]

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 […]

THE BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT by Francesco Francavilla

January 3, 2014

Buy At Amazon: The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out Author/artist Francesco Francavilla has been on my radar for some time now. I just didn’t know it. I loved his covers for the Shadow, Batman, and various other comics titles, but I’d just never bothered to check for his name. It’s a shame, but […]


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 […]