Comic Books

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4 Recent Comic Releases You Need to Read Right Now

The comic-book scene started the summer off on a high note this year! A massive amount of first issues premiered from all types of publishers. We also got a few continuations from June that have been keeping up stellar momentum. If the amount of time it would take to cover all of the awesome July comics sounds excessive, no problem! We’ve got some of the best titles summed up and reviewed—with no spoilers—to get you all caught up. 1....

The Promised Neverland Is the Suspenseful, Well-Written Manga You’ve Been Looking For

The Promised Neverland. After deciding to read this manga because of a friend’s recommendation, I knew it would be good, but nothing could’ve prepared me for how good. The chapter one plot twist grabbed me by the throat and punched me in the gut. Almost every chapter since has been highly suspenseful; dialogue is full of tension and plot seems to execute flawlessly. Normally I’m not the type of person who enjoys thrillers, but it only took that one...

DJ Paul Oakenfold’s Graphic Novel Dazzles with Art but Falls Flat on Substance

He’s been one of the planet’s top DJs for three decades, but that doesn’t mean Paul Oakenfold can pen a good graphic novel, even when framing it around semiautobiographical experiences that blur the lines of reality like an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Despite an interesting structure, a wealth of artistic talent at his disposal, an accompanying soundtrack, and a medium that’s perfect to tell the story, The Wonderful World of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfold and Friends is a misfire...

In Dog Men, Harry Dresden Battles Ghouls and PTSD

Harry Dresden is having nightmares. In his dreams, all the people he cares about are shredded by the forces of evil and he is powerless to stop it. When he wakes, his apartment is dirty, his refrigerator empty. Even his giant Foo Dog, Mouse, is concerned about his master and follows him around, trying to get him to eat. But Harry has seen too much violence and loss lately, and his determination to protect the innocent is turning into...

Bingo Love for the Win

Writer Tee Franklin, artist Jenn St-Onge, and colorist Joy San give us Bingo Love, the story of two pivotal bingo games, decades apart, that bring unexpected love and second chances. Young Hazel Johnson’s new classmate, Mari McCray, is a “tall, beautiful . . . honey glazed goddess,” recently moved from California. Mari gives Hazel a glamorous new nickname: Elle. The two girls spend the afternoon together, and when Mari kisses her cheek goodbye, Hazel can’t help but imagine their...

Get Ready for the Black Panther Movie with Black Panther: A Nation under Our Feet

Being the comic-book geek that a lot of my Marvel Cinematic Universe fan friends know, I often get asked questions along these lines: “Okay, so the new film? Is there something I should read?” For Black Panther, the answer has been easy: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Hugo-nominated Black Panther: A Nation under Our Feet. Other comic-book aficionados may disagree, but when I watched the trailer for the upcoming Panther film, I was visually triggered for Brian Stelfreeze’s art. The costumes have...

The Dream of the Butterfly Is a Ghibli-esque Adventure Tale

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man...

Subversive and Godly? As the Crow Flies Proves You Can Be Both

Web comics are a dime a dozen these days, it seems. Yet occasionally, out of the depths rises an occasional bright star. A few years ago, that star was Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona—a graphic novel that often gets described with words like “quirky” and “subversive.” Total dog whistles, right? Yep! And when I hear them, my ears hear “queer AF and full of people of color and run out and buy this right now.” As the Crow Flies by Melanie...

Get to Know the Magic and the Mystery of Nightschool

For my birthday last month, a friend and fellow manga and anime fan gave me the first installment of a manga called Nightschool. As she knows me and my type of nerdiness really well, I knew this story was going to be right up my alley, and I couldn’t wait to read it. My hopes for it were more than fulfilled, and I’ll definitely be adding the rest of the series to my collection soon. Nightschool is written and illustrated by...

“Ha-Ha, I Made You Say Cock!” and Other Things That Try to Be Funny in Allen, Son of Hellcock

In an interview with CBR.com, writer Gabe Kopolwitz said that he drew a lot of inspiration for Allen, Son of Hellcock from years of reading “a lot of old Heavy Metal.” Yeeahhh. That’s possibly one of the reasons this comic book utterly fails the Bechdel Test . . . among other things. The story of Allen, Son of Hellcock follows a hapless do-nothing who has been paralyzed by his famous father’s reputation. His father’s ghost follows him around, alternately...
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