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Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China
3.74
Shenzhen is very comparable (in terms of the artwork) to Guy Delisle's earlier volume Pyongyang. As always, his black-and-white, cartoony charcoal dra ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit
4.10
While I'm not a huge sports fan, and have no real interest in motor sports at all, I can't deny that The Limit is a thrilling read, and a genuine page ...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 08, 2011
 
Gaboon's Daymare
4.43
This is the second volume of Tobias Tak's highly original comics work. His characters and scenarios are unique, wacky, and beautifully drawn in a wild ...more
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Dec 31, 2011
 
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995
4.27
Safe Area Gorazde is a stunning work, combining the best traits of journalism, comics, and historical non-fiction. What really makes this book excepti ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Morbus Gravis
3.97
Morbus Gravis I is the beginning of Serpieri's epic of apocalyptic sci-fi porn, as originally run in the pages of Heavy Metal magazine (back in the gl ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 4: Red Rackham's Treasure / The Seven Crystal Balls / The Prisoners of the Sun
4.34
This volume contains several critical milestones in the Tintin chronology, including the introduction of Professor Cuthbert Calculus, who became a cor ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The Best of MUTTS
4.52
Mutts is likely the only worthwhile strip running in daily newspaper comics sections these days, so a tenth-anniversary collection like this is worthy ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Beta Testing the Apocalypse
3.64
It's obvious, but not trite, to compare the comics of Tom Kaczynski to the fiction of J.G. Ballard. Both share an obsession with human adjustment to a ...more
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Apr 06, 2013
 
Maiden Voyage
4.21
Denton Welch's first novel is good, although certainly not quite as strong as In Youth is Pleasure, his signature work. Nonetheless, Maiden Voyage has ...more
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Mar 02, 2014
 
The Incal 1 (Collecting Volume 1 & 2 of The Incal)
4.19
The Incal is a curious creation, born of the meandering spiritual obsessions of Jodorowsky and the wonderfully vivid drawings of Moebius. While the st ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Jeremy Brood
3.17
While there's nothing deep or momentous about Jeremy Brood, it is a fun read in the grand tradition of "Heavy Metal" magazine, and contains enough of ...more
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Sep 29, 2012
 
Morbus Gravis
3.97
The second installment in Serpieri's Druuna saga continues the pattern of filth, violence, and despair established at the beginning of the series. Des ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
4.05
This is a decent collection providing an interesting overview of the recent development of queer comics. The editor is constrained by having to pick p ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2012
 
Little Ego
3.82
Little Ego is a clever and creative mix of erotica and humor, all served up as a tribute to one of the great early comics artists, Windsor McCay. The ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
Okko: The Cycle of Water (Okko, #1)
Hub
3.70
Okko is an innovative take on Japanese mythology, interwoven with unique literary and visual elements that make this tale something more than ordinary ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography
3.54
The idea of Rick Geary profiling the life of J. Edgar Hoover makes an awful lot of intuitive sense, and the final product meets all expectations. Fres ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Maggie the Mechanic
4.18
This is really a key piece of American literature from the late twentieth century, at least in viewing that literature as a whole that is more than la ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Glacial Period
3.41
I read this book after Marc-Antoine Mathieu's Museum Vaults: Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert, which is out of order, given that De Crecy's Glac ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
BodyWorld
3.76
BodyWorld is a pretty amazing achievement from Dash Shaw, one of the more interesting comics artists on the scene today. His narrative this time aroun ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
4.34
Maus I is definitely a triumph of the graphic novel form, both because of the extraordinary content and the intelligent use of the graphic medium that ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 7: The Castafiore Emerald / Flight 714 to Sydney / Tintin and the Picaros
4.29
Although I've occasionally heard comments to the effect that Tintin's last couple of published adventures are some of the weakest entries in the serie ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Love and Rockets, Vol. 17: Fear of Comics
3.83
Fear of Comics is my new favorite work by Gilbert Hernandez. He's always been the slightly more loony of the pair of famous comics creators known as L ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo
3.85
The Fixer is another great entry in Joe Sacco's series of comics reportage from the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Although it is clearly not a major work ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Black Hole
3.83
Although I've found Charles Burns' graphic style to be somewhat unappealing in other contexts, there's no denying that Black Hole is a triumph both in ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Wimbledon Green
3.82
Wimbledon Green is lots of fun, and despite some self-deprecating remarks that the author makes in his notes to this edition, a fully worthy addition ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
Don't Go Where I Can't Follow
4.18
I'm rapidly becoming a big fan of Anders Nilsen's work, and Don't Go Where I Can't Follow has got to be the cornerstone piece of his career to date. W ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The Acme Novelty Library #16
4.30
Another astonishing title from Chris Ware, one of the handful of real geniuses working in the medium of graphic novels today. While thematically simil ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The World Without Us
3.79
The World Without Us is an interesting thought exercise exploring what would happen to our planet if all of humanity were suddenly to disappear in the ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The Rings of Saturn
4.30
Sebald's The Rings of Saturn is a fascinating ramble through the dregs of colonial empire (among other things), presented in the form of a wandering t ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
 
The R. Crumb Handbook
4.12
Previous to reading The R. Crumb Handbook, I always found Crumb's works to be somewhat overrated and occasionally outright dull. The handbook certainl ...more
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Nov 11, 2011
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