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Shortcomings
3.64
it was ok
Adrian Tomine is a good artist who writes a genuine narrative. Unfortunately, as is the case with a lot of "indie" cartoonists, the narrative is borin ...more
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Mar 06, 2008
 
Locas
4.39
it was amazing
Jaime Hernandez is one of the most innovative and talented creators in alt-comics. He perfectly captures the punk rock scene, women's friendships, amo ...more
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Jan 15, 2008
 
Promethea, Vol. 4
4.15
really liked it
You know what's funny about Promethea? It's a comic book that definitely wouldn't appeal to children (vide: the Kabbalah story arc) and which has full ...more
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Jul 09, 2007
 
Flight, Volume 3
4.18
liked it
I kind of wish there were a stronger pre-submission story screening process for these books, because they get a little bogged down with endless storie ...more
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Jan 01, 2008
 
Nana, Vol. 11 (Nana, #11)
4.42
liked it
Hey! In all my talking about Nana, I forgot that I actually read this volume!

And to be honest, I briefly considered giving up the series after this on
...more
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Jul 24, 2008
 
Essential Wolverine, Vol. 3
3.77
really liked it
Wolverine's probably one of the biggest names in superheroics, partially because he was part of that wave of mid-80s Dark Badass Vigilantes that trans ...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
Powers, Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?
3.99
did not like it
Powers is to Watchmen and Astro City as The DaVinci Code is to Foucault's Pendulum. The anemic and obvious writing is only overshadowed by the nause ...more
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May 11, 2007
 
Swamp Thing, Vol. 9: Infernal Triangles
3.58
liked it
It's not that Rick Veitch is a bad writer - he's decent enough. His art is certainly above average. But he just doesn't have Alan Moore's magic. He tr ...more
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Nov 13, 2007
 
Batman: The Long Halloween
4.29
it was amazing
I read this when it first came out and I'm glad to revisit it, because I appreciate it so much more now. The writing is perfect, and the art is beauti ...more
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Sep 11, 2007
 
JLA, Vol. 5: Justice for All
3.84
it was ok
I grew up reading Marvel comics and I haven't much familiarity with the DC Universe beyond some non-cape titles (Swamp Thing, Constantine, Sandman), a ...more
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Aug 30, 2007
 
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams, Vol. 1
4.09
it was ok
Neal Adams's run on Batman was a turning point for DC, bringing the artwork from the garish and simplistic drawings of the past to the realistic and d ...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken: A Picture Novella
3.79
liked it
I liked the art and design, but it was difficult for me to enjoy this book, as it's an autobiography of a rather repellant person. He's a 30 year old ...more
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Jun 22, 2007
 
Concrete, Volume 5: Think Like A Mountain
4.08
it was amazing
This is the volume where the Concrete character really becomes interesting. He goes from being somewhat directionless to being a crusader for the envi ...more
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May 28, 2008
 
Nana, Vol. 9 (Nana, #9)
4.41
it was amazing
Okay, I'm probably not being as objective as I could be with this series, but I really do enjoy the hell out of it. This is probably the best volume y ...more
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Mar 12, 2008
 
My Perfect Life
4.58
it was amazing
Wow - Maybonne was never my favorite character of Lynda Barry's (after all, teenagers, when portrayed honestly, are rarely likable), but this book rea ...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
One Hundred Demons
4.19
it was amazing
This book is fantastic - Lynda Barry deftly explores new artistic techniques in this slightly fictionalized autobiography. Barry is adept at capturing ...more
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Mar 06, 2008
 
Epileptic 1 [L'Ascension du Haut Mal, 1-3]
3.67
did not like it
How could I possibly give this version of Epileptic one star while giving another version five stars? Because Fantagraphics royally screwed up in the ...more
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Sep 24, 2007
 
Top 10, Vol. 2
4.25
it was amazing
Top Ten is outstanding. It's able to mix wry parody and sly cameos with actual interesting, well-balanced, memorable characters. The storyline is intr ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
Love and Rockets, Vol. 1: Music for Mechanics
4.19
really liked it
This book is an interesting one - it seems so different in tone from Los Bros's later works, but the artwork is so solid, and a lot of what makes them ...more
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Feb 25, 2008
 
Autobiographix
3.47
really liked it
This is a fun little book with a handful of comics creators writing and illustrating short autobiographical stories. Notable: Frank Miller is quite po ...more
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Dec 03, 2007
 
Promethea, Vol. 3
4.09
really liked it
I actually liked this a lot more than when I first read it. A lot of readers dropped Promethea at this point because of the endless tarot/kabbalah/etc ...more
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Jun 25, 2007
 
Runaways, Vol. 7: Live Fast (Runaways, #7)
4.25
it was amazing
Great as always. I'm sorely disappointed that Vaughn ends his run with this book and hands the reins to Mr. "Almost As Bad an X-Men Writer as Chuck Au ...more
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Dec 29, 2007
 
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
4.10
it was amazing
This is a fantastically illustrated and written book, but lord have mercy is it ever depressing. Excellent rebuttal to the "but comics aren't literatu ...more
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Sep 24, 2007
 
What's Michael?, Vol. 1: Michael's Album
4.04
it was amazing
What's Michael? is an outstanding comic series and is the perfec thing to read when, say, you've just watched a very depressing and violent movie.
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Jun 11, 2007
 
Top 10 Book 1
4.10
it was amazing
Phenomenal. I'm disappointed this ended so quickly.
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Jun 25, 2007
 
Lost Girls (Lost Girls, #1-3)
3.59
really liked it
Make no mistake - this book is graphic pornography. Filthy, kinky, almost unmentionable pornography. It's also not bad. Alan Moore strives to bring un ...more
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Dec 14, 2007
 
The Best American Comics 2007
3.72
did not like it
There are at least two things wrong with this title. First, these comics are not all from 2007. Second, if this is the "best" 2007 has to offer, then ...more
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Jul 21, 2008
 
Essential X-Men, Vol. 8
3.85
it was ok
Hoo boy. I love the X-Men, and I love Excalibur from this era, but this book roundly bites. The "Siege Perilous" plot device is awfully stupid, especi ...more
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Dec 29, 2007
 
Runaways, Vol. 5: Escape to New York (Runaways, #5)
4.11
really liked it
I wasn't sure what to give this volume of Runaways - the writing is a 5 (although the Xavin storyline could have been longer), but the art is really s ...more
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Oct 04, 2007
 
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)
4.42
really liked it
This one is really interesting: it's the story of a bright high schooler who finds a notebook dropped by a shingami (Death God) which allows him to ki ...more
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Jul 28, 2008
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