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Scott Pilgrim, Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour
it was ok
2.5 stars. I was VERY disappointed by the final volume of Scott Pilgrim. Way too much crap about the redemptive power of love and understanding and no ...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
The One Hundred Nights of Hero
really liked it
A queer feminist re-imagining of the premise of the Arabian nights: in this case, a maid is the Scheherazade figure, spinning tales of women who are f ...more
Sep 30, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
My Friend Dahmer
liked it
A portrait of the serial killer as a young man. The author went to high school with Jeffrey Dahmer and was somewhat friendly with him; I don't know th ...more
Feb 02, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Artichoke Tales
really liked it
I was thrilled to see this beautiful full-length graphic novel from one of my all-time favorite cartoonists is finally in print. I remember picking up ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
X-Men: Magneto Testament
really liked it
Yes, Greg is my cousin but even if he weren't I would still be singing the praises of this comic -- Magneto has always been my favorite "bad guy" in t ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Feb 04, 2011
it was ok
Kit, a bored fifteen-year-old growing up in a poor neighborhood, starts feeding the stray cats in his community and develops an unlikely friendship wi ...more
Oct 26, 2010
Nov 01, 2010
Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
really liked it
When I first picked this up, I thought it would be a comics-journalism account of the aftermath of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, akin to Joe Sac ...more
Dec 09, 2016
Dec 08, 2016
Turning Japanese
liked it
Read for "Set a Place You've Always Wanted to Visit" (for Tokyo). This autobio comix by Hapa (half-Japanese) artist MariNaomi was a quick & engagi ...more
Aug 17, 2016
Oct 02, 2016
Saigon Calling: London 1963-75
liked it
The follow-up to Truong's first memoir about growing up Vietnamese during the Vietnam war. Truong's family fled to Europe after violence erupts in Sai ...more
Jan 2018
Feb 07, 2018
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics
liked it
Read this compilation of crime comics from the 1940s to the 2000s primarily because it includes 4 comics that are listed in 1001 Comics You Must Read ...more
Sep 2016
Oct 12, 2016
Britten and Brülightly
liked it
British noir comic that is quite beautiful to behold with all its gloomy grey washes and two page-spreads of pencil shaded city landscapes. Britten an ...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me
liked it
Filipino Canadian Mapa has penned an engaging graphic memoir of her childhood in the Philippines during the end of the Marcos regime, with an 80s new ...more
Oct 17, 2017
Oct 18, 2017
Powers, Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?
liked it
"Homicide" meets the Marvel Universe, of a sorts. Recommended for Watchmen fans, or anyone who likes "superhero-with-a-twist" type comix. The drawing ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Jan 02, 2009
The Unsinkable Walker Bean
liked it
Liked the art but found the storyline somewhat hard to follow at the end -- there's a major reversal that's not fully explained, and all these narrati ...more
Nov 30, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
The War at Ellsmere
liked it
Faith Erin Hicks has a very similar style to Brendan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim) -- blocky & manga-esque, but in her case you can actually tell t ...more
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
Slow Storm
it was ok
Technically I guess I didn't really read this book since I couldn't finish it. The artwork is beautiful -- all those angry grey rainy skies are vividl ...more
Nov 22, 2008
Oct 01, 2008
The Tale of One Bad Rat
really liked it
A moving, originally told, and strikingly drawn comic that weaves together the story of young teenage runaway and sexual abuse survivor with the biogr ...more
Jun 16, 2010
Nov 18, 2008
The Secrets Come Out (Aya, #3)
liked it
As the title suggests, in this third volume of the Aya series, almost every major character's romantic secrets are exposed and Aya's friends, family a ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
Trees, Vol. 1: In Shadow (Trees, #1)
liked it
Intriguing premise: aliens land on earth, planting massive structures that become known as "trees." For 10 years, these trees have remained silent and ...more
Nov 30, 2016
Dec 02, 2016
How Mirka Got Her Sword (Hereville #1)
liked it
This was fine, but not outstanding. I didn't love the art, but the story was entertaining and I appreciate Deutsch's skill at incorporating the religi ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
The Private Eye
liked it
Vaughan's sly take on a future where privacy is such an inviolable right that the Internet is banned, all citizens can easily assume multiple secret i ...more
May 03, 2016
May 07, 2016
Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63
liked it
A beautifully drawn graphic memoir of a childhood in Vietnam in the years leading up to the war. Truong was a young child living in Saigon as things b ...more
Jan 2017
Feb 07, 2018
Powers, Vol. 4: Supergroup
liked it
I liked this one better than the others in the series so far. Probably because Deena plays a more minor and less annoying role than usual and because ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
You are There
So excited that this has finally been republished and translated. Thanks, Fanta!
not set
Nov 23, 2009
liked it
A short and charming comic about the strange but true events in the life of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who became a sensation in early 19th-century Ge ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
As the Crow Flies
really liked it
Gorgeously illustrated, introspective comic about Charlie, a queer black teen who is questioning her faith in God even as she participates in an all-w ...more
Jan 2018
Feb 07, 2018
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things (Courtney Crumrin, #1)
liked it
Good stuff. I was first introduced to Ted Naifeh through his work on Tristan Crane's "How Loathsome," one of the few comix to portray trans characters ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
The Nobody
it was ok
A graphic retelling of Wells' "Invisible Man" set in a small rural town. Lemire's sketchy, blue-wash drawings do a wonderful job at recreating the moo ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
Miss Don't Touch Me, Vol. 1
liked it
Dark and delightful. J'aime les bandes dessinees francaises!
Apr 16, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Lunch Lady, #1)
liked it
Lunch Lady is not your average cafeteria worker. In addition to serving hot lunch, she has a secret identity -- crime fighter! This comic is hilarious ...more
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
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