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The Collected Toppi Vol. 2 by Sergio Toppi
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A resounding success, this book showed me a wonderful graphic novelist I'd never heard of, and really whetted the appetite for the rest of his output. This, the second in seven books to collect the lot, covers stories set in N America, and whether it ...more
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Lucky Luke - Saddles Up by Mawil
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A comic that was too out there for me. I don't mind a bit of knockabout humour, but this had too much, from talking horses to a completely convoluted plot involving a brand new style of bicycle. It tries to take some of the Asterix sensibility and pu ...more
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Kivu by Jean Van Hamme
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A book that's full of polemical speechifying – but a rare instance of that being fully justified. A small car accident leads a Belgian worker in DRC to learn all about the paramilitary activity in the country, where anyone and everyone is ripe for be ...more
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Mary Shelley by David Vandermeulen
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Hmm… I accused the first book in this series of having a little less educational value than it might have, but this is a whole other ball game. Named after Mary Shelley this time, and not Percy, the errant anti-hero of his own book, we get the build- ...more
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The Way to Treasure Island by Lizzy Stewart
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A pleasantly interesting story of polar opposites. Matilda is very much a by-the-book kind, so, for instance, when she finds a treasure map she wants to go straight to the X that marks the proverbial spot. Her dad is much more lackadaisical, so when ...more
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Blitz Writing by Inez Holden
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This was interesting at times, but a little too much of its period and anecdotal for my tastes. First the novella takes us through the drudgery of women working in a metalworks for the war effort, with the emphasis a little too much on the boredom an ...more
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Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman
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The world is under threat of the Ghost Hawk – a mysterious highwayman who uses an actual hawk to pass them everything they need, like handily-placed ropes which which to swing to safety. What nobody can dare admit is that Ghost Hawk is a she, and not ...more
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B-Squad Volume 1 by Eben Burgoon
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Well, if anyone wants an abject lesson at pissing a reviewer off, it's this shite. The concept reads well – we get a Suicide Squad of unknowns doing weird missions on behalf of a Professor Xavier rip-off, and we're told from the get-go that character ...more
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Simple Sketching by Ayano Usamura
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A very good book for the craft-inclined. You get a handy guide to fountain pen use – the angle, the pressure, the paper stock and so much more, before learning to create a host of simple doodle objects – always with a look at which way the pen moves, ...more
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La Isabela by Sylvain Runberg
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A rum bit of hokum, but a good bit of rum hokum. The creators have clearly looked at some history books, found the Islamist Janissaries, and the Spanish Inquisition, and the black plague, and thrown everything together into a piratical siege-based dr ...more
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