Graphic Novel Review: The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

On March 7 of this year, Yoshihiro Tatsumi died at the age of 79. Tatsumi was a Japanese manga artist who had been writing and drawing since the ’50s. He is often considered the “godfather of alternative manga” for the way he helped push Japanese comics to more mature and complex story telling. He even […]

Graphic Novel Review: ZITA THE SPACEGIRL by Ben Hatke

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Paperback, 192 pages Published February 1st 2011 by First Second Books Publisher Description: Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of  an eye. When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a […]

Graphic Novel Review: THROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods, stories by Emily Carroll (Out July 15th from Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books). Graphic novels (in this case a collection of short fairy tale type stories) are not my normal kind of reading, but if they prove as effective and economical in their terror as Through the Woods, I […]

Graphic Novel Review: RED SONJA VOL. 1 QUEEN OF THE PLAGUES by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani

Chainmail bikinis are a faux pas. Except they’re not when they’re worn by a barbarian woman wielding a bastard sword, then they become appropriate for all kinds of reasons. Such as, she looks badass. Or… actually I can’t think of a good reason for a woman or a man to wear so little armor, it […]

Review: Assassin’s Creed (Graphic Novels)

As a player — and fan — of the Assassin’s Creed on the Xbox 360, I was delighted to have the opportunity to review graphic novels based on the game. The first collection, The Ankh of Isis Trilogy (Titan Books) comprises three sequential tales called, repectively, Desmond, Aquilus and Accipter, named after characters in the narrative. Desmond […]

Graphic Novel Review: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS VOL. 1 by Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez

One of the fundamental difficulties of reading Science Fiction that gets bandied about the internet is the inherent requirement for the reader to learn about new technology. Compared to fantasy, Sci-Fi is apparently asking a lot of readers. After all, swinging a sword and riding a horse are apparently skills we have all internalized and […]

Graphic Novel Review: RUBICON by Long, Capel, Stilla and McQuarrie

Graphic novels are wonderful constructs. They allow us to tell stories unlike any other and impart an understanding to readers that simple text on the page is in capable of. That’s not to knock the beauty of text, but the Seven Samurai retold as Navy SEALS, as awesome as it sounds, just wouldn’t work in […]

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Collection, Volume One, by Mike Mignola and Guy Davis

From the pages of Hellboy comes the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, an organization dedicated towards fighting back against that which goes bump in the night. Yes, I might’ve just borrowed that from Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movie, but it describes the group aptly. For those not familiar with these imaginative creations of Mike […]