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Is Marvel in Trouble?

The news that Marvel executive David Gabriel attributed their recent slump in sales to a lack of demand for diversity and female characters generated a storm in the media. Here’s the quote: “We saw the sales of any character that … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Saga” (vol. 1)

* * C The first volume of Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, is a decent science fiction novel. The protagonists, Marko and Alana, are a mixed race couple from opposite sides of a war. … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Grendel: Black, White, & Red”

* D While Matt Wagner’s graphic novel “Grendel: Black, White, & Red” has a few interesting chapters, it is a poor excuse for a novel. The main character of this book is primarily evil, a sort of Walter White character. … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Night Mary”

 * * * B Night Mary, a graphic novel by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer, is a comic book about a young girl who is helping her father, who is a psychiatrist, treat disturbed patients because she has the ability … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Blade Itself” (Vol. 1)

* * C Fantasy author Joe Abercrombie’s first foray into graphic novels, “The Blade Itself”, based on his “First Law” series of novels, is a bit of a disappointment. Some of the characters are interesting, particularly Logen Ninefingers, a magic … Continue reading

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Book Review: “CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations”

* * C CVO is the story of a secret branch of the CIA who are vampires and do the dirty work of the US government. It is reminiscent of BPRD (Hellboy) but not nearly as good. The CVO team … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Shadowman: Birth Rites”

* * * B I picked up the first volume (issues 1-4) of Shadowman. Written by Justin Jordan with artwork by Patrick Zircher, this book introduces Jack Boniface, a man who, upon throwing away a protective amulet given to him … Continue reading

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