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Murder Falcon

Murder Falcon

I often run into stories that make me think I wish I’d thought of it. Sometimes these are simple twists or changes to tropes that are stunningly obvious; sometimes they’re clever concepts or conceits. A story like Wayward, which is a great example of traditional myth in modern times, one of those the myths are still true stories like Grimm that’s an automatic like for me. Or stories like Pacific Rim (a great kaiju film) or 30 Days of Night (a neat wrinkle on the vampire genre). But every so often I come across something special, something unique, that I … Continue reading

PTSD comic review

PTSD

After returning home from an unpopular war, Jun becomes an outsider in an indifferent world. Alone, desperate, and suffering from wounds both mental and physical, she seeks relief in the illicit drugs she manages to purchase or steal. Jun’s tough exterior served her well in combat, but she’ll need to nurture her vulnerability and humanity to survive at home. With the support of her fellow vets, the kindness of a stranger who refuses to turn away, and the companionship of a dog named Red, Jun learns to navigate the psychological trauma that she experienced in the war. Singelin’s PTSD is … Continue reading

I was Their American Dream

I was Their American Dream

I was Their American Dream is a great title – like insanely great. I never thought of immigrants’ children in that way until now. But it’s true that we are our parents’ dreams. Every immigrant has their own views of America and what it stood for. Malaka’s parents came to America to either avoid civil unrest (her mom) or because they had romantic ideas about America (her dad). My dad saw America as a place to make his own way, without being thwarted by nepotism and bribes. America is the land of opportunity.  And while that opportunity looks different to everyone, there seem to … Continue reading

Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim has a life that’s totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, “between jobs,” AND dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? Scott Pilgrim is write what you know at its finest. Bryan Lee O’Malley took everything he knew at the time – manga, anime, video games, indie rock band-hood, post-collegiate/career-avoiding limbo, 20-something life, young … Continue reading

wayward comic review

Wayward

Rori Lane, a young woman, moves to Tokyo from Ireland where she starts school and tries to establish herself and re-connect with her mother. She is quickly caught up in supernatural events, forming alliances and trying to defend herself and her loved ones from mythical monsters. I don’t know how people read monthly comics. I tend to forget details and end up wondering wtf is going on. That’s why I much prefer reading TPBs & collected editions, so I can binge through a series or story arcs. I’m like Marvin Gaye – I wanna know what’s going on. (Sorry, that … Continue reading

Bandette comic

Bandette

The adventures of Bandette, a young costumed “artful dodger”, leader of a group of urchins dedicated to serving justice, except when thieving proves to be a bit more fun. The story of Bandette treads a thin line between Tintin and Nancy Drew, with a few costumes thrown in. Bandette and her crew at turns join forces and cross swords with the mysterious master thief known only as Monsieur, and one B.D. Belgique, perhaps the most harassed police inspector of all time. I haven’t finished the first TPB and I had to add it to my recommendations. Bandette is nothing short of … Continue reading

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

Dammit – The Dumbest Idea Ever made me cry. For real. I guess that’s what happens when you read a memoir by someone who’s the same age, started making comics at the same age when you were obsessed with comics, and is making a living as a successful comic creator. Basically someone living the life I want and wish I had. Which is to say that his memoir – his origin story – is really good and relatable. You don’t have to be me to relate to it, though having grown up in the 80s would help. Or having gone to … Continue reading