Category Archives: comic books

Kitchen stove, stuff of nightmares

It was the worst nightmare I’d had since I was a child dreaming that Sleestak, reptile men from “The Land of the Lost,”  were invading our house through a hole in the basement wall. Nightmares. We all have them. Dreams … Continue reading

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They always cast their spells in ancient Greek

It was while I was watching an episode of “Constantine” recently that I noticed not for the first time that warlocks and sorcerers always seem to perform their magicks in an ancient language. The language varies, but it’s typically one … Continue reading

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‘Daredevil: Ninjas’

I ordered this book with such high hopes. After all, it was by Brian Michael Bendis, whose run on “Daredevil” has taken the comic to heights not seen since its glory days under Frank Miller. I was expecting the gritty … Continue reading

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‘Persepolis’

Every now and then, a work comes along that reminds you just how great the potential is that comic books have as a literary medium. I don’t mean things like “Watchmen” or “Kingdom Come” that show you the potential for … Continue reading

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Death Note, vol. 2

The tension increases between Light and his mysterious foil L in this, the second volume of Tsugumi Ohba’s series. The first volume laid out the rules of the Death Note: Light, who has found a notebook belonging to a death … Continue reading

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Love

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up … Continue reading

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Zach Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’ visionary? Hardly

Like many other comic book fans, I saw Zach Snyder’s “Watchmen” movie when it came out a few months ago, despite my trepidation. To my surprise, the movie wasn’t a total disappointment. It slimmed down Alan Moore’s story tremendously, but … Continue reading

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‘V for Vendetta’: the last inch

“It was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch we are free. … Continue reading

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Free comic book day

Several years ago I looked at my collection of graphic novels and thought, “Some of these are crap, and I’m never going to read them again. I should get rid of them.” This was years before I ever heard of … Continue reading

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‘Death Note’

Suppose you found a book that allowed you to kill anyone you wanted, just by writing that person’s name in the book. That’s the essential conceit behind the manga comic book “Death Note.” In it, an honors student named Light Yagami … Continue reading

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