Graphic Novel

God Hates Astronauts: The Omni-Mega-Bus by Ryan Browne - Book Review

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By Ryan Browne, Ryan Browne (Artist), James Harren (Artist)
ISBN: 9781534321885
Availability: Backordered
Published: Image Comics - March 15th, 2022

An absurd superhero satire about a team of NASA “heroes” on a mission (and failing at it) to stop amateur farmer-astronauts from rocketing into space and crashing into alien spaceships like that of Prince Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger and his Crabstronauts precipitating an invasion of Earth. Extraordinarily violent, the team is led by an alcoholic immortal star hero who lets his head be savagely beaten as a joke until it swells to grotesque size (causing marital problems) and is later replaced by the floating, decapitated head of a ghost cow. Everything else in this graphic novel is just as freakish and over the top. Total insanity. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood

Witches: The Complete Collection (Omnibus) by Daisuke Igarashi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781648278396
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Published: Seven Seas - May 3rd, 2022

An exceptional collection of short stories from the creator of Children of the Sea. Ranging in topics from cosmic horror to teen depression, Witches delivers a breathtaking onslaught of high emotion, mystery and wonder. Igarashi is an incredible artist who expertly deploys hundreds of tiny lines to convey a consistently strange and unnerving atmosphere, and each story is unique and engrossing (all killer, no filler) with an overarching thematic interest in questioning the nature of reality. Next level manga from a brilliant cartoonist. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden

Chainsaw Man, Vol. 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781974709939
Availability: Backordered
Published: VIZ Media LLC - October 6th, 2020

The best superhero/horror/romance/comedy manga ever made? Denji is a poverty-stricken teenager, saddled with enormous debt he inherited from his dead father. At the end of his rope, he encounters Pochita, a very cute demon with a chainsaw for a nose. When Denji is killed by his evil debtors, Pochita saves him by becoming Denji's heart, and with their powers combined, they form the hyper-violent hero Chainsaw Man. Over the top action and irreverent humor are just the surface of this incredible story about elites taking advantage of the poor and the horrors and traumas inherent in our capitalist society. Anyone who reads manga must give this a try. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden

Making Comics by Lynda Barry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781770463691
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 5th, 2019

New York Times "Self-Help book of the year!" Lynda Barry is a beautiful genius and has guided so many of the best young cartoonists of our time. This textbook is quite possibly the best art instruction guide ever made. Stop worrying so much and just draw, it's good for ya. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden

Hell Phone: Book One by Benji Nate - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781945509827
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Published: Silver Sprocket - March 9th, 2022

This is an incredibly cute, weird, spooky, and hilarious new manga-style series from the Ozarks-based indie cartoonist Benji Nate. Sissy and Lola are two fashionable and lovable young hipsters who find a haunted flip phone and must unravel a terrifying mystery involving missing people, cult rituals and grave digging. Benji Nate has a ridiculously appealing art style and is one of the most exciting "up and comers" in indie comics. Check it out, it's great! ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden

Men I Trust by Tommi Parrish - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781683966500
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Published: Fantagraphics - November 22nd, 2022

A total knock out of the park from the great Australian cartoonist Tommi Parrish. Tells the story of a broke single mother trying to be a working artist while going to sobriety meetings, dealing with a deadbeat ex, and figuring out how to be happy amidst so much hardship. Extremely raw, honest and real. Each page is a stunning work of painted cartooning, expressive and intimate. Easily one of the best graphic novels of the year. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


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