On A Sunbeam delivers one of the best love stories this year—comics or otherwise

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If you’re unfamiliar with the name Tillie Walden because you stick to the cape-and-cowl side of the comic shop, you’re missing out on one of the most increasingly popular and well-regarded names in the comics industry. Now just 22 years old, Walden was one of the youngest-ever Eisner winners when she earned the…

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill call it quits with League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest

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Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill don’t want to do this anymore. They’re done with The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the comics industry as a whole, bowing out with one last hurrah in the pages of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest, a six-issue miniseries putting an end to storytelling as we know…

A lack of men frees Woman World to be funny, bright, and smarter than it otherwise could be

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What sets Woman World (Drawn & Quarterly) apart from the wealth of other webcomics that have begun to get print publishing deals isn’t an artistic quality or subject matter. Originally shared with readers via Instagram, the majority of Woman World’s story can be told in single pages, three to nine panels each. The…

Border Town excels by rooting itself in politics and identity, giving teens their own voices

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The benefit of large comics publishers offering smaller imprints is that it provides a built-in space for titles that differ in some way from the main lineup. They’re often experimental or off-brand, highly creative, and deeply personal. For years, fans have been bemoaning Vertigo’s slow starvation under DC’s…

The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman doubles down on survival horror with Oblivion Song

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Mark Millar and Robert Kirkman have had similar career paths, both rising to fame in Hollywood thanks to successful adaptations of their creator-owned comic book titles. While Millar focuses on film adaptations of his work (Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kingsman), Kirkman has made an indelible mark on television thanks to the…

The New World creates a technicolor future where reality TV viewers vote to execute criminals

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There’s no shortage of comics addressing the state of the world, either confronting the political climate directly or with a bit more subtlety. The New World #1 (Image) is only one such vision, set in a middle future just a couple decades out that echoes the present. After nuclear blasts wiped out significant parts of…

The McElroys successfully translate their Adventure Zone exploits to a comic book in Here There Be Gerblins  

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Some of the most popular podcasts today are about murder or tabletop roleplaying games. While it’s not the only show of its type, The Adventure Zone has grown a large and enthusiastic audience, large enough to (hopefully) support a published graphic novel. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (First Second) is…

Prelude To The Wedding ends on a high note by focusing on love and Harley Quinn

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It should be no surprise to even casual fans that Batman’s impending wedding is the focus of a lot of what’s happening in his corner of the DC universe. Along with Brian Michael Bendis’ new work at the publisher, the Bat-Cat wedding has been one of the most hyped events in a long time. Romance has long been missing…

Ant-Man And The Wasp team up for a charming microscopic adventure

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With Ant-Man And The Wasp hitting theaters this summer, it was inevitable that Marvel would bring these two characters together in the comics, but Scott “Ant-Man” Lang and Nadia “The Wasp” Pym have a very different relationship than their big-screen counterparts. In fact, they don’t really have a relationship at all.…

The Troublemakers collects Baron Yoshimoto’s suggestive short stories

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Comic books from the 1960s and ’70s, even the good ones, often ask contemporary readers to bring to them some degree of moral relativism, and Baron Yoshimoto’s The Troublemakers (Retrofit/Big Planet) is no different. Collecting a number of short stories that the author produced in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the…