The many victims of gun violence come alive in a dread-drenched comic

In a study published last year, The American Journal Of Medicine revealed that Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other high-income countries. Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, and it’s at the foundation of House Of Penance (Dark Horse), a heart-wrenching anti-gun…

A black man discovers his superpowers in the refreshingly confrontational Black

It’s unfortunate that readers don’t stray from the three largest publishers more often, because there’s some interesting stuff happening in independent publishing right now. Black #1 (Black Mask Studios) is one of several books from Black Mask Studios that’s making waves and earning acclaim, along with titles like Kim

The best comics of 2016 so far: The A.V. Club’s catch-up guide

The comics landscape is expanding every year, and it can be difficult to find what’s good in the sea of ongoings, miniseries, graphic novels, digital comics, and webcomics. 2016 has featured new works by some of the industry’s top talent as well as impressive projects by up-and-coming creators, so The A.V. Club

Power Man And Iron Fist is an outstanding reunion for superhero partners

If ever there was a book made for David F. Walker to write, it was Power Man And Iron Fist #1 (Marvel). Well versed in the history of both blaxploitation and kung fu movies, as discussed in his interview from last year, Walker first worked for Marvel in the excellent “50 years of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Fury one-shot issue. He…

Exclusive Marvel preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is back to kick butts, eat nuts

As entertaining as Marvel’s Secret Wars summer was, the absence of Doreen “Squirrel Girl” Green’s ongoing series was strongly felt. Since gaining her first solo title, Doreen has become one of the most delightful characters in Marvel’s stable, largely thanks to writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson’s comedic…

Print is not dead yet: The best of 2015’s written word (so far)

Publishers may be scrambling to cover their loses as digital innovations bring books to new formats, but that doesn’t mean the quality of stories has diminished. The first six months of 2015 brought with them a rash of quality novels, imports, autobiographies, and books that don’t quite fit into an easy descriptor.

Moomin and Squirrel Girl delight, Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen stimulates

Christmas gift-giving season is long over, but if you feel like buying yourself a present to bust those winter blues, Drawn & Quarterly has you covered. It has been publishing Tove Jansson’s Moomin strips since 2006. Although the Moomin novels and picture books were never unknown in the United States, they remained in…