REVIEWS

Tonta

It seems like the abiding conception of Jaime Hernandez’s Tonta is that it’s a minor work of his, a sort of tossed-off compilation of stories focusing on a character who’s more an Io than a Jupiter, a character actor rather … Continue reading

 

How I Tried to Be a Good Person

In this follow up to her acclaimed 2013 book Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, Austrian cartoonist Ulli Lust tells of her perilous attempts to navigate a love triangle, complete with fraught racial and cultural differences. Continue reading

 

Diabolical Summer

Scarcely known in the U.S. but a household name and sales guarantee in Italy – that’s the criminal genius of Diabolik, one of nihilistic trash comics’ founding figures. In Diabolical Summer Thierry Smolderen and Alexandre Clérisse provide you with a … Continue reading

 

Cannabis

“Cannabis is a safe and effective drug that many people enjoy the benefits of,” writes Brown. “There is no reason it should have been prohibited in the first place.” OK, great. But now what? If you pick up the book expecting it to engage with hot topics, including edibles dosage, pot market regulation, epilepsy treatment or the need for more research, you won’t find them anywhere. Continue reading

 

The Joe Shuster Story

Most of The Joe Shuster Story is told in understated, softly painted Edward Hopper-esque images. This perfectly suits its subject: the life and career of a quiet, humble cartoonist who remained so in spite of the fact that he co-created a mega-hit and altered culture on a global scale. Continue reading

 

Plaza

This might not be the best Yuichi Yokoyama comic, but it’s definitely the most Yuichi Yokoyama comic. For my money, the enigmatic mangaka is the contemporary cartoonist whose work carries the highest sum total of uniqueness and quality – the guy out there right … Continue reading

 

Sea of Stars #1

For the most part, Jason Aaron’s creative approach has been to take whatever subject matter that’s presented to him either by a genre or assignment and take it squarely into his aesthetic. His Ghost Rider run was posited as a … Continue reading

 

Red Ultramarine

For a few brief moments, it hits dazzling heights, but it cannot sustain itself and crashes into the sea. Continue reading