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Saturday Review | Love: the Fox

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Love. The Fox (Magnetic Press)
Written by Frederic Brrémaud
Illustrated by Federico Bertolucci

From time to time I find myself staring at my double screens in my basement office, wondering why I’m not lying in the grass on an island paradise and watching the fauna go about their daily business.  Then I opened the pages of Love. The Fox and I was there!  This book is reminiscent of all the beautiful, animal stories that I read as a child (The Jungle Book, Cinnabar the One O’clock Fox, and Redwall all come to mind).  From the first pages, I was enchanted. Continue reading

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Weekend Review: Unit 44

From time to time, I come across an independent or small press comic that really blows my mind with humor and art.  Locke and Key was one such experience.  Unit 44 is another.

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Unit 44 (Alterna Comics)
Written by Wes Locher

Illustrated by Eduardo Jiménez

The artistic style of this book is very bright, simple, and playful, which really matches the silly story and humor.  Rather than being realistic the characters are caricatures, and drawn two dimensionally, in a style reminiscent of Archer.  The color palette continues the cartoon theme, using lots of bright primary colors.  Even panels in which the characters are in dark, federal offices or interrogation rooms, the grays and blacks are broken by bright hair colors or even surprising uses of blue and violet. Continue reading

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Saturday Review: X-Men #14, #15, & #16

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X-Men #14, #15, #16 (Marvel)

Way back in the day, before they were Astonishing, Amazing, Xtreme, or even Uncanny they were just X-Men—five mutant students and their professor going out to save the world from evil mutants who threatened humanity and the dream of peaceful coexistence they shared with Professor X. But what happens when the mutants themselves become the target? X-Men #s 14, 15, and 16 address this idea with the introduction of the Sentinels, one of the greatest reoccurring villains the team has ever faced. Continue reading

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Saturday Reviews: Super-Ego

(photo via magnetic-press.com)

(photo via magnetic-press.com)

Super Ego (Magnetic Press)
Written and illustrated by Caio Oliviera
Colors by Lucas Marangon

Do super heroes go to psychotherapy?  Does their need to provide vigilante justice come from a psychological problem–perhaps a savior complex?  One would imagine that it would have to, given the violence and chaos heroes see every day and the way they return to their job over and over.  Super-Ego “Family Matters” answers the question of what super hero therapy looks like and what its end goal must be.  The title is, of course, taken from Freudian theory on the ID, the ego, and the super ego. I nearly always like the books from Magnetic Press, but this one really captured my attention and imagination.  It is straightforward, clear, clean story telling, with a compelling hook and likable characters. Continue reading

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