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Staff Review – Vinland Saga, Volume 1 July 16, 2016 – Posted in: Uncategorized

The best thing about working in a comic shop is our customers and I have to thank one of them for recommending the awesome Vinland Saga. Thanks JJ! For some reason I’m going through a vikings phase, bingeing on Vikings, reading books about them, wearing furry underwear and horned hats. So Vinland Saga came at the right time. You get thrown into the middle of a battle and introduced to the two main characters; the…

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Staff Picks: 47 Ronin May 4, 2016 – Posted in: Uncategorized

Every cinematic version of this classic Japanese story bores me to tears so approached this retelling with some hesitation. It is a classic story of revenge and honor, featuring samurai, lords, politics and corruption. The writer is Mike Richardson, the President of Dark Horse –  a very large man with a bad haircut who has not written very much. The artists, though, is Stan Sakai a veritable powerhouse of an artist, not flashy but he…

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Staff Picks: Ghost World April 22, 2016 – Posted in: Uncategorized

In preparation for Dan Clowes new book, Patience, I’ve been going back through his catalogue. Ghost World was his second book, reprinting strips from the much acclaimed Eightball. Ghost World centers on two young adults, stuck in that time between leaving school and starting ‘life’. Surrounded by kitsch dinners and sterile suburbs, they love their status as ‘outsiders’, they judge and mock everyone, even the people they like but they slowly realise their struggle to…

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Staff Picks: Civil War March 27, 2016 – Posted in: Uncategorized

Compared to the comic book, the movie really is just a dozen guys brawling in car park. The number of heroes that appear is staggering, but for the most part they act as ciphers or props to keep the story going. However, if you miss something or don’t get a reference, you are not really left behind; there’s a enough to hold onto, and even the least savvy reader will get a kick out of…

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