Note: This is a review of books 1-7 of Usagi Yojimbo as printed by Fantagraphic.
At first glance, Usagi Yojimbo is a simple book. No colors, the art is simple with even simpler stories. There’s no complicated nuance, no hidden thematic depth, it’s all a straightforward, surface level affair. And yet, something about that makes it so elegant, beautiful, magnificent and masterful. It is not only a simple book, it’s simply delightful. Continue reading Usagi Yojimbo (Fantagraphic Run)
What a time for comics. It’s a veritable embarrassment of riches right now. Independent comics continue to rise in popularity and there’s way too much quality stuff coming out to keep up with it all. I got a narrow sampling of what the year had to offer and it proved to be quite fantastic. Continue reading Top 10 Comics of 2016
For about two issues, Paper Girls is great. The girls running paper routes are caught up in a strange mystery and they’re just fun to hang out with and watch while things unfold. Cliff Chiang’s art is poppy and fun and everything is going well. And then the Brian K. Vaughan-ness kicks in. Continue reading Paper Girls
A web of dark secrets, shady deals, and unsolved mysteries. The Sheriff of Babylon chronicles the world of post-invasion Baghdad. Chris Henry tries to unravel what happened to one of the men he was training which leads him to Nassir, a local policeman. They eventually work alongside Sofia as they attempt to figure out who killed Henry’s recruit. Continue reading The Sheriff of Babylon
The followup to last year’s inventive Wild’s End, Wild’s End: The Enemy Within chronicles the story of a group of anthropomorphic animals as they attempt to survive an alien invasion. A clear adaptation of War of the Worlds, Wild’s End distinguishes itself by its steampunk alien design and vivid, rich characterizations. Continue reading Wild’s End: The Enemy Within