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Oddities, Genocracies, And The Flaw: ‘Inhumans’ by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee [Review]

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In advance of Matt Fraction and Joe Madureira's upcoming Inhuman series, this week Marvel released a new hardcover edition of the highly-regarded Inhumans by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee. The twelve-issue Marvel Knights book, which won the 1999 Eisner Award for “Best New Series,” brought a new level of sophistication to the Lee/Kirby oddballs, activating in them the dormant metaphors of class separation and the coming-of-age ritual. At a time when superhero books seemed to be improving at an explosive rate, Inhumans was one of the most-talked-about comics on the stands; it’s certainly one of Marvel’s defining books of the era, and for most of its run, it was one of my favorites. But there’s something about it that keeps me from labeling it a classic. To quote Maximus the Mad, “there is a flaw.”

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Hope Larson Opens Up About Her New Historical-Fiction Graphic Novel, ‘Four Points’

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Fresh off an Eisner win for her 2012 adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time, graphic novelist and filmmaker Hope Larson is already stirring up interest in her next project, Four Points, a graphic-novel adventure set in 1860 and illustrated by artist Rebecca Mock.

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Dash Shaw’s ‘New School’ Delivers Bewildering Color & Complex Emotions [Review]

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Since his quirky, moving, and massive Bottomless Belly Button made every person in the world's best books of 2008 list, cartoonist Dash Shaw has turned his attention to shorter forms and new media. The long-running webcomic Bodyworld, the short story collection The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD, and the IFC animated shorts of the same name have all been marked successes, but many readers, myself included, wondered how long it would be before Shaw cycled back around to a new original graphic novel.

New School, the artist’s first long-form OGN in five years, is now available from Fantagraphics Books, and it answers our wonder with its own. A hardbound, 340-page story of brotherhood, prophecy, and theme parks,  New School is surreal, emotional, and delirious with color.

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‘Batgirl/Robin Year One’ Collects Two Great Tales Of Batman’s Oldest Partners [Review]

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Before you get too wrapped up in Zero Year, this Wednesday you'll have a chance to get caught up on Year One. Because that's how we do things in comics now: we go backwards. On sale this week is a brand new collection of two great Year One stories that sharpened up the continuity of their respective characters, and added new depth and clarity to backstories that were previously kinda flat and fuzzy. Batgirl/Robin: Year One gathers two separate miniseries that could each claim to be the definitive story for their Bat-family members: Robin: Year One by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, and Javier Pulido; and Batgirl: Year One by Scotty Beatty, Chuck Dixon (same writers, different listing) and Marcos Martin. And let me tell ya, Batgirl and Robin are two great tastes that go great together.

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Top Shelf Announce New Jeffrey Brown Comic ‘A Matter Of Life’

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Few creators are as strongly associated with Top Shelf Productions as Jeffrey Brown. The celebrated cartoonist has worked with the publisher for more than a decade, with Top Shelf publishing nearly all of his comics work, including Clumsy, Big Head, and I Am Going To Be Small, among others. And while his recent work -- like co-writing the 2012 feature film Save The Date and his best-selling

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Sean Murphy’s ‘Punk Rock Jesus’ Asks All The Right Questions [Review]

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They say two things you should never discuss in polite conversation are religion and politics. It used to be sex, religion, and politics, but we all have raging porn addictions now, so, realistically, that topic is no longer off limits

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Bryan Lee O’Malley’s ‘Seconds’ Now Slated For 2014

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Since finishing the Scott Pilgrim series, creator Bryan Lee O'Malley's been working on a new project called Seconds, an original graphic novel from Random House about a same-named restaurant and its staff. Seconds was due for release

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Gene Luen Yang Returns With Ambitious New Project, ‘Boxers & Saints’

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Gene Luen Yang -- the award-winning creator of American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile and writer of Dark Horse's Avatar: The Last Airbender comics -- has announced his latest project: Boxers & Saints, an epic pair of graphic novels about the lives of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion that took place in China during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Talking to Wired, Yang - who's been working on the project since 2006 - said that the books reflect his interest in and ambivalence about the historical event:

When I looked into the lives of the Chinese saints,

Craig Thompson Progressing On All-Ages OGN ‘Space Dumplins’

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After the success of Habibi and Blankets, where next for cartoonist Craig Thompson? Turns out, the sky isn't even the limit as his new project, an all-ages graphic novel for Scholastic, heads into space to follow a young girl trying to save her father from the belly of an intergalactic whale.

Publishers Weekly reports that Thompson has signed a deal with Scholastic to produce Space Dumplins, his first full-color gra

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Vertigo’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Comic To Be Supported With TV Ad Campaign [Video]

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Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy of crime novels first rocked best-seller lists with millions of copies sold; then it became a big-screen success -- twice -- with both Swedish-language and Hollywo

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