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The Guild That Doesn’t Know How To Quit: Should You Be Reading ‘Fairy Tail’?

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What if Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea series had more modern technology, and focused on a young girl, a fire wizard raised by a dragon, and a winged, talking blue cat? You'd have something like Fairy Tail, one of the most popular shonen (boy's) manga being published today, and a grand fantasy that's a whole lot of fun.

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Baking, Bros And Beyonce: Should You Be Reading ‘Check, Please’?

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What happens when a gay former figure skater goes away to college to play hockey? Both more and less than you think, as you’ll find out if you read Ngozi Ukazu's webcomic Check, Please! He bakes pie, he befriends his teammates, and he collapses on the rink for fear of getting checked...

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Faith Erin Hicks Offers A Glorious Tour Of ‘The Nameless City’ [Review]

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The rise of Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire in the last decade is easy to explain. Both women are insanely talented and ridiculously prolific. Bellaire's racked up hundreds of credits as a colorist alone since 2010. And since Hicks' webcomic Demonology 101 began in 1999, she's written and/or drawn everything from her own graphic novels like Friends With Boys and the Eisner-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl to works by other writers like Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (written by Prudence Shen) and an upcoming OGN with best-selling YA author Rainbow Rowell.

Now two of the hardest-working creators in comics unite with The Nameless City, the first in a trilogy of original graphic novels from Hicks' longtime publisher, First Second, as part of its tenth anniversary slate of books. How lucky we are as readers to get this incredible story full of sweeping detail, beautiful artwork and endearing characters.

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Vicious, Visceral, Victorian: Should You Be Reading ‘Insexts’?

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Written by Marguerite Bennett, with art by Ariela Kristantina and colors by Bryan Valenza, Insexts is a horror series that debuted as part of creator-owned publisher Aftershock Comics' launch line-up in December 2015. The series follows two women who love each other in a world that is hostile to their love and their gender. Oh, and both have insect powers.

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The Coming of the Cosmic Cooking Comic: ‘Space Battle Lunchtime’ #1 [Review]

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It used to be, before most of us were born, that comics were made about anything that was popular. Westerns, war stories, romance, celebrities: whatever people were into, comics would jump on it. Then for several decades superheroes were totally dominant, but that's starting to come back around again. Today, readers' ideas about what comics can be and do has been expanded by companies like Oni, Boom, and Image.

What I'm getting at here is that there was once a version of the comics industry in which it would be surprising that it's taken this long for there to be a comic book about a cooking competition show. But in this reality, even as someone who watches and loves cooking shows, it never occurred to me that this was a possibility. But here we are, with the first issue of Space Battle Lunchtime, an Oni comic with words and art by Natalie Riess.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne, Episode 2 – ‘Give No Shelter’ Review (PC)

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Exploring the tragic and mysterious history of The Walking Dead's Michonne sounded like a great idea when Telltale Games announced its mini-series. Finally, we'd get to see things from the perspective of one of the comics' most intriguing and deadly characters. However, the first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne was fairly rudimentary and didn't quite break narrative ground in the way we'd hoped it would. Still, with two episodes remaining, there was hope Telltale had something new to say in this world and about this character. The Walking Dead: Michonne's second episode, "Give No Shelter," manages to give a bit more insight into our protagonist's past and motivations, even if it still feels like we've been down this road before.

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On The Cheap: Get The Entire ‘Joker’ Solo Series From 1975 For $9 Today

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Today is, of course, April Fool's Day, which means that there's a pretty good chance that you're going to be spending a good amount of time dodging "pranks" that are really just lies masquerading as good-natured shenanigans. If that's the case, and you're looking for something to read while you try to dodge all the mischief in the air, then I have some good news. Comixology is celebrating the day with a big sale featuring that most Aprilest of Fools, the Joker.

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Artisanal Killers And Bruce Wayne’s Kids: Why ‘Batman & Robin Eternal’ Was So Darn Great

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This week marked the final issue of Batman & Robin Eternal, and while we're still close enough to it that the honeymoon has barely even started, let alone ended, I'm pretty sure that I can declare it to be my all-time favorite weekly DC project.

The shorter run benefited the project, but it was the story that made this comic great. It weaved its way through Batman's long history of sidekicks --- a history that pretty much introduced the very concept of sidekicks to the world of superhero comics --- and ended up looking at Batman, Robin, and what those characters mean, in a way that I'm not sure any other story has.

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The Delinquents: A Beginner’s Guide to ‘The Eternal Warrior’ and ‘Ivar, Timewalker’

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Valiant Comics‘ shared superhero universe is smaller and less familiar than those of its major rivals, but even a small shared universe can offer a lot to learn about. To help those readers looking to take the plunge into the Valiant Universe, we’ve assembled our own team of delinquents to break things down. Steve Morris knows Valiant inside out; J.A. Micheline is new to the universe. Micheline has the questions, and Morris has the answers.

Last month, JAM and Steve raced round the world with the buddy-comedy duo of Archer & Armstrong, but this month the two have decided to keep it in the family as they discuss JAM’s latest assignment: Armstrong’s brothers Gilad, AKA The Eternal Warrior, and Ivar, Timewalker.

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Lost in Transition: ‘Jem and the Holograms,’ Blaze and the Misfits, and Idols and Their Pedestals

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Jem and the Holograms is about an all-woman glitter rock band and their quest to rise from the ranks of the Sufficiently Outrageous to become Truly Outrageous. The group has run into a problem: the lead singer, Jerrica, is terrified of singing in public. Thanks to Jerrica’s deceased father, though, they also have a solution: a holographic supercomputer that helps Jerrica create a stage persona that lets her get over her phobia.

There would be a lot of resonant storytelling with me if it just stopped there, since I know a thing or two about how a persona you can put on and take off can make things easier –- and harder. Like Jerrica, I also have a secret identity. However, sometimes solutions just free you up to tackle new problems, and the new problem that plagues Jem and the Holograms is their rival band, the Misfits, who claim that their songs are better and that they are going to get her.

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