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April 23, 2014

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Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Slaves of the Republic

Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Slaves of the Republic

Star Wars: The Clone Wars- Slaves of the Republic Written by Henry Gilroy Illustrated by Scott Hepburn, Ramon Perez, and Lucas Marangon Published by Dark Horse Comics, 2009 ISBN 978-1595823496 136 pp $9.99 For ages 8-up Dark Horse Comics may be losing their beloved Star Wars license at the end of the year, but they’ve [...]

Review: Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor

Review: Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor

Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor Written and Illustrated by Zack Giallongo Published by Dark Horse Comics ISBN 978-1-61655-174-2 80 pp. Even though Dark Horse Comics will be losing the Star Wars license at the end of 2014, they have made they’ve made quite a wonderful selection of stories since 1991. The books have [...]

Marvel Comics reacquires the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics

Marvel Comics reacquires the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics

It was announced earlier today that starting in 2015, Marvel Comics will once again be the home for the Star Wars license. Here’s Lucasfilm’s press release, as it appeared on USA Today: Jedi, Sith, and the Rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015 The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and [...]

Review: Samurai Jack #1

Review: Samurai Jack #1

Samurai Jack #1 Written by Jim Zub Illustrated by Andy Suriano Published by IDW Publishing IDW Publishing is fast becoming known as the hot spot for licensed properties: They’re the home to such popular franchises as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Transformers, Ghostbusters, GI Joe, Star Trek, and The Powerpuff Girls, to name a [...]

Review: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party

Review: Nathan Hales Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party Written and Illustrated by Nathan Hale Amulet Books – and Imprint of Abrams, 2013 128 pp. 978-1-4197-0856-5. In the third book in the series of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, the Donner Party tragedy gets the graphic novel treatment that combines historical facts of their terrible plight intermixed with [...]

Review: Zombillenium, Vol. 1: Gretchen

Review: Zombillenium, Vol. 1: Gretchen

Zombillenium, Vol. 1: Gretchen. Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins NMB Publishing, 2013 48 pp. 978-1-56163-734-8, hardcover Looking for an amusement part with real bite? Welcome to Zombillenium – a horror-inspired theme park managed by family man (and vampire) Francis von Bloodt and staffed by actual monsters, including mummies, vampires, werewolves, witches, skeletons, zombies, [...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Return of the Heroes in a Half-Shell

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles   The Return of the Heroes in a Half Shell

Leonardo. Michelangelo. Raphael. Donatello. They may be known by the art community as four Renaissance artists who forever changed the face of the art world, but to many fans around the world, those four names are better known as the members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Though their origins have changed slightly over the [...]

Interview: Edith Donnell on this weekend’s Kids Read Comics event

Interview: Edith Donnell on this weekends Kids Read Comics event

I’m chatting today with Edith Donnell, the Youth/Teen Librarian for the Chelsea District Library. For the last five years she has been one of the driving forces behind the all-ages Kids Read Comics event, which is held at the Ann Arbor District Library – 343 S 5th Avenue in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This year the [...]

Review: Star Wars: Vader’s Little Princess

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Vader’s Little Princess Written and Illustrated by Jeffrey Brown Chronicle Books, $14.95 Following on the heels of the immensely popular 2012 book Darth Vader & Son—which humorously looked at “What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son?”—creator Jeffrey Brown now focuses on the trials and tribulations of raising Princess Leia from [...]

Review: Benny and Penny in Lights Out!

Review: Benny and Penny in Lights Out!

Benny and Penny in Lights Out! by Geoffrey Hayes Toon Books/Candlewick Press 978-1-935179-20-7, 32 pp. $12.95 Toon Books once again brings us the adventures of Benny and his little sister Penny in Lights Out! It’s a story all too familiar with parents: little sister Penny is getting ready for bed—she’s brushed her teeth and getting [...]

Review: Star Wars #1

Review: Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1 Written by Brian Wood. Illustrated by Carlos D’Anda Dark Horse Comics, 2013 32 pp Dark Horse Comics has held the Star Wars license for over 20 years, and though they may not carry it after 2013, as Disney has acquired the rights to Star Wars, they still know how to tell stories [...]

Top 20 Star Wars Graphic Novels, Part 4 of 4

Lastly, below are my top five Star Wars graphic novels/series published by Dark Horse Comics—they are in no particular order except for the last three – which are my personal top picks. Dark Horse Comics has done a phenomenal job with the Star Wars license, and though the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney Studios [...]

Top 20 Star Wars Graphic Novels, Part 3 of 4

As we anticipate the future of Star Wars under Disney, let’s continue our series on my top 20 Star Wars graphic novels published by Dark Horse Comics.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
10) Star Wars: Darth Maul. 2001. 96 pp. 978-1-56971-542-0.

When The Phantom Menace came out, fans wanted to see more [...]

Top 20 Star Wars Graphic Novels, Part 2 of 4

As we’re looking forward to the future of Star Wars now that it’s a part of Disney, let’s continue our look at the best Dark Horse Comics Star Wars graphic novels – either stand alone stories or series published by the company over the last 22 years. Dark Horse has done a phenomenal job with [...]

Top 20 Star Wars Graphic Novels, Part 1 of 4

Ever since the news broke out on October 30th about Walt Disney’s acquisition of George Lucas’ Lucasfilm company Star Wars, there’s also begun speculation about the future of Star Wars license at Dark Horse Comics, where it’s been a staple of their line of comic books since 1991. Will Star Wars be published now by [...]

Review – LEGO Batman: The Visual Dictionary

LEGO DC Super Heroes – Batman Visual DictionaryWritten by Daniel Lipkowitz
DK Publishing, September 2012
96 pages, ISBN 978-0-7566-9787-7 $21.99

One of the most enduring comic book heroes is the Dark Knight himself, Batman. He’s been forever immortalized in comic books, film, animation, and video games, as well as decade’s worth of toys and collectibles. In 2006 he [...]

Review: Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Cardboard
By Doug TenNapel
Scholastic Books/Graphix Imprint, August 2012
978-0-545-41873-7, softcover; 978-0-545-41872-0, hardcover

You’ve always known for years that the best toy you ever had wasn’t a Transformer, Strawberry Shortcake, or Star Wars action figure (though they are cool). The best toy you ever had was that big cardboard box your parents got from a new appliance that could [...]

Q&A with creator Nathan Hale, Part 2

Nathan Hale is the creator of the new series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales from Amulet Books. It’s a fun graphic novel approach to true stories from the United States told from the point of view of Nathan Hale – the real life spy – who has been given the gift of insight into the country’s [...]

Q&A with creator Nathan Hale, Part 1

Nathan Hale is the creator of the new series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales from Amulet Books. It’s a fun graphic novel approach to true stories from the United States told from the point of view of Nathan Hale – the real life spy – who has been given the gift of insight into the country’s [...]

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales
by Nathan Hale
Vol. 1: One Dead Spy 978-1-4197-0396-6. 128 pp.
Vol. 2: Big Bad Ironclad 978-1-4197-0395-9. 128 pp.
Published by Amulet Books, 2012
Recommended for grades 5-8

“I regret that I have but one life to live for my country.”
And with his famous last words, Nathan Hale, spy for the American War of Independence was hanged. [...]