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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Written and Illustrated by Chris Schweizer
Oni Press, 2012
The adventures of the Crogan family continue…
Since the first book in the series, Crogan’s Vengeance, was released in 2008, Chris Schweizer has set out to tell the ambitious family history of the Crogans from the days of pirates, with “Catfoot” Crogan, to the humble 21st century [...]
Just another tale of a boy and his Tyrannosaurus Rex friend who wears a cybernetic suit that he kicks butt with…
Super Dinosaur, Vol. 1.
Written by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by Jason Howard
Image Comics, 2012.
Rated E for Everyone
Dinosaur lovers: All you have to know is there’s a Tyrannosaurus Rex in the book and he wears a cybernetic power [...]