April 22, 2018

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This Week’s Comics: Heroes and Legends

Highlights from this week’s new releases include a new Casper series from American Mythology Productions, where everyone’s favorite friendly ghost teams up with other Harvey pals, starting with Wendy, the Good Little Witch in Casper and Wendy #1. First Second releases a new graphic novel about finding your place with Be Prepared while Lion Forge […]

Review: ‘Laid Back Camp’ Vol. 1

Laid Back Camp Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Afro Yen Press; $13.00 Rated T for Teen One of the many virtues of manga is the seeming endlessness of the available subject matter; think of any subject, no matter how mundane, and chances are there is a Japanese comic series about it (And, if not, well, there likely […]

Review: ‘Giant Spider & Me’ Vol. 1

Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kikori Morino Seven Seas Entertainment; $12.99 Teen Kikori Morino’s Giant Spider & Me is a manga series about a lonely young girl who befriends a giant mutant spider sometime after the end of life on Earth as we know it. It’s a cooking manga. That […]

This Week’s Comics: Monster Hedgehogs

With so much going on this week, it’s hard to pick just a few titles to highlight! First Second releases another Science Comics, this time featuring Nature’s Perfect Hunter, Sharks. Little Brown Books for Young Readers has not one, but two new volumes of Catstronauts, while Rodale Kids drops a new volume in the Team […]

This Week’s Comics: Mega Goosebumps

Highlights from this week’s new releases include box sets of popular titles DC Super Hero Girls from DC comics and Raina Telgemeier Collection from Graphix. Check out the a collection of British comics with the Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection also from Graphix while Boom! Studios kicks off their event series “Shattered Grid” in Mighty Morphin […]

This Week’s Comics: ScienceStruck

Highlights from this week’s new comic releases include BOOM! Studios finishing their latest run of the Jim Henson’s The Storyteller series with Fairies #4. Charmz releases the third volume of  Chloe, Frenemies,  while IDW Publishing concludes their mini-series with Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack #5, which includes a revelation fans of Samurai Jack won’t want to miss. […]

Collecting Comics: March 2018 with Ally Watkins

Check out these March-releasing comics that your teens and tweens will love! Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir, illustrated by Steenz (Oni Press, March 6). Cel starts working as an archivist at the Logan Museum, but the job may not be everything she’s hoping for. Cel starts to dream of a woman she’s never met, […]

This Week’s Comics: Sci-Fu Shoes

Highlights from this week’s list of new releases include a new Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Volume 7 Unicorn of Many Hats. Archie Comics finds a new foe for Cosmo in issue #3, while Lion Forge introduces a new superhero, Encounter, an alien who can change shape and fights crime on Earth. The List: ACTION LAB […]

This Week’s Comics: Stretching Folklore

Highlights from this week’s comics include the start of the new mini series from Action Lab Entertainment’s Ghoul Scouts, I was a Tweenage Werewolf #1. Archie Comics releases the first trade of their new Classic Archie series, Your Pal Archie, while Toon Books continues their “Laugh and Learn” series, this time looking at the slowest […]

This Week’s Comics: Cats Trolling Dogs

Highlights from this week’s new releases include Marvel Comics giving the Inhumans’ giant teleporting dog his own series with Lockjaw #1. Tundra Books gives younger readers a super read with Narwhal and Jelly Volume 2: Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, while Viz Media gives everyone playful kitties with Neko Atsume Kitty Collector: Where Am I […]

This Week’s Comics: Capture Sami

Highlights from this week’s new releases include DC Comics handing out some Young Justice with Volume 2, a large trade stuffed with 12 full issues. IDW Publishing combs out the first issue of Tangled the Series, while Archie Comics continues the rock tour through time and space with Archies #5. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT […]

This Week’s Comics: Cucumbers and Trollhunters

Highlights from this week’s new releases include Archie Comics releasing a Marvel Comics Digest that features adventures with the Avengers and Black Panther working together. IDW Publishing finishes the mini series Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight, with issue #3 while Lerner Publishing Group brings out the second volume of Whisker Sisters: The Mystery of the Tree Stump Ghost. […]

Collecting Comics: February 2018 by Ally Watkins

Happy February! Here are some comics and graphic novels that your teens and tweens will be asking for this month. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Emily Carroll (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, February 6). This is a graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda is […]

This Week’s Comics: Dressmakers and Scoundrels

Love is in the air…the love for this week’s new releases! Archie Comics continues their new space adventure series, Cosmo #2. Boom! Studios brings back the kids of Backstagers with a Valentine’s Intermission #1, while Harper Collins Publishers makes being President cool again with their new series Action Presidents, starting with Volume 1 George Washington […]

This Week’s Comics: Regal Samurai

Take some time before the big game to check out some of the titles from this week’s new releases. Boom! Studios continues the adventures of Antimony with volume 6 of Gunnerkrigg Court. Drawn and Quarterly has the next volume of the classic yokai manga with Kitaro Volume 5: The Vampire Slayer, and IDW Publishing brings […]

This Week’s Comics: Trickster W.I.T.C.H.

Chase away the chill with some of the titles from this week’s new releases. Dark Horse Comics warms things up with issue #3 of the second Zodiac Starforce series, Cries of the Fire Prince. Seven Seas Entertainment turns up the cuteness with volume 4 of Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat while Vertical Comics […]

This Week’s Comics: Waking Rose

Mystery and monsters fill up this week’s list of new releases. Bongo Comics sets super sleuth Lisa Simpson loose in the newest Simpson Comics #242. Lion Forge continues their monster series Wrapped Up #4 with some Kaiju-sized monster action, while Marvel Comics’ own Kaiju Kid has his own sleuthing to do in Monsters Unleashed #10. […]

This Week’s Comics: Ghosts at the Museum

A new year means plenty of new releases on this week’s list. BOOM! Studios continues the adventures of Mech Cadet Yu as the series becomes an ongoing with issue #5. Lion Forge releases a new fantasy series with Dream of the Butterfly Volume 1 Rabbits of the Moon, while Papercutz debuts a new series of […]

Graphic Novels: A “Jane Eyre” Update, Pick for “Wimpy Kid” Fans, and More | January 2018 Xpress Reviews

Whether looking for a graphic novel update on the Bronte classic or a suggestion for readers of yuri (manga focusing on lesbian romance), these web-exclusive reviews present a sneak peek at recent titles.

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This Week’s Comics: Super Janes

Greet the new year with some of the new releases from this week’s comics! Archie Comics sends the two famous girls from Riverdale to meet the famous Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau in Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #259. Boom! Studios rounds out the year with the final issue of Misfit City #8, […]