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Review: ‘Adele in Sand Land’

Adele in Sand Land By Claude Ponti Toon Books When I was a kid, my mother used to buy me a lot of books at garage sales. Many of them dated back to the period 1900-1940 and had a crazy, old-fashioned, almost scary look to them. I loved them—they were so far from the sanitized […]

Review: Snow White

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I’ve always had a soft spot for retold or fractured fairy tales. I marvel at the ingenuity of an author to take an existing story, keep it recognizable, and give it a unique spin. There’s a long history of fractured fairy tales from Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted to Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Just Ella. And […]

Review and Preview: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir’

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir Writers: Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton Artist: Doug Wheatley Colorist: Wes Dzioba Cover artist: Pierre-Olivier Vincent Dark Horse, $10.99 Age 10 up. A preview of the graphic novel follows this review. Whenever I review a book that’s connected to a movie or other media property, the first […]

Review: ‘Olympians, vol. 9: Artemis’

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It feels like yesterday that I was hearing about a new graphic novel series featuring the Greek gods in comic form, and now we’re up to number nine in a planned series of 12. And still it doesn’t disappoint! I admit, I’ve been negligent with this series and have missed a couple of titles—I keep […]

Review: ‘Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman’

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Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Art by Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Jorge Jimenez and others DC Comics; $16.99 Rated T for Teen The now twice-monthly Superman title is maybe the all-around best book of DC Comics’ 2016 “Rebirth”-branded relaunch initiative, in which they renumbered all their […]

Review: ‘Jedi Academy: A New Class’

Jedi Academy: A New Class By Jarrett J. Krosoczka Scholastic; $12.99 When it comes to Star Wars, three has always been something of a magic number, with the film franchise conceived as a trilogy of trilogies. It makes sense then that cartoonist Jeffrey Brown would stop at three Jedi Academy books, following his original with […]

Review: ‘Bera the One-headed Troll’

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Bera the One-headed Troll By Eric Orchard First Second; $17.99 The title of Eric Orchard’s fantasy adventure comic is a rather clever little gag in its own right, as trolls of Bera’s kind often have multiple heads, even if having only one head is the default state for everyone who makes up the reading audience […]

Review: ‘Justice League/Power Rangers #1′

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Justice League/Power Rangers #1 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Stephen Byrne DC Comics/BOOM! Studios; $3.99 Rated T for Teen DC Comics and BOOM! Studios follow their collaboration on Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy with another cross-publisher crossover, this one featuring two long-lived franchises with comparatively little in common: The Justice League and Saban’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Aside from […]

Review: ‘King Baby,’ by Kate Beaton

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King Baby By Kate Beaton Scholastic, Grades Pre-K to 5 Kate Beaton, best known for her side-splittingly snarky comics about moments in history or literature, branches off in a new direction with her children’s book King Baby. The drawing is simpler, she uses color, and its humor is gentler and more straightforward. This is appropriate […]

Review: Four ‘Far Out Fairy Tales’

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Hansel & Gretel & Zombies, by Benjamin Harper and Fern Cano Goldilocks and the Three Vampires, by Laurie S. Sutton and C.S. Jennings Jak and the Magic Nano-Beans, by Carl Bowen and Omar Lozano Sleeping Beauty, Magic Master, by Stephanie True Peters and Alex Lopez Capstone, Grades 3 up The notion that any story is […]