Most DC Comics fans know Dinah Laurel Lance (Black Canary) as either Oliver Queen’s girlfriend or as the feisty lawyer turned vigilante on the CW’s Arrow.
Now, Brendan Fletcher has re-vamped the popular heroine in Black Canary and given her a chance to shine in the spotlight instead of just being the Green Arrow’s other half.
This incarnation of Dinah is vastly different from Laurel on Arrow. While both are strong female characters in their own right, the difference between them is that Dinah’s trying to escape her past by becoming a singer, while Laurel is channeling her anger at losing her sister to becoming a superhero.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Monday, February 8th, 2016||No Comments »|
It’s hard to condense everything that makes up Liz Suburbia’s Sacred Heart into a short review. On the surface it’s a love letter to grungy garage punk-rock and the frenetic energy of small town youth. It’s also about faith, alienation, longing, fear, family, fanaticism, sex, murder, self-doubt, and monsters of both the fantastical and all-too real variety.
Surly and pragmatic Ben Schiller is growing up in the literal teenage wasteland of Alexandria.What at first glance appears to be an unremarkable if ramshackle American town is in fact home to a host of dark secrets, perhaps the most troubling being the mystery of why no one seems to be older than 18.
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, October 19th, 2015||No Comments »|
Sydney Padua’s graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace And Babbage: The (Mostly) True Origins of the First Computer is a rollicking romp through history with a dash of steampunk. The author presents an alternate history where Ada, Countess of Lovelace, and Charles Babbage, who had plans for an enormous calculating machine, actually do wind up building what they dub the Difference Engine and use it to explore uncharted waters of academia and oddly enough, to fight crime too.
Instead of bogging the story down with stuffy historical facts, Padua includes extensive footnotes for readers who are interested in learning more about the real-life story of Lovelace and Babbage, which includes never-before-seen-diagrams of the latter’s idea for a steam-powered computer. However, the heart of Lovelace and Babbage is the hilarious geeky humor and the whimsical tone of the novel. Padua balances her anachronistic one-liners with real-life facts about famous Victorians, which makes her graphic novel really fun to read. If you like history, steampunk, butt-kicking Victorians, or some combination of all three, this is a comic you must pick up.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, May 20th, 2015||No Comments »|
While most graphic novels have a quintessential superhero who can do no wrong, Chuck Wendig’s young adult comic Atlanta Burns takes readers on a thrilling ride alongside a teenage vigilante. Atlanta isn’t Superman or Wonder Woman, thank goodness. She’s a little rough around the edges and makes mistakes. But in the process of saving two kids from bullies, another teen winds up dead by an apparent suicide and Atlanta blames herself.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Friday, February 13th, 2015||No Comments »|
Amber Dusick’s hilarious graphic novel Marriage: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures is a loving account of the weird quirks that we develop when in a committed relationship. While everyone regales “the single life,” Dusick embraces the weirdness and the laughs that come with having a spouse. From side-eying their personal hygiene to having to make joint financial decisions and deal with dietary quirks, she reassures readers that both they and their partner are not weird, and yes, other couples are dealing with similar issues, too.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, January 15th, 2015||No Comments »|
Whether you are a die-hard comic book nerd or a devoted fan who religiously watches the CW’s television show Arrow, you’ll enjoy reading Andy Diggle’s graphic novel Green Arrow: Year One. The story gives fans the backstory of how bored billionaire Oliver Queen became marooned on an island and turned into the famous superhero, Green Arrow.
Unlike the TV show incarnation of the character, in this comic Oliver decides to take a trip on his yacht after drinking too much at a charity incident, which resulted in him embarrassing himself. Sadly, he becomes marooned on an island and must use a bow and arrow in order to survive. The spoiled billionaire slowly becomes a socially conscious crime fighter after he discovers a band of criminals on the island who are enslaving innocents. Unlike the television show where much of Oliver’s story is told in flashbacks, fans are able to watch the birth of their favorite superhero and see his mistakes instead of only getting brief glimpses of it. A must-read for TV fans.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, January 7th, 2015||No Comments »|
Christine Mari Inzer’s graphic novel Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan is a hilarious memoir about a trip to Japan the author took when she was just 16 years old. Through cute hand-drawn illustrations and eye-catching photos, Inzer’s poignant musings allow you to witness the excitement and allure of experiencing another culture for the first time.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, December 4th, 2014||No Comments »|