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SuperGirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, vol. 1-6

SuperGirl cosmic adventures in the 8th gradeWriter Landry Q. Walker has set out to introduce younger kids to Supergirl in the series SuperGirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade. I was immediately struck by the art of Eric Jones. While not as cartoony as Art Baltazar of Tiny Titansfame, Jones has his own signature style that is appealing and depicts Kara as a skinny pre-teen girl with large, expressive eyes and unruly hair. It’s not quite…

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Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow

Cover artCheryl and Anders were a couple with ups and downs, like any other couple. They were together for six years, had adventures great and small, and became engaged in 2005. In the midst of planning their wedding, Cheryl was hospitalized with cancer. Her prognosis wasn’t bad, so hope ran high. Like many of the adventures detailed in the book, however, things did not go as planned. The rest of the tale…

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Indestructible Hulk: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D, vol. #1

indestructible_hulk_vol1Dr. Bruce Banner was a promising young scientist when an experimental bomb explosion changed his life forever. Afterwards, whenever Dr. Banner became angry, frightened, or otherwise over-stressed, a horrifying transformation occurred and he turned into the jade giant known as The Hulk.

For years, Bruce Banner and The Hulk have been hunted by the American government, vengeful super-villains, and…

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Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle, vol. 10

Lunch-LadyLunch Lady and her sidekick Betty have saved the kids at Thompson Brook Elementary from evil cyborg substitutes, librarians on a rampage, video game villains, and more, all with the help of the Breakfast Bunch. But Lunch Lady and Betty may have bitten off more than they can chew this time. The new superintendent has fired them! Now Betty is working at Grease Burger and Lunch Lady is at home…

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Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, the Complete Series

Dr.WhoEven if you don’t regularly tune in to BBC, you’re probably familiar with this story: The Doctor–time-lord, last of the Gallifreyans, a race with the ability to regenerate into a new form rather than die–travels through the galaxy, generally with a human companion, righting wrongs and stopping criminals. In Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, someone is, once again, trying to defeat the Doctor.…

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doubt_v2Warning: this review contains spoilers.

A good mystery has to end on a high note. Ideally, all the clues scattered throughout the narrative should come together to form a plausible finale. Unfortunately, Doubtleaves a great deal to be desired as its chaotic and far-fetched plot twist leaves behind too many unanswered questions. The second volume begins almost immediately after the events that…

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doubt_v1

Doubt, vol. 1 is a lengthy whodunit that pits six teenagers against each other in a life-or-death situation modeled after a popular cell phone game. The manga calls to mind character-driven thrillers like Saw, building an intricate mystery and connecting the victims beyond their experience with the game. Unfortunately, any tension and suspense is undone by slow pacing and uninteresting…

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24-Hour History: D-Day, June 6, 1944

dday2014 marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France which marked the beginning of the end for World War II in Europe, and refocused the historical spotlight on this key event in Western history. With this short graphic novel, part of a larger Heinemann Library set of 24-Hour Historygraphic novels, Angnieszka Bishop offers an introduction to D-Day for students in…

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Jellaby: The Lost Monster

jellabyIf the name Jellaby sounds familiar, then you might have had the pleasure of coming across him/her in other stories before. Jellaby has had a storied and award-winning life. Our friend has been published as an online webcomic (nominated for an Eisner Award), had short stories in several different Flight anthologies, and this very book, Jellaby: The Lost Monster, was published in 2008 and won the…

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The Big Break Detectives Casebook

The Big Break Detectives CasebookWelcome to the journal of Little Tom Conway: student, TV aficionado, and Big Break Detective. At the urging of his sister, Kate, he started this log of the Big Break Detectivescases, chronicling the adventures of Kate, Little Tom, and their friend Danny as they solve mysteries during their 30 minute lunch break. Though limited on time, they aren’t limited in location: solving crimes in the…

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