Review: Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1

I became familiar with DeConnick’s work through Captain Marvel, and have since constructed a shrine and began performing weekly Friday night summoning rituals. They have yet to have any effect as far as I’m aware, but that’s another story.

Our current story is that I picked up this comic expecting excellence and was still blown away.

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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Ocean at the End of the Lane, TheAfter falling for Gaiman’s writing in the Sandman comics, I decided it was beyond time to try his fiction. One of his more recent books, The Ocean at the End of the Lane came highly recommended as an introduction to his writings. I cracked the spine, flipped past the copyrights, and was almost immediately hooked. The story is told by an older man (somewhere in his fifties or sixties I assume, though his age is never stated) who has returned to his childhood home for a funeral (presumable for his parents, though this too is only suggested). Gaiman leaves out these details because they are not important. What is important is this man’s journey back through his childhood to the events that transpired at the end of the lane—memories that had been obscured, “like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet.”

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Review: Sex Criminals, Vol. 1

Today I picked up Eisner-nominated Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, and promptly laughed my ass off for an hour.

It’s smartly written and wonderfully illustrated; Fraction and Zdarsky took an original idea—what if time really did stop when you orgasm?—and made it compelling, funny, sexy, and touching (no, not that kind) all at the same time.

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Review: Acceptance

AcceptanceYes, I am aware that this is the last book in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. And yes, I do see the irony in the fact that my first Cannonball review of the year is of the final book of a series. That being said, I’m gonna cheat a little bit and use this review as an excuse to discuss all three books, and remember in future years not to start a series right before Cannonball begins.

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5 Things I Learned from the Reviews of Go Set A Watchman

I have a hard time enjoying books while the hype is still hot. Call it the hipster in me if you will, but I really don’t like the pressure to feel a certain way about what I read.

But now that the news of Harper Lee’s new book Go Set a Watchman has slowed down a bit, I’ve been reconsidering my original stance. I’m hesitant to support what might be a publishing scheme that took advantage of Lee’s advanced age and dementia, but I also don’t want to miss out on what will surely be a culturally significant book, if nothing else.

I asked the critics. And here is what I found.

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Webcomic Review: Mare Internum

I’ve spent a dizzying amount of time gushing about Der-shing Helmer and her return to webcomics over the last couple months, and now the time has come for an official review of her newest comic Mare Internum!

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