Comic Review: Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties
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Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties
Story by Neil Gaiman
Adaptation, Art, and Lettering by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Cover Price: $17.99

I swear Neil Gaiman is like King Midas in some ways. It seems that everything he touches turns to gold. This comic book adaptation of his short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties, is just another example of one of Gaiman’s works being transmogrified in the best of ways. To paraphrase an old idiom: There’s more than one way to re-envision a Neil Gaiman story. I liked the story when I first read it but being the comic nerd I am, I absolutely love this graphic novel in ways I can only barely express.

But allow me to try. Check it out below.

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Comic Review: Two Brothers

Two Brothers
Written by Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon
Art by Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: October 14, 2015

When you encounter literary snobs who turn their noses up at graphic novels, Two Brothers will shut them up. Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba have adapted Milton Hatoum’s award-winning Dois Irmãos (translated into 13 languages including English, entitled The Brothers).

Two Brothers is a 230-page opus delivering a complex story revolving around twin brothers Omar and Yaqub. (Note the irony? Moon and Ba are also Brazilian twin brothers.) Four years in production, this sprawling family history jumps through time in ten chapters, bursting with dramatic panels.

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Comic Review: B.P.R.D.: Vampire #3
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B.P.R.D.: Vampire #3
Written by Mike Mignola, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon
Art by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
Color by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Robins
Cover by Fabio Moon
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 29, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50

Mike Mignola is the man. His Hellboy comics have brought me unbelievable amounts of joy over the years. Not to mention the multitude of spin off comics that he’s had a hand in during is all. And B.P.R.D.: Vampire #3 is just such a book. Rich history and well developed, though somewhat enigmatic, characters really bring this mini-series to life and capture the reader’s attention from start to finish.

Taking place directly after B.P.R.D.:1948, we bear witness to a tragic tale of a tormented field agent and the harrowing journey he must undertake to regain his fast-disappearing sanity and exact revenge upon the undead who’s dreams haunt him nightly. Agent Simon Anders finds himself in a Czech hamlet, following a lead that hopefully will take him to the Hecate worshiping vampires from his dream…or is it a memory, so vivid are the details. But as the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”

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Comics Review: Daytripper #10
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Daytripper #10
Written and Drawn by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Sean Konot
DC/Vertigo Comics
Price: $2.99
Release date: September 9, 2010

The books that matter are the ones that stick with you, that make you think about your life and how you can improve and what you’re doing wrong. The books that matter are the ones that make you laugh and cry at the same page. The books that matter are the ones that you never want to forget for the rest of your life. Daytripper #10 is a book that is going to stick with me, and it is a book that matters.

Over the last ten issues, the Brazilian art team of brothers Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon have shown us the life and deaths of Bras de Oliva Domingo. Each issue has shown a moment from the character’s life at different stages of his life, whether it be birth, childhood, adulthood, or old age, and each issue has ended with the character’s death. Does it matter that we’re never told if these are alternate realities, different dimensions, or any other sci-fi gobbledygook that comics readers are generally predisposed to jump to? No. Any explanation would ruin this comic. It is simply the story of life. His life, my life, anyone’s life. I don’t live in Brazil, I don’t have kids, in fact, I have nothing in common with the main character, but every issue affected me in some way.

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C2E2 2010: ‘Casanova’ Returns This July Through Marvel’s Icon Comics
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I expected an announcement about the return of Matt Fraction‘s crazy super-spy epic Casanova to occur during the Image Comics panel on Saturday at C2E2. Fraction has mentioned on his twitter account that he has been working on new scripts for the series, which has not been seen since the end of Volume 2 was released in 2008. Little did I realize that the series had actually moved from Image to Marvel’s creator-owned Icon line and that the announcement would happen during Marvel’s Cup of Joe panel.

Starting in July, readers will be able to catch up with the series, as the first 14 issues will be re-released in full color (the series was originally released in a green/white and blue/white color palette). According to Fraction’s blog, the series will also be repackaged.

The first two volumes will be released in eight single issues. The first issue will contain the original issue as well as a new story drawn by Fabio Moon. From there, each Icon issue will contain two issues that were released by Image, as well as new bonus material, until the eighth issue, which will contain what was originally issue #14, as well as another new story that will lead into Volume 3. Each issue will be 32 pages and cost $3.99.

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