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Harleen Book 1

Written by Stjepan Sejic

Pencils Stjepan Sejic

Inks Stjepan Sejic

Colored by Stjepan Sejic

Cover by Stjepan Sejic

I think by this point, just about anyone with any idea about batman in the last decade or so knows the basics of Harley Quinn’s original story. Specifics vary, but she was a doctor in Arkham Asylum who eventually became entwined in Joker’s cult of personality. I looked at Harleen Book 1 and wondered to myself, do we really need another re telling of her origin story? I’m not going to rant and rave and say how I was totally wrong about that thought. But I will admit to enjoying it more than I expected.  

Book 1 focuses largely on Dr Quinn’s journey from pitching her research to investors, to an awkward funding offer from Lucius Fox on behalf of Wayne Enterprises, through to he...

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The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs

Created by Celine Loup

Written by Celine Loup

Art by Celine Loup

Cover by Celine Loup

Published by BOOM! – Archaia

The Man Who Came Down The Stair was created by acclaimed artist Celine Loup, as a way to deal with her own ticking biological clock and her incredible anxiety at the prospect of motherhood. I am obviously not a mother, but I can sympathize with her anxiety. There was a time when I very much wanted a child of my own, but my mental (and subsequently physical) health eventually made that prospect terrifying. It took several years to fully accept my decision not to father a child, and the emotional turmoil that lead to that decision.

At the same time I’ve watched more than one of my friends suffer from post-partum depression...

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The Maxx 100-Page Giant

Artwork by Sam Keith
Colors by Ronda Pattison
Additional inks and finishes by Jim Sinclair
Letters by Mike Heisler, Dennis Heisler, and Shawn Lee
Edits by Scott Dunbier

I’ve said this before, I love The Maxx. Many people do, something that actually comes up in the fourth story of this 100-page special. This release has a few purposes. First off, it is part of the celebration of IDW’s 20th anniversary. Second, it’s an excuse to advertise the Batman/Maxx crossover mini-series, Arkham Dreams, as well as The Maxx: Maxximized collected editions. Lastly, it serves as an introduction to a character that enthralled readers, but that, until recently, has been largely dormant for decades.

With this book, we get Issues #1, 21, 23, and a story from Hero Comics 2014...

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Calamity Kate #1

Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Artist: Corin Howell
Colorist: Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Zakk Saam

Published by Dark Horse Comics

I’m going to start at the end of this issue. Writer/Co-Creator Magdalene Visaggio give a personal look at how Calamity Kate come from her need for “creative self-destruction.” I’m torn between wishing that missive had opened the book, and loving that it was at the end because it drastically changes how I looked at the rest of the story.

This is the story of Kate Strand, redefining herself. Recently divorced, she heads west and shows up on the doorstep of her former roommate, and best friend, in L.A.

The story is a poignant look at rebuilding a life from the ruins of abandoned bridges of the past. Oh, and monster killing.

The story in issue #1 is a bit disjointed, but...

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Venus Rises Series 2 #1

Conceived and Written by J.G. Birdsall
Illustrated by Thomas Garbarini

As I write this I’m in the middle of nowhere with no cell service or wifi. Normally when I review a comic book as clearly marked “Series 2” as this I would try to find out what “Series 1” was all about. That’s not an option, which gives me the opportunity to take this on its own without checking its history, or even the Kickstarter campaign that funded it.

The only history I did get was a “history so far” blurb and a two-page timeline of major historical events. With those included, I was able to at least epic together a bit of what I was walking into. Short version: government and corporations clash, corporations take control of the government...

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