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Night’s Dominion Vol 1

Writer/Artist: Ted Naifeh
Publisher: Oni Press

A bard, a mage, an assassin, a cleric, and a thief meet in secret to steal untold treasure from a cult growing in the heart of the city of Umber, but when their heist uncovers a plot to destroy all of Umber, they must decide if they will fight for the city, or watch as it burns to the ground.

Night’s Dominion by Ted Naifeh creates a fantasy world that is immediately engrossing, with a cast of likeable anti-heros and a plot that expertly balances small character moments with epic, large-scale battles. It draws you in from the moment it opens on the Maestro telling the tale of a long forgotten hero, and doesn’t let go until it’s told its own tale of mythic scale and heartfelt emotion.

The most striking thing to me about Night’s Dominion

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Courtney Crumrin and The Night Things

Writer/Artist: Ted Naifeh
Publisher: Oni Press

The Crumrin house is the oldest house in the sleepy, gentrified town of Hillsborough, and mysteries and rumors surround it and Aloysius Crumrin, the man who owns it. When Courtney Crumrin’s parents move into the Crumrin house to look after Aloysius in his old age, Courtney discovers a world of magic and strange creatures called the Night Things. Now she has to balance her parent’s pressure to fit in and make friends with the rich kids, as well as her adventures into the world of the Night Things.

Courtney Crumrin: The Night Things creates a unique world of magic and strange creatures that walks the line between charming and nightmarish, with interesting characters and situations introduced in each new chapter...

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Courtney Crumrin Ongoing #1

Writer/Artist: Ted Naifeh
Publisher: Oni Press

When Holly Hart moves to a new town and a new school, she knows what to expect from the kids there, the usual bullying and being labelled as an outsider, but what she doesn’t expect is to befriend Courtney Crumrin, the local witch. Courtney shows Holly how to learn magic, but she begins to worry that Holly might start to abuse her new-found magical powers.

Ted Naifeh’s dark world of magic and monsters is immediately enticing, and leaves readers hungry to learn more about the type of creatures and people that inhabit it. The writing and art both create an interesting and unique aesthetic that’s a blending of classic gothic horror and modern Halloween-type witches and goblins and werewolves.

The story moves a little too fast however, and ...

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The Mighty Zodiac #1

Writer: J. Torres
Artist: Corin Howell
Colors: Maarta Laiho
Publisher: Oni Press

After the death of the Blue Dragon, six stars fall from the sky, and the evil Moon Rabbit army descends to the land of Gaya. It is up to The Mighty Zodiac to retrieve the stars and defeat the Moon Rabbit Army!

The Mighty Zodiac presents a magical land of anthropomorphic talking animals based on Eastern culture and folklore, with the titular group based off of the Chinese Zodiac signs. The land of Gaya is protected by the Zodiac, but lately they’ve been traveling the land engaging in various misadventures, since no imminent threat was present...

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Bad Machinery Vol. 1: Case of the Team Spirit

Writer/Artist: John Allison
Publisher: Oni Press

Bad Machinery – The Case of the Team Spirit follows six grammar school children throughout their daily lives and as they solve mysterious. Equal parts slice of life comedy and supernatural mystery, though with a much heavier emphasis on the former, Bad Machinery focuses on cutesy characters and humor, and is generally a fun, light-hearted read.

However, and this may be more my fault than the book’s itself, it just never clicked for me.

I never once laughed or chuckled or smiled in amusement while reading it; every single joke fell flat. And for a comedy, that’s a pretty big problem. I never quite clicked with the characters, either...

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