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Kim Reaper #1

Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. UNLIKE most university students, Kim’s job is pretty dang cool: she’s a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife. Like most university students, Becka has a super intense unrequited crush. UNLIKE most university students, Becka’s crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn’t know that. Unaware of the ghoulish drama she’s about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself...

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The Life After Vol 1

Jude’s life is nothing special. It seems like every day is just a repeat of the last one, until one day, he meets a woman and can suddenly see into her past — revealing that he is actually in Purgatory for suicides. Now that he’s awake, he and the legendary Ernest Hemingway are on the path to change things in the afterlife for the better. Of course, that might not sit very well with the bigwigs down below or up above. Can just a few people change the course of billions of souls? 

This trade collects the first five issues of the ongoing series, that Joshua Wilson (Nailbiter & Birthright) calls, “an amazing work of comics.”

The Life After really is something special.

If you find yourself rolling your eyes through the first couple of pages, keep reading. The art isn’t much to write home...

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Our Cats are More Famous Than Us

In 2008, Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota launched the auto-bio webcomic Johnny Wander. Eight years, four cats, and three moves are chronicled in this gorgeous hardcover omnibus, which includes a foreword by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Ghosts). Hirsh and Ota’s charming reverie about new adulthood will appeal to fans of Kate Beaton, Bryan Lee O’Malley, and Jeffrey Brown—along with anyone who’s just winging it.

Our Cats are More Famous Than Us is a mildly amusing collection; it didn’t rock my world or anything. The art was cartoony and cute, the writing was funny enough. If this comic produced any reaction in me at all, it was slight annoyance at the perpetuation of the idea that anyone, anywhere, finds your cats even remotely interesting.

I’ll admit I’m a grump, and you might find Our Cats quite w...

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Jeff Steinberg, Champion of Earth #6

Earth needed a champion. It got a video store clerk (that’s still a thing?!) with a bathroom problem. So far, Jeff Steinberg has risen to the occasion like the water level in a toilet bowl after an epic flush! Will he be able to fend off the next round of intergalactic feces flung his way or is the planet’s future about to be sent down the drain?

Jeff Steinberg grows a pair!

Maybe this character growth could have been seen coming from across the solar system, but I didn’t mind. Jeff Steinberg is ultimately a slacker movie in comic form, and slacker movies have conventions that must be honored: we’re introduced to a main character unwilling or unable to grow up; poop jokes happen; more poop jokes happen, and then the character suddenly grows up and gets the beautiful babe (who should be sm...

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Space Battle Lunchtime #8

The final battle. Peony vs. Melonhead, the sabotaging chef with his own considerable chops. Anything that can go wrong does, and Peony finds herself fighting against time—and a defective oven—to get her cake to the judges! Who will go on to victory in this final issue of Space Battle Lunchtime?

Thus ends one of the cutest, most heartwarming comics series I’ve ever read.

Natalie Riess’s watercolored cartoons give the characters and settings a sense of quirky life, as does the quippy dialogue and suspense of the action sequences. I love her character models. There’s no powerful theme or deep intellectual content here: just a fun fish-out-of-water story with some wonderfully humorous ideas.

I hope this isn’t the only series Ms...

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