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Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Reign of Blood, April 22 2012
What if--in their quest to purge Dracula and vampirism from the face of the British Empire--Jonathan Harker, Van Helsing and the rest of their company failed? What if Van Helsing was wrong about what he knew about the un-dead to begin with? What kind of England--what kind of world--would Dracula build as a result of all of this?

That in itself is a story, yet it is only the background and world of Kim Newman's story Anno Dracula. It is a late nineteenth century world where not only is vampirism public knowledge, it is used by the elite to promote its figures and luminaries into immortality. At the same time, vampirism does not solve the problems and horrors of that period:… Read more
Sword of my Mouth by Jim Munroe
Sword of my Mouth by Jim Munroe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a standalone sequel to Jim Monroe's previous graphic novel Therefore Repent!: a story about the world after a majority of its population has ascended into the Heavens due to the Christian Rapture. For a post-apocalyptic world, however, it is relatively peaceful -- aside from the development of mutations and magic in those people left behind from the Rapture and the depredations of machine-gun wielding Angels, their minions The Risen and the fanatical Splitters (those zealously religious people still left behind).

While Therefore Repent! dealt with the relationship, wanderings and realizations of Raven and Mummy, The Sword of My Mouth starts off with the story of Ella -- a… Read more
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Black Hole by Charles Burns
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Imagine an alternate mid-1970s America where a sexually-transmitted disease called "the Bug" causes non-fatal but otherwise very noticeable physical mutations in its victims. Now imagine that most of these infections occur in adolescents. This in itself would be an interesting premise for a story or a purely satirical perspective on social taboos with regards to STDs or STIs, but Charles Burns sets this as the background setting of his Black Hole narrative and makes the story a lot more personal: displaying the lives of four high-schoolers in Seattle as they deal with the disease, their own developing sexuality, relationships and social alienation.

Through his twistedly organic… Read more

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