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Beasts of Burden Volume:  Animal Rites
Beasts of Burden Volume: Animal Rites
by Evan Dorkin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 19.33
39 used & new from CDN$ 10.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorably unsettling, Jan. 28 2011
This really is an incredibly comic book. Beautifully drawn and written with dry sophistication, it tells the story of a pack of dogs (and one cat) who are charged with keeping supernatural menaces from destroying the little town of Burden Hill. The animals must contend with some of the best-drawn monsters in the history of comics; a stunning frog demon, a horrible werewolf, and some heartbreaking (but pitiless) ghosts. The stories have a deep core of emotion, from a dog's love for his master to a mother dog's anger towards the teen that drowned her puppies. The fact that the animals are cute and cuddly does not mean they are immune to death and loss.

I really cannot recommend this book enough. It is terrifying and heartwarming in equal measure. The fact that it is created by two people at the top of their game would normally be enough to give it a thumbs-up on its own merit, but Beasts of Burden is a fantastic example of what comics can do when they aren't saddled with the tropes of the superhero.

Seven Sons
Seven Sons
by Alex Grecian
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.50
10 used & new from CDN$ 15.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and smart, Feb. 3 2009
This review is from: Seven Sons (Paperback)
I was familiar with the legend of the seven sons, one of whom accidentally commits a crime and finds himself saved through the intervention of his super-heroic brothers, but nothing prepared me for the emotional thoughtfulness of this comic book.

In this first major published work, these two creators weave a skillful and tight story about racism in the old West. The relationship between the super-powerful family and the prospectors and gunslingers that antagonize them is tinged with danger and enriched by spectacle.

A very good book, worthy of greater attention.

I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections
I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections
by Julia Wertz
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 3.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet and honest, Feb. 3 2009
I SAW YOU is a book about missed connections, those painfully personal ads that people take out on the (often vain) hope that their prayers will be answered. The cartoons and caricatures that populate this book are, unluckily, totally hopeless.

Lucky for us, they are also hilarious. Julia Wertz' new anthology is full of richly weird people, desperate for a little human contact, and the results are awkward and peculiar and always funny. I look very forward to the next book from this editor, and I heartily recommend this one.

Tim Sale: Black And White - Revised And Expanded
Tim Sale: Black And White - Revised And Expanded
by Richard Starkings
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 33.09
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of a unique career., Aug. 13 2008
If you only know Tim Sale's work from the television show Heroes, then I envy you. You get to go back and experience a career's worth of genre-busting takes on superhero icons like Batman and The Hulk. You get to see a man progress from an aimless grocer to a multimedia artistic juggernaut. And, best of all, you get to experience Sale's work for the first time.

In this, I envy you, and I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I have.

Douglas Fredericks And The House Of They
Douglas Fredericks And The House Of They
by Joe Kelly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.99
23 used & new from CDN$ 13.63

5.0 out of 5 stars You never see Bigfoot... because he's undercover!, June 14 2008
Proof follows John "Proof" Prufrock, the top field agent for a secretive U.S./Canada organization called The Lodge. He's powerful, he's smart, he's got good taste in clothes... and he's Bigfoot. In "Goatsucker" he is paired with Ginger Brown, a young woman from New York. Together, they storm the Midwest to arrest El Chupacabra, a monster who wears people's skins to blend into the crowd.

Proof is a very smart book. The narrative is dense and thoughtful, with informational captions ("cryptoids") scattered throughout to enhance the story. The artwork is rough, but passionate and original, and the script makes Proof very likable. His supporting characters grow and mature in only five short issues. "Proof" is a fabulous book, and I can't recommend enough to people who like good character work, peculiar monsters, and big adventure.

And you can't beat the price.

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