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Superman: True Brit by John Cleese and Kim Howard Johnson, and John Byrne and Mark Farmer.

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Title: Superman: True Brit.
Author: John Cleese and Kim Howard Johnson.
Artist: John Byrne and Mark Farmer.
Genre: Graphic novels, fiction, super heroes, satire, parody.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2004.
Summary: In this very British tale, the Last Son of Krypton's rocketship crash-lands in an English town even smaller than Smallville – Weston-super-Mare – where the infant Kal-El is taken in by adoptive parents – the Clarks – who raise their son Colin to hide his powers, because the worst thing anyone can do is stand out from the crowd. But when Colin grows up to become a mild-mannered reporter working for the Daily Smear, a powerful tabloid newspaper dedicated to uncovering the biggest story of the century, he finds that the key to his success may actually be to go public. What will the neighbours think? The story aims to poke fun at the apparent desire to conform embedded in the British psyche, as well as mocking the British tabloid press.

My rating: 6/10
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Ex Machina: Power Down and Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris, Tom Feister and Jim Clark.

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Title: Ex Machina: Power Down.
Author: Brian K. Vaughan.
Artists: Tony Harris, Tom Feister and Jim Clark.
Genre: Fiction, politics, crime, super heroes.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2007.
Summary: A mysterious new visitor arrives in New York City, with powers that may be connected to superhero mayor Mitchell Hundred's - just as Hundred's own abilities shut down during an extended citywide blackout! Can the mayor manage the ensuing chaos, keep his family safe from an apparent madman, and deal with new revelations about the nature of his barely-comprehended powers?

My rating: 7.5/10.
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Drama by Raina Telgemeier.

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Title: Drama.
Author: Raina Telgemeier.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, YA, children's lit, teen, acting, romance.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2012.
Summary: Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department's stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

My rating: 7.5/10.
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Sin City: Hell and Back by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: Hell and Back Again.
Author/Artist: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novel, fiction, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1999-2000.
Summary: It's one of those clear, cool nights that drops in the middle of summer like a gift from on high. If it weren't for the rent, Wallace wouldn't have a care in the world. Then he sees Esther, about to throw it all away--and throw herself off a cliff. Wallace jumps in after her, saves her life, and falls in love, but before he can find out what she was running from, she's gone again, kidnapped. But Wallace isn't the kind to lose his head. He's calm. Like a monk. Like an executioner. And he'll find them.

My rating: 8/10.
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Maus, A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman.

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Title: Maus, A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began.
Author: Art Spiegelman.
Artist: Art Spiegelman.
Genre: Non-fiction, WWII, war, graphic novel, memoir, biography.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: Serialized 1986-1991 (this collection 1991).
Summary: This volume moves the reader from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills. It once again ties together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aged father. An ultimate survivor's tale—and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.

My rating: 9/10.
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Maus, A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman.

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Title: Maus, A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History.
Author: Art Spiegelman.
Genre: Non-fiction, WWII, war, graphic novel, memoir, biography.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: Serialized 1980-1986 (this collection 1986).
Summary: The story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying history, and History itself. Moving back and forth from Poland to Rego Park, New York, the book tells two powerful stories: The first is Spiegelman's father's account of how he and his wife survived Hitler's Europe, a harrowing tale filled with countless brushes with death, improbable escapes, and the terror of confinement and betrayal. The second is the author's tortured relationship with his aging father as they try to lead a normal life of minor arguments and passing visits against a backdrop of history too large to pacify. At all levels, this is the ultimate survivor's tale—and that, too, of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.

My rating: 8.5/10.
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 2 by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.

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Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 2.
Author: Alan Moore.
Artist: Kevin O'Neill.
Genre: Graphic novel, fiction, adventure, fantasy, alternate history, alien fiction.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2002-2003.
Summary: The beleaguered London of 1898 has barely had time to assess the injuries of recent conflagrations in its lower class districts when a new threat arrives, falling from the upper atmosphere in gargantuan metal cylinders that leading scientists claim have travelled from the planet Mars! Once again a call goes out through the channels of British Military Intelligence to an improbable group of champions: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, Dr. Henry Jekyll, Mr. Edward Hyde and Miss Mina Murray are those champions, and they must rise to the occasion of their country's dire need, risking life and limb and disregarding all sense of personal propriety. But will even their best efforts be enough against a threat so horrible that it nearly defies description, and a betrayal so treacherous it that it simply defies belief? The New Traveller's Almanac takes the reader on a fantastic journey all over the world, visiting the canon of many well-known fantasy and horror classics,

My rating: 8/10.
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Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich.

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Title: Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel.
Author: Anya Ulinich.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, romance, immigration, hu.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2014.
Summary: The author turns her sharp eye toward the strange, often unmooring world of "grow-up" dating in this darkly comic graphic novel. After her 15-year marriage ends, Russian immigrant Lena Finkle gets an eye-opening education in love, sex, and loss when she embarks on a string of online dates, all while raising her two teenage daughters. The Vampire of Bensonhurst, Disaster Man, and the Diamond Psychiatrist are just a few of the unforgettable characters she meets along the way. Evoking Louis C.K.'s humor and Amy Winehouse's longing and anguish, and paying homage to Malamud and Checkov, the graphic novel is a enticing exploration of immigration and adult romances, single parenthood and online dating, and immigration and the reconciliation of cultural differences.

My rating: 8/10.
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 1 by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.

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Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 1.
Author: Alan Moore.
Artist: Kevin O'Neill.
Genre: Graphic novel, fiction, adventure, fantasy, alternate history.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1999-2000.
Summary: London, 1898. The Victorian Era draws to a close and the 20th century approaches. It is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaos. It is an era in need of champions. Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, Dr. Henry Jekyll (with Mr Hyde never far), and Mina Murray are those champions, and together they comprise the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Recruited by the enigmatic Campion Bond, under orders from the mysterious "M," these six adventurers are pressed into service by their empire in its time of need. Now they must face the nefarious Doctor and his vile plan for world domination. But things are not entirely as they seem; other factors, cryptic and corpuscular, are also at play. A remarkable drama ensues. Allan and the Sundered Veil is a short story that serves as a prequel to the graphic novels, in which Allan Quatermain takes an extraordinary drug that transports him outside the limits of time, and sets him hurtling through strange and fantastical dimensions alongside John Carter, Randolph Carter, and H.G. Wells's "Time-Traveller," and ultimately brings him face-to-face with a Lovecraftian horror.

My rating: 8.5/10.
My review: Hailed as "The Justice League of the Victorian Era," done by Alan Moore, and starring some of my favourite literary characters from some of my favourite authors and books, I was never not going to love this. I am a big fan of the steampunk and Neo-Victorianis, in general, but it worked especially well in this case - Nemo's ship particularly was super well thought out, and very gratifying, as was Nemo himself (complex, uncompromising, intelligent, dark!) to any fan of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea like myself. One of the most interesting things is to see Moore's take and conclusions on some of the borrowed literary characters. With Moore's traditional cynicism, it's hardly romantic or easy - it's not something you necessarily imagined when you finished the original, or want to see, but it's painfully believable. From Allan Quatermain's ungraceful aging and drug addiction, to

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Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets.
Author/Artist: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novel, fiction, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1994-2005 (this collection 2005).
Summary: A collection of 11 short stories in the Sin City universe. In Just Another Saturday Night (1997), on the night that John Hartigan meets back up with Nancy, Marv has a hazy-memoried and violent adventure of his own. In Fat Man and Little Boy (1996), the two wordy, non-too-bright assassins, have an argument on the job that has an explosive conclusion. In The Customer is Always Right (1994), two unnamed characters, The Customer and The Client, meet on a rooftop for a passionate, but very brief and tragic rendezvous. In Silent Night (1995), a story with almost no dialogue, Marv goes on a brutal mission to save an innocent girl. And Behind Door Number Three? (1994), the Old Town laws go into effect as Gail and Wendy track down a serial killer targeting working girls. In Blue Eyes (1996), as Jim, scared of the certainty he's being pursued by a hit-man, runs into an old flame, he finds out too late the woman he wants to protect has a new job. In Rats (1996), a sadistic and deranged Nazi war-criminal has a run in with a man known as 'The Janitor.' In Daddy's Little Girl (2005), a middle-aged, timid man named Johnny has to kill his girlfriend's father in order to be with her, but he's a part of a grander scheme. In Wrong Turn (1997), a man picks up an unconscious woman on the side of the road, but the woman is Delia and the man is a mistake. In Wrong Track (1997), a continuation of the previous story, Delia tracks down the man she was looking for on a train. In The Babe Wore Red (1994), as Marv sits on death-row, Dwight seeks revenge for the murder of his friend Fargo, and meets a mysterious, stunning lady in red.

My rating: 8/10.
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