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Review time! with some small-press comics!

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I’ve been meaning to review these for quite some time, so I better get on it, oughtn’t I?
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My Top Ten Comics of 2015

Here is my list for the top ten comics for 2015. No honorable mentions this year, but suffice it to say that there were TONS of honorable mentions, just like there are every year, as I read a whoooole lot of good comics. I actually didn’t get CBR’s call for the top 100 comics list until the last minute, so I had to throw this list together pretty quickly, so I might be missing deserving candidates, but once I sent it in, I figured, hey, close enough! So my write-ups are pretty short.
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What I bought – 23 December 2015

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It was that Citizen Kane represented, more than any other movie Joe had ever seen, the total blending of narration and image that was – didn’t Sammy see it? – the fundamental principle of comic book storytelling, and the irreducible nut of their partnership. Without the witty, potent dialogue and the puzzling shape of the story, the movie would have been merely an American version of the kind of brooding, shadow-filled Ufa-style expressionist stuff that Joe had grown up watching in Prague. Without the brooding shadows and bold adventurings of the camera, without the theatrical lighting and queasy angles, it would have been merely a clever movie about a rich bastard. It was more, much more, than any movie really needed to be. In this one crucial regard – its inextricable braiding of image and narrative – Citizen Kane was like a comic book. (Michael Chabon, from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay)
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What I bought – 16 December 2015

When we were driving out of the town I said, “I hate the corpses of empires, they stink as nothing else. They stink so badly that I cannot believe that even in life they were healthy.” “I do not think you can convince mankind,” said my husband, “that there is not a certain magnificence about a great empire in being.” “Of course there is,” I admitted, “but the hideousness outweighs the beauty. You are not, I hope, going to tell me that they impose laws on lawless people. Empires live by the violation of law.” (Rebecca West, from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)
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What I bought – 9 December 2015

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“For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep. Hence the Jews. Divine providence has given them to us, and so, by God, let us use them, and pray there’s always some Jew to fear and to hate. We need an enemy to give the people hope. Someone said that patriotism is the last refuge of cowards; those without moral principles usually wrap a flag around themselves, and the bastards always talk about the purity of the race. National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same. Hatred has to be cultivated as a civic passion. The enemy is the friend of the people. You always want someone to hate in order to feel justified in your own misery. Hatred is the true primordial passion. It is love that’s abnormal. That is why Christ was killed: he spoke against nature. You don’t love someone for your whole life – that impossible hope is the source of adultery, matricide, betrayal of friends … But you can hate someone for your whole life, provided he’s always there to keep your hatred alive. Hatred warms the heart.” (Umberto Eco, from The Prague Cemetery)
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What I bought – 2 December 2015

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We lay very still. I could feel the air around us changing, blooming and shimmering like the air over a scorching road. My heart was speeding, or hers was banging against my chest, I’m not sure. I turned Cassie in my arms and kissed her, and after a moment she kissed me back.

I know I said that I always choose the anticlimactic over the irrevocable, and yes of course what I meant was that I have always been a coward, but I lied: not always, there was that night, there was that one time. (Tana French, from In the Woods)
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Review time! with Hopeless Savages: Break

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“I’m searching for the latest thing, a break in this routine; I’m talkin’ some new kicks, ones like you ain’t never seen”
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Review time! with City of Clowns

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“And it died, smiled, and fell on the ground”
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Review time! with Ashes

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“Angels never know it’s time to close the book and gracefully decline”
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Review time! with Two Brothers

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“We depend on one another; love him, that’s the only way”
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Page-by-page with Dark Knight III: The Master Race: Book One

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Could you feel it coming? Did you think, “You know, this is the kind of comic that Greg likes to turn his baleful eye upon”? Well, you thought correctly. I tried to resist its power, I really did, but I could not, so let’s break it down, page-by-page style!
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Review time! with Abbadon

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“I play for keeps, ’cause I might not make it back”
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Review time! with Ruins

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“Our bones forever in stone, monuments of life”
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Review time! with Oyster War

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“Barrooms spilling sailors all shipwrecked at dawn”
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