Wasteland #1

Written by Antony Johnston
Art by Christopher Mitten
48 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

It’s easy to pre-judge a comic based on the way it looks. “Oh look, it’s a new post-apocalyptic series,” you might say. “It’s the same sort of thing we’ve seen over and over again. Surely there’s nothing new or different about this one.” But while it’s easy to pre-judge, it’s often harder to actually be right all of the time.

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Q-Ko-Chan: The Earth Invader Girl Vol. 1

By Ueda Hajime
208 pages, black and white
Published by Del Rey

What grabbed me immediately about Q-Ko-Chan wasn’t that it was another story about a boy discovering an alien in his backyard. Rather, it was that Q-Ko-Chan is anything but “another story” about a boy and an alien. Reading this book is a perfect reminder that you can take the most standard story idea in the world and still make it exciting and different in the art of the telling.

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Girl Genius Vol. 5: Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess

Written by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Art by Phil Foglio
112 pages, color
Published by Airship Entertainment

When Phil and Kaja Foglio announced that they were shifting the publication of their comic Girl Genius from single issues to web-serialization halfway through what was book four, I’m sure there were many that thought they’d never succeed and that the promised book collections would never appear. With the fifth volume now hitting stores and the comic still going strong online, I think most naysayers have learned their lesson.

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