Emiko Superstar

Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Steve Rolston
176 pages, black and white
Published by Minx/DC Comics

Sometimes I can’t help but feel like fate is trying to tell me something. I’ve been meaning to read Mariko Tamaki’s graphic novel Skim for several months now, but keep getting distracted by other things. Then, at a recent convention, I ended up with an advance copy of Emiko Superstar, Tamaki’s new graphic novel for Minx/DC Comics with artist Steve Rolston. I’ve loved Rolston’s art ever since Queen & Country, and Emiko Superstar was just the right size for me to slip into my bag and take on the subway. Well, I almost missed my stop because of Emiko Superstar, but it was absolutely worth the sudden scramble if it meant I got absorbed by Tamaki and Rolston’s story of a geeky girl who tries to find herself on the stage of a freak show.

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Manhunter #31-32

Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos
32 pages, color
Published by DC Comics

If there’s a book that has the proverbial nine lives, it’s Manhunter. By my count it’s been cancelled twice now due to low sales—and then saved both times at the last minute. Clearly, DC’s editorial has a lot of faith in this book. And you know what? You should too. Marc Andreyko’s new addition to the long line of characters named Manhunter is one of the smarter super-hero books on the block, and now’s the best time ever to try it out for yourself.

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I Kill Giants #1

Written by Joe Kelly
Art by JM Ken Niimura
32 pages, black and white
Published by Image Comics

It’s been a while since I’ve read a comic by Joe Kelly, but there was something about I Kill Giants that grabbed my attention. Maybe it was the illustration style, maybe it was the idea of a young girl being a giant-killer. Either way, I decided it was worth a whirl—and I must say, if the remaining issues hold up to the promise of the first one, this is going to become a new favorite. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a strong debut to a mini-series.

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