Daily Delirium

By Miguelanxo Prado
192 pages, color
Published by NBM

When Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Endless Nights graphic novel hit stores earlier this year, there were a lot readers who were unfamiliar with some of the artists that Gaiman chose to illustrate his stories. I remember hearing one person say, “Who’s this Miguelanxo Prado guy?” and have someone else tell him in confidence, “A new artist, but he’s really good.” Well, he might not be new, but he definitely is good—as his screwball Daily Delirium certainly illustrates.

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Johnny Jihad

By Ryan Inzana
96 pages, black and white
Published by NBM

When John Walker Lindh was first captured by US forces, I remember hearing a lot of shock and outrage. “How could an American fight with the Taliban!” was the phrase of the day, and the reaction by quite a few people. In the case of Ryan Inzana, though, one gets the impression that he saw the news report and said, “I’ve got an idea for a graphic novel.” And now, just as people have forgotten all about Walker Lindh, we’ve got Johnny Jihad.

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Magic Flute

By P. Craig Russell
Based on the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
144 pages, color
Published by NBM

Over a decade ago, Eclipse published The Magic Flute, P. Craig Russell’s adaptation of the opera by the same name. At the time, it must have seemed like an odd choice of comic book material to the casual observer. Now, of course, Russell is probably best known for his recent adaptation of The Ring Cycle into comics, so it makes perfect sense for NBM to bring Russell’s earlier opera adaptations back into print. Looking at this work, though, it illustrates how ahead of his times Russell was in 1990… and how some people have been consistently good for years.

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