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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
It’s not often that I pick a comic that wrapped up more than thirty years ago but given recent events I, like many others, felt the need to pull my copy off the shelf and give it a read. Maus is an iconic work in graphic novels; important not only as one of the first widely respected graphic works in English but also for its subject. Maus weaves two tales together. The tale within the tale is of Art Spiegelman’s father Vladek and his family’s experiences leading up to and during World War II, and ultimately with their incarceration in Nazi concentration camps. But, the framing tale is Spiegelman’s troubled relationship with his father and ultimately how trauma is passed along generationally. Maus is a powerful and foundational work in comics.
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Sakamoto Days, Vol. 1 by Yuto Suzuki
Taro Sakamoto was once a legendary hit man feared and respected by all, but one day he mysteriously quit and got married. Now he’s a pudgy convenience store owner with a wife and a kid enjoying the happy days of retirement. Naturally, this can’t last and Taro is once again dragged back into the dangerous life of the paid assassin. Sakamoto Days is a fun, comedy manga that doesn’t get bogged down in seriousness even in heaviest action.
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Spy X Family, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo
Super spy Twilight is on a mission... To progress, he needs to infiltrate a prestigious private school and, to get into that private school, he needs a family... in seven days. Adopting a child doesn’t seem so tough, except that she’s secretly a telepath. Oh, and stumbling into a marriage goes pretty well too, though, secretly his new wife Yor is a deadly assassin. Spy X Family is a high concept action comedy series that well earns its popularity.
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Witches of Brooklyn, Vol. 2: What the Hex?! by Sophie Escabasse
Effie’s adventures as a new witch-in-training continue. Not only are her aunts witches, but, there are witches all over New York. Effie just wants to have fun being a witch, but learning magic is hard and her friends at school seem to be getting a little distant. Not to mention, there seems to be a cursed intersection that need to be figured out. The second volume of the Witches of Brooklyn series is a fantastic follow up to the charming first volume.
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Fictional Father by Joe Ollmann
It isn’t easy being the son of a beloved international cartoonist, especially when your father, famous for a touching father and son comic, is rather neglectful to his own family. Such is the situation Caleb, a largely failed middle aged artist and child of the famous Jimmy Wyatt. Combining intimate family drama and an interrogation of art and cartooning, Fictional Father is another fantastic book from Joe Ollmann.
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Shark Summer by Ira Marcks
Gayle "Blue Streak" Briar sees nothing but a mopey summer ahead of her on Martha’s Vineyard after a disastrous end to the baseball season but when a Hollywood film crew arrives with a mechanical shark and a youth film contest Gayle sees a chance to turn around a bad summer. With some newfound friends Gayle sets out to uncover the island’s own mystery but soon finds out that asking questions isn’t always appreciated.
Long Distance by Whitney Gardner
Shy teenager Vega isn’t particularly happy when her parents decide to pack up and leave Portland for Seattle, especially since it means leaving her best friend behind. To help her settle in and make some new friends her parents send Vega off to summer camp. But the summer camp starts off odd and seems to get a little stranger everyday leaving Vega no choice but to team up with her new bunkmates and figure out what is going on.