The Ogre Staff Picks (09/20/2017)

Going to be a small one this week...  Because we are preparing for our Harley Quinn Day Celebration! It is this Saturday (09/23) and part of our proceeds will go to supporting Hurricane Relief efforts! So make sure to stop by. And, while you are by picking all of your Harley and Batman musts... Maybe check out these Ogre Staff picks as well?

Lauren's Pick

SuperMutant Magic Academy GN

Lauren's Pick

Do you have a love/hate relationship with classic X-men? Do you wish Harry Potter didn’t take itself quite so seriously? There is another way. Join the students of the SuperMutant Magic Academy as they embark upon a school year full of teen angst, unrequited love, and the occasional threat to the balance of the universe. In this series of short comics, Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer GN) crafts a story that alternates between hilarious and profound tones with ease. Buy it today, then come back tomorrow and tell me which character spoke most strongly to your inner magical teen.

Mike's Pick

Birthright TP Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Tired of clichés in your fantasy stories?  Then you should check out Birthright!  Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter) and Andrei Bressan (Batman and Robin) have created a rollicking adventure tale that plays with audience expectations and subverts tropes.  As a young boy, Mikey is kidnapped and taken to a fantasy world where he is destined to defeat an evil wizard king.  After a year passes, Mikey returns, except he’s been in the fantasy world for twenty years and now resembles Conan the barbarian.  His family, as a result of his kidnapping, has been torn apart.  Can his family regain what they’ve lost?  Why has Mikey returned?  What did Mikey go through in his twenty years spent in the fantasy world?  Throughout the twists and turns (which I’m definitely NOT revealing here), the story remains engaging and the art never fails to stun.  I often find myself lingering on the many beautiful splash pages, but I digress.  Birthright is both fresh and fun, pick up volume one today!

A few new things to try and if you come in we can hand you many, many more. Hope to see you for Harley Quinn Day! And make sure to check back weekly to see all of the incredible Ogre Staff Picks.

The Ogre Staff Picks (09/13/2017)

Thought we were going to forget this week? No! We would not do that to you! We like talking about our favorite books. So... Here are a few more!

Gib's Pick

Mage Hero Denied #1 (of 15)

Gib's Pick

Matt Wagner's Mage Hero Denied is the third volume in the story of Kevin Matchstick.  Kevin is equal parts King Arthur and Matt Wagner (Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity)himself.  Matt's art is magical and his story starts with our hero reluctantly pulled into a new world of fairies and dragons.  The second volume, The Hero Defined, sees Kevin assume his role as hero and set himself against the forces of Evil.  The third volume brings the conclusion of Kevin's story, and as Arthur reborn seems destined to end in tragedy.  But, there's always a big helping of hope in Arthur stories, so hold on tight for what will surely be a fantastic conclusion.  Issue #0 and #1 are one the shelves right now, as well as the collections of the first two stories!  One of my favorite series.

Mike's Pick

Hard Boiled

Mike's Pick

Violent, outrageous, and relentlessly paced, Hard Boiled deserves a place on any comic fan’s shelf.  Industry legend Frank Miller (Batman: Year One) crafts a darkly humorous tale of a nightmarish future involving psychotic robots and a morally bankrupt civilization.  For me, though, the art by Geoff Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy) is what makes this book a must read.  Darrow’s art is insanely intricate and detailed.  On numerous splash pages, it seems like there are whole stories going on in the background amongst the many crowd scenes.  One could easily spend a few hours just pouring over the gorgeous (and explicit) artwork.  Reminiscent of both THE TERMINATOR and BLADE RUNNER, Hard Boiled is available now in a newly released hard cover.

Lauren's Pick

Over Easy

Lauren's Pick

I’m looking forward to Cartoon Crossroads Columbus for countless reasons, but mostly because I can’t wait to meet Mimi Pond. In Over Easy, a memoir of her post-collegiate days as a diner waitress in 1970s Oakland, she weaves a tale rich with wry comedy and high drama. Pond’s Oakland is a mecca for the clashing counterculture movements of the time, populated by a tribe of charismatic freaks who trade stories like currency. Our narrator is a keen observer, content (at first) to fade into the background as she absorbs the details of the lives being lived all around her. Over Easy and its recent sequel, The Customer is Always Wrong, are a duo as absorbing as the people immortalized in their pages.

Such great books. Trust us! We know better than anyone! And there are so many more. Just come into the store and we can hand you stacks upon stacks. And don't forget to check back weekly for only the best Staff Picks.

The Ogre Staff Picks (09/06/2017)

We apologize for the lapse last week. But we are back and with some enticing new Ogre Picks! Check 'em out!

Gib's Pick

Water Memory GN

Gib's Pick

Valerie Vernay and Mathieu Reynes have a great new book from The Lion Forge Roar line. They deliver a wonderful story of a young lady's exploration of her Mother's ancestral home and her family's place in that setting. Exploring the New England town stirs her curiosity about the weird stone monuments and the enigmatic hermit living nearby. The art displays the warmth of the town and the moody dangers of the sea perfectly. This graphic novel is not to be missed!

Trish's Pick

Red Hood and the Outlaws TP Vol 1 (Rebirth)

Trish's Pick

What do you get when you cross a murderous former Robin, an Amazonian warrior, and a newly awakened Superman clone?  If your answer is “I don’t know, but that sounds crazy,” you’re right, but it totally works.  These three odd companions come together from vastly different circumstances and are forced together in a situation that builds an incredible bond between them forged from trust and instinct, each serving as a more chaotic counterpart to the famous DC Trinity.  Artemis and Red Hood develop a very sarcastic and competitive friendship, while Red Hood serves as an almost parental-type figure to the very confused and naive Bizarro.  At the same time, Red Hood is also attempting to rekindle his relationship with Batman.  As a self-proclaimed Jason Todd connoisseur, this is definitely my favorite Red Hood story told since Under the Red Hood.  However, both old and new fans will love this book, as each character’s origin is retold in the first volume!  

Sarah's Pick

Infinite Loop TP

Sarah's Pick

In a world where time-travel is commonplace, a young woman named Teddy is tasked with maintaining the flow of time by eradicating time paradoxes referred to as “anomolies.” Up to this point, anomolies have only been objects or species that have long since been extinct until the mysterious source sends through an anomoly in the form of a mysterious and beautiful woman name Ano. Teddy must now decide if she can bring it upon herself to eradicate this woman that she's fallen in love with, or keep her alive and suffer what consequences this might cause to their timeline.

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Infinite Loop: Nothing But the Truth #1

The first volume is a self-contained, six-issue story full of action, romance, and sci-fi fun. Colinet and Charretier will return to the story once again as writers with a new mini-series that follows Teddy back in time to a town where everyone is addicted to lies. Daniele Di Nicuolo (Power Rangers Pink) will take up the mantel of artist, with the first issue arriving in stores on September 27th.

Mike's Pick

Black Monday Murders TP Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Do you like stories about secret and vastly powerful cabals?  How about dark gods influencing human history?  What about charts, graphs, redacted documents, voodoo, and strange alien alphabets?  Combine these elements and filter them through the mind of Jonathan Hickman (East of West) and you get Black Monday Murders.  This densely plotted ongoing series from Image is as enjoyable as it is inscrutable.  I’ve eagerly devoured every issue and I’m still not entirely sure what is happening.  That’s okay, though, as the mystery of it all draws you into the world.  Economics and mysticism make for weird bedfellows but like a French fry in a Frosty, it’s surprisingly tasty.  Additionally, scratchy yet realistic art by Tomm Coker (Blood & Water) brings a verisimilitude to the altogether unsettling proceedings.  This book is unconventional, cerebral, and a little creepy.  Most importantly, though, it’s fun.  Give it a try, the first volume is available now.

Juan's Pick

Chew TP Vol 1

Juan's Pick

Chew, from John Layman (Detective Comics) and Rob Guillory (WWE Comics) is about a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is a Cibopath, which means he gets psychic impressions from anything he eats. He is an amazing detective, as long as he is willing to take a bite of a corpse to learn who killed said corpse and why. He works for the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency in the world. If you consider yourself a foodie who likes comics with vampires, cyborgs, enhanced animals, outer space shenanigans, and killer warrior chickens, then check out Chew!

Wow! Are you stuffed full of great picks? No??? We have plenty more! Come on by and we will chat your ears off with more great stories. And check back here week to week for more enthralling reads.

The Ogre's Staff Picks (08/23/2017)

From one crazy weekend to the next with a few Staff Picks in-between. Here are the books we think you should already be reading!

Gib's Pick

Inhumans By Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee TP

Gib's Pick

The Inhumans were never that interesting to me, until I read Paul Jenkin's (Alters, Replica) Inhumans.  He made their world far more interesting and I cared about the characters for the first time.  Jae Lee's (Batman/Superman N52) art on this series is phenomenal, he absolutely makes this story special.  This book is a great read

The AfterShock North American Tour will be at The Ogre this Saturday (08/26), bringing along Paul Jenkins and Joe Pruett (Black Eyed Kids) for a Special Signing Event!

Lauren's Pick

My Pretty Vampire GN

Lauren's Pick

The incredible Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine) explores complex themes of love and possession in this delightfully self-aware spin on vampire fiction. A pampered prisoner in her brother’s richly decorated mansion, the vampiric Clover is as ageless and beautiful as the statues that populate her environment. Guided by thirst and governed by her instinctive need to survive, Clover embarks on a blood-soaked odyssey through the mortal world. Skelly is one of my top favorite cartoonists working today for her varied depictions of women on journeys of accidental self-discovery, and My Pretty Vampire certainly does not disappoint! Her talent as an artist and designer is on full display in this book, particularly in the ambiguous dream sequences providing hints at the main character's past. Also, there are many excellent color schemes and cute outfits, so really nobody has an excuse not to buy this book.

Mike's Pick

Scalped HC Book 1 Deluxe Edition

Mike's Pick

Blending Noir with the Western, Scalped is the story of various fascinating characters that inhabit the Prairie Rose Reservation.  Issues of race, poverty, and addiction are explored in a thrilling crime/action milieu by series creators Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards) and RM Guera (The Goddamned).  The flawed Dash Bad Horse is our window into this world as he infiltrates Chief Lincoln Red Crow’s criminal organization.  Those looking for straight up “good guys” and “bad guys” need not apply, though, as morality gets as murky as a dirty (and bloody) creek bed.  The writing is as good as it gets in comics and Guera’s art evokes the best Spaghetti Westerns.  Violent and complex, Scalped is one of my all-time favorite series.

 
Sarah's Pick

DC Comics Bombshells Vol 1

 

Sarah's Pick

Do you like the movie A League of Their Own? Have you ever found yourself wondering "What if the Rockford Peaches were also vigilantes who fought the Nazi regime in-between games?” WONDER NO MORE. DC Comics Bombshells is the book for you! The team is led by Kate Kane (aka Batwoman) in Gotham City, her fellow “Batgirls,” Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Stargirl, and Mera, who band together to defeat the growing forces of fascism amidst the backdrop of WWII. Based on the bombshell pin up designs from Ant Lucia and written by Marguerite Bennet (Animosity, Batwoman - Rebirth), this book is beautiful, fun, smart, topical, and gay.

That is all for this week! Well... At least here. Come on into the store and we can hand you more fantastic books just like these!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (08/16/2017)

Is it time for new staff picks yet? YES! Yes it is!

Lauren's Pick

Hot Dog Taste Test

Lauren's Pick

Step into the mind of the national treasure that is Lisa Hanawalt in this bizarre collection of her recent works. Hanawalt’s off-the-wall sense of humor and wry observations blend to create a book that had me cackling aloud on almost every page (sometimes every panel). Hot Dog Taste Test has a loose focus on food in that it feels like taking a pre-lunchtime stroll through the thoughts of one of the funniest cartoonists working today. Fans of the Netflix series Bojack Horseman will recognize her distinctive drawing style as Hanawalt also serves as co-creator and production designer of the show.

Michael's Pick

Batman: The Cult

Mike's Pick

If you’re like me, then you like your Batman stories to be dark.  They don’t get much darker than Batman: The Cult.  Written by the legendary Jim Starlin (Cosmic Odyssey) with art by the late, great Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), the plot concerns a charismatic cult leader creating an army out of Gotham City’s homeless population that brings Batman, and the city, to their knees.  Starlin crafts a gritty tale that, when combined with Wrightson’s gorgeously grotesque art, makes for a suffocating atmosphere that borders on the horrific.  Check out Batman: The Cult for one of the best and most underrated Bat-stories of the ‘80s.  Please note that this story is aimed at mature readers as it is graphically violent and features adult themes. 

It's a small week but, no matter how few, we will always only pick the best titles. For even more incredible options, come on in!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (08/10/2017)

Phew! We have been busy. WizardWorld Columbus last wee, the Moonstruck Signing two weeks ago plus the #CurseWordsVanTour this weekend! Yet, even with all the happenings, Staff Picks must go on!

Harrow County TP Vol 1

Gib's Pick

Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe) and Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth) introduce us to Emmy in Harrow County Vol 01, Countless Haints.  Emmy finds out that she has ties to the strange and creepy things living in the woods.  There's a lot about her community she doesn't know, and the more she finds out, the weirder things get.  Cullen starts us on another epic journey through his imagination.  Like his Sixth Gun, the longer the journey, the more intriguing the world.  The art is both charming and creepy, not the easiest thing to pull off.  The first volume is very good and by volume three this series is great!

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And don't miss Dark Ark #1 shipping on 9/20.  Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe (World Reader) tell us the story of the ark that saved all the "other" creatures from the flood.  Vampires, manticores, dragons and more were on a second ark.  The sorcerer Shrae must keep these creatures alive, and keep them away from the other ark if he's to receive his reward from his dark master. Come in and place your pre-order today.

Lauren's Pick

Deadly Class TP Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

It’s 1987 and things are not looking awesome for Marcus Lopez Arguello. He’s homeless, his parents are dead, and as if things weren’t bad enough someone just stole his shoes. If there’s one thing he really doesn’t need, it’s lessons on how to kill people. But that’s exactly what he’s going to get! Rick Remender (Captain America, Black Science) is in his element channeling his own punk-rock adolescence with admirable assist by artist Wes Craig (Blackhand Comics). However, colorist Lee Loughridge (Wolf) remains the true MVP of this creative team, providing color schemes dramatic enough to match the events of this wild ride.

Mike's Pick

A God Somewhere

Mike's Pick

Exploring religion, racism, morality, and family dynamics, A God Somewhere by John Arcudi (Rumble) and Peter Snejbjerg (Starman) is a bit of a hidden gem.  Initially published as an OGN by Wildstorm in 2010, this Vertigo book explores what happens to an everyman when he’s inexplicably bestowed with godlike powers.  Existential and ambiguous, this violent and moody tale tracks the downfall of the ubermensch and the impact he has on his friends and family as his powers lead to alienation and mass murder.  A God Somewhere asks many questions but, I think, leaves it to the reader to decide if there are any answers.  If you don’t want to look that deep, though, the book still offers a solid sci fi story told well.  Recommended for fans of Watchmen, Astro City, and Philip Wylie’s novel, Gladiator.

We have more staff picks to come, so keep your eyes here. Or come in for a visit and we can talk you into even more great stories!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (08/02/2017)

You know what you need? Something new to read! And that... Is exactly what we are here for! Check out this week's staff picks.

Lauren's Pick

Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever HC: The Completely Ridiculous Edition

Lauren's Pick

Henry and Glenn are back and better than ever! In these hilarious short stories, Tom Neely (The Humans) and a star-studded list of indie cartoonists imagine the day-to-day routine of obvious true loves Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins. From poorly considered deals with the devil to inlaw-induced turmoil, Henry and Glenn’s relationship finds itself tested at every turn! This new hardcover edition includes never before seen art and stories from creators such as Michael Deforge, Ben Marra, and many more!

 
Mike's Pick

Andre the Giant GN: Life and Legend

Mike's Pick

I’m not a pro wrestling fan, but I have an appreciation for some of the larger than life figures produced by the medium.  The Rock, John Cena, and Hulk Hogan are all household names, but Andre the Giant may be the most fascinating.  Box Brown, creator of Everything Dies and Tetris: The Games People Play, delivers a humanistic and well-researched account of the iconic figure in Andre the Giant: Life and Legend.  Brown utilizes a loose cartoony style to illustrate the enormous highs and lows of Andre’s life, giving equal time to both his triumphs in the ring and his all too human failings.  It’s a complex portrait delivered in numerous short vignettes.  A quick but thoroughly satisfying read, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend is worth your time, even if you don’t know the difference between a headlock and a choke slam!

 
Trish's Pick

Super Sons #1

Trish's Pick

Super Sons, a new DC series written by Peter Tomasi (Batman & Robin), sees the sons of Batman and Superman themselves reluctantly teaming up and working together despite their vast differences in personality and lifestyle. While DC’s books are frequently teeming with angst and the threat of doom looming overhead, Super Sons manages to capture the childish essences of Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent – a reminder that while these boys are superheroes, they both (yes, even Damian) yearn for the presence of friends. The art by Jorge Jimenez (Earth 2 Society) is energizing and displays the boys with large eyes and gangly figures, adding to the youthful and lively nature of the book. The dialogue between the two boys is entirely endearing with very tongue-in-cheek bickering laced throughout each issue with their developing relationship really at the forefront of the series. 

Super Sons #6 is out now with #7 is on its way, due out on August 16th. OR! Volume 1, containing issues #1-5, has a release date of October 11. We are taking pre-orders now!

Sarah's Pick

Heathen Vol 1

Sarah's Pick

After being banished from her village, a young Viking warrior, Aydis, sets out on a mission to release the Valkyrie Brynhild from a curse cast upon her long ago by the god Odin. With the help of some old friends, the two women band together to end Odin's oppressive reign. This book is beautiful and gay and Beautifully Gay and created by a team women about women, which is something still uncommon in comics today.

All these great options and so little space. But come in to the store and we will give you more and more and more... And more great books to try! And we will be back next week, right here, with new, incredible staff picks!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (07/26/2017)

It is such a nice week... To talk comic books! Need some new reads? Let us throw some of our favorites your way.

Gib's Pick

Moonstruck #1

Gib's Pick

Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes) and Shae Beagle take us to an enchanting and beautiful new world.  Moonstruck starts out introducing us to two baristas, best friends going through the awkward first stages of relationships.  Their world is fantastic, and Shae Beagle’s art makes it infinitely comfortable.  The supporting cast is interesting and has massive potential for long term fun.  What a great start to a hopefully long running series. 

Would you like to meet the creative team behind Image Comics' Moonstruck? Because Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle will be in store for a special Signing Event on Saturday, July 29 from 2 PM - 4 PM!

Lauren's Pick

Aya: Life in Yop City GN

Lauren's Pick

Time travel with author Marguerite Abouet as she revisits her childhood spent in Yopougon, a working-class Ivory Coast neighborhood, in the late 1970s. This charming slice of life story follows the hardworking Aya and the misadventures of her friends and neighbors in “Yop City”. Abouet shows readers a West Africa in the midst of an age of prosperity. With help from gorgeous illustrations by her husband Clément Oubrerie, Aya: Life in Yop City beautifully captures the details of life in this specific time and place.

Mike's Pick

Black Hammer Vol 1

Mike's Pick

The heroes of Spiral City, after defeating a powerful foe, were exiled by forces unknown for reasons unknown to a small farm town.  As they are unable to leave, they struggle to adjust to their new lives since there seems to be no hope of rescue.  Of course, there’s more going on than meets the eye!  With Black Hammer, Jeff Lemire (Descender, Old Man Logan) and Dean Ormston (Lucifer) have created a deconstructionist superhero saga that is both fun and mysterious.  While playing with tropes and subverting reader expectations, they weave an emotionally resonant and gripping sci-fi yarn that focuses heavily on character development and world building.  The mystery of what happened to the heroes is unraveling ever so slowly but the pacing is still tight.  Lemire’s character work reminds you of heroes you’re familiar with, while Ormston’s quirky art breathes new life into the archetypes.  The first volume, titled “Secret Origins” and collecting issues one through six, is available now and volume two is coming soon.  For my money, Dark Horse’s Black Hammer is the best superhero book on the stands.

Would you like more staff picks? Come on in and we will happily talk your ears off with all the great stories on the racks. And do not forget to check back here for new and exciting reads every week!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (07/19/2017)

It is time for us to toss some Ogre Staff Picks your way! See our favorites and make them your's!

Gib's Pick

Curse Words Vol 1

Gib's Pick

Charles Soule (Writer) and Ryan Browne (Artist) have a new take on the classic Evil-God-Invading-Our-World story in Curse Words.  Sizzajee, the iron fisted ruler of an alternate world, sends Wizord to ready our world for conquering.  Wizord, after experiencing the pleasures of our world, finds it too good to lose and decides to protect us from his Evil Master.  It's fast, fun and even has a sentient Koala in the cast!

*Added Bonus: The creative team behind Curse Words will be at here, at Laughing Ogre, for a Special Signing Event on August 12th, from 12 PM – 3 PM!

Lauren's Pick

The Lunch Witch GN Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Grunhilda the Witch has a very particular set of skills. Her family has trained in the arts of magic for generations, but lately the demand for spells has reached an all-time low as people have begun to stop believing in the Supernatural. Grunhilda is forced to seek other employment and finds work as a school lunch lady, a job that puts her magical talents (and her creativity) to the test. Deb Lucke’s illustrations are equal parts gross and heartwarming. The Lunch Witch is a hilarious read for all ages!

Grunhilda has recently opened up her own website! Learn more about her and the students of Salem Elementary.

Mike's Pick

Slasher #1

Mike's Pick

Wanna try something different?  Something punk?  Something truly unsettling?  Charles Forsman's SLASHER is all of these things.  This psychosexual thriller is cutting edge and decidedly not mainstream.  The book focuses on Joshua, who's mother is most likely stricken with Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and Christine, who is grieving for her recently passed father and is being sexually harassed by her (married) boss.  Josh rebels against his mother by posting knife fetish videos on the internet and this has lead to him beginning an online relationship with Christine.  As various interpersonal dominoes fall, Josh and Christine's worlds seem to be headed for murder.  Forsman writes, draws, colors, and letters this completely engrossing book.  The art, while not conventionally beautiful, is expressionistic and emotional.  The colors used are flat but intensely rich.  This comic has a vibe that doesn't exist anywhere else on your LCS's rack.  This book carries my highest personal recommendation for those who are tired of the same old, same old.  The first two issues, published by Floating World Comics, are out now.  Grab them while you can, as the print run is likely minuscule!

Note: Please be aware that Slasher is written for a mature audience due to sexual content, language and violence. If you ever have any questions on themes or appropriate reading, please feel free to message us or ask while you are in the store.

Sarah's Pick

Runaways Complete Collection Vol 1

Sarah's Pick

From writer Brian K. Vaughan (Saga) and with art by Adrian Alphona (Ms. Marvel), six teenagers discover their parents are super-villains after witnessing a terrifying human sacrifice during their annual "business" meeting. Follow the teens’ adventures as they flee their parents' evil influence and uncover more secrets about themselves, their powers, and origins.

There's also a Telepathic Velociraptor!

Vaughan and Alphona's run ended in 2009 but the comic is being revived with writer Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl, novel) and artist Kris Anka (Star-Lord) at the helm. Look for the new number #1 on shelves September 13th.

Trish's Pick

Batman: The Black Mirror TP

Trish's Pick

In one of the creepiest and downright darkest Batman tales ever told, writer Scott Snyder tells a tale that is not only Batman's, but Jim Gordon's as well. Dick Grayson, during his brief stint as Batman following the disappearance of Bruce Wayne, struggles to uncover an evil that has emerged from Gotham - an evil more personal to Dick and Commissioner Gordon than any foe they've faced before. With alternating artists delivering the interior art, the cruelty and chaos of Gotham itself is captured by Jock (Wytches) while Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) depicts Jim Gordon's story with spectacular colors that change with each scene to dramatically increase creepiness or tension.

Note: Please be aware that The Black Mirror is written for a Mature Audience due to slight gore, violence and significant dark themes. If you ever have any questions on themes or appropriate reading, please feel free to message us or ask while you are in the store.

Another week down, but do not worry! We will have more and more staff picks coming your way. Check back weekly!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (07/05/2017)

A new week, a new set of picks! So let's get our Ogre Staff Picks on!

Secret Creatures #1

Sacred Creatures #1

Gib's Pick

Josh Miller's life seems to be going well, until he's singled out by a dysfunctional and supernaturally powered family.  One event after another, orchestrated meticulously by the mysterious siblings push Josh down a dark road.  The anxiety and helplessness of the main character are perfectly conveyed through the narrative.  The somber colors and solid art lend to that feel.  The first issue, created by Pablo Raimondi (Writer/Artist) and Klaus Janson (Writer), is a large chunk of story, and a very satisfying read.

Snotgirl Vol 1

Snotgirl Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Lottie Person is living a blogger’s dream. Brands send her beautiful clothes, strangers recognize her on the street, and she has an unpaid intern to answer all of her e-mails. But all is not as it seems, beneath the glossy, make-up defined surface of her world, Lottie conceals a secret. Issue 6 (out this week) begins the second story arc of this mysterious new series from Scott Pilgrim writer Bryan Lee O’Malley and artist Leslie Hung.

Warlock by Jim Starlin TP: The Complete Collection

Warlock by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection

Michael's Pick

Have you already read The Infinity Gauntlet?  Interested in reading some of the classic cosmic story lines that lead up to it?  The legendary Jim Starlin began planting seeds for what would eventually become the Infinity/Thanos story lines all the way back in the late '60s in his runs on Iron Man and Captain Marvel (available in The Life and Death of Captain Marvel collection).  In the '90s, prior to The Infinity Gauntlet miniseries, he returned Thanos to prominence in his run on The Silver Surfer (collected in part in Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos).  However, my favorite of Starlin's cosmic stories has to be his Adam Warlock run, collected in Warlock by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection.  Angsty, introspective, psychedelic, and action packed, Warlock is the '70s equivalent of a Grant Morrison superhero comic.  Featuring plenty of Thanos, it also has the first appearances of Pip the Troll and Gamora.  The now classic two-parter that completes the volume has the Avengers, Captain Marvel, Spidey, and the Thing.  Ambitious in its heady scope and absolutely beautiful to look at, Warlock by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection delivers a sizable and satisfying slice of pre-Infinity Gauntley sci-fi.  Marvel has been mining Starlin's stories for the movies and yet Starlin remains under appreciated by today's comic fans.  Let's rectify that.  Check out Warlock, you won't be disappointed.

 
Descender Vol 1

Descender Vol 1

Trish's Pick

In a distant universe, robots have been outlawed by all other species after planet-sized robots called Harvesters appear from seemingly out of nowhere and rampage through the galaxy. Although feared by most, a companion bot with the appearance and mentality of a 10-year-old boy named TIM-21 may hold the secret of the Harvesters. A race to be the first to unlock information he contains commences. Brought to life by fan-favorite Jeff Lemire's words and Dustin Nguyen's gorgeous water-colored interiors, this vast sci-fi adventure will keep you pinned to each page.

Paper Girls Vol 1

Paper Girls Vol 1

Sarah's Pick

From writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Cliff Chiang, in late 80's Cleveland, four young girls are on their paper routes in the early hours, following Halloween night, when the apocalypse seemingly strikes their hometown. Join them in their search to uncover the truth of this mysterious event. Is it aliens? Time travel? WHO KNOWS. Pick it up to find out!

*Paper Girls is written for a mature audience. There is a considerable amount of language, mostly used by the young girls. However, I find that this adds to the charm and realness of their characters. They're 12 but they'll mess you up. 

That is all for this week but next week's post is only a few days away! Check back every week to hear all about new and exciting titles!