Brian K Vaughan

The Ogre's Staff Picks (07/04/2018)

It has been awhile. Did you have a good Fourth of July Holiday? We did! So many great books! Let's take a few moments and talk some.. Ogre Staff Picks!

Gib's Pick

Knights of the Dinner Table: Bundle of Trouble Vol 1

Gib's Pick

Writer/Artist: Jolly Blackburn

The Knights of the Dinner Table are a gaming group.  Their adventures in and out of the game are familiar and very funny.  The book has been running for over 20 years and is still one of the most entertaining reads on the shelf.  The art is a step above clip art, but it really doesn’t detract from the story.  This book is one of my favorite monthly treats, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Lauren's Pick

Four Sisters HC Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Writer: Cati Baur
Artist: Malika Ferdjoukh

The recently-orphaned Verdelaine sisters live in a constant state of controlled chaos of their family estate, built by an ancestor on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Enid is the youngest at nine and often feels ignored by her older siblings, absorbed as they are in their own storylines. Instead she occupies herself with animals, outdoor adventures, and speaking with the ghosts of her dead parents. Yes, you read that right. Artist Malika Ferdjoukh adapts Cati Baur’s novels in a gorgeous and whimsical style, developing the unique personality of each Verdelaine with every stroke of her pen. This graphic novel is the first in a series, and I eagerly anticipate the release of the next installment!

Trish's Pick

Thor #1 (LGY #707)

Trish's Pick

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artists: Michael Del Mundo, Christian Ward
Colorists: Christian Ward, Marco D'Alfonso and Mike Del Mundo
Letterer: Joe Sabino

Jason Aaron’s long run on Thor begins a new tale - a tale of Asgardian brothers that seem to be going on a road trip through Niffleheim? Thor is back, and Loki and Balder join him now with their trusty hellhound and goat as they all find themselves teleported to the realm of the dead. The painted art style by Del Mundo is an incredible fit for Thor, not only is his art always insanely gorgeous but each realm that is visited feels unique due to the vast array of selected colors used for each. The first half of the issue mentions recent continuity, but each story is quickly summarized and wrapped up before the new story begins which makes this issue incredibly friendly for new readers. Please read Thor, thanks, I love him.

Sarah's Pick

Luisa Now and Then GN

Sarah's Pick

Writers: Carole Maurel, Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Carole Maurel

After falling asleep on the bus home from a friend’s house, a young Luisa wakes up in Paris in the future of 2013 with only her backpack, her Walkman, her diary, and no pager. Noticing her distress after a confrontation with a man while trying buy a phone card, a kind woman offers to help her find a way to get in contact with Luisa’s aunt, who is the only person she knows in the city. As fate would have it, a woman lives across the hall from the kind stranger who has the same last name! And first name…who has the same mole on her right cheek and whose aunt’s name is the same as Luisa’s. Realizing that they are one in the same, the two women navigate their time together by fighting and learning about their past and future selves, their job, their friends, their sexuality, and their strained relationship with their mother. What would you say to your younger self knowing what it is you know now and how can you learn to accept yourself the way you are?

Mike's Pick

Y the Last Ban TP Book 1

Mike's Pick

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Pia Guerra, José Marzan

In 2002, Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Paper Girls) and Pia Guerra (Spider-Man Unlimited) unleashed Y the Last Man on an unsuspecting world.  It almost immediately became my favorite series, at the time.  The Vertigo series explores a world where all male mammals were killed off by a mystery plague except for one man and his pet monkey.  The potential for cheese or camp was high.  Instead, this post-apocalyptic tale opted for a more thoughtful nuanced approach.  What militaries would still be operational?  Would governments be able to maintain order or would the world fall to chaos?  What would be the impact on religion, culture, and class structures?  Additionally, gender politics are front and center, making the book seem especially relevant still.  It’s not all just subtext and speculation, though.  This is a wonderfully character centric book.  Yorick, Agent 355, and Dr. Allison Mann, along with a cadre of notable supporting characters, are fleshed out in detail.  The fantastic premise is grounded by the authenticity of our leads.  Completed in 2008, the series is available in its entirety in five very affordable volumes.  It receives my highest possible recommendation.  Please note, though, that Y the Last Man is intended for mature readers as it contains harsh language, adult themes, and frank depictions of sexuality and violence.

Need a few more new reads? Come by the store! Let us suggest one... Or two... Or Ten more!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (04/25/2018)

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY!!! Saturday, May 5th is so close, we can almost taste it! Can you believe it, Comic Fans, the biggest Comic Event of the Year is almost here?! Are you ready? Do you need something new and exciting to hold you over until then? Then let's get to some Ogre Staff Picks...

And... To start it all off... We'll start with a Special Review for an upcoming Free Comic Book Day Book!

Michael's Pick

Barrier - FCBD Edition

 

Michael's Pick

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Marcos Martin
Colorist: Munsta Vicente

One of my favorite graphic novels from the last few years is The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughn (Saga, Paper Girls) and Marcos Martin (Daredevil).  They are releasing their follow up this May as a weekly miniseries.  However, the first installment is dropping on Free Comic Book Day.  Titled Barrier, the story, told in a horizontal fashion for a very cinematic feel, parallels the lives of a widowed rancher on the Texas/Mexico border and an undocumented immigrant travelling from Honduras to the U.S.  Oh, and there’s some weird goings on possibly involving extraterrestrials.  Look, I’ll read anything BKV writes.  He’s a master at the top of his form right now, able to craft inventive and character driven stories that are melded with topical science fiction.  Throw in Martin’s beautiful and clean retro style that’s a perfect marriage of Ditko and Romita, Sr. and it’s a guaranteed purchase for me.  This FCBD issue has me massively excited for what is sure to be another unique sci-fi mystery tale and I’ve already added it to my pull.  You should do the same!

**Please note that Barrier is intended for a MATURE AUDIENCE.

Lauren's Pick

The Land of the Sons HC

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Gipi

Italian cartoonist Gipi weaves a story of family and masculine fragility in this post-apocalyptic tale. Brothers Lino and Santo were born into a wasteland and raised by a distant, inscrutable father. He teaches his sons to find uncontaminated food, how to dispose of corpses, and tells them never to use the word “love.” He doesn’t teach them to read, though he himself writes constantly in a journal they are forbidden from touching. The boys chafe under their father’s seemingly arbitrary restrictions, but they are unprepared when he dies suddenly, leaving them with only a book of words they can’t understand. Follow the brothers on a journey through a world they don’t know they’ve been protected from as they embark on a mission to find someone to read the journal and unravel the mysteries of the man who they desperately hope loved them despite his rules. In a narrative style matching his main characters Gipi masterfully executes the emotional moments of this story almost as afterthoughts, leaving readers affected long past the last page.

Do you need more to try? Come by today and we can talk you in to even more wonderful reads. And... Don't forget... Next Saturday, May 5th, we are expecting to see you for Free Comic Book Day!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (11/15/2017)

Are you ready for these Staff Picks? Are you? ARE YOU?!?!? Well, here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Lauren's Pick

Cartoon Clouds GN

Lauren's Pick

Follow a group of art school friends as they try to navigate the postgraduate world in this new graphic novel from Joseph Remnant (Harvey Pekar's Cleveland). Fresh out of college, main character Seth finds himself laid off from his job as an artist’s assistant. Over the course of his search for some sort of fulfilling employment, he struggles to hold onto his own creativity as well as his relationships with the people in his life. Museums offer prestigious full-time internships but offer to pay in experience. Gallerists promise to open doors for emerging artists considered worthy, all of whom happen to be beautiful young women. Remnant employs his distinctive drawing style to depict a kingdom of trust fund babies with elaborate facial hair, each character more recognizable than the last. Elements of this story, if not its entirety, will feel eerily familiar to anyone who has experienced the pretentious depths of the art world.

 
Mike's Pick

The Private Eye DLX HC

Mike's Pick

Fan favorites Brian K. Vaughn (Saga) and Marcos Martin (Batgirl: Year One) are the creators of one of my favorite original graphic novels, The Private Eye.  Some decades after a Wikileaks-style dumping of the collective information of anyone who ever spent any time online, the world is a very different place.  The internet is virtually nonexistent, individuals' privacy is protected on a federal level, America has become isolationist, and most people have at least one alternate public identity.  The hero is an outlaw paparazzo private investigator known only by his initials, P.I.  What happens to him follows a classic L.A. style noir set up.  Femme fatales, getting in over his head, exploring murky morality, etc.  The mystery, while great, isn't exactly the point though.  The real strength of the book lies in its world building aesthetic and its unique and fully fleshed out take on a future shaped by the concerns of today.  What if all our internet search histories were made public for our friends, families, colleagues, bosses, and enemies to peruse?  Every drunken text, every awkward photo, every credit card bill?  Then there’s the art!  I've long been a fan of Martin's dynamic Steve Ditko meets Eurocomic style.  Additionally, the format of the book differs from that of a typical comic in that it is wider than it is tall, mimicking a cinematic presentation that brings scope to the imagery.  It's beautiful, entertaining, and thought provoking. I don't know about you, but that's my favorite combo.  A sci fi neon neo noir with a fresh premise, a gripping mystery, fun characters, and style to spare, I highly recommend giving it a look.

 

These Staff picks need to part of your collection. Like in a you-should-be-in-your-car-right-now-to-pick-them-up kind of need! And, if you need any more, we are more than happy to add to these. So come by the store! And check back weekly for the best Staff Picks around.

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!