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The Ogre's Staff Picks (08/01/2018)

Ready for some new Ogre Staff Picks? Then let's get right down to it!

Lauren's Pick

Space Boy GN Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Stephen McCranie

Amy has lived her entire life on a mining colony in isolated deep space, but when her father loses his job her family faces a thirty-year return trip to Earth. Due to new developments in cryogenic technology, Amy and her parents don’t age a day on their journey while the world (and space) move on without them. On Earth, Amy struggles to adjust to technology, gravity, and the fact that her best friends have grown up without her. Space Boy is a new kind of fish-out-of-water story, written with emotional depth and illustrated with a hefty dollop of imagination. When I reached the end and realized it was the first in a series, I was both overjoyed (there will be more!!!) and furious (we have to wait!!!).

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PS: Once you fall in love, Volume 2 is scheduled to arrive in store on October 31st. We are taking preorders now!

Trish's Pick I

Modern Fantasy #1 (of 4)

Trish's Pick Part I

Writer: Rafer Roberts
Artist: Kristen Gudsnuk

Modern Fantasy takes place in a pseudo-modern world that is tinged with elements of fantasy. The story follows Sage of the Riverlands, a girl that works an ordinary office job – but with elves, birds, and many other fantastic creatures as her coworkers. The characters are all super endearing and fans of Adventure Time will probably love this as the millennial humor is very similar. The art is very light and adorable and there are always fun things to spot in the busy backgrounds, but Modern Fantasy is definitely intended for mature readers!

Trish's Pick II

Adventures of the Super Sons #1 (of 12)

Trish's Pick Part II

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Carlo Barberi
Inker: Art Thibert
Colorist: Protobunker
Letterer: Rob Leigh

I bet no one saw this coming, but I’m here to tell you all about my new favorite book, Adventures of the Super Sons. Continuing the journeys of Superboy and Robin, Peter J. Tomasi is back with another wacky adventure in which the two boys find themselves face to face with a team of familiar yet entirely alien foes. With Carlo Barberi on pencils and Art Thibert inking, the art style is slightly different yet very reminiscent of the previous art with vastly fun and expressive faces. The boys’ relationship has obviously progressed and shows that they’ve gotten closer as friends, but also maintains the very playful and hilarious banter that made the first series so great.

Like what you see? Make sure to come in, say hello and grab everything! And, if you need more, just ask! We are more than happy to talk up lots of other amazing titles!

The Ogre's Staff Pick (01/31/2018)

It is our goal... Nay... Our mission! To offer you the best! The best toys, the best atmosphere and... The best Ogre Staff Picks! So let's get to it!

Gib's Pick

Little Guardians Book 1: Trial by Spirit Fire

Gib's Pick

In the world Ed Cho and Lee Cherolis introduce us to, villages are protected from the evils of the world by Guardians.  Tane, the Guardian for this story’s village is out killing a particularly nasty demon as his wife gives birth to their first child.  His fight keeps him from being there for the birth of his daughter.  The village has never had a female guardian, so the doctor switches our hero Subira with the shopkeep’s newly birthed son, Idem.  Now the children grow up trying to excel at professions they are not entirely suited for.  When Subira’s Guardian Spirit shows up, things are even more confusing for her.  Warm and engaging, this first volume comes highly recommended.

Lauren's Pick

X-Men: Worst X-Men Ever TP

Lauren's Pick

Bailey is a depressingly unremarkable teenage boy, until he’s not. Surprise! When his parents tell him he’s a mutant, his future seems limitless. Finally it’s his time to be the special one! Then he finds out what his power is, and it all goes downhill again. It’s a tale as old as Chris Claremont, weaving classic X-themes of social isolation and angst with a modern self-awareness to create something that feels brand new. Writer and Say Anything frontman Max Bemis embraces everything that’s good and bad about the history of the team and offers a very satisfying explanation for years of convoluted time travel and retcons, all the while crafting a superhero story that stands on its own. The Worst X-man Ever is the best X-men story you’ll find!

Mike's Pick

The End of the F***ing World GN

Mike's Pick

If you’ve ever talked to me in the store, you know that I’ve come to love the work of Charles Forsman (Slasher, I Am Not Okay With This).  So, imagine my excitement when I heard that his graphic novel, The End of the F***ing World, was being turned into a Netflix miniseries!  Though the show is streaming now, I highly recommend reading the source material first.  Rendered in Forsman’s minimalist style, the tale recounts the relationship of star-crossed lovers, one a jaded and wounded rebel, the other a possible budding sociopath.  Despite the cartoony look of the piece, Forsman weaves a palpable tone of alienation and bittersweet young love.  Also, there’s murder.  And Satanism.  The heavy subject matter and the deceptively simple artwork combine for a flavor that is both compelling and unsettling.  Violent, though not excessively so, and featuring some dark humor, The End of the F***ing World is yet another example of why anything Forsman makes is a must-read.  Fantagraphics have recently gone back to press to meet the increased interest from the show, so grab the book today!  

Note: Please be aware that The End of the F***ing World, both the graphic novel and the brand new series on Netflix, are 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

Zodiac Starforce TP Vol 1

Sarah's Pick

This book is a perfect pick for anyone who grew up watching Sailor Moon and wished they were also destined to acquire magical astrological powers to fight the forces of evil. As with many magical-girl stories, this tells the tale of a group of high school friends who have to band together to ward off the nefarious entities that threaten their lives. Paulina Ganucheau’s (Another Castle) art is fun and energetic, utilizing vibrant colors and unique designs to give each character a distinct style and personality while Kevin Panetta (Steven Universe) manages to balance humor and heart to make this and entertaining read for all ages.

Trish's Pick

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls GN

Trish's Pick

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an anthology comprised of prose, comics, and illustrations that tells the stories of many women that have been affected by all things geeky, whether it be in their youth or recently acquired nerdery. Told from a very diverse crowd of women, this book features anecdotes from trans women, queer women, and women of color in fandom through the decades from a multitude of perspectives. The narrative varies widely, ranging from poignant to heart-warming. I really wish that I had a book like this as a kid when I struggled with my own sense of self and explored fandom for the first time. I think that all women will relate to at least one story!

Not enough? We have many, many more options to talk to you about! Come on by and see all that we can (and will) offer!

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 (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!