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The Ogre's Staff Picks (07/11/2018)

A new week. Some new Picks! Let's get down to it. Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks (

Lauren's Pick

X-23 #1

Lauren's Pick

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Juann Cabal
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letter: VC's Cory Petit

Follow Laura and her newfound sister to a new adventure in X-23 #1! Despite their efforts to curb the effects of the Weapon X program, more clones appear and Wolverine DNA continues to be used to turn mutants into unstoppable super soldiers. Now, Laura and Gabby go on the search for a missing geneticist whose disappearance has sinister implications. I really don’t want to spoil the rest of this excellent comic, so let’s just say some familiar faces (or iterations of the same familiar face) play a significant role as the story moves forward. I never get excited enough about superhero comics to choose them for my staff pick, so you know this one must be good! Check it out NOW!

Trish's Pick

Outpost Zero #1

Trish's Pick

Writer: Sean Kelley McKeever
Artist: Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Outpost Zero follows a group of teenagers that have grown up inside of a manmade biosphere on a planet far away from Earth. While some inhabitants seem content to simply survive inside of the biome, others question if their purpose is to someday leave and discover what else is out there on the frozen planet that they landed on. While these characters discuss which direction the remaining humans should take, disaster seems to threaten the very home that their ancestors have made. The art by Alexandre Tefenkgi is simple yet never feels lacking and the expressions are consistently unique and lively. Each character has a clear and concise story and a difficult path ahead, and I look forward to seeing how each one grows!

Like what you see? Need a few more books to try? Come by the store! We will happily suggest and suggest and suggest!

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 (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 (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!