‘Pilu of the Woods’ Review: An Emotionally Beautiful Masterpiece

Pilu of the Woods is a graphic novel that’s beautiful in every way possible. The story is one of redemption, of overcoming your inner demons and admitting that fear sometimes gets the better of us and we must learn to move past it to recognize what really matters. It’s a moral story through and through,…

‘Mera: Tidebreaker’ Review: The Origin Story of an Epic Warrior

Mera: Tidebreaker follows the epic superhero Mera in her early days as a young princess eager to make a name for herself. She’s surrounded by people who treat her like she’s fragile and unable to become the warrior she’s meant to be. It’s a powerful origin story, showing how a young woman fueled by hatred…

‘Aristophania Volume 1’ Review: Hidden Magic in a Struggling World

Aristophania details the struggles of three children as they try to overcome a family tragedy and the struggles of poverty. A world of magic hides on the edges of their reality and one of its most impressive users is Aristophania. This is a character both surprising and incredibly badass. She appears to be in her…

‘Malaterre Part 2’ Review: The Man For Whom Nothing is Enough

Malaterre Part 2 concludes the story of Gabriel, the shady and questionable father whose obsession with creating an inheritance for his family causes him to eventually tear them apart. In this second part, we see Gabriel become more of a monstrous person than he already was. The business is slipping away from him and he…

‘Blossoms in Autumn’ Review: Starting Over Near the End

Blossoms in Autumn is a graphic novel about starting over in your sixties. We see a woman who can only see an old witch in the mirror, who feels her age in the looks and comments from friends and strangers. We see a man whose forced retirement leaves him with nothing to do with his…

‘The Ballad of Sang’ Review: Violent Escape from a Tragic World

The Ballad of Sang starts as a bloody, action-adventure revenge tale and morphs into the tragedy of a child forced to become a monster instead of a normal kid. This world is incredibly violent, filled with themed street gangs who want nothing but money to fuel their shady dealings. The story is well-done, with solid…

‘PTSD’ Review: The Struggles of War

PTSD illustrates the struggles many veterans face when they return from war. We see hundreds of suffering vets on the streets with nowhere to turn, abandoned by a government that should have taken care of them. At the center of the narrative is Jun, a woman suffering from severe PTSD who pulls away from those…