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Elfquest: The Final Quest, Vol. 1

Wendi and Richard Pini. Dark Horse, $17.99 (192p) ISBN 978-1-61655-409-5

For more than 30 years, the Pinis' ElfQuest saga has satisfied readers with tales of the glamorous but fierce elves who share an alien planet with nonmagical, often hostile humans. New readers may feel baffled at this point, but they can catch on soon. This story essentially shows elves exploring personal relationships and enjoying enthusiastic PG-13 sex, while humans—especially the lunatic tyrant Angrif Djun—hate but secretly envy them. Also, the safe haven that one clan of elves thought they'd found is somehow tampering with their powers, so they must find a new home. Much uprooting and turmoil ensues. Richard Pini's script gives satisfying time for each familiar character to perform, creating a comforting sense of close family relationships. Wendi Pini's artwork keeps the huge cast distinct, and her composition is smoothly professional, sometimes lovely. Longtime fans won't be disappointed. (Apr.)

Reviewed on 04/24/2015 | Details & Permalink

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Pablo

Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie. Abrams/SelfMadeHero, $27.50 (344p) ISBN 978-1-906838-94-2

French documentary filmmaker Birmant and artist Oubrerie (Aya of Yop City) tell the story of Picasso through the magic of memory and symbolism. The narrator/storyteller is Fernande Olivier, Picasso’s muse and the subject of more than 60 of his paintings. Though Pablo is the book’s title, the story is very much told from Fernande’s perspective. Cursive lettering in the narrative captions symbolize Fernande’s perspective and her magical-realist/symbolic view. When she remembers her “elegant, distant, fragrant” mother, we see a talking bottle of perfume; her “man of the world” and moneyed father is a disembodied top hat. Fernande’s frustrations with her lot in life—being a stoic woman trapped in an abusive marriage—lead her to change her name and run off to Paris, where she encounters Picasso, his art rival Henri Matisse, and the birth of the 20th-century art world. Her story is a romance and a biography, as well as a portrait of an era reminiscent of From Hell, but told from a female perspective. (Apr.)

Reviewed on 04/24/2015 | Details & Permalink

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The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James

Ian Williams. Penn State, $24.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-271-06754-4

These warm yet disturbing episodes in the life of a Welsh family doctor show that he’s not a bad doctor, just one burdened by an overactive sense of responsibility. When he was younger, his OCD kept him in agony that he might be guilty if anything awful happened to his parents, friends, pets, etc.; now, as a married middle-aged physician, he wonders if he is giving his patients the correct treatment and the human concern they need. Meanwhile he’s wistfully longing for the pretty young doctor in the office to notice him, and worrying about paying for another bike for the rides that give him a brief escape from his feelings of inadequacy. None of this sounds especially funny, but the overall effect is gently amusing. Williams, a doctor himself, has previously edited anthologies fusing comics and medicine, and here his sharply observed, sympathetic scenes, done in an appropriately sketched style, add up to a richly humane picture of a good man who can’t appreciate how good he is. (May)

Reviewed on 04/24/2015 | Details & Permalink

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