Staff Pick

A Taiwanese science fiction novel published in 1995, The Membranes is both a novel of and outside of its time. It extrapolates a future where humanity retreats underwater not due to the effects of global warning, but to escape deadly holes in the ozone layer. It's a future where the world's most powerful company sells its wares on computer discs. Yet in other respects-- its matter-of-fact approach towards sexuality, its narrative of young adulthood rebelling against parental and corporate control, and its last-minute twist that turns the whole book on its head--this is as modern a novel as you'll find published today. Whether as time capsule or prophecy, this novel holds up.                                                   

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By Ari Larissa Heinrich (Translator), Ta-Wei Chi
$17.00
ISBN: 9780231195713
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Published: Columbia University Press - June 1st, 2021

Staff Pick

Another story might end with a genetically engineered man-monster fighting an army led by an evil Nazi scientist, but that's merely where Monsters begins. Windsor-Smith, who cut his teeth drawing fantastically detailed pulp comics decades ago, has bigger fish to fry: what is the nature of human evil? When does trauma take root? Are our lives determined by fate or chance? Windsor-Smith tackles these themes on a grand scale--over three-hundred enormous pages packed with hand-drawn art that took years to produce. The result isn't a masterpiece, but something else--the stone-hewn, uncompromising testament of a statesman artist.

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$39.99
ISBN: 9781683964155
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Published: Fantagraphics - April 27th, 2021

Staff Pick

Weird comics artist Q Hayashida is back with Dai Dark, her successor to fantasy-horror-comedy masterpiece Dorohedoro. The story is set in space this time, but all the hallmarks of her style are there: sprawling catacombs of rust, bone, and gore; bizarre, setting-specific conceits everybody takes for granted; and a cast of lovable goofs who engage their enemies in shocking violence. Plus, there's Shimada Death! With the release of the first volume, now's as good a time as ever to get in on the ground floor and see how the story shakes out.

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$13.99
ISBN: 9781648271168
Availability: Backordered
Published: Seven Seas - April 27th, 2021

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