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The Joker Cover Image
By Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401215811
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Published: DC Comics - November 4th, 2008

Easily the best psychological exploration of this most famous of villains since Alan Moore's 'The Killing Joke'. The choice of criminal prot

Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781904859666
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Published: AK Press - December 1st, 2007

Graeber is an anarchist, an anthropologist who has appeared on the Charlie Rose show, worked with the Direct Action Network as part of the anti-globalization movement, has been credited with writing the first academic article about 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', and is most well known here at Skylight as the author of the popular little manifesto: 'Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology'. His work has the very refreshing quality of being rigorous without being ghettoized by academic-speak. He is one of those rare academics, like Pierre Bourdieu and Giorgio Agamben, who is not afraid to address the political implications of his professional work; a quality that is very exciting for those of us who have suspected that the discipline of anthropology has much to offer in the struggle against authoritarianism. This new collection of essays, brought to us by those heroes at AK Press, is a major tool to be used for spanking your inner policeman.

Powers: The Definitive Hardcover Collection Cover Image
By Brian Michael Bendis (Text by), Michael Avon Oeming (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780785118053
Availability: Special Order
Published: Marvel - January 1st, 2006

For the couple years I've been reading everything by Bendis that I can get my hands on. His character and dialogue driven stories have changed the face of action oriented mainstream comics. Two of Marvel Comics lead titles ('Ultimate Spiderman' and 'New Avengers') are his babies, and the traditional ratio of action to exposition is entirely reversed in these stories; the best and most dramatic scenes being, for instance, six pages of dialogue between two characters sitting on a bed. Bendis' ability to create a sense of comic timing in a still panel is astounding and obviously influenced by the work of Joss Whedon.

My favorite title by Bendis, however, is 'Powers'. A ten volume (so far) independent series that is essentially 'NYPD Blue' crossed with the world of superheroes, 'Powers' follows a couple of sharp-witted homicide detectives in their never ending investigations of the deaths of the hapless heroes who are murdered in spectacular ways. The plotting in these is not always successful, but it's a small price to pay for the excellent character studies and hilarious dialogue. 'Powers' is highly recommended for anyone who likes their superheroes to be well deconstructed.