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John Seven is a journalist and children's book writer living in North Adams, Massachusetts. His books include 'A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide To Anarchy,' 'Happy Punks 1-2-3,' 'Frankie Liked To Sing,' and others. He reviews comics for the Beat in his regular Indie Beat column. Find out about all his things at johnseven.me.

INDIE VIEW: ‘Family Tree’ and ‘Folklords’ enliven tropes by subverting them

Family Tree #1 Written by Jeff Lemire Illustrated by Phil Hester Image Comics I’m past the point where I’m willing to give end of the world stories much...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Chasing Echoes’ shows a family in hot pursuit of...

Chasing Echoes Written by Dan Goldman Illustrated by George Schall Humanoids Life Drawn It might be fair to call Malka Solomon a mess, but it’s not nice. That...

The Internet’s Strangest Superhero Songs: People sing songs about Captain America,...

Captain America probably isn’t a fun figure to write songs about, and in gathering titles for this entry, I feel even stronger about that....

INDIE VIEW: ‘The Twilight Man’ traces Rod Serling’s pioneering darkness

The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television By Koren Shadmi Humanoids Life Drawn There is a myth that America has always been desperate to...

INDIE VIEW: ‘B.B. Free #1’ is a burst of post-apocalyptic sunshine

B.B. Free #1 Written by Gabby Rivera Illustrated by Royal Dunlap Boom Box Sometimes the end of the world as we know it isn’t a moment to weep...

REVIEW: UNDONE is not so much mind-bending as soul-lifting

Amazon's rotoscoped time travel family dramedy is one-of-a-kind thanks to its level of insight and heart.

INDIE VIEW: ‘Palimpsest: Documents From a Korean Adoption’ turns a personal...

Palimpsest: Documents From a Korean Adoption By Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom Drawn and Quarterly As the 21st Century progresses, multiple givens of life continue to be turned on...

The Internet’s Strangest Superhero Songs: Someone needs to write more Fantastic...

We need to talk about the current state of Fantastic Four songs. There was a time when the Fantastic Four were the superstar superteam of...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Swimming In Darkness’ mixes architecture and mythology to create...

The real Therme Vals in Switzerland becomes both the backdrop and main character in this tale of existential noir.

INDIE VIEW: There’s nowhere to go but down in ‘Plummet’

Plummet By Sherwin Sullivan Tija Conundrum Press The premise of Plummet, the frenetic new graphic novel from Montreal-based writer and artist Sherwin Sullivan Tija, is very simple,...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Gramercy Park’ shows the heart to be the ultimate...

Gramercy Park Written by Timothée de Fombelle Illustrated by Christian Cailleaux Translated by Edward Gauvin IDW EuroComics Why is the woman on the roof obsessively watching the window of...

The Internet’s Strangest Superhero Songs: How to say “Sub-Mariner” in Portuguese...

If you’re persistent in wandering around its digital corridors with no apparent purpose, the Internet is sure to give you exactly the thing you...