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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.

DC Reborn Review: ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 is Fresh and Perfect for...

In June, DC Comics kicked off the start of its Rebirth initiative. After a wave of criticism surrounding the way they have treated their...

Review: Sean Karemaker’s autobio comics are intense and poetic

It’s not a visibly large book, about average looking at a glance, but Sean Karemaker’s The Ghosts We Know is more dense than most...

Review: ‘Ohio Is For Sale’ – Hilarious Slacker Comedy or Sisyphean...

Settling in on the lives of three slacker type funny animals, Trevor, Patrick and Leonard — I thought it was two dogs and a...

Review: Daniel Johnston biography sets a whole new standard

As biographical graphic novels go, you’ve never read anything like The Incantations Of Daniel Johnston, a poetic, frenetic dive through the mind of the...

Review: Ben Sears mixes ghosts and science fiction for fun

Ben Sears’ Night Air is built around characters that have apparently appeared in zines and anthologies, but I confess to being totally unfamiliar with...

Review: ‘Shadoweyes’ is a true transformative superhero

It’s a rare occasion that you can use words like sweet, thoughtful, and gentle to describe a science fiction superhero story taking place in...

Review: Retrofit offers tons of excellent comics by women

Bear, Bird, and Stag Were Arguing In The Forest and Other Stories by Madeline Flores Flores offers three philosophical shorter works that come together well in...

Review: Rebecca Roher’s tender family memories are a pleasing meditation on...

For many people, the earliest experience of human loss that pierces their emotions and affects their everyday existence is the death of a grandparent,...

Review: Patrick Kyle invites you to force your way into his...

Sometimes it’s better to just give yourself to something rather than to seek out its meaning. Not everything has to have one clear meaning,...

Review: Science fiction gets meta in ‘From Now On’

This collection of short works by Malachi Ward and published by Alternative Comics announces itself with a verbal joke — From Now On is another...

Review: ‘5,000 Kilometers Per Second’ untangles relationships with elegance

In 2010 Grand Prize winner at the Angoulême Comics Festival in France and the Lucca Comics Festival in Italy 5,000 Km Per Second, Italian cartoonist Manuele Fior...

Review: The darker beauty of Cathy G. Johnson’s ‘Gorgeous’

This short, spare, poetic, emotionally brutal piece from Cathy G. Johnson and Koyama Press captures the intersection of three lives, and the unlikely self...