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WV author takes graphic novel to the people

Ashes to ashes. Carbon to carbon.In his new graphic novel, Carbon, West Virginia native Daniel Boyd mixes his well-known brand of horror with a timely tale of ecological apathy to paint a cautionary story of what happens when man begins to neglect the elements that sustain him."If there is a ...

Wolverine gets deep-sixed, but for how long?

Wolverine is going to die.Usually, a spoiler warning would have preceded that, but you don't have to be Batman to piece together the clues Marvel's been dropping lately. The cryptic signs include stories with titles like "Three Months to Die," "Two Months to Die" and "One Month to Die," leading ...

W.Va. is backdrop for ‘Summer of the Dead’

Pulitzer winner Julia Keller, a native of West Virginia writes another novel of crime set in Acker's Gap in "Summer of the Dead."County prosecutor Bell Elkins is facing work and home stress. Her sister, Shirley, is back from prison, and is causing all sorts of problems for Bell at home. But ...

PC or not PC? Questions about the new Thor & Captain America

There will be a new Thor and new Captain America this fall.Just as with "Superior Spider-Man," an entertaining, compelling story could very well emerge with these unexpected takes on classic characters. But I have a feeling more of the discussion will be about the ethnicity of one and gender of ...

M.D. Waters’ futuristic thriller ‘Archetype’

Now available in paperback is M.D. Waters' speculative fiction first book in a two-part series, "Archetype."Emma wakes up in a mysterious hospital with very little memory. A handsome stranger named Declan claims to be her husband and is wanting her to get better so she can live with him in ...

‘Fire in the Hole’ documents the life and times of coal miners

In Europe a poster outside a coal mine office read:Wanted - Coal Miners for American mines:Providing ocean steam passage, keep en-route, and railroad transportation.Destination is Weir City, Kansas - where there is freedom, andPlenty of wide open spaces and free homestead land, andWhere the ...

Marvel succession planning: Who will carry the torch?

While DC is still trying to get its fledgling movieverse off the ground, Marvel (and other studios' franchises featuring Marvel characters) is getting to the point where they have to start thinking about replacing some of their most recognizable stars.Robert Downey Jr. is under contract for ...

Summer reading: Choose your own sexy adventure

Wedding season is upon us, and what better way to experience one than through a sexy "pick a path" story? You can do just that in "A Girl Walks Into a Wedding" by Helena S. Paige.Your oldest friend in the world, Jane, is getting married and you are to be a bridesmaid. Will the wedding go off ...

A virtual rainbow of lanterns

DC's Green Lantern franchise features characters from across the cosmos. The Lantern Corps members themselves are charged with protecting the universe with the help of rings that can create virtually any shape and perform myriad functions, limited only by the wearer's willpower and ...

Creepy nanny story takes many twists, turns

A twisting thriller will keep readers on the edge of their seat throughout "Until You're Mine" by Samantha Hayes.In the opening chapter, a young girl wants to have a baby no matter what, to make up for the lack of love she feels from her parents. And in the following chapters, we soon learn ...