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Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

The prologue, guys and gals, starts the book with a bang or in this case, a dive off a cliff. One tragic car accident takes the life of Em and Navin's father. Two years go by when their mom decides to move the family to this supposedly haunted house in the middle of nowhere that once belonged to their great-grandfather. Their first night there Em hears a noise. Scared, her mom goes to check it out. She expects to find a raccoon or some other thing. What she doesn't expect to find is this globby alien creature that swallows her and takes her away.

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

This book is a hard-to-describe addicting read, in fact I'm going to read it again tonight.  On the surface, Chopsticks is the story of 16-year-old piano prodigy Glory Fleming, who falls in love with the new boy next door, Fransico Mendoza, but pay careful attention and a whole other story emerges.   Beginning with a news broadcast of Glory's disappearance, the story is told through a collection of news clippings, photos, memorabilia, IM messages and other random items.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1

Do not be fooled by the mediocre film of the same name!!  This is an amazing story that follows a menagerie of unique individuals led by Allan Quartermain and including Mina Harker, Dr.

Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? by Neil Gaiman

Not quite as powerful as the Death of Superman storyline, Batman: Whatever happened to the Caped Crusader? serves as a real tribute to the authors and artists who have made Batman the enigmatic hero he has become over the years.  Neil Gaiman (author) and Andy Kubert (illustrator) pay tribute to the evolution of the character from his introduction in 1939 to their interpretation of his death (2009).  However, DC Comics plans to reboot its iconic characters in 2011 and Batman will begin again with issue #1 to be released soon!!

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