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Baughman, Linda. “A Psychoanalytic Reading of a Female Comic Book Hero: Elektra: Assassin.Women and Language 13, no. 1 (fall 1990): 27-30.

Baughman explores how the heroine in Frank Miller's Elektra: Assassin functions as feminist icon within the traditionally male-dominated comic book genre.

Burr, Ty. “Dread and Laughter.” Entertainment Weekly, no. 171 (21 May 1993): 44.

Burr lauds Daniel Clowes's Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron and Peter Bagge's Hey, Buddy!, arguing that Velvet Glove reads as “a nightmare told with absolute clarity.”

Easton, Tom. Review of V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore. Analog: Science Fiction/Science Fact 111, nos. 1-2 (January 1991): 308-09.

Easton presents a brief review of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, praising the writer and artist for “telling their tale quite successfully with little more than pictures and dialog.”

Ellis, Warren, and Jeff Jensen. “Q&A with Warren Ellis.” Entertainment Weekly, nos. 696-697 (21 February 2003): 157.

Ellis briefly discusses the ending of his Transmetropolitan series and comments on his new graphic novel Orbiter.

Kennedy, Pagan. “P.C. Comics.” Nation 250, no. 11 (19 March 1990): 386-89.

Kennedy comments on the history of comic book publishing in the United States and discusses the distinctive qualities and appeal of several graphic novels, such as American Flagg! and Love and Rockets.

Lancaster, Kurt. “Neil Gaiman's ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’: Shakespeare Integrated into Popular Culture.” Journal of American & Comparative Cultures 23, no. 3 (fall 2000): 69-78.

Lancaster examines how Neil Gaiman's story ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ from the The Sandman: Book III: Dream Country graphic novel acts as a postmodern reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's major themes.

Levi, Jonathan. “Jimmy, We Hardly Knew You.” Los Angeles Times Book Review (31 December 2000): 2.

Levi commends the plot and narrative style of Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.

Lezard, Nicholas. “Comic Genius.” Guardian (14 July 2001): 11.

Lezard asserts that the final chapter of Garth Ennis's Preacher series is “almost unsatisfactory in its sparseness” but notes that Preacher is “the best example of the genre currently being produced.”

Wade, David. Review of Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid. Sojourners 26, no. 4 (July-August 1997): 60-3.

Wade compliments Mark Waid's characterizations and Alex Ross's painted renderings of superheroes in Kingdom Come.

Additional coverage of Graphic Novels is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 86. For coverage of Comic Books, see Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 86.

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