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Grifter and Midnighter

by Chuck Dixon, Ryan Benjamin and Saleem Crawford (SLJ)

Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm

Format: Softcover, full color, $17.99

ISBN: 978-1-4012-1627-6

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

While many comics have recurring characters and long-ranging plotlines, sometimes the most satisfying reads are the stand-alone editions comprising one adventure. So it is with this one, a title with heavy violence and strong language. Featuring a healthy amount of alien attacks and other-dimension beings, it follows two (anti)heroes as they investigate intrusions into contemporary society. The best part of this title is the flippant, cool tone that the lead characters maintain. Nothing perturbs them, even giant reptilian space beasts choking them. A quip is always at the ready, and thus as difficult as the duo's lives become, readers still envy them. The artwork is high-grade and technically masterful, the usual pen and ink with computer enhancements. –John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY