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The Silence of Our Friends

(First Second)

Just in time for Black History Month comes this great graphic novel by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell about two civil rights-era families in Texas. Based partly on Long's childhood, the story revolves around a white family and a black family that fight a hell of a lot of obstacles to free five black college students accused of killing a policeman in 1967.

DVD/CD

Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

(Columbia/XL)

The 23-year-old British singer caps a humongous year with this concert disc recorded in London last year. The majority of songs come from her breakthrough hit 21, but 2008's 19 also figures into the set, as do covers of Bonnie Raitt's “I Can't Make You Love Me,” Bob Dylan's “Make You Feel My Love,” and the Cure's “Lovesong.” Funny, warm, and, of course, expertly sung.

VIDEO

Captain Power: The Complete Series

(MVD)

This 1987 TV show ran for only one season, never quite finding its footing. It might have had something to do with its post-apocalyptic setting of an Earth controlled by robots, who took over the planet after a Terminator-style war. Freedom fighter Captain Power and his crew spark a revolution. The mix of live-action and animation is a little choppy, but all 22 episodes zip by like a video game.

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Helldriver

(Well Go USA)

From the director of Tokyo Gore Police and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl comes this anything-goes bloodfest about a high-school girl who takes on an army of hungry zombies with some help from her chainsaw sword. It's part Mad Max road fantasy, part gonzo Japanese splatter flick, and part girl-power zombie flick with enough blood and guts to make even Walking Dead fans wince.

MUSIC

Elvis Presley: Elvis Country: Legacy Edition

(RCA/Legacy)

Elvis' 1971 country album celebrates both its 40th anniversary and the King's 77th birthday with a deluxe reissue that tags on his other album from that year, Love Letters From Elvis. Both records get some bonus tracks (three each) plus new liner notes that probe their influences. Following his 1968 comeback, Elvis Country was Presley's return to the roots music of his youth. It still sounds like it's from his heart.

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