Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 4)

OUTLAW PETE by Bruce Springsteen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A handsome, undercooked curio best enjoyed by Springsteen's devoted—and in conjunction with the source material."
Cartoonist Caruso (Heart Transplant, 2010, etc.) adapts Springsteen's song about the inescapability of one's own nature into a picture book.Read full book review >
Felicity ~  by Loralee Evans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 24, 2014

"Well-worn tropes but a charming adventure story with a resourceful heroine."
In this illustrated chapter book for middle-grade readers, a brave little sparrow agrees to go on a dangerous journey and free the fairy queen from her evil hawk captor. Read full book review >

THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Rich, creamy art and playful paneling make for a fun read."
Cartoonist Collins' debut graphic novel is a long, smooth fable of a man whose unkempt facial hair ravages the tidy city of Here. Read full book review >
I REMEMBER BEIRUT by Zeina Abirached
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Meandering and experimental but surprisingly evocative. (Graphic memoir. 12 & up)"
Abirached, who grew up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, shares childhood memories in this unconventional graphic memoir. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF AURORA WEST by Paul Pope
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Markedly different than its predecessor but a worthy tale nonetheless. (Graphic adventure. 12 & up)"
Before Battling Boy came to slay the monsters of Arcopolis, Aurora West sought out the monsters that terrorized her city and killed her mother. Read full book review >

THE WRENCHIES by Farel Dalrymple
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Morbid and discomfiting; not for the faint of heart, but what a ride for those who go with the flow. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
Children must fight a complicated evil in this dark, disturbing sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
SUGAR SKULL by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A fittingly audacious finale to an artistically ambitious trilogy, one that pays homage to the comic books of old yet takes the art to another, weirder level."
The third volume in a trilogy concludes a renowned graphic artist's hallucinatory descent into comic-book hell—and it doesn't end prettily. Read full book review >
KILL MY MOTHER by Jules Feiffer
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 25, 2014

"An unusual, unforgettable, incomparable pulpy punch."
Award-winning cartoonist/illustrator/author/playwright Feiffer (Backing into Forward, 2010, etc.) delivers his first graphic novel, a sprawling, kinetic noir of giant women, jumbled identities and warped relations. Read full book review >
LENA FINKLE'S MAGIC BARREL by Anya Ulinich
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 29, 2014

"An entertaining intellect wrapped in ill-fitting clothes."
Ulinich (Petropolis, 2007) follows her debut with a graphic novel chronicling a young immigrant writer's adventures through family, friendship and sex. Read full book review >
THROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Carroll
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 15, 2014

"A sure winner for any reader with a yen to become permanently terrified. Brilliant. (Graphic horror. 13-18)"
A print and Web comics artist offers five creep-out chillers (four new) with folk-tale motifs and thoroughly disquieting art. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 15, 2014

"An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories. (author's note, original comic) (Graphic adventure. 12 & up)"
A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand-new Asian-American origin story. Read full book review >
GIRLS STANDING ON LAWNS by Daniel Handler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Terrific appetizer for discussion. (Poetry. 8 & up)"
This trim, clothbound first in a series from Kalman and Handler for the Museum of Modern Art offers an intriguing painting-and-prose response to a selection of photographs of, as the title indicates, girls and young women standing on lawns. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >