Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 8)

THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2011 by Alison Bechdel
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"The state of an art that has yet to reach stasis."
Another annual cornucopia of graphic narrative (and comic strips). Read full book review >
DEAR CREATURE by Jonathan Case
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A funny, bizarre, unexpected pleasure that gives a creature from the depths heart and soul as well as a happy ending."
A mutant submariner pines for a surface girl trapped in a prison of her own making. Read full book review >

HABIBI by Craig Thompson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A mature—in all its meanings—glimpse into a world few Westerners are at home with, and Thompson is respectful throughout."
Thompson (Good-Bye, Chunky Rice, 2006, etc.) returns after a five-year absence with a graphic novel that is sure to attract attention—and perhaps even controversy. Read full book review >
LIFE WITH MR. DANGEROUS by Paul Hornschemeier
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 24, 2011

"The artist displays an affinity for dialogue balloons that float beyond the panel, while plenty of other powerful passages are simply wordless."
Empathy and creativity inform this unsentimentalized account of a young woman's loneliness. Read full book review >
MISTER WONDERFUL by Daniel Clowes
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 12, 2011

"Clowes finds heightened reality in caricature."
An expansion of the strip initially serialized in the New York Times Magazine.Read full book review >

THE CARDBOARD VALISE by Ben Katchor
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"A parallel dimension that readers might find creatively charged or thematically exhausting."
The book-length publication of the acclaimed visual artist's weekly strips defies narrative convention as a graphic novel. Read full book review >
ANTHEM by Ayn Rand
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A Rand primer with pictures."
A graphic novel for devotees of Ayn Rand. Read full book review >
RAT CATCHER by Andy Diggle
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 19, 2011

"Diggle's (The Losers: Book Two, 2010, etc.) taut, fast-moving narrative and Ibañez's in-your-face, Will Eisner-like artwork combine in a remarkably entertaining tale."
A rat catcher catches rats (informers) for the mob, but in this dark graphic novel it's an art to separate the rats from the cats. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2010 by Neil Gaiman
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"Every year seems to raise the bar."
Another star-studded anthology grapples with the challenge of whether comics can survive respectability. Read full book review >
X'ED OUT by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The narrative builds to a revelatory climax that falls far short of a conclusion, implying the unstated, 'To be continued…'"
This graphic novel is more like an apocalyptic hallucination. Read full book review >
DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY by Seymour Chwast
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"An achievement kindred to R. Crumb's Genesis (2009), though less literal and more compressed."
In his first graphic novel, one classic artist channels another. Read full book review >
THE BEAUFORT DIARIES by T Cooper
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 6, 2010

"Outlandish and frequently hilarious."
An unlikely premise—a polar bear makes it big in Los Angeles and then crashes—but somehow Cooper (Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, 2006, etc.) makes it work. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >