Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

SEA CHANGE by Frank Viva
by Frank Viva, illustrated by Frank Viva
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 10, 2016

"Offer this hybrid to readers with the patience to appreciate its unhurried pace. (Historical/graphic fiction hybrid. 11 & up)"
A summer spent in a remote fishing village in Nova Scotia proves to be transformative. Read full book review >
SOMETHING NEW by Lucy Knisley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Open, original, and at times amusing narrative of being a 'makeshift bride.'"
A newly wedded comic artist shares her experience, by turns hesitant and enthusiastic, planning the big event. Read full book review >

AN UNRELIABLE HISTORY OF TATTOOS by Paul Thomas
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 19, 2016

"The operative word in the title is neither 'History' nor 'Tattoos' (but there are plenty of the latter on view). (Satire. 14 & up)"
A gonzo view of tats through the ages: mostly British, frequently profane, replete with extravagantly inked caricatures. Read full book review >
THE NAMELESS CITY by Faith Erin Hicks
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A superb beginning. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up) "
Eisner winner Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, 2013) launches a new graphic fantasy series about two friends from opposite sides of a generations-long conflict. Read full book review >
AGONY by Mark Beyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Gorgeously madcap and brutally inspiring."
Two misfits try to stay positive as they stumble through a series of outlandishly unfortunate events in this reissue of Beyer's (Amy and Jordan, 2004) alt-comic classic.Read full book review >

DELILAH DIRK AND THE KING'S SHILLING by Tony Cliff
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 8, 2016

"Irresistible and exhilarating. (Graphic adventure. 14 & up)"
Delilah and Selim head to England in this sequel to Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (2013). Read full book review >
IDEAS ARE ALL AROUND by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A ramble through the neighborhood gets the creative juices going in this picture book. Read full book review >
THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE by Sonny Liew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A fascinating look at a clever, uncompromising artist married to the times in which he lived."
In this graphic novel, Liew (Shadow Hero, 2014, etc.) presents the life and work of an obscure comic-book creator in tandem with the turbulent modern history of Singapore, the land both call home.Read full book review >
MACBETH #KILLINGIT  by William Shakespeare
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Theater in general and Shakespeare in particular are notably protean, and the potential of this and its companions to inspire students to think outside the Globe is significant. (Graphic classic. 12 & up)"
Carbone continues her lively updating—or heretical butchery, depending on your point of view—of Shakespeare's plays. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Dim and dismal. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13, adult)"
Cut-paper silhouettes illustrate this large-format tale of a young prince's efforts to break the chains of loneliness and isolation imposed on him by his high station. Read full book review >
THE ONLY CHILD by Guojing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such. (author's note) (Picture book. 5 & up)"
Left alone when her mother leaves for work, a child amuses herself with television, dolls, and a toy deer before boarding a bus for her grandmother's house. Read full book review >
Grace Period by Melinda Worth Popham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"A well-crafted autobiography that blends tense family drama with a deep, multifaceted view of spirituality and the rewards of personal edification."
In this debut memoir, a woman struggles with her daughter's illness and seeks answers while getting a graduate degree in divinity school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >