Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

MALLKO & DAD by Gusti
Kirkus Star
by Gusti, illustrated by Gusti, translated by Mara Faye Lethem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Kids will enjoy meeting Mallko, but Gusti's funny, affectionate portraits of father and son may resonate most with parents and parents-to-be. (Graphic memoir. 9 & up)"
In a mixed-media account that won the BolognaRagazzi Award for Disability, Argentine illustrator Gusti (Half of an Elephant, 2006) relates how he learned to embrace his son's Down syndrome. Read full book review >
ON A SUNBEAM by Tillie Walden
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An affirming love story full of intriguing characters and a suspenseful plot. (Science-fiction graphic novel. 13-adult)"
In this graphic novel/space adventure, a young woman discovers her place in a vast universe. Read full book review >

TIPS TO FIGHT DRY EYE THAT WORK! by Bill Vallely
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 24, 2018

"A funny and surprisingly thorough tour of the problems of sore, dry eyes—and possible ways to fix them."
A debut graphic novel details the origins, nature, and potential treatments for dry eyes. Read full book review >
MY BROTHER'S HUSBAND by Gengoroh Tagame
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Readers will want tissues in hand for the final, bittersweet pages of this remarkable series. (Graphic novel. 13-adult)"
The follow-up to the slice-of-life manga about Japanese single father Yaichi, his daughter, Kana, and his deceased brother's white Canadian husband, Mike. Read full book review >
WHERE HAS THE TIGER GONE? by Dhavat Singh Uikey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A rare and distinctive perspective on the relationship between people and tigers, though with specialized appeal. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
Tiger stories from the Gond people, one of the largest Indigenous groups in South Asia. Read full book review >

OLD MAN JACK by John R. Carpenter
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Fans will delight. Newcomers may be engaged if they can get through the deluge of jokes. (Graphic fantasy. 16-adult)"
Nostalgic for campy humor and 1980s fantasies? Revisit the world of the film Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Read full book review >
JUDAS by Jeff Loveness
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Loveness, illustrated by Jakub Rebelka
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A provocative look at history's most notorious villain. (Graphic novel. 15-adult)"
Villainy is re-examined and religious narrative questioned in this bold and uncomfortably thought-provoking graphic novel about Judas Iscariot. Read full book review >
EUGENIC by James Tynion IV
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"This edgy and thought-provoking graphic novel is sure to both enthrall and unsettle. (Graphic dystopia. 14-adult)"
When a pandemic threatens to eradicate humans, a brilliant geneticist has an insidious idea to save humanity. Read full book review >
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES by David F. Walker
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Beautiful and horrific evidence of the depravity of war. (Graphic novel. 12-adult)"
The war between the humans and the apes is coming to an apex when scientists make a terrible discovery. Read full book review >
BOYLORD by Nathan  Peabody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2018

"A wildly original and fearless tale about a young hero's clash with a demon."
In this graphic novel debut, the disappearance of a high priestess's son mars an alien festival. Read full book review >
BEASTS OF INDIA by Kanchana Arni
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"Lovely, but for art enthusiasts and book collectors more than for child readers. (Picture book. 8-adult)"
An Indian import, this art book functions as an introduction to a variety of traditional art forms from the Indian subcontinent. Read full book review >
THE FOREST by Riccardo Bozzi
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: June 5, 2018

"Students of design will appreciate the construction and the lush, vibrant compositions; those seeking comfort for end-of-life matters will want to look elsewhere. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
Bozzi, an Italian journalist and poet, envisions a forest journey as a metaphor for the stages of life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >