Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

MESSENGER by Tony Lee
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Striking visuals augment an already-captivating tale. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Having tackled Robin Hood in Outlaw (2009) and King Arthur in Excalibur (2011), Lee now envisions Joan of Arc's humble beginnings to her inevitable martyrdom. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WEST by Paul Pope
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Forget the capes and tights: this is an entirely accessible and richly imagined superhero tour de force. (Graphic adventure. 13 & up)"
A teenage superheroine vows to destroy the monster that killed her mother but discovers vengeance doesn't come without dire consequences. Read full book review >

THE ONLY CHILD by Guojing
Kirkus Star
by Guojing, illustrated 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 >
The Monsterjunkies by Erik Daniel Shein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2014

"A worthy, faithful companion to the prose novels."
A graphic novel adaptation of the Monsterjunkies YA adventure.Read full book review >
NICHIREN by Masahiko Murakami
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An intriguing imagining that is both edifying and enlightening and that makes an ancient figure easily accessible to a modern audience . (Graphic historical fiction. 13 & up)"
A graphic-novel treatment of the life and Buddhist teachings of Nichiren, a real-life 13th-century Japanese priest. 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 >
When The River Rises by D.C. Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"Excellent as both an action piece and a crime drama."
From the writer and artist of Fallout (2015) comes a graphic novel inspired by true events at a Louisiana prison during Hurricane Katrina.Read full book review >
FIRST MAN by Simon Schwartz
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A welcome profile of a little-known African-American explorer, despite its somewhat heavy-handed embroidery of the facts. (introduction, chronology, selected bibliography) (Graphic historical fiction. 13 & up)"
A fictionalized account of the life of Matthew Henson, the black American who reached the North Pole before Robert Peary, told in graphic form. Read full book review >
KILLING AND DYING by Adrian Tomine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Achingly human and divinely rendered."
A collection of six previously published graphic stories of life's bittersweet struggles, from illustrator/writer Tomine (New York Postcards, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
COMMENTARII DE INEPTO PUERO by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"For most readers, this effort sits as a curio alongside other Latin versions of modern books, truly delighting only the rare readers who can both navigate the syntax of Latin and giggle at the 'Tactus Casei' ('Cheese Touch'). (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10 & up)"
The Latin version of Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (translated by Vatican Latinist Gallagher), is an exploration of new form rather than new content, much like the Shakespearean version of Star Wars or the Klingon version of Hamlet. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"If this book isn't quite a masterpiece, it's certainly a treasure, and that's more than enough. (Fairy tale. 11-18)"
Is it fair to expect a masterpiece when Gaiman and Riddell work together? Probably. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Best for readers new to the series, who won't be distracted by comparisons with the original. (Graphic fantasy. 11 & up) "
Lyra Belaqua begins her journey north again in this graphic-novel adaptation of Philip Pullman's classic fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >