Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

The Sword and The Butterfly by Matthias Wolf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 31, 2014

"A fantastical graphic novel with superlative artwork and inventive plot devices that's somewhat marred by inadequate characterization."
Writer Wolf (Unbeatable: Hotter than Hell, 2010, etc.), debut illustrator Jimenez, and debut colorist Cabelléingeniously combine Arthurian legend and epic space opera in a new graphic novel. Read full book review >
LOVE by Frédéric Brrémaud
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"Astonishingly beautiful but narratively obscure. (Graphic adventure. 10 & up)"
The companion to Love: The Fox and Love: The Tiger (both 2015) takes its setting on the African savanna, where a male lion travels on the fringes of a pride. Read full book review >

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Alexis Deacon
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2016

"Readers will give themselves over to the dreamlike, immersive narrative, trusting that Volume 2, A Game Without Rules will be along soon. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fifty souls of diverse race and gender gather to witness the passing of great chief Matarka, and one of them will be her successor—if that person can win the cruelly arbitrary contest governed by the sorceress Niope. Read full book review >
FAITH by Jody Houser
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 5, 2016

"You go, girl. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fat and fierce superhero Zephyr—aka Faith Herbert—leaves the Harbinger Resistance to fly solo. Read full book review >
Spot 12 by Jenny Jaeckel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A memorable and beautifully executed memoir of a newborn's difficult first months.
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Jaeckel (For the Love of Meat, 2016, etc.) catalogs her daughter's five months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in this graphic memoir.Read full book review >

Angelboy Vol. 1 by N.M Beguesse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"A tale with an ethereal hero that's just getting started, but profound nonetheless, and illustrative in every sense."
A murdered teen returns as an angel and wanders the Earth in search of purpose in this graphic novel debut. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >