Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

SOUPY LEAVES HOME by Cecil Castellucci
Released: May 2, 2017

"A compelling graphic offering that explores relevant gender roles and self-identity through a historical lens. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Abused by her domineering father, Pearl reinvents herself as a boy and takes to the road. Read full book review >
SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfeld
Released: May 2, 2017

"A necessary start, with intriguing hints at action and weirdness to come. (Graphic science fiction. 14-adult)"
Taking photos of the dangers in the Spill Zone can be deadly, but it pays the bills. Read full book review >

THE STONE HEART by Faith Erin Hicks
Released: April 4, 2017

"For all readers fond of the edges of their seats—a penultimate triumph. (author's note) (Graphic fantasy. 12-adult)"
Bloodshed sparks the flames of conflict as Hicks' adventurous fantasy trilogy takes a dark turn following the events of The Nameless City (2016). Read full book review >
NIGHT NIGHT, GROOT by Brendan Deneen
Released: April 4, 2017

"A title comics aficionados will snap up in order to groom the next generation of fandom—even if they don't have a next generation yet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's time for bed, Baby Groot—but Rocket Raccoon thinks otherwise! Read full book review >
ALONG THE RIVER by Vanina Starkoff
Released: April 11, 2017

"A feel-good journey of a picture book. (Picture book. 4-adult)"
A visual metaphor for life's journey presents a sunny, hopeful vision of both self-determination and community in this Brazilian import. Read full book review >

YVAIN by M.T. Anderson
Released: March 14, 2017

"A compulsively readable and eminently enjoyable retelling that breathes new life into an old classic. (author's, illustrator's notes) (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
The violence and romance of Arthurian legend practically pop off of the pages of Anderson (Symphony for the City of the Dead, 2015, etc.) and Offermann's (Well of Witches, 2016, etc.) striking graphic-novel adaptation of Chretien de Troyes' epic poem. Read full book review >
INDEH by Ethan Hawke
Released: June 7, 2016

"A beautiful, elegiac entree to an era of violent transition."
Hawke (Rules for a Knight, 2015, etc.) and Ruth (The Lost Boy, 2013, etc.) deliver an impressionistic overview of the Apache Wars, fought between the United States Army and several bands of Apache tribes in the southwest territories of mid-1800s America. Read full book review >
ANOTHER CASTLE by Andrew Wheeler
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"Quirky, unconventional, and a lot of fun. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
A royal damsel, finding herself in distress, decides to save the day—and not one, but two kingdoms. Read full book review >
MWD by Brian David Johnson
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A nuanced and skillfully composed snapshot of one woman's postwar struggle to live. (Graphic novel. 14 & up)"
A gritty, hard-hitting, and honest portrayal of one young woman's difficult journey to putting the pieces of her life back together after serving in the Iraq War. Read full book review >
BOAT OF DREAMS by Rogério Coelho
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A nuanced physical and emotional landscape aimed to capture experienced readers but likely to snag the occasional neophyte as well. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
An old man on an island and a young child in a city form a connection through messages in bottles and ships on paper in Brazilian Coelho's wordless, dreamlike spectacle. Read full book review >
SHACKLETON by Gavin McCumiskey
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Through storm, burning cold, dehydration, disease, all 28 men returned after 22 'unexpected' months at sea; the book's a success, too—no small feat for an oft-told tale. (Graphic nonfiction. 10 & up)"
History has always had its ages of exploration, but the start of the 20th century is right up there. Read full book review >
WORDS by Christoph Niemann
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Combining graphic wit and wordplay, Niemann delivers a joyful package. (index, parts of speech) (Picture book. 5 & up)"
The cartoonist and picture-book illustrator offers a chunky book of some 330 or so words, one per page, each illustrated by a cartoon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >