Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 2)

SUGAR SKULL by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A fittingly audacious finale to an artistically ambitious trilogy, one that pays homage to the comic books of old yet takes the art to another, weirder level."
The third volume in a trilogy concludes a renowned graphic artist's hallucinatory descent into comic-book hell—and it doesn't end prettily. Read full book review >
KILL MY MOTHER by Jules Feiffer
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 25, 2014

"An unusual, unforgettable, incomparable pulpy punch."
Award-winning cartoonist/illustrator/author/playwright Feiffer (Backing into Forward, 2010, etc.) delivers his first graphic novel, a sprawling, kinetic noir of giant women, jumbled identities and warped relations. Read full book review >

THROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Carroll
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 15, 2014

"A sure winner for any reader with a yen to become permanently terrified. Brilliant. (Graphic horror. 13-18)"
A print and Web comics artist offers five creep-out chillers (four new) with folk-tale motifs and thoroughly disquieting art. Read full book review >
THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 6, 2014

"Keenly observed and gorgeously illustrated—a triumph. (Graphic novel. 13 & up)"
A summer of family drama, secrets and change in a small beach town. Read full book review >
RULES OF SUMMER by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"Evocative, enthralling and with absolutely astounding artwork so good readers will wish that, like summer, it would last forever. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
One summer, two brothers live by mysteriously dire rules laid down by the older of the pair. Read full book review >

THE RIVER by Alessandro Sanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"Along the lines of Blexbolex's Seasons (2010), an immersive visual experience that richly rewards patient attention. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
An Italian illustrator makes his U.S. debut with an impressionistic record of an annual cycle along the Po River. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Brilliantly juxtaposes Marvel with its best characters: flawed and imperfect, but capable of achieving miraculous feats."
An impeccably researched, authoritative history of Marvel Comics. Read full book review >
BUILDING STORIES by Chris Ware
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A dazzling document, beautifully if most idiosyncratically drawn; in this iteration, sure to become a collector's item, though one that begs for an easier-to-handle trade edition."
A treasure trove of graphic artworks—they're too complex to be called comics—from Ware, master of angst, alienation, sci-fi and the crowded street. Read full book review >
RAT CATCHER by Andy Diggle
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 19, 2011

"Diggle's (The Losers: Book Two, 2010, etc.) taut, fast-moving narrative and Ibañez's in-your-face, Will Eisner-like artwork combine in a remarkably entertaining tale."
A rat catcher catches rats (informers) for the mob, but in this dark graphic novel it's an art to separate the rats from the cats. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2010 by Neil Gaiman
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"Every year seems to raise the bar."
Another star-studded anthology grapples with the challenge of whether comics can survive respectability. Read full book review >
X'ED OUT by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The narrative builds to a revelatory climax that falls far short of a conclusion, implying the unstated, 'To be continued…'"
This graphic novel is more like an apocalyptic hallucination. Read full book review >
DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY by Seymour Chwast
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"An achievement kindred to R. Crumb's Genesis (2009), though less literal and more compressed."
In his first graphic novel, one classic artist channels another. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >