Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >

A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT by Mark Twain
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Chwast and Twain are a match made in heaven."
Design veteran Chwast delivers another streamlined, graphic adaptation of classic literature, this time Mark Twain's caustic, inventive satire of feudal England. Read full book review >
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Martin Rowson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A filthy, fantastic and fitting continuation of a misanthropic classic."
Cartoonist and novelist Rowson revisits Jonathan Swift's classic caustic exploration of human nature in this visceral, contemporary graphic-novel sequel. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2013 by Jeff Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"At its best, a gorgeous, glorious inferno of imagination; at its worst, great art."
The eighth volume of the series collects 30 examples of graphic storytelling—either in whole or as excerpts—from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics and Web comics. Read full book review >

CURSE OF THE GRIFFIN by Jerome Walford
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 13, 2013

"A dystopian vampire fantasy likely to appeal more to fans of The Hunger Games than the Twilight saga."
In this action-packed series opener, a starving artist finds that there's magic in his past, and he's determined to better his life as a commoner in a world ruled by vampires. 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 >
THE GRAPHIC CANON by Russ Kick
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 22, 2012

"If artists, as British sculptor Anish Kapoor famously said, make mythologies, then this volume is genuinely a marriage of equals."
Classic literature gets desterilized with the help of the modern world's most daring graphic artists. Read full book review >
JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY by Christopher Golden
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 3, 2012

"Mignola's affectionate, Kirby-esque portraits compliment Golden's imaginative, YA-friendly prose."
An adolescent orphan navigates a subterranean world of magic and technology with the help of an aged detective and his mysterious square-jawed protector. Read full book review >
TINA'S MOUTH by Keshni Kashyap
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A charming, hip, illustrated coming-of-age tale."
Indian-American high-school student with a thing for Jean Paul Sartre struggles with existential angst in this graphic-novel debut. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2011 by Alison Bechdel
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"The state of an art that has yet to reach stasis."
Another annual cornucopia of graphic narrative (and comic strips). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >