Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >

TEMPLAR by Jordan Mechner
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 9, 2013

"An explosive but overly wound clockwork whose center doesn't hold."
A sweeping medieval caper set amid the persecution of the Knights Templar during the early 14th century. Read full book review >
GENIUS by Steven T. Seagle
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 9, 2013

"Cotton candy masquerading as a meal."
A former child prodigy fails to launch professionally but learns the importance of "heart knowledge," all in the shadow of the almighty screwball genius god, Albert Einstein. Read full book review >
RED HANDED by Matt Kindt
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 7, 2013

"Elegant scribbles from an electric mind."
A graphic crime saga about a by-the-book detective and the deeply human criminals he systematically tracks down, told by way of Socratic dialogue and pulp homage. Read full book review >

JERUSALEM by Boaz Yakin
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 16, 2013

"A hefty tableau of beautifully gnashed teeth."
This ambitious graphic novel traces the chaotic, bloody early history of the modern Jewish state in Palestine, focusing on a fractious family living in the hotly contested city of Jerusalem. Read full book review >
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN by Brian Michael Bendis
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 9, 2013

"An uneven must for fanboys."
In this 23-issue collection produced by a variety of creators (with multimedia material available via app), two of Marvel Comics' premier superhero teams wrestle for control of a young mutant messiah linked to the infernal Phoenix Force. Read full book review >
THE CITY OF OWLS by Scott Snyder
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 26, 2013

"A worthy continuation of a cherished legacy, hampered by a bloated denouement."
This six-issue collection concludes the first arc of the recently relaunched Batman series, pitting both Bruce Wayne and his chiropteran alter ego against a murderous secret society known as the Court of Owls, whose sinister roots snake through Gotham City's history—and several generations of the Bat family. Read full book review >
THE HIVE by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A very creative artist lets his imagination loose in the middle of somewhere, where only the most adventurous lovers of graphic narrative might dare to tread."
The second volume of a trilogy in which the acclaimed graphic novelist returns to comic-book format while exploring the darkest recesses of the subconscious. 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 STAND OMNIBUS by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"An adaptation that thrives in its new medium."
Heavyweight comic book publisher Marvel envisions Stephen King's seminal apocalyptic epic The Stand as six five-issue miniseries, collected here alongside a companion volume of creator interviews, production notes, script pages and original and supporting artwork. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >