Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >

THE ODYSSEY by Seymour Chwast
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A quick, breezy read through a cornerstone of literary tradition."
The renowned illustrator and graphic designer continues his series of classic adaptations, with diminishing returns. Read full book review >
THE ART OF WAR by Michael DeWeese
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 31, 2012

"A bold, messy conflagration that revels in all of the trespasses and heroism of which only human beings are truly capable."
What's black and white and red all over? This harrowing revenge piece that blends globalization anxiety and the Sino-American struggle for global dominance with acute violence and technology run amuck. 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 >

UNTERZAKHN by Leela Corman
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 3, 2012

"Both a work of social realism and a fable with a moral."
The graphic novel as feminist parable, concerning twin sisters who learn the brutal facts of life, set in New York in the early 1900s. 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 >
DEAR CREATURE by Jonathan Case
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A funny, bizarre, unexpected pleasure that gives a creature from the depths heart and soul as well as a happy ending."
A mutant submariner pines for a surface girl trapped in a prison of her own making. Read full book review >
HABIBI by Craig Thompson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A mature—in all its meanings—glimpse into a world few Westerners are at home with, and Thompson is respectful throughout."
Thompson (Good-Bye, Chunky Rice, 2006, etc.) returns after a five-year absence with a graphic novel that is sure to attract attention—and perhaps even controversy. Read full book review >
LIFE WITH MR. DANGEROUS by Paul Hornschemeier
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 24, 2011

"The artist displays an affinity for dialogue balloons that float beyond the panel, while plenty of other powerful passages are simply wordless."
Empathy and creativity inform this unsentimentalized account of a young woman's loneliness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >