Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 4)

IN THE FLESH by Koren Shadmi
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Not for the squeamish or literal-minded, but in a genre whose artists routinely test all sorts of boundaries, this debut collection obliterates them."
A debut collection of ten short graphic narratives from Israel native Shadmi. Read full book review >
BREAKDOWNS by Art Spiegelman
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Fans of graphic novels in general and Spiegelman in particular will savor this."
A reissue of the graphic artist's early, little-seen volume shows his formative work, while an extensive forword and afterword provide autobiographical context. Read full book review >

AN ANTHOLOGY OF GRAPHIC FICTION, CARTOONS, AND TRUE STORIES by Ivan Brunetti
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The anthology suggests that, thankfully, this extended family isn't close to exhausting its creative potential."
Don't be fooled by the prosaic title or the whiff of pedagogy in the introduction; this is the world of comics—or at least the North American, English-speaking part of that world—at its liveliest. Read full book review >
THE ALCOHOLIC by Jonathan Ames
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 17, 2008

"Could be the most compelling and provocative work from either collaborator."
Rarely does a collaboration produce a graphic novel of such literary and artistic merit. Read full book review >
THE RABBI’S CAT 2 by Joann Sfar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Ranks up there with the most provocative graphic narratives for adults."
The sequel to Sfar's graphic novel about a talking cat. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2006 by Harvey Pekar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"A worthy launch for what appears destined to become a valuable annual anthology."
The latest addition to the publisher's venerable "Best American" series not only provides an expansive survey of the contemporary graphic landscape, but serves as an effective introduction to an art long consigned to the cultural underground. Read full book review >
WILL EISNER’S NEW YORK by Will Eisner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Incredible sights and bite-sized sagas of the city that never sleeps."
From skyscraper to subway, fat cats to the homeless, here's the Big Apple envisioned by one of America's top graphic-novelists—a town without pity but teeming with terrific tales. Read full book review >
AN ANTHOLOGY OF GRAPHIC FICTION, CARTOONS, AND TRUE STORIES by Ivan Brunetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Broad in scope if somewhat narrow in emotional pitch, this stands to be, along with Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Comics 2006 (also October), a definitive text on American comic art for a good while."
An ambitious compendium of graphic narratives, designed to showcase both the varied styles and emotional depth of the field. Read full book review >
SHENZHEN by Guy Delisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"While never preaching, this volume makes a forceful case for creative license and personal liberty, as the artist discovers that there's no place like home."
A sharp eye for detail, self-deprecating humor and subtle, shadowy drawings highlight this engaging, ambitious graphic narrative. Read full book review >
ABANDON THE OLD IN TOKYO by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Fans of the contemporary graphic narrative won't find this volume of Tatsumi's work dated in the slightest."
The artist's second volume of stories to be published in the US, originally published in Japan in 1970, shows that the graphic visionary was decades ahead of his time. Read full book review >
GET A LIFE by Philippe Dupuy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"A genial and funny snapshot of the Left Bank lifestyle."
Oh, to be young, successful and neurotic. Read full book review >
NIGHT FISHER by R. Kikuo Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A dark, grand, sweeping dream of a book."
The lulling beauty of Hawaii proves a troubling soporific for a quiet and once-promising teenager. 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 >