Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >