Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >