Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 7)

GENTLEMAN JIM by Raymond Briggs
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 1, 2008

"A short, sweet and meaningful volume."
This slim volume, a reissue of a 1980 work, has seminal significance in the development of the graphic novel. 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 >

TURPENTINE by Spring Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The journey eventually becomes tedious as Ned fails to establish an identity that satisfies both himself and the reader."
An effete easterner in western guise rambles across the 19th-century American landscape. Read full book review >
TURPENTINE by Spring Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The journey eventually becomes tedious as Ned fails to establish an identity that satisfies both himself and the reader."
An effete easterner in western guise rambles across the 19th-century American landscape. Read full book review >
THE BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY by Eddie Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"The veteran artist rises to a new challenge."
A visually stunning graphic narrative with all sorts of complicated plot twists. Read full book review >

SPENT by Joe Matt
by Joe Matt, illustrated by Joe Matt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Not for kids, though adult readers should take some pleasure knowing that they're better off than Matt, at least as depicted here."
The cartoonist tests the limits of pathetic self-absorption in a volume that should appeal to his cult following but is unlikely to expand it. Read full book review >
AYA by Marguerite Abouet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"A smart and sweetly comic glimpse of a time and place in Africa that get little attention in the West."
A young woman navigates shallow men, self-destructive friends and the newly erected class ladder in the prosperous city of Abidjan. 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 >
CHICKEN WITH PLUMS by Marjane Satrapi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A thin sliver of illustrated memoir that barely hits its stride before fading away."
Satrapi (Embroideries, 2005, etc.) recalls the tragic final days of her great-uncle, an Iranian musician who died of a broken heart after his wife destroyed his favorite instrument. 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 >
JOKES AND THE UNCONSCIOUS by Daphne Gottlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Spirited and often funny, but maddeningly discursive."
Gottlieb, a performance poet, and DiMassa, creator of the comic series Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist, join forces for this graphic novel about a young woman wrestling with both her father's death and her sexual identity. 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 >
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 >