Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 8)

SHENZHEN by Guy Delisle
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
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
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 >
CASTLE WAITING by Linda Medley
Released: May 24, 2006

"A sweetly appealing tale that's ambitious beyond its means."
Looping fairytale that begins and ends in the same sprawling castle. Read full book review >
GOOD-BYE, CHUNKY RICE by Craig Thompson
Released: May 9, 2006

"For characters who must pursue their own destinies, love is as boundless as the sea."
Though the title and the deceptively simple character drawings suggest a kids' comic, rarely are graphic novels aimed at adults as sweetly affecting as this. Read full book review >

Released: April 15, 2006

"Doucet's dreamscape is an intriguing place to visit, though it might be a little scary to live there."
A dirty mind proves creatively liberating and socially subversive, as this Montreal native finds catharsis for her deepest fears, desires and neuroses through these drawings of her dreams. Read full book review >
EGO AND HUBRIS by Harvey Pekar
Released: March 28, 2006

"Whether or not Pekar has exhausted the storytelling possibilities of his own life, fans will appreciate this change of pace."
The latest from the renowned graphic memoirist offers a fascinating character study of a character who isn't Harvey Pekar. Read full book review >
LA PERDIDA by Jessica Abel
Released: March 7, 2006

"An emotional, beautifully crafted odyssey that not only utilizes but transcends both navel-gazing self-discovery and backpackers-in-peril clichés."
Nice Chicago girl goes to Mexico City and ends up with far more than she can handle. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"If this collection spawns annual volumes, they'll need to be more representative and timely—or carry a different title."
This grab-bag, scattershot selection might appeal to fans of contemporary comics but won't win converts or satisfy the curious. Read full book review >
NIGHT FISHER by R. Kikuo Johnson
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 >
IT’S SUPERMAN! by Tom De Haven
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Comic noir with a super-keen edge, in De Haven's best book yet."
The formative years of the Man of Steel, in a rib-tickling melodrama set in Depression-era America. Read full book review >
BLACK HOLE by Charles Burns
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"This volume should expand the cult following of a cutting-edge illustrator."
There's nothing funny about high school in this black-and-white comics collection, which should strike a particularly sharp chord among those who endured and survived their adolescent rites of passage in the early 1970s. 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 >