Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 9)

X'ED OUT by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The narrative builds to a revelatory climax that falls far short of a conclusion, implying the unstated, 'To be continued…'"
This graphic novel is more like an apocalyptic hallucination. Read full book review >
DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY by Seymour Chwast
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"An achievement kindred to R. Crumb's Genesis (2009), though less literal and more compressed."
In his first graphic novel, one classic artist channels another. Read full book review >

THE BEAUFORT DIARIES by T Cooper
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 6, 2010

"Outlandish and frequently hilarious."
An unlikely premise—a polar bear makes it big in Los Angeles and then crashes—but somehow Cooper (Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, 2006, etc.) makes it work. Read full book review >
GO, MUTANTS! by Larry Doyle
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 1, 2010

"Rollickingly inventive and often hilarious—but it seems at times like a skit that, perhaps in the wake of an atomic accident, has mutated into (dear God!) an epic."
In a melting-pot society populated by the aliens and humans of 1950s space-invader movies, a brooding blue rebel with a giant brain grapples with prejudice and hormones in that most horrific of earthly battlegrounds—high school. Read full book review >
BODY WORLD by Dash Shaw
Kirkus Star
by Dash Shaw, illustrated by Dash Shaw
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 13, 2010

"Not for kids or repressively mature adults, but a real kick for those in between."
A graphic novel that seems not only to expand the possibilities of the form but explode them. Read full book review >

GOATS by Jonathan Rosenberg
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Funny, though it's worth pointing out that, at last check, this material was still available for viewing on the website—which raises the question of why this compilation exists at all."
Second compilation of Rosenberg's popular, long-running Web comic. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2009 by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 8, 2009

"One of the more recent additions to the Best American Series has established itself as one of the most valuable."
Annual anthology finds the state of graphic narrative in robust health. Read full book review >
LOGICOMIX by Apostolos Doxiadis
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Despite the collaborators' best efforts to emphasize the human element, this graphic novel can't help but read a lot like a textbook."
Bertrand Russell—philosophical superhero? Read full book review >
RICHARD STARK’S PARKER THE HUNTER by Darwyn Cooke
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 22, 2009

"Fans of the noirest noir, such as Frank Miller's Sin City series, will find a lot to like in this well-executed adaptation."
Graphic-novel version of dark 1950s crime fiction. Read full book review >
THE NOBODY by Jeff Lemire
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 1, 2009

"Black-and-white artistry perfectly complements the noirish plot."
Taut, elliptical graphic novel serves as both existential parable and homage to an earlier era of classic comics. Read full book review >
ASTERIOS POLYP by David  Mazzucchelli
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: June 2, 2009

"A visual and even philosophical stunner."
Even by the standards of the graphic novel, this cosmic epic pushes the creative envelope. Read full book review >
THE BETTER MOUSETRAP by Tom Holt
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Funny and intriguingly complex—a difficult juggling act that Holt carries off with aplomb."
More humor with a British accent—from the prolific Holt, a sequel to The Portable Door (2004) and fourth in a series set in the same science-fantasy universe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >