Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

ANOTHER CASTLE by Andrew Wheeler
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"Quirky, unconventional, and a lot of fun. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
A royal damsel, finding herself in distress, decides to save the day—and not one, but two kingdoms. Read full book review >
MWD by Brian David Johnson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A nuanced and skillfully composed snapshot of one woman's postwar struggle to live. (Graphic novel. 14 & up)"
A gritty, hard-hitting, and honest portrayal of one young woman's difficult journey to putting the pieces of her life back together after serving in the Iraq War. Read full book review >

BOAT OF DREAMS by Rogério Coelho
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A nuanced physical and emotional landscape aimed to capture experienced readers but likely to snag the occasional neophyte as well. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
An old man on an island and a young child in a city form a connection through messages in bottles and ships on paper in Brazilian Coelho's wordless, dreamlike spectacle. Read full book review >
SP4RX by Wren McDonald
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
In a gritty future, hackers must fight an evil corporation trying to turn humans into mechanically altered zombies. Read full book review >
SHACKLETON by Gavin McCumiskey
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Through storm, burning cold, dehydration, disease, all 28 men returned after 22 'unexpected' months at sea; the book's a success, too—no small feat for an oft-told tale. (Graphic nonfiction. 10 & up)"
History has always had its ages of exploration, but the start of the 20th century is right up there. Read full book review >

HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE NORTH by Luke Healy
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Two parts historical, one part invention, a quiet contemplation and celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit. (afterword, author's note) (Graphic novel. 14 & up)"
Two early-20th-century expeditions intertwine with a 21st-century story in Healy's debut graphic novel. Read full book review >
THE EMOTIONARY by Eden Sher
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Emotionally beleaguered teen and adult readers who overlook the book's juvenile packaging will find both clarity and camaraderie in its definitions. (Nonfiction. 15 & up)"
Words, emotions, and two irreverent senses of humor collide in Sher and Wertz's (Drinking at the Movies, 2015, etc.) debut book for teens. Read full book review >
SHIRLEY JACKSON'S "THE LOTTERY" by Shirley Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A haunting story of humanity's herd mentality, brilliantly rendered."
A stunning graphic adaptation of a chilling classic. Read full book review >
THE SINGING BONES by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"These inscrutable, unsettling sculptures demand that viewers connect art and tale, examining their own reactions to the darkest impulses and glimpses of light within the book—and themselves. (foreword, introduction, bibliography, afterword, annotated index) (Fairy tales. 12 & up)"
Tan's latest book is a portable gallery: each spread features an artfully illuminated sculptural scene facing a paragraph-length "explanation"—an excerpt from one of 75 Grimm fairy tales. Read full book review >
WHAT COLOR IS THE WIND? by Anne Herbauts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2016

"'The blind men and the elephant' reworked into a Zen koan. (Picture book. 9-11, adult)"
A "little giant" with closed eyes asks the titular question, then sets out to collect answers. Read full book review >
WORDS by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Combining graphic wit and wordplay, Niemann delivers a joyful package. (index, parts of speech) (Picture book. 5 & up)"
The cartoonist and picture-book illustrator offers a chunky book of some 330 or so words, one per page, each illustrated by a cartoon. Read full book review >
BESSIE STRINGFIELD by Joel Christian Gill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An incredible true story that has as much power as Bessie and the motorcycles she rode. (bibliography) (Graphic biography. 10 & up)"
Being the first woman to ride a motorcycle across the United States did not satisfy Bessie Stringfield; she did it eight times! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >