Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN BLAKE by Philip Pullman
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 30, 2017

"A richly imagined high-octane thriller. (Science fiction/adventure. 13-adult)"
Purloined technology, time travelers, ghost ships, and deception converge in this graphic page-turner. Read full book review >
SOUPY LEAVES HOME by Cecil Castellucci
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 2, 2017

"A compelling graphic offering that explores relevant gender roles and self-identity through a historical lens. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Abused by her domineering father, Pearl reinvents herself as a boy and takes to the road. Read full book review >

SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfeld
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 2, 2017

"A necessary start, with intriguing hints at action and weirdness to come. (Graphic science fiction. 14-adult)"
Taking photos of the dangers in the Spill Zone can be deadly, but it pays the bills. Read full book review >
CROCODILE TEARS by André François
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 11, 2017

"It's a gorgeous physical book, but perhaps it's best for adult collectors rather than children. (Picture book. 5-adult)"
The term "crocodile tears" explained in a fanciful illustrated story. Read full book review >
THE STONE HEART by Faith Erin Hicks
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 4, 2017

"For all readers fond of the edges of their seats—a penultimate triumph. (author's note) (Graphic fantasy. 12-adult)"
Bloodshed sparks the flames of conflict as Hicks' adventurous fantasy trilogy takes a dark turn following the events of The Nameless City (2016). Read full book review >

NIGHT NIGHT, GROOT by Brendan Deneen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2017

"A title comics aficionados will snap up in order to groom the next generation of fandom—even if they don't have a next generation yet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's time for bed, Baby Groot—but Rocket Raccoon thinks otherwise! Read full book review >
ALONG THE RIVER by Vanina Starkoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 11, 2017

"A feel-good journey of a picture book. (Picture book. 4-adult)"
A visual metaphor for life's journey presents a sunny, hopeful vision of both self-determination and community in this Brazilian import. Read full book review >
YVAIN by M.T. Anderson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A compulsively readable and eminently enjoyable retelling that breathes new life into an old classic. (author's, illustrator's notes) (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
The violence and romance of Arthurian legend practically pop off of the pages of Anderson (Symphony for the City of the Dead, 2015, etc.) and Offermann's (Well of Witches, 2016, etc.) striking graphic-novel adaptation of Chretien de Troyes' epic poem. Read full book review >
THE FIRE HORSE by Vladimir Mayakovsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A glimpse into Soviet children's-book illustration; likely of more interest to scholars than to children. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Hot off the American presses comes this translated collection of three illustrated texts from the 1920s golden age of Soviet children's-book publishing. Read full book review >
THE NOSYHOOD by Tim Lahan
by Tim Lahan, illustrated by Tim Lahan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Not for babies or toddlers but maybe for middle-graders in the gross-joke phase or perhaps a house-warming gift for a friend with a strong stomach…? (Board book. 10 & up)"
When a couple moves into a new home, neighbors stop by to welcome them. Read full book review >
INDEH by Ethan Hawke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"A beautiful, elegiac entree to an era of violent transition."
Hawke (Rules for a Knight, 2015, etc.) and Ruth (The Lost Boy, 2013, etc.) deliver an impressionistic overview of the Apache Wars, fought between the United States Army and several bands of Apache tribes in the southwest territories of mid-1800s America. Read full book review >
DECELERATE BLUE by Adam Rapp
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This is a strikingly illustrated book set in a potentially massive world, and readers will hope this isn't the only story to come from it. (Graphic science fiction. 14 & up)"
The U.S.A. is governed by forces dedicated to accelerated living, monitoring everyone with implants and countless cameras and harshly punishing sedition. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >