Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

Spot 12 by Jenny Jaeckel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A memorable and beautifully executed memoir of a newborn's difficult first months.
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Jaeckel (For the Love of Meat, 2016, etc.) catalogs her daughter's five months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in this graphic memoir.Read full book review >
Angelboy Vol. 1 by N.M Beguesse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"A tale with an ethereal hero that's just getting started, but profound nonetheless, and illustrative in every sense."
A murdered teen returns as an angel and wanders the Earth in search of purpose in this graphic novel debut. Read full book review >

Grace Period by Melinda Worth Popham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"A well-crafted autobiography that blends tense family drama with a deep, multifaceted view of spirituality and the rewards of personal edification."
In this debut memoir, a woman struggles with her daughter's illness and seeks answers while getting a graduate degree in divinity school. Read full book review >
SOMETHING NEW by Lucy Knisley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Open, original, and at times amusing narrative of being a 'makeshift bride.'"
A newly wedded comic artist shares her experience, by turns hesitant and enthusiastic, planning the big event. Read full book review >
AN UNRELIABLE HISTORY OF TATTOOS by Paul Thomas
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 19, 2016

"The operative word in the title is neither 'History' nor 'Tattoos' (but there are plenty of the latter on view). (Satire. 14 & up)"
A gonzo view of tats through the ages: mostly British, frequently profane, replete with extravagantly inked caricatures. Read full book review >

SEA CHANGE by Frank Viva
by Frank Viva, illustrated by Frank Viva
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 10, 2016

"Offer this hybrid to readers with the patience to appreciate its unhurried pace. (Historical/graphic fiction hybrid. 11 & up)"
A summer spent in a remote fishing village in Nova Scotia proves to be transformative. Read full book review >
AGONY by Mark Beyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Gorgeously madcap and brutally inspiring."
Two misfits try to stay positive as they stumble through a series of outlandishly unfortunate events in this reissue of Beyer's (Amy and Jordan, 2004) alt-comic classic.Read full book review >
THE NAMELESS CITY by Faith Erin Hicks
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A superb beginning. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up) "
Eisner winner Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, 2013) launches a new graphic fantasy series about two friends from opposite sides of a generations-long conflict. Read full book review >
Gorilla Bath by Edward Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2015

"Extremely short vignettes that often hit the mark, but a more focused selection with a unifying theme might have had greater appeal."
Rowe (Smile When You Get There, 2015) offers a short collection of lighthearted observations, illustrated with cartoons and drawings.Read full book review >
DELILAH DIRK AND THE KING'S SHILLING by Tony Cliff
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 8, 2016

"Irresistible and exhilarating. (Graphic adventure. 14 & up)"
Delilah and Selim head to England in this sequel to Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (2013). Read full book review >
THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE by Sonny Liew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A fascinating look at a clever, uncompromising artist married to the times in which he lived."
In this graphic novel, Liew (Shadow Hero, 2014, etc.) presents the life and work of an obscure comic-book creator in tandem with the turbulent modern history of Singapore, the land both call home.Read full book review >
IDEAS ARE ALL AROUND by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A ramble through the neighborhood gets the creative juices going in this picture book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >