Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

THORNHILL by Pam Smy
Kirkus Star
by Pam Smy, illustrated by Pam Smy
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Beautiful, moody, sad, and spooky—all at once. (Horror/graphic hybrid. 10-adult)"
Decades after the tragedy at and closure of gothic Thornhill Institute, a new girl in town is drawn into its story. Read full book review >
MARCO POLO by Marco  Tabilio
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Complex even for history buffs, this one requires and merits a second read. (afterword, glossary) (Graphic historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Italian cartoonist Tabilio and translator Schwandt breathe some new life into Marco Polo and his travels in this debut graphic novel. Read full book review >

TEAM STRYKER by Andrew Grieve
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A tale of zany heroes protecting the world in entertaining ways."
In this debut collection of Grieve's webcomic, a ragtag team of patriotic fighters faces sundry villains during important, if generally absurd, missions. Read full book review >
THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl S. Buck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"A finely rendered showcase for a classic tale."
Illustrator Bertozzi (Becoming Andy Warhol, 2016, etc.) adapts Buck's (The Eternal Wonder, 2013, etc.) Pulitzer Prize­­-winning novel of a man's fluctuating fortunes and existential crises in early-20th-century China. Read full book review >
A RECIPE FOR DISASTER by Natalie Riess
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: June 21, 2017

"A genre-buster, for sure, and a delightful mashup at that. (Graphic science fiction. 12-adult)"
In this graphic-novel sequel, a human chef must battle her way out of a murderous intergalactic cooking show. Read full book review >

NELSON BEATS THE ODDS by Ronnie Sidney, II
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Engaging and inspirational tales for students coping with common problems."
Paired graphic novels explore learning disabilities and bullying—and touch on foster care—for middle-grade and YA readers. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MASK by Patricia Reeks
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A momentous, readable collection, its sole downside being that there are only 20 superhero stories. "
Reeks (Love Hurts, 2015, etc.) and debut editor Richardson assemble a series of tales centered on superheroes' constant struggles with saving the world and maintaining secret identities.Read full book review >
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
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >