Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

LOOK! WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Xu Bing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Wow! This cross-cultural cipher is a feast for the eyes and a challenge for the mind. (Picture book. 8-adult)"
At first glance, this book looks indecipherable—but look closer! Read full book review >
DEADLY HARVEST by Thomas Ramey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2017

"A potent, educational work whose simple presentation doesn't weaken its message."
Ramey's (Saving Sam, 2012) graphic novel takes a look at the ways that humanity is devastating the planet and the frightening prospect of humanity's extinction.Read full book review >

THE NOT-SO SECRET SOCIETY by Matthew Daley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An appealing adventure; vibrant in characterization, humor, and imagery."
Some tweens face their biggest challenge yet when their science fair submission morphs into a colossal, candy-crazed gummy bear in this graphic novel. Read full book review >
POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Small in size but large in impact, this intimate memoir is a highly relevant and compassionate story of family, community, prejudice, and the struggle to love when the forces of the world push groups apart. (timeline) (Graphic memoir. 10-adult)"
From the daughter of a French mother and Iraqi father comes a touching memoir of childhood in Iraq. Read full book review >
BRER RABBIT RETOLD by Arthur Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A lavishly illustrated art book with a self-indulgent purpose that may appeal to adults but misses the mark for children's literature. (Picture book/folk tales. 5-10, adult)"
A successful reclamation project—or one that adds to an already-problematic literary history? Read full book review >

MY HERO by Stephen Graham Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Intriguing ideas, but teasing out meaning from this confusing presentation becomes a challenge."
A superhero comic and what it signifies to a writer who can't draw becomes the meditative center of this graphic novel. Read full book review >
SONORA PASS by Jaime Olmos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2017

"An ambitious, fast-paced, but flawed debut."
A reunion of college friends turns deadly in a graphic novel that spans decades and continents. Read full book review >
HER RIGHT FOOT by Dave Eggers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Occasionally mannered but heartfelt throughout and indisputably timely. (bibliography, source list) (Picture book. 9-13, adult)"
Everyone knows what the Statue of Liberty stands for—but, as Eggers notes, she's not actually "standing" at all. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >