Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

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 >

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 >
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 >
SP4RX by Wren McDonald
Kirkus Star
by Wren McDonald, illustrated 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 >

THE ATTACK by Loïc Dauvillier
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A timely and affecting examination of extremism, marriage, and the sheer hopelessness and brutality of war. (Graphic fiction. 16 & up)"
When his wife is identified as a terrorist, a surgeon must come to terms with her duplicity. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by Niroot Puttapipat
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat, adapted by Kate Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An exquisite interpretation with its own magical transformation. (Pop-up picture book. 4 & up)"
Puttapipat continues his stellar series of illustrated Christmas classics with this fresh look at the beloved ballet story, using a design similar to his memorable versions of The Night Before Christmas (2007) and Jingle Bells (2015). Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS STORY by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This memorable interpretation will appeal to collectors of pop-up books and Christmas stories and to Christian families who would like a special version of the Nativity story to share on Christmas Eve. (Pop-up picture book/religion. 4 & up)"
The renowned paper engineer offers a retelling of the Nativity story. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >