Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

THE FISHING LESSON by Heinrich Böll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2018

"A lesson about success delivered with humor and graceful irony. (Picture book. 5-10, adult)"
An adaptation of Böll's fable about not letting work overtake one's life. Read full book review >
DALSTON MONSTERZZ by Dilraj Mann
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 27, 2018

"The novel ends with a promise of a sequel that has the potential to be a more gripping read than this debut. (Graphic horror. 14-adult)"
In gang-ridden, monster-infested multicultural Dalston, unlikely allies Roshan and Lolly must fight the most sinister force of all: the property developers gentrifying East London. Read full book review >

LEGEND OF SUMERIA by Jay  Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2018

"An intelligent, entertaining take on the possibilities of science."
In Webb and Parekkadan's debut graphic novel, a near-future civilization is in danger of collapse, due to bioterrorism and a miracle drug that may no longer be effective. Read full book review >
DOG OF THE DEAD by Maxwell  Shepherd
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 12, 2018

"An unusually affecting tale of a man and his dog, complemented by frequently strong artwork."
A man and his faithful canine wander through the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse in this debut graphic novel. Read full book review >
WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS by Vesper Stamper
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Evil that is impossibly difficult to comprehend and filled with word-images that will leave readers gasping. The author's dedication says it all, in both Hebrew and English: 'Remember.' (author's note, map, glossary, resources, acknowledgments; not seen) (Historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Gerta didn't know she was Jewish until she and her father were taken for transport by the Nazis. Read full book review >

GRACE FOR GUS by Harry Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A heartwarming call and response. (Graphic fiction. 5-adult)"
Based on a short film by Bliss' son, Alexander, this nearly wordless graphic novel follows a seemingly quiet second-grader through an eventful 24 hours. Read full book review >
SHAKA RISING by Luke Molver
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A worthy introduction that offers a young Anglophone audience entry into a legend of Africa without the annoyance of overtranslation and with refreshingly three-dimensional characters. (Graphic historical fiction. 12-adult)"
Shaka Zulu rises to power amid great regional turmoil to defend his people against the tide of the expanding European-backed slave trade. Read full book review >
NIGHTHAWK AND LITTLE ELK by Eelonqa K. Harris
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 29, 2017

"A quirky and vivid primer for parents to teach kids about environmentalism."
In this debut graphic novel, two siblings escape their foster mother and survive in the woods on wits, magic, and love. Read full book review >
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 >
SUGAR TOWN by Hazel Newlevant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A lushly illustrated comic that explores bisexuality, queer culture, and unconventional sex through the upbeat story of a woman's vacation romance."
In this graphic novel, the simple story of two weeks in the life of a young woman provides insights into the complexities of polyamorous relationships. Read full book review >
POP-UP SHAKESPEARE by Reed Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The plays are really the thing, but these concise and often hilarious takes offer tantalizing hints of their enduring value, along with their content. (Informational pop-up. 12-adult)"
Is it possible for one not-very-large volume to contain pop-up summaries of the Bard's every play and poem, with representative scenes, settings, quotes, and historical notes? Read full book review >
TUNNEL TO HELL by Scott  MacGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Illuminates a neglected but relevant part of history and subtly draws parallels to today's water infrastructure crises."
In 1916 Cleveland, a risky tunnel construction project brings together a black inventor and laborers in this debut graphic novel. 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 >