Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

THE RIVER by Alessandro Sanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"Along the lines of Blexbolex's Seasons (2010), an immersive visual experience that richly rewards patient attention. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
An Italian illustrator makes his U.S. debut with an impressionistic record of an annual cycle along the Po River. Read full book review >
A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT by Mark Twain
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Chwast and Twain are a match made in heaven."
Design veteran Chwast delivers another streamlined, graphic adaptation of classic literature, this time Mark Twain's caustic, inventive satire of feudal England. Read full book review >

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY EARTH by Isabel Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A beautiful, promising work that doesn't quite coalesce."
The debut graphic novel from author/illustrator Greenberg winkingly follows a master storyteller's journey through an ancient land of men, gods, magic and love. Read full book review >
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Martin Rowson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A filthy, fantastic and fitting continuation of a misanthropic classic."
Cartoonist and novelist Rowson revisits Jonathan Swift's classic caustic exploration of human nature in this visceral, contemporary graphic-novel sequel. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2013 by Jeff Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"At its best, a gorgeous, glorious inferno of imagination; at its worst, great art."
The eighth volume of the series collects 30 examples of graphic storytelling—either in whole or as excerpts—from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics and Web comics. Read full book review >

CURSE OF THE GRIFFIN by Jerome Walford
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 13, 2013

"A dystopian vampire fantasy likely to appeal more to fans of The Hunger Games than the Twilight saga."
In this action-packed series opener, a starving artist finds that there's magic in his past, and he's determined to better his life as a commoner in a world ruled by vampires. Read full book review >
TEMPLAR by Jordan Mechner
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 9, 2013

"An explosive but overly wound clockwork whose center doesn't hold."
A sweeping medieval caper set amid the persecution of the Knights Templar during the early 14th century. Read full book review >
GENIUS by Steven T. Seagle
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 9, 2013

"Cotton candy masquerading as a meal."
A former child prodigy fails to launch professionally but learns the importance of "heart knowledge," all in the shadow of the almighty screwball genius god, Albert Einstein. Read full book review >
RED HANDED by Matt Kindt
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 7, 2013

"Elegant scribbles from an electric mind."
A graphic crime saga about a by-the-book detective and the deeply human criminals he systematically tracks down, told by way of Socratic dialogue and pulp homage. Read full book review >
JERUSALEM by Boaz Yakin
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 16, 2013

"A hefty tableau of beautifully gnashed teeth."
This ambitious graphic novel traces the chaotic, bloody early history of the modern Jewish state in Palestine, focusing on a fractious family living in the hotly contested city of Jerusalem. Read full book review >
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN by Brian Michael Bendis
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 9, 2013

"An uneven must for fanboys."
In this 23-issue collection produced by a variety of creators (with multimedia material available via app), two of Marvel Comics' premier superhero teams wrestle for control of a young mutant messiah linked to the infernal Phoenix Force. Read full book review >
THE CITY OF OWLS by Scott Snyder
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 26, 2013

"A worthy continuation of a cherished legacy, hampered by a bloated denouement."
This six-issue collection concludes the first arc of the recently relaunched Batman series, pitting both Bruce Wayne and his chiropteran alter ego against a murderous secret society known as the Court of Owls, whose sinister roots snake through Gotham City's history—and several generations of the Bat family. Read full book review >