Reviews and Blog Posts: graphic novel

Black hole

by Charles Burns

Reviewer Rating:
5

Certainly one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. Burns does a spectacular job of tying together all that is horrifying and beautiful about being a teenager, but mostly what is horrifying, and what could be more horrifying than a mysterious sexually transmitted disease that grotesquely mutates those it...

Skandalon

by Julie Maroh

Reviewer Rating:
2

Stark contrast from her previous graphic novel. The illustrations were beautiful, as always, but the story lacked the depth and charm that made Blue is the Warmest Color so wonderful. 

Revenge : the secret origin of Emily Thorne

by Ted Sullivan

Reviewer Rating:
4

In this all new graphic novel inspired by the ABC hit TV series “Revenge”, Emily Thorne (AKA Amanda Clark) is a wealthy and good hearted philanthropist who befriends the Grayson family.  However, some twenty years ago, the powerful and elite Grayson family committed a horrific crime and framed Amanda’s father. ...

Simon's cat vs. the world

by Simon Tofield

Reviewer Rating:
5

I was first introduced to Simon’s Cat as a series of wordless animated videos when it started in 2008, but the book form loses none of the original charm. Capturing the essence of the curious, annoying, loving, bossy, and self-centered cat, Simon Tofield’s simple drawings could represent any cat you...

Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened

by Allie Brosh

Reviewer Rating:
5

Allie Brosh was catapulted into internet fame when she started the blog/semi-autobiographical webcomic titled Hyperbole and a Half. You may recognize her work in the beast known as  “Alot” or the meme “____ ALL THE THINGS!”, or more recently, her apt and candid depiction of depression. Hyperbole and a Half,...

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle : the Dark of Deep Below

by Patrick Rothfuss

Reviewer Rating:
4

When I saw that Patrick Rothfuss, best known for the much-loved and on-going Kingkiller Chronicles series, was publishing a picture book for adults, I have to admit I was intrigued. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath...

Blue is the warmest color

by Julie Maroh

Reviewer Rating:
4

I picked up Blue is the Warmest Color because I had heard the movie adaptation had won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and because I’m something of a graphic novel junkie. While I’ve heard this graphic novel described as erotica, and admittedly some of the illustrations...

The cape

by Jason Ciaramella

Reviewer Rating:
3

I picked up The Cape simply because I recognized Joe Hill’s name on the cover, which should have been a warning from the first. I do not usually enjoy the horror genre, but the premise piqued my interest. What if there was a cape that granted the wearer the ability...

The night bookmobile

by Audrey Niffenegger

Reviewer Rating:
1

I wanted to give this at least an two-star rating, but I can't. As an avid reader and librarian, there are many elements of the story that I find appealing and intriguing, but ultimately it fails for me on two counts. First, I don't particularly like Niffenegger's artistic style. For...

Gonzo : a graphic biography of Hunter S. Thompson

by Will Bingley

Reviewer Rating:
4

Gonzo acts as a flickering, allusive evocation of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s life. It serves well as a reminder that Thompson was much more than his popular caricature. That in fact, Thompson was a writer, with the soul and drive and terrible, bottomless heartache that we associate with true artists....

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