Book Genre: Graphic Novels

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Joe Hill
Mandy M.
4

Locke and Key has been a series that has been getting a lot of acclaim over the past few months so I knew I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I finally got the chance to check it out and it does not disappoint. I've always had a strange fascination with keys and so the first time I saw...

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Harlan Ellison
Lily
2

The highlights of this sci-fi graphic novel include some beautiful art as the characters experience travel through space-time and an alien population of lizard people who humorously call humans "sweat-drippers." There are creative moments in Seven Against Chaos, but the characters and storyline...

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Tim Seeley
Mandy M.
5

Imagine a classic slasher film played out in vignette length tales, graphic novel style. You've just found Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash. Hack/Slash chronicles the journey of Cassandra Hack and her companion Vlad. They travel the country and sometimes world looking for slashers and put an end to them...

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J. T. (John T.) Petty
Mandy M.
2

Westerns are one of my least favorite genres, I feel like there are a lot of events discussed/drawn that don't necessarily progress the tale. While this isn't always a bad thing, it often feels like a waste of a page to me. I was hoping Bloody Chester would be different considering it is a...

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Jessica Anthony
Angelita
3

The concept of the "graphic" novel is simple. There are pictures that connect with the story. The simplicity is wonderful because the reader can fill the gaps for themselves. The only thing I didn't like was the characters were too simple. The two main characters were in love with each other,...

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Reginald Hudlin
Kristen M
3

This graphic novel is based on the 2012 film of the same name, Django Unchained. The book starts off with an introduction by Tarantino himself claiming this to be his complete script including scenes that had to be cut from the film due to time constraints. After reading the book I found it...

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Andy Riley
Mary P
4

I'm not really sure WHY there's a book about bunny suicides...but here it is, for anyone who might be interested!  It is about 98% graphic in nature (meaning that it is filled with images and also that the images often depict graphic bunny deaths) with only a few words to enhance the...

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Arthur de Pins
Angelita
4

This graphic novel is a part of a series, and it is the first of the series. This is definitely a quick read, but when I was done reading I was unhappy because I will have to wait for the second book. I believe the books are first published in another language, then translated to English. I am...

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Ashley Marie Witter
Kristen M
5

A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent...

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Melody
5

I have never outgrown my love of fairy tales and I can’t get enough of Fairy Tale Comics! True to it’s name, this is a collection of fairy tales retold in comic book form by some of the biggest names in comics. Each story is unique, drawn by a different artist, so there is something for everyone...

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Tony (Comic book author) Cliff
lcole
4

The Turkish Lieutenant doesn’t want adventure.  He just wants to enjoy a nice cup of tea.  But when he’s called to be an interpreter at the Sultan’s prison he meets Delilah Dirk and adventure finds him. Delilah learned marksmanship in France, fighting in Japan and survival in India....

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Greg Rucka
Becker
4

I've been following Rucka's work (Gotham Central, Queen and Country, runs on Wonder Woman and Batwoman) for quite some time now, and was excited to see the start of a new series with what looked to be another strong, complex female lead. The first volume of Lazarus did not disappoint, with an...

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Rob Harrell
Monica
4

In the small towns of 1860s England many towns have monsters worth bragging about, but not Stoker-on-Avon whose monster leaves a little something to be desired.  Rayburn has been feeling depressed, and not his monster-y self, leading his town to be the laughing stock.  With the help of...

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Trina Robbins
Mandy M.
4

Growing up, I always loved a good mystery and this is no exception. I really appreciated how The Drained Brains Caper was set up like an old school noir film. A dame walks in and... well I won't give anything away, but anyone who is a fan of noir will love this book. Kids from ages 7 up should...

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Jeffrey Brown
DawnM
4

This fun book is more than your typical graphic novel.  It includes comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings depicting common events faced by any average middle-schooler but all this takes place in a galaxy far, far away..
Recommended to Star Wars...

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Richard Sala
April
2

If you like dark graphic novels chock-full of menacing characters and a sinister undercurrent threading through the story, this one is for you!  Richard Sala turns the fairy tale of Snow White on its head with this modern-day story, taking cues from the original tale and retelling it from...

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Joseph Lambert
mmcgowan
4

This graphic novel portrayed Ann Sullivan's, teacher of Helen Keller, shows the shared bond that Ann Sullivan and Helen Keller had.  Both people were visually impaired and through experiences that Ann Sullivan had faced growing up (flash backs throughout the graphic novel)  she was...

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Alessandro Ferrari
Kristen M
4

I decided to read this version as I am a fan of Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland. I would give this five stars as it's a very good comic adaptation of the movie, but the artwork is haphazard and sloppy. Again I am a fan of Tim Burton's artwork, but the artists used in the books style is rather...

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Royden Lepp
Emily
3

Roman lives on a farm and he's just trying to keep things running and provide for his family but there's a lot of weight on his shoulders. His little brother is getting ready to go off to school, his mother needs more help around the house and his father, well we don't know where his father is (...

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Brian Azzarello
Mandy M.
3

I've found myself falling more and more in love with the villains of the DC universe, so when the new Absolute Joker/Luthor series came in the library, I knew I had to check it out. Delving into the book, the art pops. Vibrant coloring counteracts the sometimes gruesome events taking place. As...

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Frederik Peeters
Lily
4

Pachyderme reads like a strange dream, full of subtle associations and surreal imagery that string together a puzzling narrative. It may take more than one read to understand the plot, but themes of regret, unrequited love, repressed sexuality, and desire guide the reader into making...

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Hope Larson
Bobby
4

L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time has always been a fascinating book to me.  Full of adventure, spacetime physics, and allegory, the story is rich, but I especially love how the characters, specifically Meg, learn that their weakness can be their biggest strengths.  In her graphic adaption,...

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Dennis O'Neil
Ken
3

The biggest problem that this collection has is that some of the stories come off a little hokey and dated, like an old after school special. They are cool just because of what they addressed for the era they were released. The artwork is still comes across really well for being a reprint of 40...

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Ellen Forney
Thane
4

Ellen Forney is an artist. When she first becomes diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her initial reaction is one of elation. She sees her diagnosis as proof that she is a “crazy artist” equal to Vangogh or Hemingway in passion and creativity. But as she descends from the euphoria of mania into the...

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Jeff Lemire
Thane
5

Gus is special. He is what is called a hybrid-- a half human, half animal boy. He has lived his whole life in the deep woods alone with his father. He has never laid eyes on another person. According to his father, the world outside of the woods is consumed with hellfire and full of sinners who...