Book Genre: Graphic Novels

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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...

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Jim Ottaviani
Adelina
4

This book is read for Young Adults. It is a good basic accessible introduction to three of the greatest primatologists of the 20th century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey & Birute Galdikas. It looks at each woman's life and contributions to their field. The different personalities and passions of...

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Brian K Vaughan
Thane
5

Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples is a love story. It's about two star-crossed lovers struggling to raise their daughter in an uncertain world. Oh, and it takes place in space. And there's a giant intergalactic war going on. And there's giant spider bounty hunters, robot sex, living...

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Andrés Vera Martínez
Bobby
4

This graphic memoir gives a glimpse into post-Mao Chinese society through the eyes of a child.  The stories are well told by appealing to a child's sense of curiosity and introduce readers to the cultural climate of the period such as nationalism, mythology, and rural/urban divides .  ...

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Queenie Chan
lisab
2

Have been sampling a lot of graphic novels lately and I settled on the Odd Thomas graphic novels series reading– In Odd we trust and Odd is on our side. There’s something about Odd Thomas as a character – he just seems like a nice guy. I’ve read all of the Dean Koontz Odd Thomas books and while...

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Alexander Lagos
Josh
3

   I stumbled upon this while searching for someone else and I was glad I did. Loosely based on some historical events, the book combines elements of science fiction, history and action. Two young slave boys escape from their plantation and wind up on Benjamin Franklin's property where...

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Joe Sacco
ShellyB
3

Palestine is a compilation of a comic book series chronicling the author's time spent in Israel and Palestine during the winter of 1991-1992.  Sacco does a great job of listening to the many people he meets and relaying their personal stories and experiences, and his art work...

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Gail Carriger
ShellyB
4

This steampunk style paranormal romance graphic novel based on the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger is a fun, sexy little story about a feisty female in Victorian England who is unhappy with the restrictions placed on her gender.  Bursting with curiosity and especially...

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John Allison
Lauren
3

I'm new to Tackleford, West Yorkshire, England, the story world John Allison fleshed out first with his webcomic Scary Go Round and now with its offshoot, Bad Machinery. The whole premise of "mystery-solving teens" sounded like a fun way to explore the graphic novel genre,...

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Juan Díaz Canales
Emily
4

To my joy there IS more Blacksad to be had! Canales continues his pulpfest in "A Silent Hell".  So glad that another Blacksad came out, I really enjoy these hammett-esque tales with the detective Blacksad. In this installment he has been hired to find a missing jazz pianist and what he...

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Juan Díaz Canales
Emily
4

Blacksad follows the life of a PI in a world set around the early mid 1900s that is populated by animals not men. But there are themes like the communist witchhunt, jim crow racism, and general pulpy noir situations. I really liked the art, the writing was good, I hope there's more Blacksad to...

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Hisae Iwaoka
Hope H
1

One of the best things about stories set in space is the feeling of limitless possibility and discovery. Unfortunately Hisae Iwaoka's Saturn Apartments takes that sense of possibility and discovery and turns it on its head, making what should be interesting dull and what is...

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Warren Ellis
Charlissa
3

Orbiter is a short and fantastical story about the mysterious return of the shuttle Venture. After Venture and its crew disappeared ten years ago, the world favored safety over curiosity and abandoned the idea of manned space flight. Now, the seemingly underemployed veterans of the space program...

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Charles Burns
Michael
4

Black Hole, by Charles Burns, is a comic book series release between 1995 and 2005. It was bound and released as a graphic novel in 2005. After it was published, Burns won the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work in 2006 for Black Hole...

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Scott Snyder
Michael
3

Batman: The Black Mirror is a storyline bound together in one collection, encompassing 11 individual comic books. This storyline features Dick Grayson as Batman (not Bruce Wayne), written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Jock and Francesco Francavilla.

This...

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Jess Smart Smiley
Shanna
3

Harold is a candy-loving vampire is losing his teeth! The dentist says it's from all the candy, but Harold just can't give it up!  What's a vampire to do?   His predicament is made worse by the witch Vermillion's evil plot.  Vermillion is the last witch left on the face on the...

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John Allison
Josh
3

  This book centers around six kids from a small fictional town called Tackleford in England. Ostensibly the book is about the kids' quest to solve the mysterious events that have occurred on the local football (soccer) field which has been recently bought by a Russian oligarch. Along...

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Lucy Knisley
Nikki
5

I have recommended this book so many times that I finally had to buy my own copy.  Great story of growing up within the context of eating and had great drawings as well.  I loved the recipes and I can’t wait to try them all.    It’s labeled as a juvenile biography, but I...

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Gene Luen Yang
CarolE
4

Pair this with Boxers by the same author.

These graphic novels reflect the two sides of the Boxer Rebellion in China. The parallel plots are key to Yang’s commentary on the war. Both sides felt righteous and neither was any better than the other. As a commentary on war, Yang succeeds in...

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Allie Brosh
Becker
4

Alternating between meditations on inner life (depression, self-worth, self-perception), childhood anecdotes (an obsession with eating a whole cake, getting lost in the woods), and dog stories (trying to train a dog who just doesn't get it), this book made me laugh out loud in places. It also...

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...