Book Genre: Graphic Novels

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Jason Aaron
Thane
5

Jason Aaron is a great writer. His modern crime Native American series Scalped is a graphic novel noir masterpiece. That series made him famous in the comic book world and resulted in Aaron taking on a lot of high-profile writing work at Marvel Comics.

Unfortunately, none of Aaron's...

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Lisa Hanawalt
Lily
5

My Dirty Dumb Eyes is dementedly funny and illustrated excellently. Vivid depictions of Hanawalt's strange mind left me laughing so hard I was in tears. She analyzes the television show the Bachelor, Planet of the Apes, and other worthy pop culture phenomena by questioning them...

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Frederik Peeters
Lily
3

Blue Pills is a sentimental, honest, and endearing memoir told in the form of a graphic novel. Author Frederik Peeters depicts his experience falling in love with Cati. Cati is HIV positive and so is her three-year-old son. Blue Pills is sweet, but sometimes prone to the mildly...

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Marjane Satrapi
Em
2

I think the author didn’t realize that the reason she found this story worth writing about was because it was about a family member and that nobody outside her family would be anywhere near as interested. The main character isn’t remotely likable (nor is anyone else, for that matter), and as a...

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Brian K. Vaughan
Colleen
4

Adding to the beautiful weirdness that was Saga Volume 1, we catch up with our struggling young family of Marko, Alana and Hazel as they try to escape a galaxy-wide war. They must dodge freelance assassins, in-laws, exes, and a strange mutant baby the size of a planet. All of this is depicted in...

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Amber Dusick
Emily
3

This funny illustrated memoir-ish book is the product of a blog, so perhaps I should refer to it as a blook (there are a lot of those being published right now). In short it is funny! For the longer version this blook traces the trials and tribulations of a marriage, a couple pregnancies, child...

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Bill Willingham
Colleen
3

For those who are already very familiar with the Fables universe. Cinderella (Cindy) is taken away from her superspy duties to find out who is killing the fairest in all the land. Lush drawings enhance a rather predictable tale. But it was good to see old friends like Snow White and Briar Rose...

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Simon Tofield
KateM
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...

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Allie Brosh
KateM
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....

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Patrick Rothfuss
KateM
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...

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Julie Maroh
KateM
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 are...

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Audrey Niffenegger
seanamo
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 me, that...

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Will Bingley
Zac
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...

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Matt Phelan
Georgia
3

Every summer is very typical for Henry Harrison until the summer of 1908, when a group of Vaudeville performers vacation nearby. Henry is infatuated with their exciting lives and hilarious performances. He quickly makes friends with one of the star performers, Buster. Henry envies Buster’s...

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Grant Morrison
Thane
5

Grant Morrison is a legendary writer in modern comic books. Along with his contemporaries, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Morrison is credited as being one of the key creators responsible for causing American comic books to "grow up." His seminal work on Animal Man and Doom Patrol, pushed the...

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Nunzio DeFilippis
Thane
4

Bad Medicine takes tried and true B-Movie horror elements (the invisible man, werewolves, zombies, etc.) and makes them fresh again by approaching them from a medical viewpoint. A team of scientists and law enforcement agents investigate paranormal mysteries in modern setting reminiscent of the...

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Brian (Brian Michael) Lynch
Adelina
4

For Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there, this graphic novel is part of the continuing story and universe of Buffy. This graphic novel connects to the After the Fall (post-Angel TV series) comic book series storyline and to Buffy’s TV series Season 8.

Spike is dealing with the...

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Gene Luen Yang
Angelita
3

This graphic novel basically leaves off where the animated series. It is loyal to the characters that you have grown to love.  This is part one of three and there is another three part series after this, which I plan on reading.  I do believe these books help fill in the story to where...

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Allie Brosh
ShellyB
5

What a wonderful book!  Allie Brosh's strange yet totally delightful artwork does a great job of convincingly conveying the emotions of both her animal and her human characters.  Except for one serious section dealing with her depression - courageously laid out, explained and expressed...

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Jeffrey Brown
Angelita
4

I enjoyed the humor in this book. I am not an avid fan of Star Wars, but I am I do know enough references to understand some of the jokes in the books. I did find to be funnier than Darth Vader and Son. It's a quick read. It might even be entertaining for parents to share this with their...

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Mark Millar
Adelina
5

Hit-Girl gets her well rendered center stage and the spotlight in part one of the Kick-Ass sequel graphic novel. Hit-Girl means its blood-soaked, ass-kicking and quip laden. Just the way I like her.

Hit-Girl, Mindy McCready is trying to settle into her new life as middle school student...

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David Nytra
Hope H
1

The illustrations in The Secret of the Stone Frog are fantastic. Detailed, intriguing, and layered, they are the best part of the book. Unfortunately, the story they help tell and the characters they visualize are in many ways so clichéd and lacking in depth as to make the entire...

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Scott Snyder
kmcfall
3

"The Black Mirror" is made up of two three part storylines. "The Black Mirror" and "Hungry City". "The Black Mirror" is about a series of murders that pushes Batman's detective skills, for being home to face one of Gothams oldest villains. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror...

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Ilike Merey
Angelita
5

The art in this graphic novel was great! It's all black and white, but it conveys the emotion very well, with the mix of light and darkness. I also loved the story line, especially of how two people found a common ground and fell in love. Each deals with awkward situations of unknown sexuality,...

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George O'Connor
Mandy M.
3

Even as I start to write this review, I'm not sure how I really feel about this book. I've always been intrigued by Greek mythology and the stories in this book seem to be mythologically accurate, which is a definite plus. I think that maybe I'm not used to seeing such adult situations portrayed...