Graphic Novels from the Nadlers, Snyder & Co., and Watson | Xpress Reviews

Highly recommended to general readers with even a passing interest in the thinkers and thoughts in question; a story that is both enjoyable and slightly depressing, in essence, very similar to real life; Glister is a sweet, thoughtful, and intentionally off-kilter light fantasy

Graphic Novels from Davis & Kettner, Malet & Tardi, Moen & Nolan, and Quinn & Sharma | Xpress Reviews

A beautifully realized biographical comic that tackles a tough subject head-on; fans of detective thrillers and nonsuperhero comics will be impressed; Oh Joy Sex Toy consistently educates and titillates with playful, informative, and honest comics; this stand-alone volume will appeal to both teens and adults who enjoy soccer

LJ Talks to Cartoonist Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is known for crafting thoughtful, richly emotional stories with beautifully fluid and dynamic illustrations. This year she presents Boundless, a compilation of short stories depicting characters struggling against the confines of their lives, limitations, and circumstances.

Abdul-Jabbar & Co., Bocquet/Muller, Chabouté, Delisle, plus Debuters Ferris, Steele, and Sun | Graphic Novels Reviews

This picaresque prequel will attract fans of Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes novel and lovers of Holmes spin-offs; this might be Lemire’s most mature and accomplished work yet; even the most cynical reader will have a hard time not being somewhat charmed by Sun’s first book; Steele’s Pantheon should easily find an enthusiastic fan base

Graphic Novels from Azzarello & Risso, Hennessey & McGowan, and Unferth & Haidle | Xpress Reviews

Recommended for anyone interested in fantasy-tinged mob thrillers who are not turned away by foul language or gore; an approachable introduction for those starting a deeper study of gaming; I, Parrot has the bones of a better story but not the meat

Graphic Novels from Paolo Bacilieri and Gareth Brookes | Xpress Reviews

Fun will appeal to those who enjoy crossword puzzles and those who appreciate the history of games using word associations; spooky and edgy, but well worth the read, this intriguing story sheds light on a potentially overlooked condition

First Steps | Debut Novels

Summer fiction titles from first-timers bend the boundaries in this debut preview.

Graphic Novels from Fisher & Co., King & Others, and the EC Archives | Xpress Reviews

The diversity of Fisher’s characters and the intermingling of absorbed personalities are well done; this top-notch movie adaptation is a gory nightmare fun house worth exploring again and again; the high artistic standard and compellingly literate noir tales by the industry’s finest

Comics Cross Over | Genre Spotlight: Graphic Novels

In our Genre Spotlight, the most exciting new offerings in graphic novels don’t conform easily to expectations.

Novel New Directions: Fresh Takes on the Literary Mashup | RA Crossroads

Begin with Theodore Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a smart, engrossing, and multilayered read in which characters lay claim to both their past and future.