Graphic Novels: Best American Comics, Jansson, Lovecraft & Culbard, Rucka & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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A pleasing range of comics for “Best of” in 2014, a grand tribute to Jansson’s life and work, for dark fantasy and Lovecraft devotees, and a fantastic dystopian novel from Rucka et al.

Brabner/Zingarelli, Dingle, Opotowsky/Hoffmeister, Simon/Kirby, & Others | Graphic Novels Reviews, January 2015

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A highly worthwhile volume shedding light on a too-long darkened corner of comics history; Little Nemo is essential for art libraries and McCay’s most avid fans; a lovely magical-realist fable; a solid bet for lovers of philosophical, alt-world fiction.

Reviewers of the Year 2014

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To our hundreds of tireless reviewers who provide librarians with reviews by their peers that reflect the usefulness—or the opposite—of a given resource, a big thank you! Here, each review editor names her reviewer of the year for 2014.

Graphic Novels from Keatinge & del Duca, Williams & Coleby, and Zimmerman & Scott | Xpress Reviews

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A fully developed cast of well-rounded characters from Keatinge and del Duca; an informed, provocative alternate history from Williams and Coleby; and fascinating true-life tales of espionage, diplomacy, and high-tech aerospace innovation

Graphic Novels from Belliveau, Maroh, Puryear & Alexander, Roy & Wordie, and More | Xpress Reviews

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Personal-sketch fans might appreciate Belliveau, a rare English-language translation of Maroh’s work, a unique and mature twist on the “prison planet” trope, visually intriguing art and a thoughtful palette from Roy and Wordie

Graphic Novels from Geary, Mulligan/Ostertag, Peeters, Sakai, Vachss | Xpress Reviews

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Geary’s “Victorian Murder” series is offbeat but fascinating, a satisfying webcomic transferred successfully to the printed page, Peeters paints a vivid alien landscape, Sakai’s Usagi belongs in all libraries, Vachss is unique but choppy.

Graphic Novels from Harris, Hermann & Yves H., Hubert & Caillou, and Vansant | Xpress Reviews

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A smart and quirky tale from Harris, a sobering cautionary parable from Hermann & Yves H., a this sensitive coming-of-age-gay tale from Hubert & Caillou, and a useful introduction to the Battle of the Bulge from Vansant

Graphic Novels from Pak & Lee and Rabaté | Xpress Reviews

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Batman and Superman in various incarnations battle it out; a gorgeous and engaging wordless play from Rabaté

Graphic Novels from Higgins, Siegel, & Reis and Ollmann | Xpress Reviews

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Moody, atmospheric art and the surprise cliff-hanger ending will leave readers of C.O.W.L. hankering for more; Ollmann’s volume will become a favorite of graphic novel fans with a literary bent

Davis, Hubert & Kerascoet, McCloud, & More | Graphic Novels Reviews

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How To Be Happy is an elegant, sophisticated smorgasbord for lovers of literary comics, McCloud’s Scultpor is an outstanding achievement, extraordinarily moving and memorable.