LJ Fiction Reviews: February 1, 2017

Boyd/Kirk take readers behind today’s headlines; Kline expertly captures the essence of Wyeth’s iconic masterpiece; Santiago’s debut ticks all the boxes for a first-rate thriller; Ollmann is an early contender for the best in 2017; Welsh’s debut is an inspiring feminist tale perfect for the modern age

Graphic Novels from Vanessa Davis and Hashtag Love Is Love | Xpress Reviews

Davis delivers a slightly aimless, loosely collected read; a model of how art becomes therapeutic after tragedy, this uplifting collection resurrects hope and love in heartfelt messages for older teens and adults

Graphic Novels by Fraction & Ward, Kirkman & Azaceta, and Kittredge & Co. | Xpress Reviews

There really is nothing else like this out there, both in terms of content and aspiration; horror fans aware of Kirkman’s pedigree should eat it up; fans of X-Men, Kittredge’s previous work, and Sanders’s art will relish this fresh mystery

Never More Relevant: 50 Books for February, Black History Month, and Beyond

Consider the models of leadership and activism outlined by Muhammad Ali or Coretta Scott King, the courage of Ona Judge, the creativity of Chester Himes, the verve of Charlamagne Tha God. It’s time for a reacquaintance with our past.

Graphic Novels from Chaykin, Hart & Mastroianni, and Jacobson & Colón | Xpress Reviews

The relentless adult language and gritty themes in Chaykin’s work make this for mature readers; an endearing, nostalgic, and sentimental journey for adult readers; for patrons interested in CIA operations, covert government scandals, and the legality of prisoner treatment from Americans

Graphic Novels from Chuck Dixon & Co. and Moto Hagio | Xpress Reviews

Fans of either Superman or the properties he’s interacting with should find plenty to enjoy; veteran devotees of Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon time/identity switches will enjoy leveling up to this more complex and more adult plot puzzle

Graphic Novel from Bertozzi and Hargan on “Becoming Andy Warhol” | Xpress Reviews

Bertozzi and Hargan explore a specific period in Andy Warhol’s life, presenting a compelling subject matter that may be of interest to Warhol enthusiasts but might go over the heads of casual readers

All in Good Time | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2016

Just as Ursula K. Le Guin once said, authors help readers sail the river of time. The boarding pass for a story can take one deep into history, far into the future, or allow bibliophiles to bounce back and forth.

Graphic Novels from Osborne & Fish, Debuter Radtke, and Various Spanish Cartoonists | Xpress Reviews

An unexpected gem of a version of Peter Pan thanks to its embrace of genuine emotion and psychological gravity; a fantastic example of the graphic novel’s possibilities as a literary medium; a best-of collection, full of emotional and humorous stories

Camus/Ferrandez, Higashimura, Jacobson, Mann & Co., Moen/Nolan, Truong | Graphic Novels Reviews, November 15, 2016

Ferrandez’s expressive and attractive version of Camus’s challenging parable; Carry This Book would make good inspiration for workshops; Huck the character is a treasurable creation, the book, less so