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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

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Choosing only five top titles in each category, plus a Top Ten, is a daunting exercise, so LJ’s editors and contributors decided to up the ante.

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

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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

Graphic Novels from Chanoinat & Le Hénanff, Matsumoto, Milton & Auladell, Bios | Xpress Reviews

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Fans of the Elvis will relish this book; manga and graphic novel fans will reread Matsumoto’s collection for years; this retelling of Paradise Lost will be best appreciated by academic audiences; this book of biographies might make readers eager for the actual reprints of the work discussed

Graphic Novels from the Thought Bubble Festival and Wood & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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Whether excerpts of larger works or self-contained stand-alones, all of the Thought Bubble pieces are smart and compelling; Black Road presents a sinewy opening that will draw in readers looking for a Dark Ages adventure

Graphic Novel from National Book Award Winner Coates | Xpress Reviews

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Coates’s graphic novel is an entertainingly serious political thriller more than a superhero adventure; a thoughtful and complex Black Panther incarnation that draws on prior Marvel-world events

Graphic Novel from M.R. James (Ghost Stories) | Xpress Reviews

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Fans of classic horror will relish James’s stories. Even though the gore factor is low, the overall creepiness will keep you looking over your shoulder