Graphic Novels from Helfand & Kumar, Muradov, and Sikoryak | Xpress Reviews

A tool for reluctant readers to teach facts and history; patrons who appreciate the drawings of Al Hirschfeld will appreciate Muradov’s “graphic novella”; an example of how to use art to change how readers approach narrative content

Graphic Novels from Prince & Amor and Roca | Xpress Reviews

Recommended for graphic novels fans who appreciate the complexities of the language; Roca’s art shines brightest, pulling readers into his world, but it’s Francisco’s and Telmo’s friendship that will haunt them

Graphic Novel Memoir from Debuter Bui | Xpress Reviews

An emotional roller-coaster journey, this thought-provoking account completely satisfies as the story comes full circle; an excellent choice for book clubs

Graphic Novels from Gaiman & Oakley and Spencer & Co. | Xpress Reviews

Gaiman fans will find all the hallmarks of the gifted fantasist brought to life; Spencer is recommended for anyone who enjoys a solid mystery that mixes science with some mysticism

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

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

Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

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

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