Graphic Novels from Johnson/Mitten, Koike/Mori, Grant & Co., Ulinich, and Vaughn/Luna | Xpress Reviews


A magic- and fantasy-heavy, action-packed adventure; classic of the samurai manga; A great introduction to a vibrant dystopia; an exceptional “semiautobiographical” tragicomedy; exploring what it means to be intelligent and human

Graphic Novels from Anno, Bendis, Peyo, & Woodring | Xpress Reviews


Manga on mangled vanity; for aspiring pros, on the comics business; nostalgia in blue: The Smurfs Anthology, Woodring’s intersection of comic books and outsider art

Graphic Novels from Collins, Nero & Dowling, and Remender & Co. | Xpress Reviews


A visually lyrical modern fable that manages to be both utterly unique and eerily recognizable, a modern-day cautionary parable with a kick, and a book for fans of stories of espionage, spies, assassins, and high school awkwardness

Thor, Batman ’66, Daredevil, plus World War I in Comics, & Much, Much More | Graphic Novels Reviews


A bloodier, earthier take on the Norse hero, preeminent comics scribe Busiek reveals the the extraordinary side of more ordinary folk living among superpowered movers and shakers, sports fans and history readers will find Kleist’s Boxer mesmerizing

Graphic Novels Literary and Adventuresome from Kuper and Van Lente & Co. | Xpress Reviews


The System has the heft of a literary novel; Volume 1 of Brain Boy is great fun for fans of sf or espionage thrillers

Graphic Novels: Dead Boy Detectives, Twelve Gems, Protectors, & Peter Panzerfaust | Xpress Reviews


Strange travels of dead boy detectives, a space adventure in search of gems, an intriguing murder mystery involving superheroes, and Wiebe’s take on Peter Pan

A Graphic Novel from Hajime | Xpress Reviews


Hajime’s Alive is recommended (with reservations) for literary graphic novel fans. The numerous technical errors are a real shame

Graphic Novels from Cho, Delporte, and Kafka & Godbout


A moving, beautifully drawn, and thought-provoking book from Cho, a distinctive work from Delporte, a fitting adaptation by Godbout of Kafka’s American dream

Manners, Meals, and Mayhem | Books for Dudes

Summer on the Short Bus

This month’s BFD is a compendium of titles that defy overall categorization other than “man appeal.”

Graphic novels with Tarzan, Atomic Robo, Salander, Hartlepool Monkey, & the Twelve | Xpress Reviews


Tarzan swings again, Atomic Robo is framed, last people on Earth, Lisbeth Salander resurfaces, the Napoleonic Wars never end, Escapo ends too quickly, revisiting a classic cliff-hanger, and “a thrilling novel of tomorrow”