Tag Archives: graphic novels

7 July 08

The Invisibles by Grant Morrision

Literature is meant to allow you access to the life experience of others. That’s a big claim, but if the only think you can say about a book is that it was amusing, then it wasn’t really about anything, and you could have read a better book, which both amused and attempted something deeper. The Invisibles […]

Supergod June 13

Supergod by Warren Ellis

Supergod is about the end of the world. A scientist responsible for the destruction of humanity sits, drunk and high, speaking into a communication device which appears to be a tape recorder. He recounts the arms race that led to the apocalypse. Several nations built “gods”, and these gods went to war. Each one breaks […]

smile May 24

The graphic novels of Raina Telgemeier

As she enters her teens, Raina falls over and knocks out her front teeth. Smile is a graphic novel that charts her progress through orthodontic correction, and how her (minor, temporary) cosmetic impairment alters her social life and emotional development.  I was concerned that the technology she mentions has been surpassed but, “invisible’ braces aside, it […]

6 April 29

Saga: the book which will convince you to read graphic novels

So, for the last few years I’ve advocated strongly that all the staff in my library, and all of our Book coasters readers, should at least try the graphic novel format. I’ve talked about four-color heroes and  biographies of concentration camp survivors, surreal dark fantasy and nostalgic Americana,  Biblical interpretations and Tori Amos lyrics, books […]

lovers quarrel March 14

Astro City : Lovers Quarrel

Astro City, unlike the larger graphic novel franchises, allows its character to age and permanently die. This allows the author, Kurt Busiek, to tell stories that are not possible in Marvel or DC. In Marvel, the characters have started to explicitly notice that it is hard for them to stay dead. Hawkeye, for example, died, […]

sunstone March 04

Sunstone: better that Fifty Shades of Grey, and considerably shorter

To get the obvious out of the way, the author describes this graphic novel as an “erotic romantic comedy”. There are nude lesbians in bondage gear in it.  If that’s a dealbreaker for you, there are some other great graphic novel reviews on this site. Sunstone: Volume One launched on the New York Times best-seller […]

sq1 February 26

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl : Seriously…you want this comic

There are few teen series I enjoy as avidly as Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and I recommend it to a broad audience, tween and above. Doreen Green has been a Marvel character since 1991, but this series doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of her character history. Doreen’s doesn’t quite know she’s in a comic, like Deadpool […]

3 February 19

Nimona : A slow-burn web comic with excellent planning

Nimona’s about a shapeshifting girl who becomes the sidekick to a villain. It is told in brief strips, originally posted periodically on the internet, but slightly reworked for this collection. It builds slowly, and requires a bit of patience to get through the set-up. Allow me to give an example. Early in the comic Nimona, […]

2 February 12

In praise of Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes is set in a girl scout camp. The young, female characters face a series of supernatural threats. The only adults to aid them are an overwhelmed group leader and an often-absent camp owner who reminds me of a female Teddy Roosevelt.  Although suitable for children, it’s also a light read for adults. The thing I […]

Archie milkshake August 27

The Death of Archie Andrews

This is a great graphic novel, which I recommend widely. Archie Comics has been a highly experimental company for the last few years. I think readers miss that because their subject matter seems nostalgic. Archie Comics give the impression that they sell easy Americana. It’s all small town life, love triangles, and teenage japes. This […]

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