Genre Archive : graphic novel

(Genres are usual for categorising stuff but apart from that they mean very little to me, so you might not agree with what I have listed where)

Captain America : Hail Hydra
Captain America : Hail Hydra, cover art by Adi Granov

Opening in 1944 this graphic novel spans decades as it shows how Captain America has battled with Hydra for as […]

The Last Dragon
The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay

Read for the Once Upon a Time VI challenge Everyone knows that all the dragons are gone. They were killed […]

I love him to pieces
I love him to pieces

My boyfriend is a monster #1. Illustrated by Janina Garrissen. In St. Petersberg High School, Florida Dicey Bell is looking […]

The adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle : The thing beneath the bed

Illustrated by Nate Taylor Read for this year’s RIP challenge. Check out the RIP review site. Everywhere I have seen […]

I kill giants

It was a time of darkness where the cities of the damned were stacked high with the bones of fallen heroes.

Barbara Thorson doesn’t need career day. She already has a career, that of giant-killer. She tells her teacher and class this fact, for some reason they don’t believe her. She’s regarded as a freak. And is friendless as school, until a new girl shows up while Barbara is out setting giant traps. They slowly become friends, but things don’t really improve for Barbara. Her father is absent. Her sister out at work all day, and then stressed, and a bad cook. And her mother…

Fun home : a family tragicomic

Like many father, mine could occasionally be prevailed on for a spot of ‘airplane’.

This is the memoir of Alison Bechdel, her recollections of growing up in an emotionally-distant family, the role of literature in her, and her father’s, life, her identifying as a lesbian at college and coming out, by letter, to her parents. It is the story of growing up in a house that can seem more like a museum than a home. Of living in a funeral home. Of trying to connect with her father. All told in graphic form.

The absolute Sandman vol. 1

Where do you start when trying to review a collection like this? I really have no idea. I was going to give up before I even began; admit defeat without letting anyone know about it, but I decided, what the hell, lets give it a go.

I first read some of Gaiman’s Sandman series years and years ago. Like a genius I started with A Doll’s House rather than at the beginning, but I soon realised my mistake and retraced my steps. The first few issues never really grabbed me. But they begin the story, so you do need to start there, and then, even if you dislike them, persevere for a little while longer. Because, lets face it, the character of Morpheus isn’t really that likeable. He is an arrogant ass. But his story is interesting. And the stories and places Gaiman gets to explore through the Sandman and his sibling Endless characters are fascinating. If you like comics and myths then you should give this a go.

Red Son

by Mark Millar

I love the idea behind this graphic novel. Superman, instead of being raised by the Kents in Kansas, instead lands in the middle of Russia and is raised on a collective farm. Growing up, instead of embodying the American Dream, he becomes the Champion of the common worker. And so much of it is just cool. There are loads of great touches, I loved the idea of the alternate Batman.

Unfortunately it never got beyond the “oooh that sounds cool” aspect of the story.

Blankets

This is one I picked up because I’d seen positive mentions on a few blogs, I think Nymeth’s post was the one that prompted the purchase. So it came with a little bit of hype. That being said, I don’t really read reviews before I read a book, just skim the opening paragraph for a sense of what the reviewer thought of the book, so I wasn’t all hyped out. And Blankets did live up to those positive reviews.

The Ultimates

Writ: Mark Millar & Illus: Bryan Hitch

I was a little disappointed in these graphic novels. Mainly because they often seemed to look for the cheap laugh while at the same time trying to be all gritty at the same time. You can usually go for one or the other, but both at the same time usually doesn’t work.

Irrational fears

ISBN: 9780981784649 I have a lot of fears. I’m a big fan of Ursula Vernon’s Digger comic, but I’ve never […]

Peculia

ISBN: 1560974958 ; Delicious Links JP mentioned this comic over on his blog way back in Nov of last year […]