Category Archives: graphic novel

The Altered History of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Conner

While I enjoyed the art, I have to admit that this felt very much like I’ve read this story before: there were no hooks, no world building, and no real character development. Girl gets magical book, changes her world with … Continue reading

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Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley

This feels very much like a Matt Groening piece – it has all the manic hallmarks and bug eyed shenanigans that I expect from Simpsons or Life in Hell. But this is a Life in Hell updated for the Seatttle/portland … Continue reading

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Elsewhere by Jay Faerber, Sumeyye Kesgin, Ron Riley

Elsewhere in tone and characterization owes much to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Jules Verne. Simplistic villains operate in a pseudo medieval world into which our heroine is thrust. She’ll use modern wits to outsmart the brutes and save the day. … Continue reading

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Dream of the Butterfly by Richard Marazano, Luo Yin

I vacillated between a 3 and 4 star rating before settling on 3 due to the abrupt ending and very little story maturation by the end of this first volume. The illustration work is absolutely stunning and greatly reminded me … Continue reading

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Niourk by Stefan Wul and Olivier Vatine

From the 1930s to the 1950s, we saw dystopian become the hallmark of the new view of the future: from Brave New World to 1984, Fahrenheit 451 to Atlas Shrugged. In 1957, a French dental surgeon wrote several science fiction … Continue reading

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Sleepless by Sarah Vaugn, Leila Del Duca, Alissa Sallah, Deron Bennett

Drawing upon Renaissance Italian and Moroccan themes, this fantasy piece features a semi-magical world. The two main characters are an illegitimate princess mourning the death of her father and the knight who guards her. The knight has taken vows in … Continue reading

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Valerian Shingouzlooz Inc by Wilfrid Lupano, Mathieu Lauffray

I have not read the previous incarnations of Valerian comics nor had I seen the movie. So I was going into this fresh and with no expectations. Unfortunately, this wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m not a big fan of … Continue reading

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