Category Archives: graphic novel

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of Empire by Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong, Killian Ng

This edition of Ruins of the Empire collects the previously released books one thru three into one large volume. While I was a huge Korra fan while the original show was airing, I had mostly missed the comics that came … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Art Of The Animated Series by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko

Joining the plethora of new books and comics from the Avatar universe, this Art of the Animated Series book is a pleasure for long time fans. I am usually not all that fond of “Art of” books, feeling they mostly … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Lost Adventures/Team Avatar Tales by Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, Gurihiru, Sara Goetter

This endearing collection of short stories from the world of Avatar is a wonderful addition to the (always excellent) releases of Avatar books of late. For fans of the show, this is like a comic version of ‘Tales from Ba … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, Becky Cloonan

Dystopian tales haven’t aged well and unfortunately this graphic novel is no exception. The concept of the book is that it is the ‘third’ video by the band My Chemical Romance and follows the story begun in two of the … Continue reading

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Avatar The Last Airbender The Search Omnibus by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru

This omnibus collects the previously released parts 1-3 into one 230+ page volume, and is a great collection if you missed the original releases. There are multiple such collections in the pipeline as interest in the Avatar universe is on … Continue reading

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Speed Bump: A 25th Anniversary Collection by Dave Coverly

This 25 year retrospective on cartoonist Dave Coverly’s work includes 300 of his best, each presented full page and most in color. Coverly’s approach to humor is very similar to Gary Larson’s Far Side – offbeat, one-panel gags often playing … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise by Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gurihiru

These graphic novels for Avatar and Korra are just so well done. The writing, the humor, the pathos, the nuanced storytelling, even the complicated nature of the issues contained within – all superbly done. Combine that with top notch illustration … Continue reading

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Cheater Code by S.A. Foxe

Cheater code is a fun little romp featuring an emotive ‘gaymer’ and his adventures in the games he’s played. The story is about growth and moving on, all taught to our protagonists through heroes of various games. Yes, it is … Continue reading

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Disney Frozen: The Graphic Novel by Cecil Castelucci and Pacia Antista

This is what you would expect from a Disney graphic novel: beautifully illustrated and with clean storytelling. There are no new scenes but the book adds depth to the animated movie’s various scenes. We get much more about the parents, … Continue reading

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Dragon Age Volume 3: Blue Wraithby Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Fernando Heinz Furukawa, Michael Atiyeh

As someone who absolutely loved all three Dragon Age games (yes, even II), I struggle to figure out why I have a hard time keeping interested in the comics. They are very canon, stay true to the stories and characters … Continue reading

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Patience & Esther by S.W. Searle

It would be hard not to like Patience & Esther: we have a sweet romance and plenty of social commentary, all told through very clean illustration work. It is a sweet story with two good people at the heart and … Continue reading

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The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri

I had not read Schwab’s novels and looked to this in the hopes of being an introduction to the series (since it was a prequel). And while I wasn’t lost, it’s clear that the world building was not fleshed out … Continue reading

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You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh

You Brought Me The Ocean is an origin story for the Jackson Hyde Aqualad. As such, you don’t need to have read/watched anything else about the character in order to understand or appreciate this story. That said, the story doesn’t … Continue reading

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Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman

It would be very hard not to like Heartstopper – it has a genuine warmth and sweetness that reminds me quite a bit of what I liked about Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. With this second volume, the … Continue reading

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Rascal by Jean-Luc Deglin

There are many cartoons about life with a cat. From Garfield (gags), Simon’s Cat (humor), to Chi’s Sweet Home (heartwarming), each has its own unique flavor and feel. With Rascal, the appeal is in the art: our sleek, somewhat scrawny … Continue reading

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Xena: Road Warrior by Vitga Ayala and Olympia Sweetman

This new graphic novel is comprised of six comic-book-length stories, each having its own story but also a strong overall arc that carries through the entire series. I loved Xena the TV series and while it has been some time … Continue reading

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Inverloch Volume 1 by Sarah Ellerton

The art here is clean but greatly let down by an overly-simplistic plot that never really develops into something interesting. The characters are one-dimensional, relationships feel forced, and it’s not like we haven’t seen this generic plot and world setting … Continue reading

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Oz: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by Eric Shanower, Skottie Young, L. Frank Baum

I have to appreciate this wonderfully modern interpretation of the 1920s Oz series. With this volume, covering the 4th in the Oz books and considered the weakest in Baum’s iconic series, we have a very energetic but grounded Dorothy along … Continue reading

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Sera and the Royal Stars, Volume 1 by Jon Tsuei, Audrey Mok, Raul Angulo, Jim Campbell

Sera and the Royal Stars Volume 1 is a beautifully illustrated tale with a strong middle Eastern/Northern Africa atmosphere. In many ways, this does for ancient Middle Eastern cultures what Avatar did for Asian: provides a magical fantasy world using … Continue reading

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Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir

I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot – the characters were very quirky, had an authentic voice, and the milieu of the 1990s in Canada was evocatively captured. Yes, it does read very much like a Mary Sue for the … Continue reading

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