Category Archives: graphic novel

The Orville Season 1.5: New Beginnings by David a Goodman, David Cabeza, Michael Atiyeh

The irony that this Orville TV series is more Star Trek than the actual Star Trek currently airing is not lost on readers. Or, at least a lot more Star Trek: The Next Generation. Originally in Season 1 it was … Continue reading

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She-Ra: Legend of the Fire Princess

Note: As an adult reader, I’m reviewing this title for other adults how might be interested in this graphic novel and with less emphasis on a younger reader might enjoy it. My daughter and I watch and enjoy this together. … Continue reading

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The Complete Elfquest Volume 7

With this huge volume, the entire run of “Final Quest” is collected here, definitively ending 40 years of Elfquest storylines and bringing Cutter’s story to a close. Elfquest was always unique: an independently published title in an era of big … Continue reading

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Addams’ Apple by Sarah M. Henry and Luc Sante

Charles Addams definitely had his own unique view of the world – and it was that unexpected quirkiness in his otherwise mundane-looking comics that gave him fame. While most will know of his Addams Family movies/TV, it is interesting to … Continue reading

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These Savage Shores by Ram V, Sumit Kumar

This was a beautifully written and executed story with quite a punch. Using an urban fantasy tale to give strong metaphors as to the actual situation in 1770s India, there is a lot more here to enjoy that just a … Continue reading

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Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1) by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper is a gentle slice of life tale that takes an organic approach to developing the romance. Laconic, using empty space and wordless panels well, we see the unfolding relationship between two boys in a British school grow and develop … Continue reading

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Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

With Batman: Nightwalker, we get an origins-era story that pays homage to a lot of Batman Canon. Nightwalker is a psychological thriller of “who is playing whom?” reminiscent of Harley Quinn and The Joker as Bruce Wayne is manipulated by … Continue reading

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Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern

This is going to be a very hard one to rate because while I did not enjoy it, there is a lot of unique humor and creativity that I do believe will appeal to many. Author McGovern has a fun … Continue reading

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Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

I think we need a new term for books like this: it’s more of a graphic biography than a graphic novel. As such, we don’t have a story with an arc or pacing; rather, this is a series of vignettes … Continue reading

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Meta: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige

There is a really sad and mistaken belief in women’s fiction (especially YA) that in order for a woman to be taken seriously, she has to go out and do stupid things, pointless things, and then be taught a lesson … Continue reading

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Captain Ginger Volume 1 by Stuart Moore, June Brigman

I really wanted to like this – something different and perhaps fun and interesting. I had hoped for different stories: perhaps a space opera, a quirky and humorous play on the love of cats, or just a fun yarn. But … Continue reading

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The Witcher Volume 4: Of Flesh and Flame by Aleksandra Motyka, Marianna Strychoska

I have been a fan of the books and the game and enjoyed the comics. As far as this one goes, it stays true to the game Witcher (perhaps a bit too much, if I’m honest) and includes Dandelion, which … Continue reading

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Lady Mechanika Volume 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci

In many ways, the creative team here is tightening up and improving quite a bit: the story is less wordy, the illustration and coloring more consistent and (dare I say?) fleshed out, and the story this time felt much more … Continue reading

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The Magic order by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel

I really enjoyed this very adult urban fantasy that clearly has its inspiration from Harry Potter. As a bit of escapism, it definitely kept my attention through to the end. The art was very well done and captured the emotions … Continue reading

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Avatar The Last Airbender Imbalance 2

One thing I can definitely say about all these Avatar books (for both Korra’s and Aang’s stories) is that they are very high quality, true to the Avatar world, and with brilliant illustration work. They are a great way to … Continue reading

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The Legend of Korra Turf Wars

Turf Wars nicely continues right where the series left off – starting with Korra and Asami enjoying their time in the Spirit World. It is a seamless transition that allows us to follow Korra’s story without feeling too much was … Continue reading

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Mata Hari Emma Beeby, Ariela Kristantina, Pat Masioni, Karen Berger

This is a very hard book to rate due to it being a highly stylistic and interpretive history. Yes, the facts are there but they are interwoven with the Salome Dance so that while artistic, it was also fairly confusing … Continue reading

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Dragon Age: Deception by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Fernando Heinz Furukawa, Michael Atiyeh

I have loved the Dragon Age games, every single one, since Origins. And having these graphic novels/comics between releases helps a bit to bridge the gap in time while we wait for DA:4 in 3-4 years time. These graphic novels … Continue reading

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The Lost City Explorers Volume 1 by Zack Kaplan, Álvaro Sarraseca

The Lost City Explorers is a nicely illustrated but ultimately frustrating read. Very flawed characters/antiheroes can be exciting/fun but in this case, they were just annoying and not someone interesting to follow. As well, the story was a bit too … Continue reading

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The Legend of Korra: Ruins of The Empire 1

These graphic novels are always on the mark – they capture the look and feel of the original series so well and continue the complex story lines nicely. That said, some have been better than others. Ruins of the Empire … Continue reading

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