Books shelved under “Graphic Novels”

19 reviews found

  1. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 9

    Saga, Vol. 9

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Haha, so it seems like only yesterday I was talking about how Saga, Volume 8 was a refreshing respite from the dark, downer moments of his series.

    Oh boy.

    I get it, those 1-star and 2-star reviews from people throwing up their hands in the air and saying, “I just can’t even with this anymore.” That is a legitimate point of view and valid criticism of this book. Saga, Volume 9 takes any of the…

  2. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 8

    Saga, Vol. 8

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Did … did good things just happen to our protagonists?

    Excuse me while I check if I’m actually reading Saga, Volume 8 and not some impostor. Because … because … GOOD THINGS HAPPENED, FOLX. I mean, yeah, shitty things happened too. Don’t get me wrong; there’s still conflict and loss here. But … good things! And Ghüs!! I missed Ghüs!!

    This volume opens with Alana and Prince Robot looking for medical help in … Abortion…

  3. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 7

    Saga, Vol. 7

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Oh. Em. Gee. Saga, Volume 7 might just be the saddest, most heart-wrenching thing I’ve read this year. It’s not quite at the nadir of A Fine Balance, but it comes close. I am struggling to recall a single positive and redeeming moment in this book. There’s … there’s a lot of bleakness and heartbreak here.

    As with many a long-running series, I’m starting to run out of new and creative commentary. Brian K.…

  4. Book cover for Supernormal Step, Vol. 3

    Supernormal Step, Vol. 3: Power Struggle

    by M. Lee Lunsford

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It has been over a year since I last reviewed a volume of Supernormal Step, the fantastic webcomic by Michael Lee Lunsford about Fiona, a girl with blue hair who has been sucked into a strange, parallel universe where magic is real and that’s really freaky. Fiona has long been on a search for a way home, and while she doesn’t get much closer in this one, she does learn more about the mysterious…

  5. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 6

    Saga, Vol. 6

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Yay, Ghüs is back for a bit!

    For the third year in a row I bought Saga for my friend for a Christmas gift. As long as they keep releasing one of these volumes every year, I’m golden. Volume 6 jumps ahead four years, so Hazel is in kindergarten, and Alana and Marko are kind-of together again, searching for their daughter. Meanwhile, Prince Robot is enjoying being “off the grid” and away from the court,…

  6. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 5

    Saga, Vol. 5

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This isn't a review so much as a disjointed collection of thoughts about Saga, Volume 5. I mean, the problem with these reviews is that it always boils down to more of the same. Buy Saga. Read it, in order. Do it!

    Whenever I read graphic novels, I try to talk about the art and artist, since these are obviously important parts of the medium. And it’s with great respect when I say…

  7. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 4

    Saga, Vol. 4

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Alana and Marko have escaped danger for now, but they are still fugitives. Their unique child, Hazel, will be recognized for what she is no matter where they go. So they are living in disguise on a backwater planet called Gardenia, and it’s causing no end of tension. Alana tries to support her family through a superhero soap opera, while Marko takes care of Hazel. Life seems both easier and harder than it was before.…

  8. Book cover for In Real Life

    In Real Life

    by Cory Doctorow

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    What happens when you meet someone online and you’re struck by a sudden need to help them, but they live on the other side of the world and don’t speak English? Jen Wang and Cory Doctorow ponder the intricacies that teenagers have to deal with, often on their own, in our globalized world. There’s a lot to like about In Real Life, so let’s get into it.

    Firstly, the obvious: this is a story…

  9. Book cover for Supernormal Step, Vol. 2

    Supernormal Step, Vol. 2: A Fine Ado

    by M. Lee Lunsford

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    In my previous review I talked in broad terms about why I enjoy Supernormal Step, because I just wanted to outline why it’s worth spending your precious time on a new webcomic/graphic novel.

    In Volume 2 (Chapters 4–6 of the webcomic), M Lee Lunsford broadens our understanding of Fiona and the main cast, but not before Fiona temporarily leaves them behind in search of solitude. (Hint: That does not work out well for her.)

  10. Book cover for Supernormal Step, Vol. 1

    Supernormal Step, Vol. 1: Runaway

    by M. Lee Lunsford

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Serial webcomics are hard. Pacing and scheduling are a must, and even we readers can have trouble keeping plotlines straight. I completely understand why some people don't follow a comic regularly but instead binge every few weeks after a chapter has finished.

    Supernormal Step is one of my favourite webcomics and one of the few serial webcomics I read regularly. It's about Fiona Dae, a woman pulled into a strange parallel universe where magic exists…

  11. Book cover for Winter's Dawn, Season's End

    Winter's Dawn, Season's End

    by Tony Lee

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Unlike the majority of the other reviews on Goodreads for this book, I did not receive this as a NetGalley preview, so I did read 400 pages of adventure following the Tenth Doctor and the mysterious adversary the Advocate. As with my recent experience with a tie-in novel, I don’t ordinarily go for tie-in graphic novels. This was, again, a Christmas present.

    I enjoyed Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End more than Engines of War. Maybe…

  12. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 3

    Saga, Vol. 3

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Yes, it’s another review of Saga, this time of Volume Three, the last of three volumes I bought for a friend. It’s hard to think of original things to say, having read and reviewed the first two in quick succession. So let’s look at the journey Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are taking us on after nearly twenty issues of this incredibly story.

    I’m impressed at the complexity of the supporting cast. Kiara,…

  13. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 2

    Saga, Vol. 2

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Now, I am a lucky and spoiled person who is reading Saga collected in volumes, rather than reading each issue as it is released like a chump—er, I mean, true fan. I guess it’s comparable to binge-watching a show after the entire season has been released rather than watching it week-by-week. In the end, you get to the same place. But the experience is totally different.

    Saga, Volume Two raises the stakes after Volume One…

  14. Book cover for Saga, Vol. 1

    Saga, Vol. 1

    by Brian K. Vaughan

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Saga first came onto my radar last year when it was nominated for a Hugo Award. (Volume Two was nominated this year!) In fact, I’m pretty sure that it was included in the Voters Packet.

    I didn’t read it.

    I don’t read many graphic novels. I understand why people like them, and part of me wishes I read more—but obviously that’s not a big enough part, or else I actually would. Simply put, I am…

  15. Book cover for Simon's Cat vs The World

    Simon's Cat vs The World

    by Simon Tofield

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to write a very deep review of Simon’s Cat vs The World. After all, what can one say about something that is, ultimately, an all-ages picture book? I thought, I’m going to review this just because I know I’m already going to miss my reading goal for this year, but damned if I’m not going to use a picture book to get me that much closer.…

  16. Book cover for Nowadays

    Nowadays

    by Kurt Martell

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Zombie fiction always sneaks up on me. I never consciously seek it out, but I end up reading it nonetheless. Nowdays is different from any other zombie fiction I’ve read so far in that it’s a graphic novel, a medium I enjoy but don’t necessarily follow as much as I could. It’s also notable in that its authors are from my hometown, and they chose to set the story in that area. Whereas most zombie…

  17. Book cover for Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 1

    Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 1: A Sea of Troubles

    by Conor McCreery

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This is such an amazing concept, and when I first heard about it, I was taken aback by how unbelievably awesome it might be. Some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters face off against each other in a desperate race to find a wizard named William Shakespeare. Othello, Juliet, Falstaff, and others believe that “Will” will deliver them from the tyranny of King Richard III. Richard, along with the Macbeths and Iago, plot to kill Shakespeare…

  18. Book cover for Those Left Behind

    Those Left Behind

    by Joss Whedon

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Somewhat disappointingly, this is not a story about what happens to Malcolm Reynolds and the crew of Serenity after the Rapture. It's an interstitial between the abrupt ending of Firefly and the Serenity movie, covering some of the difficulty the crew has getting work, as well as Shepherd Book and Inara's departures. We also see an old antagonist, Lawrence Dobson, return for revenge.

    In case you don't remember him, Dobson was an Alliance agent…

  19. Book cover for Watchmen

    Watchmen

    by Alan Moore

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It's been several years since I first read Watchmen, so I decided to read it again in preparation for eventually seeing the film. Lauded on the cover as "One of TIME magazine's 100 best novels" and a "Winner of the Hugo Award" it's easy to get swept up in the love-fest that is Watchmen. While it's true I loved this book (as shown by the five star rating), I'm going to try to…