The artwork of pencil and charcoal, illuminated with pastels, shifts a little in tone and vision due to the several years Auladell spent drawing it, but this version remains thoroughly satisfying...
Between optimism and the sober assessment of reality, Harrison always seems to err on the side of hope, because, as she writes, what does she have to lose?
Greenberg’s enchanting second graphic novel returns to the strange world of her award-winning debut, The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth. The two have much in common – including self-regarding god Birdman, old crones, special sausages and a deep love of stories and the people who tell them.
The book finishes with a selection of erotic comics by guest artists. Like good sex, it’s goofy fun that might just make the reader’s life better.
One could view this project as a metaphor for the baggage that we all carry and the notion that no matter how grand a life might appear, there’s always…stuff. Some of it may be good, some of it may be bad, but it’s always there. That seems to be Jacobson’s big takeaway – and it’s a valuable one.
BC (Business Cat) runs a tight ship and expects the best effort from his people regardless of whether he can decide if he wants to be in, or out, or in, or out, or …. B- just because a cat with hands is kind of creepy.
...the deadpan humor leavens the hopelessness that sometimes threatens to overwhelm the anonymous policeman, who’s just happy to see his automated doughnut machine replaced by a café with an honest-to-goodness human waitress.
...still, there is something that stopped me enjoying these cartoons quite as much as I wanted to – the jokes just felt too comfortable, not sneaky or wicked enough.
Sattouf is a master of visual storytelling, capable of compressing a great deal of human emotion and contradictions within a few panels. He creates a searing depiction of growing up poor in a country ruled by corruption and religious zealotry.
The story is consistently engaging, the plot is tightly built...Death means sadness and loss, Cat and Maya learn, but it doesn’t mean the end of love.
His characters continue to be relatable and human (including that plump, balding penguin). Even Steve Dallas grows a heart. Bloom County is both an escape from and a mirror to our complicated modern world.
Chapters on his work at Marvel and other companies will appeal to the mainstream comics fan. Most effective (and affecting) is the personal touch in stories about those close to him...
Orphaned at birth and raised by a foster family he describes as jerks, Jack has always longed for a family of his own. Now that he has one, the only thing scarier than the monsters is the thought of losing them. An apocalyptic adventure with a whole lot of heart.
The art serves an intriguing function: It keeps the story grounded in its genre, making it feel like a real superhero tale. In fact, Angel Catbird is more dreamlike than action-packed.
Each short, punchy episode combines drawings, photos, observations, and guides...Readers won’t just want to go to Japan by the end of this memoir—they’ll want to go with Inzer.
Bellwood’s stints as a deckhand on the Lady Washington, a modern-day replica of an 18th-century brig, inform this funny and enlightening comics collection, which is part memoir, part breezy overview of nautical history and lore.
Despite the quick beginning and creative concept, the story falls flat. Dialogue takes precedence over the narrative, and character development is virtually nonexistent in this story that introduces over a dozen characters with small roles only to forget them pages later...Skip.
Jose Garibaldi’s coloring makes every page of this superlative police procedural spoof look as sharp as it is silly, and readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish.
Unfortunately, the simplistic conventions of the superhero genre sometimes take over. There’s so much plot for the Omega Men to get through that developments occasionally feel rushed or undercooked.
...he offers his readers neither bibliography nor resources to follow up on ignited interest (other than an impressive list of museums to visit). Despite this quibble, Brown’s vivacious plotlines are laugh-out-loud funny, and in spite of the prehistoric setting, this comic charmer should readily appeal to young readers.