TITLE: Paper Girls
AUTHOR: Brian K. Vaughan
ILLUSTRATOR: Cliff Chiang
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Four paper delivery girls from the 1980s find the adventure of their lifetimes when they encounter strange people on Halloween night.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction | Young Adult
RATING: 5/5 Continue reading
TITLE: Fables: Super Team
SUMMARY: Newly relocated in the Kingdom of Haven, the fables are assembling a team of their own to defeat Mr. Dark.
REVIEW: At first glance I thought Fables was going to introduce new superhero characters, but instead I find that they’re assembling their own group of superheroes and I liked it. I thought it was fun to see Pinocchio trying to build his super team based on all the mundy comics he’s obviously read. Meanwhile, there’s something brewing in castle dark and I wonder how that storyline will play out in the later comics. Although I enjoyed the volume, the ending was disappointing and rather anticlimactic, if that really is the end.
TITLE: Fables: Inherit the Wind
SUMMARY: With the North Wind gone, it’s time to choose the new North Wind from Snow and Bigby’s pack of cubs.
REVIEW: Since the start of the Fables comics I have always loved Snow and Bigby’s storylines and missed them when they were pushed off to the side, so I’m so happy to see the comics are coming back to focus on their family. This particular volume felt like it was setting up a bigger plot line for later comics, and I can’t wait to see how it will affect the story. The only part I don’t quite understand is Buffkin’s storyline because I have no idea what the point of it is by the end of this volume. Other than that I really enjoyed this volume.
TITLE: Fables: Cubs in Toyland
SUMMARY: When Therese befriends a toy boat, she’s taken to Toyland and becomes a queen.
REVIEW: It’s been a while since I’ve rated a Fables volume this high probably since Volume 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers (and it weren’t for the extra issues that do not move the main story along, I would have given this a 5/5). This volume continues focusing on Snow and Bigby’s kids, specifically Therese and Darien, but this storyline is so much darker than I expected it to be. Let’s face it, anything with talking broken toys is creepy, but this is nothing like Toy Story 3. When I say this is dark, it is very dark! Perhaps, that’s why I liked it because the stakes were so high and unexpected. I’ll definitely continue to read the series, especially with an ending like that.
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AUTHOR: Marjane Satrapi
SUMMARY: Marjane tells the story of her childhood and teenage years living in Iran in the midst of the Islamic Revolution.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Memoir | Coming of Age | Non-Fiction
NOTE: I read the The Complete Persepolis which has all the volumes in one book. Continue reading
AUTHOR: Art Spiegelman
SUMMARY: Art Spiegelman writes about his father’s experience during the Holocaust.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Memoir | Non-Fiction | Historical
RATING: 4/5 Continue reading
TITLE: This One Summer
AUTHOR: Mariko Tamaki
ILLUSTRATOR: Jillian Tamaki
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Rose and Windy learn more about the complex world of adults on a summer vacation cottage in Awago.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Young Adult | Coming of Age | Contemporary
TITLE: Chess Rumble
AUTHOR: Greg Neri
ILLUSTRATOR: Jesse Joshua Watson
SUMMARY: A young man learns to control his violent impulses through playing chess. Continue reading
AUTHOR: Craig Thompson
ILLUSTRATOR: Craig Thompson
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Between biblical and koranic references, Thompson tells a strange story about love that transcends desert landscapes and time. Continue reading