Alphabetical Index of Other Publishers

Secret Weapons #1

Every so often, a superhero comic reminds me that they can still come up with interesting ideas to explore. Valiant’s Secret Weapons gave me the kind of genre book I enjoy: a mismatched team of people with wacky powers figuring out how to get along. It’s written by Eric Heisserer and illustrated by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin. The Willows was a secret location where a crazy rich guy parked those with superpowers he thought were losers. He activated a […]

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Roughneck

After making his name with the award-winning Essex County, cartoonist Jeff Lemire moved in the last decade to superhero work for corporate publishers. (His latest books for Image, Plutona, and Dark Horse, Black Hammer, have combined both superhero genre conventions and his focus on small character moments in a hybrid of his past efforts.) With Roughneck, though, he’s returned to the closely observed tales of Canadian country life that first brought him to attention. Derek Ouelette was a star hockey […]

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Monster: A Graphic Novel Adaptation of a Jonathan Kellerman Novel

I hadn’t realized this series was continuing. Five years ago, the first Jonathan Kellerman graphic novel adaptation, Silent Partner, was published. It was based on the fourth in his Alex Delaware book series about a psychologist who solves murders. In 2014, The Web came out, jumping ahead to the 10th book. Since it’s set on a restricted island, one might assume that it was chosen for the visual possibilities, but given the density of the work, most of the panels […]

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Secret Smithsonian Adventures: It’s Treason, by George!

The Secret Smithsonian Adventures line (aimed at 8-to-12-year-olds) continues this October with its third entry. After tackling the history of invention with the Wright Brothers and natural history with a world where dinosaurs survived, this latest installment looks at American political history. It’s Treason, by George! is particularly timely (and scary) as the kids return from their previous adventure to find that the country is now a monarchy and some of their parents are under house arrest for sedition for […]

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Roller Girl

One side effect of Raina Telgemeier’s dominance of the graphic novel market for young people is the need to be able to answer the question, “What do I read next?” I recommend Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward, but Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl is also quite popular with that audience. Astrid is best friends with Nicole. They go together to a roller derby match, and Astrid loves it, but Nicole isn’t so sure. They’re growing apart, anyway, in other ways, with Nicole more […]

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Heroines #1: Ted Naifeh Does Superheroes

I’m always surprised to find out what Ted Naifeh’s going to do next. My first awareness of his work was when he was exploring goth identity and gender fluidity. Then he took a sarcastic approach to the fantasy genre starring a young girl discovering her family history of magic. He’s also put out a female version of the running away to become a pirate boys’ adventure type of story, and my favorite, a twisted take on princesses that throws a […]

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Nothing Better 3: Great Expectations Part 1

I was concerned, when I talked about the Kickstarter to publish this series installment, that I would have lost track of the story, given the time since I’d last read it. (The first collection, No Place Like Home came out in 2007; the second, Into the Wild, in 2009.) That wasn’t a problem. While there’s a large cast to keep up with, Tyler Page does a great job of clear storytelling. Plus, college students struggling with relationships and big questions […]

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Leave Me Alone!

Vera Brosgol, author of the fantastic graphic novel Anya’s Ghost, has released a picture book about finding your own space (as announced last summer). Leave Me Alone! is about a grandmother who just wants to get some knitting done. She’s got some tasks to complete before winter, but all the kids in her crowded house keep getting in the way. What’s amazing about this book, and what brought me back to it multiple times, were the superlative double-page spreads. When […]

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