Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg

Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës by Isabel Greenberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am increasingly conscious that I am moving closer to the world of the Brontës, falling in love with it, and not being remotely mad about this, not at all. I would have fought against this a fewContinue reading “Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg”

The Dead Queen Detectives : The Crown Jewels by Bevis Musson

The Dead Queen Detectives : The Crown Jewels by Bevis Musson My rating: 4 of 5 stars One of the things I like to do is tweet about when I’m going to a comics convention and ask for advice on what to buy. I know what I like – feminist, girl-focused comics – and IContinue reading “The Dead Queen Detectives : The Crown Jewels by Bevis Musson”

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, a modern retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved this. So much. Little Women is one of those iconic texts and retellings of iconic texts can be challenging things. Do you stick with the iconic or do you goContinue reading “Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, a modern retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo”

Three Sisters of Haworth : Girl Annual 5

This is GIRL. It was launched in 1951 as a sister title to EAGLE, and I have a lot of love for it. Comics of this period are endlessly fascinating in how they look outward; the world was there for the taking, and this was a generation that both would – and could – takeContinue reading “Three Sisters of Haworth : Girl Annual 5”

To Kill A Mockingbird by Haper Lee, adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel by Fred Fordham My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s kind of terrifying to adapt something because you’re not just adapting the thing in question. You’re trying to adapt the aura of it; some books have this indefinable something about them that you can’t ever pin down inContinue reading “To Kill A Mockingbird by Haper Lee, adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham”

El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo by Cece Bell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes, due to library reservation queues and the like, it takes me a long time to get to a book. And that’s a good thing, because it tells me that it’s being talked about, that it’s being passed from hand to hand fever-quick andContinue reading “El Deafo by Cece Bell”

The Motherless Oven : Rob Davis

The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis My rating: 3 of 5 stars It’s hard to review this twisting, dark labyrinth of a book because reading it felt less like reading, and more like a theatrical experience. I’m conscious that that’s such a loose way to talk about reading for every text is full of theatreContinue reading “The Motherless Oven : Rob Davis”

Sisters : Raina Telgemeier

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier My rating: 5 of 5 stars Telgemeier’s work is a joy and this book is life-affirming. ‘Sisters’, a sequel to Smile details the great joy and pain that is sibling life. Raina has longed to be a big sister but, upon the arrival of Amara, she rapidly learns that things aren’tContinue reading “Sisters : Raina Telgemeier”

Y : The Last Man : Brian K. Vaughan

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have a lot of time for Brian K. Vaughan. It started with my discovery of Runaways, a series that rapidly came to encapsulate some of the best things about comics for me. And with Pride, I realisedContinue reading “Y : The Last Man : Brian K. Vaughan”

Briony Hatch : Penelope & Ginny Skinner

Briony Hatch by Penelope Skinner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Briony Hatch is a slim graphic novel, coloured in black and whites and reminiscent of something doodled in pen and ink on the inside of an exercise book. It’s definitely a story of two halves; the intense teenage ennui of life and the struggleContinue reading “Briony Hatch : Penelope & Ginny Skinner”

Nancy Drew – Ghost In The Machinery : Stefan Petrucha & Sho Murase

Ghost in the Machinery by Stefan Petrucha My rating: 3 of 5 stars An odd thing this, but sort of madly appealing in a problematic sort of way; Ghost In The Machinery is an adventure “so big that it takes three graphic novels to tell the whole story”. Ghost In The Machinery is the firstContinue reading “Nancy Drew – Ghost In The Machinery : Stefan Petrucha & Sho Murase”

Corpse Talk : Adam T Murphy

Corpse Talk by Murphy, Adam My rating: 5 of 5 stars Corpse Talk is lovely. That’s an odd thing to say about a series of comics situated around the idea of the creator, Adam Murphy, interviewing various corpses that have been dug up. The corpses are all famous people such as Marie Antoinette, Henry VII,Continue reading “Corpse Talk : Adam T Murphy”

Atomic Sheep : Sally Jane Thompson

Atomic Sheep by Sally Jane Thompson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This quiet graphic novel is a rather beautiful thing. I came across it after tweeting that I was visiting Thought Bubble and if you were writing comics which feature boarding schools then I’d be really interested to see them. Because, and I grantContinue reading “Atomic Sheep : Sally Jane Thompson”

Endangered and More Strange Stories : Art Heroes

I am going to be attending Thought Bubble soon. (Which is exciting, no? I do love me some conventions. Last time I attended one, aaages ago, my friend and I spoke to Paul Cornell and asked him to stop making stories which make us cry. We saw Paul leave shortly after. No connection, I promiseContinue reading “Endangered and More Strange Stories : Art Heroes”

Smile : Raina Telgemeier

Smile by Raina Telgemeier My rating: 5 of 5 stars There is very little about this adorable, funny and heartfelt coming of age comic that I did not love. Inspired by the authors own dental experiences, Raina goes through the most epic of toothly sagas after falling over and losing her two front teeth. WeContinue reading “Smile : Raina Telgemeier”

The Tentacles of Doom : Andi Watson

The Tentacles of Doom!. Andi Watson by Andi Watson My rating: 4 of 5 stars There’s something sort of relentlessly appealing about Gum Girl and it’s something you sort of have to accept. This collection of three short stories, the second in the series (the first being Catastrophe Calling) are very carefully crafted adventures ofContinue reading “The Tentacles of Doom : Andi Watson”

I Kill Giants : Joe Kelly & JM Ken Niimura

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s hard to precis a book like this without throwing immense spoilers around the room and pointing to said spoilers with neon flashing arrows. As a result of this, I hope you’ll forgive me for delivering a fairly bald synopsis albeit it oneContinue reading “I Kill Giants : Joe Kelly & JM Ken Niimura”

Angel & Faith : Daddy Issues – Christos Gage & Rebekah Isaacs w/ Chris Samnee

Angel & Faith: Daddy Issues by Christos Gage My rating: 5 of 5 stars I adore Faith. I could (and do!) write her for days. She’s a gift, an utter gift of a character, and I’m so very much in love with this series. Gage has Faith, he’s got her. Perfectly. Gage’s Faith is aContinue reading “Angel & Faith : Daddy Issues – Christos Gage & Rebekah Isaacs w/ Chris Samnee”

Avengers vs X-Men : Brian Michael Bendis

Avengers vs. X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis My rating: 2 of 5 stars Whilst doing my ritual X-Men and Avengers “Who’s Alive? Who’s Dead” Game proved somewhat easier in this book (basically everybody’s everything!), I remain somewhat disappointed at the final product. The Phoenix is back. And I properly love the Phoenix and have doneContinue reading “Avengers vs X-Men : Brian Michael Bendis”

The Walking Dead (Volume One – Days Gone By) : Robert Kirkman & Tony Moor

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I came to this series after getting hooked on the TV adaptation. I’d heard of it, watched it fly off the shelves in my library, but never really connected with it. The stunning cinematography in the show andContinue reading “The Walking Dead (Volume One – Days Gone By) : Robert Kirkman & Tony Moor”

Maus : Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman My rating: 5 of 5 stars With books like Maus, that have become epochal, it is sometimes hard to know where to begin. So this review shall begin at the beginning; at the start of things, where my knowledge of comics was that of the 90s X Men cartoonContinue reading “Maus : Art Spiegelman”

Mezolith : Ben Haggarty & Adam Brockbank

Mezolith by Ben Haggarty My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s hard sometimes to review something which wholly and completely leaves you breathless. Mezolith is that something. Part of the increasingly impressive DFC imprint, it’s a collection of several short stories delivered by the dynamic team of Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank. It’s a matchContinue reading “Mezolith : Ben Haggarty & Adam Brockbank”

Vern and Lettuce : Sarah McIntyre

If you’ve not discovered the utter, and continual, joys of the DFC Library then now’s the time to do so. Every title I’ve picked up from their imprint has been uniformly outstanding – and I’m so pleased that Sarah McIntyre’s ‘Vern and Lettuce’ compilation is another one to add to that list. Lettuce the rabbit, andContinue reading “Vern and Lettuce : Sarah McIntyre”

Beowulf : Gareth Hinds

Beowulf by Gareth Hinds My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book. Oh this glorious, and gorgeous, and breath-taking book. Based on the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, this graphic novel adaptation by Gareth Hinds. is stunning. I’ve not read the original poem so cannot comment on the translation of the narrative, or its adherence toContinue reading “Beowulf : Gareth Hinds”

Charm School – Advice For The Thoroughly Modern Girl

Charm School Advice For The Thoroughly Modern Girl by Lara Maiklem My rating: 5 of 5 stars Oh how I love this book let me count the ways. Split into three parts, it’s a collection of comic strips from the 1950s magazine for girls called, um, ‘Girl’. What Girl did was it published a seriesContinue reading “Charm School – Advice For The Thoroughly Modern Girl”

Pride of Baghdad : Brian K Vaughan & Niko Henrichon

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Have I told you how much I love Pride? I fell in love with Brian K Vaughan after discovering Runaways (which I blogged about here) and first discovered Pride on a day when the rains opened and I sheltered in a libraryContinue reading “Pride of Baghdad : Brian K Vaughan & Niko Henrichon”

My Totally Secret Diary – On Stage in America : Dee Shulman

My Totally Secret Diary: On Stage in America by Dee Shulman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I always think it’s a good sign when I pick up a book and know exactly whom I’m going to recommend this to. I also think it’s a really good sign when I flick to a page atContinue reading “My Totally Secret Diary – On Stage in America : Dee Shulman”

The Odyssey : Gareth Hinds

The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds My rating: 4 of 5 stars Gareth Hinds’ adaptation of The Odyssey into graphic novel form is a stunning achievement. I grew up on these stories (seriously, I love a good bit of derring-do) and I admire his work here. Adapting The Odyssey can’t be easy. He does well inContinue reading “The Odyssey : Gareth Hinds”

Runaways (a love letter)

Dear Runaways, May I tell you a secret? I still love you. Gert. Nico. Karolina. Molly. Mighty Molly Hayes with your hat of awesome. I still love you. All of you. My beautiful, brilliant, bad-as-hell Runaways. When I saw that the second round of the Women Write About Comics blog carnival was Favourite Stories StarringContinue reading “Runaways (a love letter)”

Baggage : The Etherington Brothers

  My rating: 4 of 5 stars The third title from the DFC Library that I’ve had the pleasure to review recently, Baggage is a bit of a curiosity. It’s a frenetic burst of energy and activity delivered by the Etherington Brothers in bold busy panels. Randall, a bit of an accident-prone individual, is taskedContinue reading “Baggage : The Etherington Brothers”

Super Animal Adventure Squad : James Turner

  My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another title from the DFC Library of comic books, Super Animal Adventure Squad is kinda fab. It’s a collection of two separate stories, originally published in serial format, and now gathered together in one edition. Pleasingly the serial format is maintained in both stories so they’re still readableContinue reading “Super Animal Adventure Squad : James Turner”

The Boss : John Aggs & Patrice Aggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Cunning criminal masterminds have planned a daring theft from the castle museum. They’ve figured out everything down to the last detail. There’s just one thing they haven’t bargained for: a class of super-sleuthing school children with a very special secret weapon. Will the thieves pinch the priceless prize, or haveContinue reading “The Boss : John Aggs & Patrice Aggs”

Gingerbread Girl : Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Gingerbread Girl. I’d seen a few pages of it before and always meant to read this. I was, I admit, heavily attracted by the Vertigo-esque cover design. I remembered Gingerbread Girl existed when I saw that there’d been a review posted on Twitter byContinue reading “Gingerbread Girl : Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover”

Fray : Joss Whedon

Fray by Joss Whedon My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fray is one of those books that keeps on giving. Originally published as a collected edition back in 2003, I remember hunting it down with an obsession bordering on, and excuse the tautology, the obssessed. It tells the story of Melaka Fray, Slayer of theContinue reading “Fray : Joss Whedon”

X23 #1 just blew my mind

(Please note: some of the content / images of what I’m about to link to and discuss may prove upsetting). Language is an amazing thing. I’ve read books which can slice you open; knives ripping inside your head to let the emotion spill out. And it blows my mind each and every time I readContinue reading “X23 #1 just blew my mind”

The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels : Danny Fingeroth

The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels by Danny Fingeroth My rating: 2 of 5 stars Whilst there’s no doubt that The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels is well researched and covers certain angles of the comic book industry in great depth, I found it distinctly less exciting than I’d hoped. There’s something awkward about reviewingContinue reading “The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels : Danny Fingeroth”

Amanda Waller : before & after

My second post in my series of graphic novel related issues makes me sad. I’ve spoken before about my confusion over how women are represented in comics: Fat is a graphic issue and it’s something that I still have issues with. And Amanda Waller’s redesign (reboot? I’m genuinely not sure what to call it) has depressedContinue reading “Amanda Waller : before & after”

Emergent literacy, graphic novels and picture books (oh my!)

I’m planning to do a series of posts in the near future on Graphic Novels. This will include a couple of reviews and also some more theoretical posts such as the following on Emergent Literacy. I first fell into graphic novels after the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I longed for a way toContinue reading “Emergent literacy, graphic novels and picture books (oh my!)”

Moments like this make me love comics

Check this out. It’s ‘The Waiting Room’ by Sarah Glidden. This blew my mind a little bit. I love the artwork. The quietness of the watercolours make each panel into a curious mixture of dreams and reality. There’s such a harmony to this; the characters complement the words and the words complement the characters soContinue reading “Moments like this make me love comics”