Book review: “Family Man,” “Yes, Roya,” etc.

Thumbs up for:
Family Man, Volume I by Dylan Meconis. Fantasy.
Alabaster: Wolves by Caitlin R. Kiernan, illustrated by Steve Lieber. Fantasy.
Monstress, Volume I: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda. Fantasy.
Yes, Roya by C. Spike Trotman, illustrated by Emilee Denich. Erotica.

A batch review here. Family Man is the hardest to describe of the bunch: Um….Half-Jewish Theology student in 1768 Germany makes some bad thesis decisions (Spinoza, atheism) and…academia…and hot librarian…and werewolves, kinda. Aw, man. It’s funny and sexy and it’s all free as a webcomic on the author’s website which also contains pages and pages of hilarious footnotes. Do you love hilarious historical footnotes? Go thou hence. Alabaster: Wolves was quite good, but I read it while still on a fangirl high from Family Man. I liked it a lot, but it didn’t make me want to fangirl. Nor did Monstress, though it is solid storytelling and the art is incredible. My other favorite of the bunch, Yes, Roya – in the category of ‘you read what Emma?!’ – was (if you’re delicate, stop reading HERE) polyamorous femdom erotica, which is not my thing but the characters and the art are so adorable, I would have happily read another couple of volumes about Roya, Wylie, and Joseph. And I feel bad about reviewing an erotic graphic novel with ‘the art is so adorable’ because I know that’s not the point but seriously, if you want non-adorable erotica I believe it’s available elsewhere. No, that’s not true: I don’t feel bad at all. This is 2017 and I care about art.

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