graphic novels

Thumbs up for Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Graphic novel/fantasy.

Lord Ballister Blackheart, villain extraordinaire, doesn’t want any sidekick, much less this pushy young woman. But, oh wait, she can turn into a shark. Or…anything. Hmm. Well, he might be convinced to let her help him in his mission of revenge against Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin…and chaos ensues. Pure and absolute charm.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka, illustrated by J. H. Williams III. Graphic novel.

I try not to think too hard about the plots of things like this. (Two words: evil twin.) Basically, I’m just in it for the pictures. In this case, the pictures don’t actually make it easier to follow what the action is, but they are so very pretty I don’t care.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Cairo by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by M. K. Perker. Graphic novel/fantasy.

Having read Alif the Unseen (my review) before reading Cairo, I definitely get the sense that Cairo was a sort of early brainstorming session for Alif. This is not to denigrate either; if you like one you will like the other. If you have read neither, but think you might like visiting a Middle East where cell phones and jinn coexist, you should check these out.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua. Graphic novel/historical fiction.

So Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage were real people, back in The Day, and Babbage designed the first computer but didn’t build it, and Lovelace wrote imaginary programs for it, and they were BFFs until Lovelace died way too early.… >> Read more