Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Juvenile Fiction

Little Miss Evil by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen

Fiona’s father is an World Famous villain, she wishes she could just be a normal kid at school, but that’s not going to be. On her 13th birthday her father gets kidnapped, and she gets a message saying if she doesn’t deliver the NOVA (a doomsday device) in 24 hours he will be killed. Fiona doesn’t want to be evil, but she has to embrace that side of herself if she wants to save her father.
This was a quick fun read that I really enjoyed. It plays with tropes and cliches without getting stuck in them.

~Naomi

Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Wires and Nerve volume 1 by Marissa Meyers and Douglas Holgate

After Cinder has become Queen of Luna, she has some trouble with rouge soldiers who refuse to leave earth and return to Luna. Iko, feeling rather useless volunteers to go hunt them down. As an android she has an advantage of most when it comes to taking a pounding. She’s doing really well, but she can’t get all of them, and one charismatic Alpha has begun gathering those who escaped her. Their demands are to be returned to human, and they won’t believe Cinder when she says it is impossible. After Iko takes some pretty serious damage, a concerned Cinder orders her to take a break and visit with Cress and Captain Thorne, and then sends Liam Kinney to help her. Liam and Iko clash over his refusal to believe she is anything but a robot, but Iko can’t help the growing feelings she has for him.
This is the first graphic novel of 2 (I think.) I liked the story and seeing the characters again, but the art left something to be desired.

~Naomi

Graphic Novel, Historical

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time now, but not being a huge graphic novel fan I never took the leap. But being graphic novel month and seeing Leslie’s recommendation, I decided to go for it and read a second graphic novel. I am so glad I did, as the artwork was a very different style from the other graphic novel I read. Each artist has their own style to convey emotion and additional details through their artwork. For Persepolis I was amazed by how much the facial expressions, especially the eyes of each character signaled such depth in emotion. All illustrations were in black and white, but it was the eyes and their expressions that brought the characters to life. The story is a memoir of the author’s childhood years in Tehran amidst this country’s political upheaval. This intensely personal memoir has at times both humor and heartbreak, as told truly through the eyes of a child. I highly recommend this book.

~Lisa

Graphic Novel, Historical

Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satarapi

The second in the memoir of Marjane Satrapies as a teen in the 1990’ s in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. She travels outside the country for higher education and to escape the personal resections by the fundamentalist regime. Marjane marries as the only option to have a personal and sexual relationship that doesn’t risk her losing her freedom. So crazy.
Her parents were the true hero’s, intelligent, opened minded people who supported their strong willed,rebellious daughter as she found her way with the inequalities in life . Unconditional love. I hope there is more to her story.

~Louise

 

Graphic Novel, Young Adult

This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki

I admit that I rarely read graphic novels, but decided to go for it as December’s theme. I chose to start with “This One Summer”, as it was a Printz Award Honor book. Rose and her family head off to their beach house for their annual summer getaway. Rose meets up with her friend Windy, as she does each summer. Rose navigates the hyper personality of Windy, along with relationship issues going on between her parents. Rose and Windy witness some issues with the local teens and are pulled into some of the drama. The facial expressions and body language portrayed through the sketches added significant emotion to the text. Additionally the scenes and setting in each sketch added a feeling that could never be grasped through text alone. I can see why the teens are drawn to this graphic novel. By the story’s end I really respected Rose’s solid personality. Rose was a relatively quiet, but strong protagonist throughout the story.

~Lisa

Fantasy, Graphic Novel

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Battle of Tull by Robin Furth

This hardcover graphic novel is a compilation of 5 Marvel Comic’s series of monthly issues based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower novels. It is plotted by Robin Furth, scripted by Peter David, and illustrated by Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, and Richard Isanove. Stephen King is the Creative and Executive Director of the project.

Set in Mid-World the Gunslinger stops in the town of Tull in the middle of the desert while following The Man in Black, who are both headed towards the Dark Tower.

-Mike