Genre: Graphic Novels

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by Matt Inman

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by Matt Inman

  Reviewing comic books like 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth is tricky because it all comes down to sense of humor and personal preference.  Immediately from this title, I’m sure you all are thinking “she found a book about punching dolphins hilarious?  She’s a monster!”. … This book isn’t really about punching dolphins so much as it is full of observational humor and a lot of clickbait-sequel titles. I, yes, found it hilarious, as I often do with Matt Inman’s comics. My husband, on the other hand, was not amused when I kept handing […]

Posted December 6, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman

It’s complicated to review comic book like this because it really all comes down to someone’s sense of humor.  There’s no coherent plot, because it’s just a set of humorous strips.  Add to that the fact that Matthew Inman – aka The Oatmeal – is a web comic, then reading one of his books probably seems kind pointless, right?  Why bother with the book when at least 75% of the content is available for free online? I’ve been following The Oatmeal for a decade and his comics have always made me smile.  I’ve thought about acquiring one of his books for YEARS […]

Posted May 19, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Pirate Queen:  The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

So on the one hand, I appreciate the existence of this book because Grace O’Malley is super cool and her story isn’t widely shared. On the other hand, I’m still not 100% on board with how it was done here. There’s not a whole lot of definitive fact out there about Grace – and this is my historian showing through.  It’s not like we have her letters or a private journal or anything like that to lean on.  Rather, Grace is one of those figures who has become renown through stories and legends  There are some very basic facts we […]

Posted May 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

In the kingdom across the mountains, a spell is spreading.  It started sixty or eighty years ago, when a wicked witch cast a spell on a princess for her name day.  It would not be such a problem, except that the sleep is spreading beyond the castle and closer and closer to the neighboring kingdom.  At a mile or two a day, the plague will soon capture them all. The queen has no intention of allowing her kingdom to fall asleep, and so she delays her wedding and sets off with three dwarves to find the source of the curse […]

Posted October 11, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I love this. Nimona is this unapologetic, excited girl with totally unexplained superpowers.  She’s a shapeshifter, or a skin changer, or… well honestly who cares because Sir Blackheart’s evil career needs some serious boosting and HERE COMES NIMONA. This graphic novel is a really well thought-out story about a girl who is lost, two old friends forced by the Institution to be enemies, and a system in power too busy entertaining its own ideas to worry about its people.  There’s deep sentiment and delightful silliness in the panels.  I really enjoyed it. As a graphic novel, it’s brief.  The characters […]

Posted April 4, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

I’m not a big graphic novel person. I feel like graphic novels are usually too quick, and they leave me wanting more.  I can appreciate the effort that goes into the artwork and what not, I’ve just never really connected with this.  But I really wanted to read the Scott Pilgrims graphic novels.  I love this franchise and I needed to see how it compared to the movie.  Hey guys guess what?  Scott Pilgrim is pretty fantastic. The dialogue is basically what you would expect. Scott’s life is massively not-put-together.  He’s dating a high schooler (he’s 23), he lives with his best […]

Posted October 5, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //