best of adults

Killing and Dying: Stories

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Does it even need to be said? Adrien Tomine is one of the major reasons graphic novels hold the small but significant market share and critical acclaim that they do today—his storytelling prowess, his understated and precise illustration style, his…

Velvet, Vols. 1-2

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If you like your spies tough, angst-ridden, and British, Velvet is the perfect read for you. Imagine a James Bond universe where Moneypenny, the Director’s mild-mannered secretary, was actually an agent with a higher clearance level than Bond, who just…

Here

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One of the great things about the graphic novel format is how flexible it is. A gifted creator can look at topics in unique ways that neither books nor cinema can approach. Richard McGuire’s Here is an example of stunning…

Batman: Endgame, vol 7

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“I don’t know what to do. These are uncharted waters.” So Batman observes about midway through the Endgame arc, collected in volume 7 of his New 52 series. Jim Gordon has taken an axe to the chest, the Joker has…

Trees

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Ten years ago, aliens landed on Earth, with no warning and no attempt at any communication. Humans called them “Trees” because they appeared as enormous columns, hundreds of feet in diameter and thousands of feet tall. Since then, humans have adjusted, but still, no one knows…

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell

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  Jacques Tardi is one of the French cartooning greats—but his work is just starting to get its due in English translation, thanks largely to Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics. Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell, translated by Doug Headline, is…

The Borgias

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  Borgia: the name is nearly synonymous with deceit and debauchery, a family whose infamy, deserved or not, has become entrenched in Western cultural memory for over 500 years. A tangled web of power, religion, sex, and violence, the Borgias…

Saga, vol. 4

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If you haven’t read Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga so far, the fourth volume might be a jarring entry point; the opening pulls no punches. The first image is of a naked woman, legs spread, giving birth. You…

Gyo 2-in-1 Deluxe Edition

  First published in Japan in 2002 and translated into English in 2003, Junji Ito’s Gyo has been re-released this April in a deluxe hardback 2-in-1 edition by Viz Media. Designed to complement Ito’s classic Uzumaki, the handsome matte cover…

The Fade Out

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      Hollywood, California, 1948. Fade in on professional screenwriter and semi-professional drunkard Charlie Parrish as he slowly wakes up after a wild night on the town. Charlie finds himself in a hotel bathtub, unable to remember anything about…

Girl In Dior

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  Girl In Dior is a dreamy book—a frothy, flighty confection full to the brim with evening dresses and post-war Parisian vignettes. It doesn’t amount to much story-wise, but that is by no means the point. It achieves its goal:…

The Late Child and Other Animals

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  The Late Child and Other Animals is an intriguing beast: a personal memoir of Marguerite Van Cook’s post-war British childhood that reads like lush fiction, segmented into seemingly unrelated stories that drift in and out of sharp focus. There’s…

Beauty

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With a heroine bearing an uncanny resemblance to Snow White and a story peopled with buffoons, tyrants, and mischievous fairies, Beauty begs comparison, at least visually, to a Disney Princess film. But alternatively, it’s just about the farthest thing from…