February 25, 2018

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YALSA Releases Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a.k.a. YALSA, has posted its 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. This year’s list includes 115 titles, selected from 190 nominations, and it’s quite wide-ranging. Here’s the top ten: The Backstagers, by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh (BOOM! Studios) Black Hammer, vol. 1: Secret Origins, by Jeff […]

30 Realistic & Historical Fiction Books with Black Main Characters

A bevy of 2018 YMA winners and forthcoming 2018 middle grade and YA titles to excite readers.

Review: ‘Losing The Girl’

Losing The Girl Writer/artist: MariNaomi Graphic Universe; $29.32 Ages 14 and up Writer and artist MariNaomi’s career as a cartoonist has thus far been dedicated to autobiographical comics, spread across four books published since 2001. Losing The Girl, the first book in a planned trilogy, marks her first official foray into fiction. It has the […]

Review: ‘Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out’

Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out Writer: Sina Grace Artists: Alessandro Vitti, Edgar Salazar, Ibraim Roberson and others Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up There have been two big announcements regarding Marvel’s Iceman ongoing monthly comic book since the release of the first trade paperback collection of the series. One was that […]

Review: ‘The Golem’s Mighty Swing’

The Golem’s Mighty Swing By James Sturm Drawn and Quarterly The Golem’s Mighty Swing is a story set in an earlier, simpler time, when old men lounged on the porch of the general store, kids wore knickers and newsboy caps, and people lived in small towns where everybody knew everybody. You can almost smell the […]

Review: ‘Newsprints’

Newsprints By Ru Xu Graphix, $12.99 (softcover), $24.99 (hardcover) Ages 8-12 years, grade level 3-7 It’s a wonderful thing when someone’s first graphic novel is so jam-packed with big ideas realized so well on an individual character level. Blue is an orphan newsboy who’s found an adoptive family of those who work for the paper. […]

Review: ‘Generations’

Generations Writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Cullen Bunn and others Artists: Mahmud Asrar, Matteo Buffagani, Ramon Perez and others Marvel Entertainment; $50 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up Superhero comics are founded on the principle that if something works once, one should do that very thing over and over again. Heck, the superhero […]

Review: ‘GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever’ Volume 1

GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever Volume 1, “My Heart Lies in the 90s” Written by Monica Gallagher, illustrated by Kata Kane Papercutz, $9.99 (softcover), $14.99 (hardcover) Ages 10-14 years There’s a lot going on in GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever, but it’s all good-hearted. This supernatural mystery romance feels like a modern Nancy Drew, except in this […]

Exclusive: Dark Horse to Release New Edition of ‘House of Night’

Back in 2012, Dark Horse published House of Night: Legacy, a graphic novel written by P.C. and Kristin Cast, set in the same world as their House of Night prose novels. The story takes place after the first volume, and it consists of the characters telling stories about vampyres (that’s how they spell it) taking […]

A List of New YA Book Release Links for 2018

December is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about 2018 YA Lit releases. I’ve already submitted my first book order for January 2018 titles. Here for your convenience (and really, for mine) is a list of links to booklists put together online so far for 2018. In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing […]

Review: ‘The Scarecrow Princess’

The Scarecrow Princess Writer/artist: Federico Rossi Edrighi Lion Forge; $15.99 Lion Forge’s Young Adult/teen imprint Roar has imported and translated Italian artist Federico Rossi Edrighi’s fantasy graphic novel The Scarecrow Princess, in which slightly surly teenager Morrigan Moore moves to a new town and finds herself swept up in an obscure harvest myth involving a […]

Review: ‘Super Sons Vol.1: When I Grow Up…’

Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up… Writer: Peter Tomasi Artists: Jorge Jimenez and Alisson Borges DC Comics; $12.99 Rated T for Teen Damian Wayne, the long-lost son of Batman and the Dark Knight’s sometimes opponent Talia al Ghul, was introduced in 2006. Jonathan Kent, son of Superman and Lois Lane, was introduced in […]

Review: ‘Spinning’

Spinning Writer/artist: Tillie Walden First Second; $17.99 Spinning, 21-year-old cartoonist Tillie Walden’s 400-page graphic memoir, isn’t really about figure skating, although that is the ostensible subject matter. Indeed, few pages go by without a scene set in or around an ice rink, or featuring the protagonist going to or coming from a practice or competition, […]

Review: ‘Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1′

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 Writers: Paul Dini and Marc Andreyoko Artist: Laura Braga DC Comics; $3.99 Rated T for Teen There are a couple of categories of inter-company comic book crossovers. There are those that sound ideal from the get-go and seem like perfectly natural pairings, like Batman/The Shadow or Lumberjanes/Gotham […]

Review: ‘Kigurumi Guardians’ Vol. 1

Kigurumi Guardians, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Lily Hoshino Kodansha Comics; $12.99 For ages 13+ Manga has become such a pervasive presence in the North American comics market over the last few decades that readers can easily become inured to the sorts of weirdness that our cousins in Japan can somehow shape into long, popular, mass-media narratives. […]

Review: ‘Man-Thing By R.L. Stine’

Man-Thing By R.L. Stine Writer: R.L. Stine Artists: German Peralta, Tyler Crook and others Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up The trade paperback collection of juvenile fiction juggernaut R.L. Stine’s recent five-issue Man-Thing miniseries contains a brief prose introduction from the author that contains some downright shocking information. Stine writes that […]

Interview: School’s Out for ‘Gotham Academy’

Gotham Academy is one of the few truly young adult comics published by DC; a boarding-school story set in the Batman universe, it revolves around a group of teenagers who were unique to this series, especially Olive Silverlock, who comes into her second year with a dark secret and an unsolved mystery, and her younger […]

Review: ‘Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1—Riri Williams’

Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1—Riri Williams Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stefano Caselli Marvel Comics; $24.99 Rated T+ for Teens and Up Thanks to his prominence in the Marvel Studios movies, Iron Man Tony Stark has become one of the pillars of the modern Marvel comics universe, one of several centers at the middle […]

YA: Quirky Romance, Tough Decisions, & a Timely “Tick Tock Man” | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s YA web-only reviews feature a new voice in gritty contemporary fiction, a teenage spin on Yoruba folklore, the psychological push-pull of social media mind games, and more.

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Review: ‘Champions Vol. 1: Change The World’

Champions Vol. 1: Change The World Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos have been making comics since I was a teenager, so they likely wouldn’t be among the first names to pop into my mind if you asked me who might be best qualified […]