the good, the bad, the boring graphic novels

GNs o’ June

The Mother’s Mouth  by Dash Shaw

This thing was in need of a good editor.  Weird story, and weird non-logical bits stuck in.  Left me feeling “mleh.”

Robin: Wanted  writer Adam Beechen, artist Freddie Williams

Too full of backstory and bombastic dialogue.  Couldn’t hack it.

Lonely Heart: The Art of Tara McPherson

Love her artwork.  It’s like emo via Suicide Girls.  This collection featured many of her concert posters.

Essex County vol 1: Tales from the Farm  by Jeff Lemire

Interesting little story about a boy coming to terms with his mother’s death and his new life on his uncle’s farm.  The  simple art and sparse storytelling add to the atmosphere of loneliness.

Elk’s Run  written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, art by Noel Tuazon

Exceptional story.  A group of Vietnam vets decide the only way to deal with a world gone mad is to withdraw from it.  They build a secluded Utopian society and would do anything to protect it.  But when their teenaged children learn exactly what that means, the kids would do anything to escape.

The Black Diamond Detective Agency  by Eddie Campbell

A man framed for a train robbery is tracked by a detective agency while trying to clear his name.  Good art, good story.

Midnight Opera, Vol 1  by Hanzo Steinbach

Goth manga about a heavy metal rockstar with a secret supernatural past that comes back to haunt him.  And hunt him.  The art is stylistic and stunning- innovative use of panels and viewpoints.

Beautiful People  by Mitsukazu Mihara

Short story manga from the creator of Doll.  Good stuff.

God Save the Queen  written by Mike Carey, art by John Bolton

Two converging stories about a girl falling in with junkie fairies and the evil former queen deposing her replacement.  One of my fav writers; great watercolored artwork. 

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