Wires and Nerve, by Marissa Meyer, is the latest installment in The Lunar Chronicles, featuring an android who tracks down rebel wolf-hybrid soldiers who are threatening the peace. I never read any of The Lunar Chronicles, but I knew Cinder was a Cinderella retelling, so I figured the graphic novel was another….
A pale boy who had lost his memory was going to be sacrificed to the Aztec God of Death until said god stayed the High Priest’s hand and marked the boy as his servant. Like the High Priest, this boy can see and interact with the gods. It doesn’t help that the interests two of… Continue reading Metztlitototl is plagued by the Gods of Death and Night
I used to watch Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular and its sequel Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy every October, and then Cartoon Network stopped showing them. While I was in a course on children’s literature two years ago, I found Scary Godmother in the children’s section of one of the academic libraries. I never knew that the TV show was based on a graphic novel, and it was fun to read.
Spanish artist Pablo Auladell set out to adapt John Milton’s Paradise Lost into this graphic novel. A few days after Satan’s Fall, he awakens in Hell and rallies his troops to come up with a new plan to attack God. Meanwhile, Adam and Eve are starting their lives together in the Garden of Eden. In this adaptation, we see a condensed and beautiful version of Paradise Lost, even if the characters are relatively flat.
I picked up Michael Cho’s Shoplifter because I was interested in a story about an English major – five years out of college – who realizes that she has only been writing copy for an advertising and that won’t change if she continues down this path. That is an interesting premise. Sadly, the story falls short of interesting.
In a retelling of the famous One Thousand and One Nights, Jeon Jin-Seok and Han Seung-Hee reimagine it with new characters and stories from around the world. The Shahrazad of this story is a guy who disguised himself as a woman to save his sister from execution, post-consummation. With his life on the line, what stories will Sehara tell the king?
K is a sorcerer who grants wishes in exchange for the most important thing to the wisher. Jin Ryu, whose family just died, wishes for K to bring them back to life, but he refuses. He makes her work for him until she can come up with another wish. They meet a father who does not want his son to date an older woman, a girl who does not want her lover to forget her, and a boy who wants his friend to get well.
Ehwa, a Korean girl raised by a single mother, overhears conversations that confuse her about the world and her body, and her mother answers her questions with wisdom. She learns what exactly it means to be a girl, a woman, and in love. As Ehwa grows up, she develops new understandings of love and comes to terms with her feelings for the two boys that caught her eye. Kim Dong Hwa’s The Color of Earth is a coming-of-age story about love and the rite of passage into womanhood.
Synopsis from Inside Cover: Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to… Continue reading Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi