Muhammad Ali, Kinshasa 1974 is no ordinary graphic novel

Maybe you already knew this, but comic books aren’t just for fiction anymore. I stumbled upon this fact last year, thanks to the Book Riot’s annual Read Harder challenge. I’ve never been the biggest fan of non-fiction, but last year that changed. First, I went on a graphic memoir reading spree. Then with the passing of John Lewis, I binge-read the March trilogy before going on to read several other non-fiction graphic novels about black lives or with anti-racist themes.

Lumberjanes Volume 1 is a joyful adventure story full of heart and humor

Like most bibliophiles, I keep a stack of books by my bed that I one day plan to read. Unfortunately, between reading review materials, participating in reading challenges, books I’ve had on hold at the library for ages becoming available, and the lure of new books, that stack never seems to get any smaller. So I’ve decided to make an effort to finally tackle some of the books from my bedside “to-be-read” stack.

The Phantom of the Opera is perfect for fans of gothic fiction

When I saw that I had the opportunity to review The Phantom of the Opera graphic novel, my first thought was, is it going to play music when I open it, like one of those novelty greeting cards? Then I read a little further into the email from A Wave Blue World and knew that I needed to review this title. You see, Hungarian artist Varga Tomi doesn’t take the same approach as Andrew Lloyd Webber or Joel Schumacher. Instead, Tomi gives readers a direct adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel.

Nobody is in Control is part survival story and part conspiracy thriller

In M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Village, the characters are warned to stay out of the woods. In Nobody is in Control Richard follows a stranger into the woods, thinking the man needs help. It’s obvious to me that Richard has never seen that movie or at least didn’t choose to heed the warning. Soon, following the stranger leads Richard to stumble upon a conspiracy that has been going on for decades.

Food Wars: Volume I – The Endless Wilderness – Review

Soma Yukihira wants to become Japan’s greatest chef. After years of apprenticing in his father’s restaurant, he’s sent to the prestigious Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute. To get in, he must impress Erina Nakiri, the youngest member of the school’s governing body, the Council of Ten Masters. Erina has one of the most developed and highly respected palates in all of Japan. If Soma can’t impress her with his cooking, his dreams of culinary stardom will be over.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters – Review

A comic book featuring a team-up of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters!? The 90’s kid in me just gave a high five to the comic book nerd I’ve become as an adult. This mini-series features a fast-paced story filled with action sequences and comedic moments. A mishap while testing an inter-spatial teleporter causes the Turtles to be transported to a different dimension’s New York City. The New York City they find themselves in, is of course the home of the Ghostbusters.
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