October 9, 2012 Graphic novelist Chris Ware's latest, Building Stories, is a collection in many formats, following the (mostly) sad and lonely lives of the inhabitants of a Chicago brownstone. But reviewer Glen Weldon says the work is colorful, intricate and ultimately beautiful.
September 11, 2012 Michael Chabon's new novel, set on the border between Berkeley and Oakland, Calif., takes stylistic cues from jazz, soul and funk music. It's formally playful, and even when it misses the mark, it's still satisfying to watch Chabon work, says NPR critic Glen Weldon.
August 16, 2012 In Jeff Lemire's latest graphic novel, Jack Joseph maintains an oil rig off the same Nova Scotia coast where his father vanished decades before. The mysterious disappearance plagues Joseph, as past collides with present in this beautifully illustrated work.
August 2, 2012 God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls collects and expands the adventures of a supporting character from the Hernandez brothers' long-running comic book series Love and Rockets. NPR's Glen Weldon says it will confound superhero haters with its marriage of depth and goofy hero tropes.
July 19, 2012 In Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons, editor Kelly Gerald lays out the youthful visual artwork of the woman who would become one of the greatest fiction writers of the 20th century. NPR's Glen Weldon sees it as a prototype for her prose sensibility.
July 12, 2012 Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank revisit and revise the origin of DC Comics' Caped Crusader, freed from the chains of comics continuity, in Batman: Earth One. NPR critic Glen Weldon says their take features some electrifying moments for fans.
September 21, 2011 French artist David B. renders ecstatic visions, religious fervor and bloody battles in his new collection of graphic novellas, The Armed Garden and Other Stories. His mysterious and melancholy style saturates every panel of the artfully told tales.
September 19, 2011 Set somewhere in a modern yet resolutely mythical Middle East, Craig Thompson's latest graphic novel is a love story that also tackles the roots of religion and the nature of masculinity and femininity.
July 21, 2011 Lady Liberty's boy wonder does his country (and his genre) proud with a slick, streamlined origin story that never talks when it can blast. Director Joe Johnston knows what his audience is expecting from the fourth superhero movie this summer, but he keeps finding new ways to satisfy. (Recommended)