PositiveBooklistMany readers will relate to the men’s relationship, in which one person dominates the other. Healy’s black-and-white illustrations are spare and straightforward with some details in the backgrounds and character designs, which helps keep the focus on the emotional turns of the plot.
PositiveBooklistWith spare text and many wordless panels, the illustrations carry the story forward. The drawings are simple, but packed with content. Many of the wordless panels, particularly those depicting difficult scenarios, add to the uneasiness readers feel as they draw their own conclusions. This is a story so rich and complex that it will require a second, and possibly third, reading. Readers should be alerted to sensitive material found inside, including stillbirth and suicidal ideation.
PositiveBooklistNesti’s art is bleak, matching the tone of the text; the color palette is mostly shades of gray and black, with some muted blue and more shocking splashes of red. Illustrations evoke the vibe of the original text’s mid-twentieth-century era, with limited defined character features ... Hand this to readers who are new to 1984 or hesitant to take up a classic.
PositiveBooklistThe gritty, Southern-noir style of writing pairs well with the setting and characters and the way they are depicted in rich grayscale illustrations ... Fans of the crime genre will enjoy this, as will readers of native Texans Greg Ruth and Ethan Hawke’s previous collaboration.
PositiveBooklistThemes of life on the home front and suffering in the aftermath of war play large roles in the story, with many recurring characters and a complex story line that jumps between the 1960s and the 1940s. The illustrations are in black and white and finely detailed, with shadows enhancing an ominous tone, and readers of political and supernatural thrillers, sf, and historical fiction with a vein of forbidden love will all enjoy this book. The name of the project, Prometheus, is fitting and may stir thoughts of Frankenstein, so pass this along to those who sympathize most with the monster.
Michel Rabagliati, Trans. by Helge Dascher
PositiveBooklist... readers will be able to pick this one up without having prior knowledge. Rabagliati knows how to create a character that most everyone will find relatable, and his greatly detailed illustrations are equally absorbing, while also having a retro, newspaper-funnies feel. Those already acquainted with Paul will enjoy this new installment, while those unfamiliar and looking for a calm and easygoing read will welcome having a new series to delve into. The unassuming nature of this series is central to its appeal.
PositiveBooklistMacellari stylishly depicts Kusama’s life and various works ... she subtly and cleverly evokes the evolution of Kusama’s signature dots throughout. Art lovers who want their biographies with a heavy dose of the visual will appreciate this.