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52 reviews

Quince by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner

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adventurous emotional funny inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

The first few chapters didn't quite grab me because I'm becoming a cranky old man, but they were just confidently setting the table for an unexpectedly delightful story that actually had me tearing up by the end! ♥️ (I read this digitally, but the bilingual hardcover is beautiful!)
The Strange Tale of Panorama Island by Suehiro Maruo

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dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

Weird, shallow, but beautifully illustrated.
Black Panther, Vol. 3: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 3 by Chris Sprouse, Brian Stelfreeze, Ta-Nehisi Coates

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

Coates' core thesis is interesting but doesn't pull off the right balance of superheroics and deeper philosophical questions he wants to tackle. It's also hampered by having to lean on previous events for emotional impact, while also setting up future stories, making it all feel like a 12-issue interstitial instead of a self-contained story.
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Coates' pacing is better in these four issues, and he clearly had fun with The Crew's appearance, but underlying connections to past events mutes the overall impact a bit if you're not up to speed. Still, a fun read so far, but I would not buy these trades again.
Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Solid start to a larger story, but another example of the periodical format not always working in fractional collections.
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

I didn't read the original novel until I was an adult, shortly before I saw the movie, which I liked better but can't remember why. Larson's adaptation is solid, but still didn't make me like the original story nor any of its main characters.
Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry by Jason Schreier

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informative medium-paced

3.5

An overlapping series of insigh ful profiles of notable studios and developers devoured by an unsustainable approach to game development that delivers more on the ruin than recovery of its subtitle.
Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance by Adonia Lugo

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challenging informative reflective fast-paced

3.75

Part memoir, part case study — Dr. Lugo candidly lays bare the challenges she faced in tackling race's impact on predominantly white advocacy efforts, connecting dots that are relevant way beyond biking. An occasionally frustrating but always insightful read.
A Journal of My Father by Jirō Taniguchi

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emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Literary fiction isn't usually my thing, but Taniguchi delivers an emotional family tale of reflection and regret without any melodrama, combined with clean, beautiful artwork that subtly communicates the complicated feelings throughout.