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review 2017-06-24 03:43
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (1-4)
Black Panther (2016-) #2 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 (Black Panther (2016-)) - Brian Stelfreeze,Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Panther #4 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Bria... Black Panther #4 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze

 

 

I read this comic book series for my graphic novel class. I went into it knowing nothing about the Black Panther except having seen him in an Avenger's movie I think. I found this series of comic books more than a bit confusing. So many characters to keep track of and so many story lines that I didn't really understand. But, the main story is good, and if you know the backstory, maybe it will be easier to follow and understand.

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review 2017-06-07 04:17
Graphic novel adaptation...
Legend: The Graphic Novel - Marie Lu

 

Okay, so I'll be straight with you. I loved the Legend series by Marie Lu - a well-written story with amazing characters. I have an assignment for my graphic novel class to write a paper about a graphic novel adaptation. I chose to go with Legend because I know the story well and I loved it.

 

I wasn't disappointed. The artwork sets the right tone for the story, and Daniel & June are portrayed perfectly. Nothing important is left out. I loved this version, and I'm looking forward to reading the next two in the trilogy. Very well done!

 

If you enjoyed the Legend series, then you should definitely give this version a shot.

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review 2017-06-07 04:01
Jackson's grandson takes on her classic story...
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation - Miles Hyman

 

Miles Hyman is the grandson of Shirley Jackson, and he has adapted her classic story into a graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous and the faces full of expression. The graphic novel format adds another dimension to this creepy tale.

 

There is a bit of brief nudity which I don't really see the need for, but it isn't too graphic (just a woman taking a bath).

 

I enjoyed this version and it stays faithful to the original. Definitely a must-read if you are a fan of Shirley Jackson - more than worth your time.

 

I read this for my Graphic Novel class (and yes, it's as fun as it sounds).

 

 

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review 2017-05-11 02:17
Graphic Memoir of Growing up in Iran
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi,Mattias Ripa,Blake Ferris

 

 

Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

 

I love that this is told from Satrapi's point of view. It allows us to see a child's perspective of life during a revolution. There are vast differences between her home life and public life. We see how it feels for her to witness protests, hear her parents' worries, deal with loss, and try to decide who she is in the middle of all of this.

 

The story is touching and sad and also hopeful. I read this for my grad school multicultural literature class. I just found out that it is also an option for my daughter for summer reading this year. I'm going to encourage her to read it. :)

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review 2017-05-04 18:42
Art brings hope, even in war...
Amina: Through My Eyes - Lyn White,J.L. Powers

 

The debris was her canvas, the detritus of war her personal collection of art materials. And the itch in her fingertips drove her to keep creating, no matter how dangerous it was to do it.

- Chapter 1

 

She wanted both freedom and safety but she knew that was impossible.

- Chapter 1

 

Sometimes she forgot the fear, but when she remembered, it was worse than if she'd never forgotten. Because what kind of person could forget that you were living in the middle of a warzone?

- Chapter 8

 

Amina is 14-years old and she lives in Mogadishu. Her home has been damaged in the war. When her father is arrested and her brother is kidnapped by rebel forces, she is left to provide for her pregnant mother and ailing grandmother.

 

Amina is a brave girl who feels vulnerable and abandoned. She creates street art to help deal with her feelings and also to encourage people to feel hopeful. I liked Amina's character a lot. She tries her best to be strong, but she is also vulnerable. The story ends on a note of hope even though there is also sadness.

 

This book is part of the Through My Eyes series that chronicles the lives of children caught up in contemporary conflicts. The themes of courage, determination, and perseverance appear throughout the series. I think young people will enjoy this series and it could help promote empathy and cross-cultural understanding.

 

Amina isn't preachy, and it gave me an understanding of the conflict in Somalia that I never had before. 

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