28th Sep2021

‘Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero’ Graphic Novel Review

by Dean Fuller

Written by E. Lockhart | Art by Manuel Preitano | Published by DC Comics (YA) I’ve written in previous reviews just how much I like these Young Adult books. DC haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory in a lot of ways in recent times (closing down Vertigo for one) but this division has been one […]

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20th Sep2021

‘Voyage to the Stars’ Graphic Novel Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Ryan Copple, James Asmus | Art by Connie Daidone, Reggie Graham | Published by IDW Publishing | Format: Paperback, 96pp Voyage to the Stars is a bonafide podcast phenomenon starring Colton Dunn (Superstore), Felicia Day (Supernatural), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), and Steve Berg (Drunk History)! With 2.5 million […]

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10th Aug2021

Review Round-Up: Contraband / D&D: At the Spine of the World

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest graphic novel review round-up here on Nerdly, featuring reviews of Contraband from writer Thoma J Behe and illustrator Phil Elliot; and Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World from writers Aimee Garcia & AJ Mendez (aka former wrestler AJ Lee) and artist Martin Coccolo. Contraband Written by Thomas J […]

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04th Aug2021

‘Marvel Action – Avengers: Off The Clock’ Graphic Novel Review (IDW)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Katie Cook | Art by Butch Mapa | Published by IDW Publishing | Format: Paperback, 144 pp Although we like to throw around terms like ‘graphic novels’ and ‘sequential art’ these days, comic strips and comic books were originally designed to be cheap and cheerful throwaway entertainment. The comic strips were designed to […]

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01st Jun2021

‘The Joker War Saga’ Graphic Novel Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by James Tynion IV | Art by Jorge Jiménez | Published by DC Comics | Format: Hardback, 336pp As the Clown Prince of Crime battles the Dark Knight Detective head-to-head one last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before–he’s never wanted his battle with Batman to end. But now his motivation has […]

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21st May2021

‘Dark Nights: Death Metal – Deluxe Edition’ Graphic Novel Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Scott Snyder | Art by Greg Capullo | Published by DC Comics | Format: Hardback, 200pp It’s been two years since I reviewed Dark Nights: Metal. That event, by Snyder and Capullo, introduced a dark multiverse that exists alongside the regular DC multiverse, the two connected by various metals. That first event focused […]

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04th May2021

‘Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey: The Hunt for Harley’ Graphic Novel Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti | Art by Amanda Conner | Published by DC Black Label | Format: Hardback, 144 pp Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti―the duo who redefined Harley Quinn for the modern era―return to DC Comics, under the Vertigo-replacing DC Black Label, to put an exclamation point on their legendary run (which began back […]

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26th Jan2021

‘The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History’ Review

by Dean Fuller

Written by David Walker | Art by Marcus Kwame Anderson | Published by Ten Speed Press When anyone talks about sequential art, comics, or graphic novels these days, the first thing that comes into everyone’s mind is, of course, superheroes. Since comic books as an industry established itself in the 1930’s, superheroes have been the […]

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06th Jan2021

‘Early Haunts’ Graphic Novel Review

by Alain Elliott

Written by T.W. Burgess | Art by Mike O’ Brien, Brian Coldrick, Brianne Neuman, David Romero Author T.W. Burgess has a reputation for creating brilliantly scary graphic novels and I have loved his previous work. Malevolents, The Eyrie, and Hallows Fell have all been super creepy in a way no other graphic novels I have […]

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06th Jan2021

‘House of El: Book One – The Shadow Threat’ Graphic Novel Review

by Dean Fuller

Written by Claudia Gray | Art by Eric Zawadki | Published by DC Comics YA One thing DC has always enjoyed has been to reinvent and revisit some of its characters, and reinterpret them for various reasons. When comics began of course, the primary audience was young boys, so they tended to be pretty simplistic […]

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14th Dec2020

‘Joker: Killer Smile’ Graphic Novel Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Jeff Lemire | Art by Andrea Sorrentino, Jordie Bellaire | Published by DC Black Label | Format: Hardback, 144pp When DC Comics announced their Black Label offshoot many though it would be a replacement for the Vertigo line, telling all-new stories and creating all-new characters and universes. But in the end it turned […]

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20th Nov2020

‘Teen Titans: Beast Boy’ Graphic Novel Review

by Dean Fuller

Written by Kami Garcia | Art by Gabriel Picolo | Format: Paperback, 208pp | Published by DC Comics YA I’m getting the distinct impression that Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo enjoy two things. One, working together. This is their second effort together, after last year’s Teen Titans: Raven Young Adult book, and they have a […]

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09th Nov2020

‘Kerry and the Knight of the Forest’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Created by Andi Watson | Published by Crown Books | Format: Hardback, 288pp Andi Watson, who wrote the wonderfully whimsical Glister a few years ago, brings us Kerry and the Knight of the Forest, a middle-grade graphic novel that follows Kerry who is led astray into a forest full of weird and wonderfully fantastical creatures. […]

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08th Oct2020

‘Casino Royale’ Graphic Novel Review

by ApolloXL5

In 2018, Dynamite Entertainment released the (long-awaited) graphic novel retelling of the classic Ian Fleming novel, Casino Royale. Fans of Bond will know all about the film adaptations of this iconic character but it’s the comic version that’s recently received an update. Diverging with the modern film releases, this graphic novel is set firmly in […]

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07th Aug2020

‘Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes’ Graphic Novel Review (IDW)

by Chris Cummings

Written by Lun Zhang, Adrien Gombeaud | Art by Ameziane | Published by IDW Publishing Released by IDW Publishing, Tiananmen 1989 is written by Lun Zhang and Adrien Gombeaud and drawn by Ameziane and details the movement behind the famous 1989 image of a single protestor standing in opposition tanks in the street. This is […]

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06th May2020

‘Superman Smashes the Klan’ Graphic Novel Review

by Dean Fuller

Written by Gene Luen Yang | Art by Gurihiru | Published by DC Comics (YA Imprint) The thing that I like the most about DC’s concerted push into the High School and Young Adult markets is that there’s nothing half-hearted about it. They’ve been happy to take chances, even at the risk of alienating some […]

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23rd Apr2020

‘Gotham High’ Graphic Novel Review (DC Ink)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Melissa De La Cruz | Art by Thomas Pitilli | Published by DC Ink | Format: Paperback, 208pp I think it’s fair to say that , rather like the main Batman franchise being DC’s cash cow, Gotham and the associated characters have been the most fruitful area of DC’s recent Young Adults books. […]

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23rd Apr2020

‘Star Pig Vol.1’ Review (IDW)

by Chris Cummings

Written by Delilah S. Dawson | Art by Francesco Gaston | Published by IDW Publishing | Format: Paperback, 96pp Sci-fi comics can be delightful things. I’m a big fan of the genre and so the concept of Star Pig appealed to me right away. A teenage strong female lead named Vess who goes on a […]

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21st Apr2020

‘Life is Strange Vol.3: Strings’ Graphic Novel Review

by Xenia Grounds

Written by Emma Vieceli | Art by Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 112pp At the end of the last volume, it’s safe to say that I found things a little disappointing because it’s where I really saw the cliched fanfiction tropes and it came across as fan service […]

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10th Apr2020

‘Canto: Vol.1’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Written by David M. Booher | Art by Drew Zucker | Published by IDW Publishing, 152pp Published by IDW, Canto Volume 1, from David M. Booher and artist Drew Zucker, is the story of a little robot who is trying to find himself a heart, with a nod and a wink to the likes of […]

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08th Apr2020

‘Batman: Last Knight on Earth’ Graphic Novel Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Scott Snyder | Art by Greg Capullo | Published by DC Comics/DCBlack Label | Format: Hardback, 200pp The world of comics has long been filled with different versions of Batman. He is basically the Madonna of comics, reinventing himself for each new generation: from Adam West’s campy portrayal, to Frank Millers’ Dark Knight, […]

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31st Mar2020

‘The Oracle Code’ Review (DC Ink)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Marieke Nijkamp | Illustrated by Manuel Preitano | Published by DC Ink/DC Comics | Format: Paperback, 208pp So now it’s Barbara Gordon’s turn. DC have been steadily working their way through their roll call of strong female characters for these Young Adults/ High School level books. So far we’ve had young Mera (Aquaman’s […]

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