“From Under Mountains” by Claire Gibson, Marian Churchland, & Sloane Leong

From Under Mountains is a fantasy graphic novel starring a teenage princess who chafes against the role assigned to her by her gender. Lady Elena longs for adventure and to know more about the world beyond the palace, but her father Lord Crowe sees her as nothing but a pawn to be married off for politicalRead more

“Insexts” by Marguerite Bennett & Ariela Kristantina

When I saw InSexts on display at my local comic book store, I was immediately struck by the art noveau inspired cover. As I flipped through the pages and read the book’s description, I knew that I needed it in my life. InSexts is feminist Victorian body horror. You know how in Kafka’s Metamorphosis the main character wakes up toRead more

“Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

I’ve been on a graphic novels kick lately, and absolutely devoured the first volume of Pretty Deadly. Pretty Deadly is a western with a mythic fiction vibe. It’s also tricky to characterize, because the art and storytelling can both be a little confusing at times, especially with such a complex story. But at its core, there isRead more

“Lady Killer Vol. 1” by Jamie Rich & Joelle Jones

Clearly when I named my blog Books Without Any Pictures I never imagined myself getting into graphic novels. This is kind of a new thing for me still, but I’m digging it. The latest in my lineup is Lady Killer, which was recommended to me by a friend. The plot in a nutshell: A 1950s housewife named Josie moonlightsRead more

“Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening” by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Have you ever impulsively purchased a book and then been completely blown away by how mindbogglingly amazing it was? Earlier this summer I was traveling for work, and was horribly sick. In between meetings I stepped into a comic book store and saw the first issue of Monstress. The art was breathtaking, and I immediately grabbedRead more