Cat Dad, King of the Goblins (J 2014) Britt Wilson (Koyama Press)
Empire (2004) Mark Waid, Barry Kitson (DC Comics)
The Collector (1984/2012/2014) Sergio Toppi (Archaia)
Silver Surfer, Vol. 1: New Dawn (2014) Dan Slott, Michael Allred (Marvel)
Rai: Welcome to New Japan (2014) Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain (Valiant)
Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City (NF 2014) Pierre Christin, Olivier Balez (Nobrow)
This is one of eight books Derek and I discussed on our publisher spotlight on Nobrow Press a few weeks ago. You can find out more from the podcast, but Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City starts strong, yet loses a bit of focus in the last third of the book. I thought the conflict between Moses and writer Jane Jacobs was possibly where the book should’ve started. Still an enjoyable read.
BirdCatDog (J 2014) Lee Nordling, Meritxell Bosch (Graphic Universe)
I like the concept of having a three-character point-of-view story running throughout an entire 32-page book, but even in that limited number of pages, it’s hard to pull off. Each page of this wordless comic is laid out in a 3 x 3 grid, allowing readers to either focus on one character’s story at a time or see them all unfold together. This often works, but just as often may leave younger readers confused or uncertain.