Mike Mignola, author of the Hellboy series brings us the first installment in a series of graphic novels about a plague spreading through port towns e...moreMike Mignola, author of the Hellboy series brings us the first installment in a series of graphic novels about a plague spreading through port towns everywhere. This plague turns people into zombies/vampires (I'm not sure where that combo comes from, but there you have it.) The plague is so powerful, it brings World War I to an abrupt end, and Lord Baltimore leaves the traditional battlefield to defend survivors against the hybrid undead.
Once you get past the whole premise being kind of silly, Baltimore is a lot of fun; full of plenty of good zombie violence, gore, and (my favorite) the fungus zombie! There's also some pure gross fungus in a few parts, but it's much more fun when it's growing on zombies. Also, Dark Horse has tons of fun interactive features related to this series on their website, and this hardcover edition includes a sketchbook with variations on Baltimore's wooden leg, practice sketches that led up to the perfect sinister jelly fish, and extra fungus zombies because, you know, you just can't have too many of those.
I don't know who actually wrote this book, but whoever she is, she's amazing. Eishes Chayil is a pseudonym and it means "Woman of Valor."
After nine ye...moreI don't know who actually wrote this book, but whoever she is, she's amazing. Eishes Chayil is a pseudonym and it means "Woman of Valor."
After nine years of keeping a painful secret, Gittel isn't sure she can hold her new life together. Her childhood friend, Devory, haunts her dreams and her thoughts. Even though Gittel has always done right by her highly Orthodox family in Brooklyn, she doesn't feel like she's doing right. She feels she has colluded with her community in betraying and killing her best friend.
Even though this book sounds heavy and depressing, the writing is so wonderful, it's impossible to put down. The story is narrated through the alternating view points of nine-year-old Gittel and 18-year-old Gittel, and the perspective is spot-on. Gittel's struggles with the usual aspects of growing up as well as the added complications of facing a crisis of faith after seeing evil first-hand, and seeing it go unpunished, are presented with such compassion and clarity it's eerie.
This is a must-read for fans of realistic YA fiction.(less)