Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations – Part One: 1783-1953

To flip through this volume, which traces the history of the United States’ dealings with the Middle East from its conflicts with Barbary pirates at the turn of the 19th century through the CIA overthrow of Iran in the 1950s, is to encounter a panoply of fantastical figures, whether they’re wearing turbans or tricorner hats. Continue reading

To Get Her, by Bernie Mireault

To Get Her

Bernie Mireault’s longest, most ambitious work to date unfortunately doesn’t work. Continue reading


Picket Line

Above all else, the Xeric Grant seems to reward ambition, and there’s no doubt that Breena Wiederhoeft’s debut graphic novel is an ambitious first work. Continue reading


Nurse Nurse

Skelly’s emphasis is on world-building, and the simple pleasures of tossing out big bold SF ideas on every page. The ideas are thrown not just fast but hard. Continue reading


Are You My Mother?

If Fun Home is a riveting Tolstoyan family tale, then Bechdel’s new book, Are You My Mother?, is decidedly Freudian in its language and methods: keenly analytic, explanatory, and often clinical. Continue reading


Nancy is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945

What we think we know about Bushmiller’s imbecile epic gets upended by delving in to this much consecutive Nancy. Continue reading


Difficult Loves

Unapologetically sad and angry and strong. Continue reading


Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow and the Little King

Otto Soglow was one of the central cartoonists of mid-century America. With this book, we can finally begin to gauge his achievement. Continue reading