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Readers familiar with the themes that the prolific Lemire routinely explores might find the twists and turns here a tad predictable, but the author tells his story with such passion and empathy for his characters that it’s hard not to get swept up and genuinely moved by the ending nonetheless. [Previewed in Ingrid Bohnenkamp’s Graphic Novels Spotlight, “Mass Appeal,” LJ 6/19.]

Gideon Falls.

Moody metaphysical horror with echoes of Twin Peaks–style strangeness establishes this mysterious world created by Lemire (Essex County; Roughneck), Sorrentino (Old Man Logan), and Stewart (Hellboy), presented in this first volume of a popular ongoing series. Collects single issues 1–6.

Royal City. Vol. 1: Next of Kin

A worthy selection for those interested in literary graphic fiction.


Prolific creator Lemire has written many superhero, sf, and slice-of-life stories, but this might be his most mature and accomplished work yet.


While the adventure through this character-driven story is highly enjoyable, the ending leaves readers flat. After the final page is turned, there is a sense that the tale should somehow continue. An appealing option for older teens and adults owing to graphic language and violence.

Futures End

The best thing about this volume is its ambition. Unfortunately, it fails in execution. For readers who wish to finish the series if already started and those who thoroughly enjoy convoluted time traveling, alternate-dimension superhero tales.


This Eisner Award-nominated miniseries is the kind of labor of love that artists tackle as soon as they have the cachet to do so: imaginative and personal yet too self-indulgent to matter as much as their best work. Optional but worthwhile for fans of challenging fantasy and speculative fiction.

Sweet Tooth: Wild Game

This emotionally riveting work is highly recommended for libraries with broader graphic novel collections and essential to those with selected earlier volumes. Lemire's series also serves as a read-alike for both the "Y: The Last Man" and "The Walking Dead" series.

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