Best YA Novels of 2010
by Shannon Donnelly
For the One Who Knows Comics Aren’t Just Guys in Tights
Cuba: My Revolution
by Inverna Lockpez, Dean Haspiel, and Jose Villarrubia
The Cuban revolution and rise of Fidel Castro is explored in this graphic novel written by Inverna Lockpez and based on her life. Artists Dean Haspiel and Jose Villarrubia use a stark palette of black, white, and red to tell the story of Sonya, an idealistic young woman who gets swept up in the revolution that saw Fidel Castro installed into power. But it doesn’t take long before the regime’s abuses turn her from a revolutionary to a disillusioned artist looking to flee the increasingly oppressed country. Though some graphic violence and sexual themes make it unsuitable for younger readers, it will appeal to more mature fans of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Art Spiegelman’s Maus.