Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala.
128 page full color paperback graphic novel.
Published by First Second.
I found this book in the kid's section when I took my girls to the library. My eight year old daughter and I both read it and we liked it a lot. Sala's art is vibrant and exciting. A perfect blend of creepy and cartoony. The colors and lettering are really great. My daughter also commented on the colors. She as asked me if I though it was painted and I explained that sometimes comics can be painted.
I'm an old geezer so to me the characters were a bit cliche' and the plot was predictable but the book is not really for old geezers. It's for kids. But I liked it plenty. I think readers of any age can enjoy escaping into Sala's world for a while. The story is a mystery thriller with a strong female lead so my daughter loved it. She is very much hoping that there will be a sequel. The book does read like a set up for an ongoing series. (Aren't all kid's books series now?) If there is a sequel I would definitely want to read it.
Between my years working in bookstores and my library trips I've had the good fortune of reading a lot of First Second books. They always look great and I can only think of one that I did not enjoy. They do a great job of getting them in libraries. I just have to remember to check the kid's section more often.
Your best pal ever,