Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2023) Featured Review of Seven Secrets, Vol. 2 by Tom Taylor

Seven Secrets, Vol. 2 by Tom Taylor
Boom! Studios
Publication Date: November 2, 2021
ISBN: 9781684157396

Picking right up after the events of volume one, the members of The Order now find themselves surrounded by the chaos and destruction unleashed by the First Secret. The Keepers and Holders are forced to go into hiding in the Faerie realm, where Casper gets a chance to discover a hidden aspect of his complicated origins, and new leadership is chosen. With the change in command comes the further unraveling of The Order’s secrets and a new objective for the remaining members.

The worldbuilding and the revelation of the secrets in this book continue to be top-notch, with twists and turns around every corner. There are layers to this story, and the bright, fun, artwork and fantastic pacing make them a joy to uncover. Taylor has developed a compelling and unique cast of characters, both heroes and villains alike, and while the world of The Order is interesting and intriguing, it truly is the humans at the center of the story that make it such a fun ride.The dive into the motivations and backstories of some of the characters only enhance the storytelling and get the reader more invested in the stakes. The relationships built and destroyed in the second volume keep the story flowing and make the more fantastical elements fit right in with the mayhem brought on by volume one. 

Readers who enjoyed Homesick Pilots by Dan Watters, Quincredible by Rodney Barnes, or N.K Jemisin’s Far Sector will want to check out this latest volume of Seven Secrets

—Denise Farley

Other Nominated Titles: 

  • Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao (March 8, 2022)
  • Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys, Andrew Weiner and Brittney Williams (March 1, 2022)
  • Amazona by Canizales (May 3, 2022)
  • Witch Hat Atelier, vol. 8 by Kamome Shirahama (September 28, 2021)
  • Eat the Rich by Sarah Gailey and Pius Bak (May 24, 2022)
  • Blue Lock, vol. 1 by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura (June 21, 2022)

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination. 

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.

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