Words and pictures
New graphic books illustrate Ayn Rand, evolution and feminist artists.
Anthem (New American Library) by Ayn Rand, adapted by Charles Santino and Joe Staton, is the tale of Equality 7-2521, a lone hero struggling for freedom against . . . wait, wasn't this a comic to begin with?
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth (Hill and Wang) by Jay Hosler, illustrated by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon, lays out that complex process with the help of a see-through Australopithecus afarensis, a chatty Charles Darwin and a little sea creature named Bloort.
Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press) by Hillary L. Chute is a scholarly and fascinating examination of the feminist graphic novels and cartoons of Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry, Marjane Satrapi and Alison Bechdel.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor