"Highly descriptive writing and grotesque imagery help to place readers in this truly fantastic setting with hints of elder gods and worlds beyond worlds. Enhanced by multiple points of view and deeply philosophical in its underpinnings, the lavish illustrations add immediacy to Molly's world. Both [readers] who like their fantastic sprinkled with a little Lovecraft and steampunk and those who are interested in a wider view of the world should enjoy this."
"Mignola and Golden obviously remember what it felt like as young readers to be swept away by the powerful combination of pictures and words in a book. As they so effectively demonstrate in JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY, this feeling can be captured again in later life. It deserves a place on your bookshelf alongside those adventures of Alice, Oz, Dr. Seuss and other illustrated books you've treasured all these years."
"J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote about 'the leaf-mold of story,' the accumulated hoard of human imagination from which further stories always grow. One can only marvel at the richness of the compost that generations of active fantasizing have created -- so many images, creatures, concepts. But it still takes something special to impose a unifying vision, and Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden have got it...The world that results (made even richer by Mr. Mignola's drawings) is one of the most powerful 'neverwheres' of the modern fantastic imagination. Joe Golem is surely booked for further adventures."
"Rife with archetypes gleaned from the darkest gems of myth, folklore, and pop culture...It works because Mignola and Golden have written characters that give the tale a beating heart...These are people you can get behind, not shallow monster fodder...Fast-paced and entertaining, the novel's an easy recommendation for fans of Mignola and Golden. YA enthusiasts will find that it doesn't pander to the young, providing a dark, sturdy story that will appeal to teenagers and adults alike. It's also a gorgeous tome to behold, not least because of Mignola's always-stunning artwork. His black-and-white illustrations provide stark windows into the world of the novel, never giving away too much so the reader's imagination has room to experiment."
"There's an appetite out there for these sorts of propulsive, fantasy-rich mash-ups of steampunk and mythic literature...But few combine literary sincerity and fun as well as Mignola and Golden. Here the pair construct a rich world ripe for sequels and prequels. With Jules Verne technology, ghosts, magic and multidimensional monsters...it's an awfully fun way to pass an afternoon."
"Joe Golem is the second collaboration between Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden (after 2007's Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire). The sense of dread is palpable, with both prose and picture creating the mood. The characters are both over the top and disturbingly realistic, and the city itself, shown within the upper stories of older buildings in the flood area, reinforces the plot and the tone of the novel. Fans of deep characterizations and quirky tales will enjoy this tale of weird science fiction."
Paperback published April 16th, 2013