"This is a scholarly book, complete with footnotes, a bibliography and website addresses where you can find out more about this subject and even look at some samples of that new phenomenon, online comics. This was an interesting study."
The Whitehorse Star
"Canada's distinctive contributions to cartooning get a new history all their own in the cleverly designed Invaders From the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe by John Bell."
The Calgary Herald
"The book's 60-plus images rightly place the spotlight on the art ... Kudos to publisher Dundurn for using colour, fully remastered, for all images that originally used it, as well as for using heavy paper stock - there's an almost tactile thickness to the images that gives them an impressive air of scrapbook solidity."
Quill and Quire
"Filled with interesting facts and vivid illustrations, the book chronicles the history of comics and comic art."
"Invaders From the North is the best kind of pop culture book: quirky and fascinating, with a fresh look at something most of us take for granted."
"It's a beauty of a book, a must for the growing legion of fans of an art form that stands as a legitimate bridge between high and low culture."
"... an original work that scholars, collectors, fans, and enthusiasts of all ages should plan on adding to their libraries."
"Canada's distinctive contributions to cartooning get a new history all their own in the cleverly designed Invaders From the North."
The Calgary Herald
"... Canada clearly has a comic book heritage worth celebrating, and this is a worthy tribute."
British Journal of Canadian Studies
"Bell's book is to be welcomed as part of a larger movement to recover Canada's lost popular culture."
Literary Review of Canada
"Bell's book is well researched and illustrated."
Ottawa X Press
"Refreshingly, John Bell takes a more inclusive view in his history of Canadian comics and cartoonists, Invaders from the North ... The research behind Bell's book is impressive, as is its scope."
"Bell sticks to his strengths and offers a solid history ... Invaders from the North ... is still the most thorough examination of Canadian comics to date."
New Brunswick Reader