This week’s topic is pretty hard for me, because I have just recently started to branch out and read more graphic novels. I have barely read more than 5 graphic novels, so I feel like I can’t really tell you what my top 5 are. Instead I have decided to show you guys some of the graphic novels I have read this year, and organize them into hits and misses (ok, four hits and one miss). If you have any recommendations for me, please let me know! I am trying to branch out and read more graphic novels (I have a stockpile at home of ones I have been meaning to get to), but sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to start.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples (Goodreads)
If you are ok with a little bit of gore and mature content, this graphic novel series is fantastic. I wasn’t completely sold on Saga at first; I was a bit skeptical because of all the hype surrounding this series. But as the series progresses, I am finding myself really attached to the characters and really caring about what happens. I have only read the first two volumes, but I am really looking forward to continuing on with the series.
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba (Goodreads)
Ok, I know this is technically a manga and not a graphic novel, but I just had to talk about it because IT’S SO GOOD GUYS. If you want to try manga, but don’t know where to start, look no further. Pick up Death Note and be amazed. I have only read the first two volumes of this one, but I am shamelessly hooked on it. Just about everyone in my life has heard me tell them over and over how they need to read this series. Seriously, it’s amazing. Go read it. Now. No, really – do it. Why aren’t you reading it yet????
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Goodreads)
I just read this graphic novel the other day because it is a collection of five horror stories that are just perfect for Halloween time. This book was sufficiently creepy, but not so scary that it kept a chicken like me awake at night. The only thing that I didn’t love about this one was that there were lots of unanswered questions, and that bugs me. But I guess that adds to the mystery of the stories. Overall, I did really enjoy this one and I highly recommend you check it out if you are looking for a spooky read this fall.
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang (Goodreads)
This graphic novel duology was partially a hit and partially a miss for me. It tells the story of the Boxer Rebellion in China, and each book tells the story of the rebellion from the perspective of a child on either side of the fight. Overall, the series was really good and held some great lessons. My only problem was the Saints was drastically shorter than Boxers, and I wish there had been more to the story.
Ody-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward (Goodreads)
Ugh. I wanted to like this one. It is a gender-flipped retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, set as a space opera. The art style is psychedelic and totally awesome. But this graphic novel was SO confusing, even if you are familiar with the story line of the Odyssey. A lot of the characters looked too similar, so I couldn’t follow along with the story and I found myself wishing it would end. I definitely don’t recommend this one as your first graphic novel, so pick up one of the ones I listed up above instead!
What are some of your favorite graphic novels? Do you have any recommendations for me???
When you need to read more graphic novels…..
…..blame it on the books.