Friday Favorites: Graphic Novels

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes.  It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or in length, depending on my mood 😉


Graphic Novels

After recently discussing Comixology on Twitter with Liis @ Cover to Cover and CJ @ Random Melon Reads, I realized it might be time to share a few of my favorite graphic novels.

As a fan of all forms of sequential art, I often find myself turning to manga and graphic novels when I am looking for a reprieve from my larger books or combating a reading slump. I spent years painting and drawing, and I am a huge fan of illustrations. I love nothing more than cracking open a title to discover an incredible story with artwork to match. It creates an entirely different experience for me that appeals not only to my love of stories, but my affection for animation and art. Today, I am sharing a small list of graphic novel series that meet my expectations on all fronts.


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23200006Low (Series)
By Rick Remender (Writer),
Greg Tocchini (Artist)
Dave McCaig(Colourist)

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Blurb:

Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth’s surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun’s scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. Dive into an aquatic fantasy like none you’ve ever seen before, as writer Rick Remender (Fear AgentUncanny Avengers) and artist Greg Tocchini (Last Days of American Crime) bring you a tale mankind’s final hour in the cold, deathly dark of the sea.

 

black holeBlack Hole (Omnibus)
By Charles Burns

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Blurb:

Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.

And then the murders start.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Holetranscends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.

To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin…

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The Thief of Always
By Clive Barker
Gabriel Hernandez (Illustrator)

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Blurb:

Master of horror Clive Barker’s Thief of Always is a fable appealing to horror and fantasy fans young and old. Now IDW brings you its own lavishly illustrated adaptation of the thrilling tale. Mr. Hood’s Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied… for a price.

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Fables (Series)
By Bill Willingham (Writer)
Lan Medina (Artist)
Steve Leialoha (Artist)
Craig Hamilton (Artist)
James Jean (Cover Artist)

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Blurb:

When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.

3217221Locke & Key (Series)
By Joe Hill
Gabriel Rodríguez (Artist)

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Blurb:

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…


Do you read graphic novels? I tend to prefer science fiction and the supernatural with an occasional fantasy title when selecting a GN. I find that for myself, illustration is just as important as the story arc. I struggle to immerse myself in series that fail to provide attractive artwork.

What titles or series would you recommend?

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45 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Graphic Novels

  1. These are so great. I’ve been looking for a graphic novel to read. I’ve only recently come to appreciate them. I read Maus in college and thought it was fantastic, but it wasn’t until recently I think I really started to appreciate these when I read the March series about John Lewis. My husband loves Fables…maybe I’ll try that. Or do you have one graphic novel for someone who is new to the genre, like me, she absolutely read?

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  2. I haven’t read Fables, but I *have* played the video game based on it called A Wolf Among Us, and really liked it. (Yet another instance of my sons telling me to try something they were sure I would like… they know me too well.)

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      1. I haven’t heard anything about it being available yet, but I am woefully behind on gaming news nowadays. I’ll have to see about reading the graphic novel. I don’t read them nearly enough!

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      1. I think I can count them on one hand haha. I do remember loving Through The Woods… And I recently read Wires And Nerve. Ah, and the Sarah Andersen scribbles, but I guess neither of these is a ‘true’ graphic novel haha.

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  3. Hell yes to comics! 😀 Definitely a wonderful little list you’ve got here, and man, I couldn’t agree more with how wonderful these are. The story, the art, the whole darn visual experience is unique. It’s always such a fun and quick ride too! I see a bunch of peepz mention Saga and I definitely agree that you honestly need to pick that one up, digital or even at the library if you have to! Fun and serious mixed into a whole space saga that covers so many themes, especially family, in ways that no other comic series has ever done before!!! 😀

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  4. I love me some graphic novels and comics. I have Low, but haven’t yet read it, and same with Fables, which I’ve heard is great. I really enjoyed Locke & Key and need to continue with it. I don’t mind genre when it comes to comic books, but I’ve realize that I prefer gritty, edgy ones and tend to lean towards comics published by Image.
    I’m first drawn to the art. That’s the main reason why I read them. And then the story.

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  5. I need good art too, if the GN has poor art it’s hard for me to like it. Low looks really good, from what I’ve seen the art looks great in that series. Fables is one I’ve wanted to try too…

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  6. ooooo Low is on my TBR, the art just looks amazing!!! I have heard the story isn’t great but it looks interesting enough for me to give it a try. I tried reading lock and key but I think I just wasn’t in the mood when I picked it up because I didn’t get hooked like everyone else seems to have.

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  7. Great list! 😀 I’ve read and enjoyed several of these. It’s been a while since I’ve read The Thief of Always graphic novel, but I remember really liking it. 🙂 Fables is a series I’ve been curious about for a while, but never taken the plunge into yet. Might need to change that in the future. 😛
    Monstress and Saga are really good, too. Definitely worth checking out! 😀

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      1. Oh, nice! Volume 2 is also really good for Monstress. In fact, I may have even liked it a little bit more, which is really saying something! 😛
        Yeah, I’ve got a couple other series I’m really into at the moment. I’ve been enjoying Giant Days (which is more of a fun, cute slice of life style comic) and I’m really looking forward to reading more Rat Queens. The first volume was excellent, with loud, potty-mouthed leading ladies that are in a fantasy realm. It was a lot of fun. 🙂

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