Favorites from the Library Collection: Graphic Novels
Not just books we recomend, books we love. Books we’ll spend 10 minutes talking about without even realizing it. Books that make us want to start book clubs! Books we really, really think you should try too..
Alex thinks you should check out one (or more) of her favorite stories with pictures:
Created, written, and drawn by Doug TenNapel
A young boy with a terminal illness is accidentally zapped into the ghost world by a washed-up ghost wrangler – and discovers that he has special powers, and a mission to save himself (and maybe the world) the evil ruler of Ghostopolis. Features an excellent cameo by a Tuskeegee airman, who is probably also Jesus. Written for kids, but great for adults too.
Set to Sea
By Drew Weing
The wonderfully nuanced tale of a failed poet who gets shanghaied into the life he needs, not the one he thinks he wants. Recommended for preteen – adult readers (some violence, a lot of subtlety).
Written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Andy Kubert
This alternate history sets almost 20 Marvel characters 400 years back in time, during the the Spanish Inquisition, Elizabethan England and the founding of the Roanoke Colony. Another writer might have been overwhelmed by the challenge, but Gaiman pulls it off brilliantly – and leaves you wanting more.
Barefoot Gen Vol.1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
by Keiji Nakazawa; translated by Project Gen; introduction by Art Spiegelman
The powerful, tragic, autobiographical story of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, seen through the eyes of the artist as a young boy growing up in Japan. Part 1 of a 10 part series. Warning: may make you cry.
Created and written by Joss Whedon; pencilled by Karl Moline; inked by Andy Owens
Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops. Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny…. A great story, and you don’t have to be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan to enjoy it.
Mouse Guard. Vol. 1, Fall 1152
Story and art by David Petersen
What if small villages of mice were hidden in the forests and fields? What if there was an elite band of mouse warriors who kept those villages safe, and traveled between their outposts, working to keep mouse territories free from predators? That would be the brilliant, beautifully drawn, exciting comic books that make up the Mouse Guard series.
American Vampire Vol. 1
Written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King, art by Rafael Albuquerque
For anyone who loves secret agencies, alternate history, the idea that we are not, in fact, the dominant species on this planet – and agrees that the first vampire “born” on American soil could be a whole new breed of scary.
Alex is the Arlington Public Library Web Editor, and New Media Developer.