Sunday, October 18, 2015

What I've Been Reading Lately: Comics & Graphic Novels

Some time between first giving comics and graphic novels a try last year and now, I have officially become addicted. I love the artwork. I love the stories. I love that even with a young baby, I can actually finish a graphic novel or comic collection without it taking me a week (or more.) So it's about time I shared some of my favorites:

Completed Series

Locke & Key written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
Three siblings discover keys they give them special abilities as an evil entity seeks the power of the keys. SO GOOD.

Y: The Last Man written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pia Guerra & José Marzán Jr.
A man and his monkey are the only males left after a mysterious plague hits.

 Explorer edited by Kazu Kibuishi (illustrator of the Harry Potter special edition paperbacks!)
Various writers/illustrators each tell a story based on a theme -- Mystery Boxes, The Lost Islands, and Hidden Doors -- an awesome concept that showcases great creativity.

Ongoing Series

Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples
Star-crossed love story meets sci-fi adventure.

Wytches written by Scott Snyder, illustrated by Jock, color by Matt Hollingsworth, & lettering by Clem Robins
Explores some of our darkest fears -- these are NOT your average witches.

Cursed Pirate Girl written & illustrated by Jeremy A. Bastian
Fiesty pirate girl on a quest to find her pirate captain father.

Lumberjanes written by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis, illustrated by Brooke A. Allen
Kinda like the Girl Scouts, but with supernatural creatures and magic.

Unshelved by Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum
The adventures, amusements, and frustrations of being a public librarian.

Graphic Novel

Nimona written & illustrated by Noelle Stevenson
Sidekick plus super-villian seek to prove the heroes aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Graphic Memoir

El Deafo written & illustrated by Cece Bell, color by David Lasky
Cece navigates a new school and growing up with a hearing aid.

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I never thought I'd like comics or graphic novels, but I really surprised myself. So if you're still hesitant, I encourage you to give them a try. And if you have any recommendations for me, please share in the comments!


  1. Ooo... Locke and Key sounds interesting - I've been wanting to read more graphic novels so I'll have to keep and eye out for that one because you have me intrigued. Also, Unshelved sounds fun!

    Side note... I already wrote a comment, but I don't think it went through, so this could well be a duplicate.

    All Things Bookish – Jade Louise

    1. It was really excellent -- probably my favorite graphic novel series as of yet. I think Unshelved is kind of hard to get a hold of, but it was light and fun and just what i needed at the time.

  2. Amusingly I also have a post about comics going up this morning!

    I haven't read any of these, but Locke & Key is next in my queue, after I finish this Sherlock Holmes. Saga and Y: The Last Man are both on my list to check out. I think I need to add Unshelved to that list.

    1. I can't get a hold of the later Unshelved collections, but the first 5 were quick, fun reads. Can't wait to hear what you think of Saga and Y: The Last Man once you get around to them!

  3. YAY!!! I Have been waiting for this post. ;)

    I loved El Deafo and Nimona! I also enjoyed Saga, that cliffhanger makes me want to read the second one sooner rather than later.

    I have Y: The Last Man from the library and my library doesn't have Unshelved but I will be reading that some how since I work at two libraries. haha

    1. Saga does make you want to keep reading! I have discovered that Unshelved is not that easy to get a hold of -- I can't even get the newer collections unless I want to buy them, but I'm not thinking I will for now.

  4. I've been meaning to read El Deafo, Explorer, and Lumberjanes, but there are so many books and so little time! I read Nimona when it was online and I enjoyed it a lot, so I flipped through the library copy when the physical book was released, but I haven't reread it. I heard it wasn't really changed?

    1. Yes, never enough reading time! At least comics/graphic novels are quicker -- not that that is the only reason I read them, but it is a benefit!

      I never read Nimona online and I have heard it is mostly the same, but with an epilogue added, I think? Whatever the change is, I know it was just a small addition.

  5. Joe Hill's Locke & Key series is one of the best graphic novels. I haven't heard of several of these... definitely going on my TBR! I agree with you about loving being able to finish a graphic novel quickly even if you're super busy. I'd also recommend checking out Fables graphic novel if you haven't already!

    1. I've been meaning to start Fables, there are just so many of them! And I don't think my library has all of them, but I will get around to them at some point -- they are so highly recommended :)


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