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What I’m Reading: Graphic Novels

09 Aug
What I’m Reading: Graphic Novels

So, I have a few posts that I am working on currently, but I have also been reading a number of graphic novels which don’t exactly merit a full post like a book. Here’s a few I’ve recently read!

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Favorite new series: Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is the new Ms Marvel, protecting her hometown of Jersey City. She tries to balance her new life as a superhero with school, friends, romance, and family. Her goals to protect those she loves often clash with HYDRA’s evil plans.

I love her and the series 1) because she is the first Muslim American female superhero and gives insights into her culture and family life, often providing a bit of comedic irony; 2) she’s such a relateable teen that she’s trying to pursue her goals, have a life, be responsible and a good kid, but also wants to be more, do more, offer her talents in a direct way to help others even when adults say she can’t or shouldn’t; 3) the humor and fun! There are sightings of other Avengers, famous villains, and other Easter eggs all interacting with her life and best friends to create excitement and delight — this is basically the best of the best in how it’s executed, what you’d always want in a comic! Lastly, the art! It’s easy to follow, bright, and provides fun scenarios that don’t always play out in the action but provide a behind-the-scenes feel to Kamala’s powers.

51YHqA2w0SL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_Second favorite series: Batgirl

Batgirl goes to college and Barbara Gordon finds drama, friends who might be allies, and plenty of conspiracies to discover and thwart. I love Babs Tarr’s illustrations as they’re fun and capture the freshness of youth in her new surroundings.

 

 

 

Stand-alone book: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

In a modern science/medieval mashup, Nimona is a unique character filled with spunk, unpredictability, and teen angst. She’s a shapeshifter with rage issues who applies to be the new sidekick to local villain Ballister Blackheart. Blackheart had been somewhat content in his role to be a bad villain in name and not action (he doesn’t kill people and is horrified when Nimona suggests it). When he signs up Nimona, she wrecks havoc that spurs harsher retaliation from Blackheart’s archenemy, Ambrosius Goldenloin. Suddenly, Blackheart’s villainy becomes more active and the Institute (officially the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics) instructs Goldenloin to kill Nimona, especially after she uncovers Institute secrets, that it’s using substances that it has outlawed and could harm the public. Blackheart and Nimona must expose their deeds and hopefully find the justice they deserve.

Subversive tropes, unusual illustration, and amusing situational irony mark this gem of a graphic novel that is both a quick read and fun for all readers. Good especially for upper elementary looking for crossover appeal into YA.

I really liked these, especially as I hadn’t been much into graphic novels before. Now I really want to read Lumberjanes, anything by the Tamakis, and classics like Maus, Persepolis, and other award winning titles! I plan to start a new Spider-Woman one soonish.

(Note: I will say I tried Squirrel Girl, and I just couldn’t do it. Well, reading is subjective. XD)

Do you have any favorites I should try?

 

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Posted by on August 9, 2016 in Graphic novels, Young Adult/Teen

 

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