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A Brief List of a Few of My Favorite Graphic Novels, For Those Interested.

Watchmen: Alan Moore + Dave Gibbons


Genre: Post Modernist response to the Superhero genre (and the culture of the 80s)

Synopsis: 1985. Nixon is still president and the Cold War is getting hotter. Costumed heroes have been outlawed since 1977, and only government sanctioned operatives and renegades continue. When a former hero and current operative The Comedian is murdered, the renegade Rorschach goes to warn his retired teammates Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Ozymandias, and the godlike Doctor Manhattan that someone may be targeting masks. The plot he actually uncovers shakes not just the notions of what a hero is, but the childishness of a good-evil dichotomy.


Asterios Polyp: David Mazzucchelli 


Genre: Character-driven narrative. Philosophy.

Synopsis: Narrated by the theoretical adult version of the title character’s sillborn twin, Asterios Polyp examines the downfall and evolution of a self-centered academic who ultimately ends up with nothing. A study in perspective and personality, the book uses flashbacks and illustrated analyses to explain Asterios as a person, and how he came to this point in his life.


Daytripper: Gabriel Bá + Fábio Moon



Synopsis: Brás de Oliva Domingos is an obituary writer living in the shadow of his successful author father. Most of the chapters are titled with a number: the age at which Brás dies in this strand of reality. As we learn more and more about Brás and his family, we see the impact and gravity a single decision can have, as they are often the difference between life and death. The book may seem like an uncaringly cruel festival of death at times, but the overall picture is a beautifully rendered illustration of life itself, and what we leave behind for our children.


I Kill Giants: Joe Kelley + JM Ken Nimura


Genre: Children’s Lit. Fantasy. Coming of age.

Synopsis: Barbara Thorson, a lonely, dorky, constantly bullied, nine year old girl, withdraws from other children, and lashes out at teachers who consistently try to tell her that she needs to leave her fantasies behind and deal with the problems in her life. She has characterized the massive, soul-shaking, issues she attempts to avoid as giants that she hunts down and destroys with her hammer, Coveleski. While many around her become annoyed and angry with her unorthodox coping method, she begins a friendship with a girl named Sophia who seems to have a genuine interest in her.


Essex County: Jeff Lemire


Genre: Slice of life.

Synopsis: Actually three interconnecting stories centered around the families and citizens in Essex County, Ontario. Essex County is a fantastically done story about family, community, and the fact that some history can never stay buried, and some grudges never go away.


Habibi: Craig Thompson


Genre: Romance. Drama.

Synopsis: I’m just going to take this one from Amazon, because its much better than anything i came up with.

“Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection. At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.”


20th Century Boys (series): Urasawa Naoki


Genre: Manga. Mystery. SciFi.

Synopsis: As children, Kenji Endo and his friends created a flag, and built a secret base in the grass where they read comics and outlined plans to save the world from nefarious villains. As an adult, Kenji begins to uncover a cult that seems to be spreading rapidly, lead by a masked man known only as “Friend,” who is not only using the symbol of their flag, but is actually making their innocuous super villain plans a grim reality. As Friend’s cult gains increasing social and political power, utilizing biological warfare and genocide, Kenji and his friends must navigate a labyrinth of decades old recollections and half-remembered almost-truths, to discover which of their old friends is the murderous cult’s leader; Friend could be absolutely anyone.

There is also a short follow-up series called 21st Century boys.


Trigun/ Trigun Maximum (series): Yasuhiro Nightow


Genre: SciFi Western. Action.

Synopsis: In the distant future, a subset of humanity has been stranded for a century on a desert planet. The mysterious gunman, Vash the Stampede, has had price of $$60,000,000,000 placed on his head after singlehandedly destroying the city of July. Interestingly enough, Vash seems to have deep respect for human life, and makes a point never to kill. Vash is hunted not just by the remnants of humanity, but also by a group of almost supernaturally dangerous hitmen, who have been sent by the gunman’s genocidal brother Knives: a man who harbors a much deeper, and older, grudge against Vash.


The Sandman (series): Neil Gaiman


Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: The Endless are seven beings, older and more powerful than gods, who will exist until the universe itself ceases to. They are, in order of birth, Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire & Despair, and Delirium, who was once Delight. When attempting to capture Death, an occultist accidentally traps Dream instead. escaping from imprisonment some years later, Dream finds his realm in shambles, his possessions stolen, and his nightmares escaped. The story begins with Dream retrieving these things, but evolves into a character analysis of not only Dream, but all of the Endless. The cold, inhuman Dream begins to soften a bit, and attempts, at his own peril, to make up for his past mistakes.


Also of note: 

Scott Pilgrim (6 volumes): Bryan Lee O’Malley

Lost at Sea: Byan Lee O’Malley

The Underwater Welder: Jeff Lemire

The Surrogates: Robert Venditti + Brett Weldele

King City: Brandon Graham

Phonogram: Kieron Gillen + Jamie Mckelvie

Kingdom Come: Mark Waid+ Alex Ross

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Frank Miller + Klaus Janson &Lynn Varley

Blankets: Craig Thompson

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth: Chris Ware


One comment on “A Brief List of a Few of My Favorite Graphic Novels, For Those Interested.

  1. davisa13
    April 23, 2013

    I’ve only read two graphic novels – Fun Home and Persepolis. I liked those, so I’m actually trying to get into more graphic novels. What you’ve listed here, they all sound really interesting. Thanks for posting! Definitely will be checking them out.

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