Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Top Graphic Novels

This is such a great topic to start off the month. I am a huge fan of manga and American graphic novels that it will be hard to choose just five. I will endeavor to do my best, however!

I don't think that I'll sort them by ascending order of interest because that might be splitting hairs a bit too fine. Instead, here are my top 5 favorite graphic novels in no particular order.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I stumbled upon this series because it was going around Booktube and I saw it on enough channels that I had to check it out. Luckily my library had the first few collected issues and has continued to buy them since then. It is quite graphic in some parts, but the art and the stories are so fantastic that it soars above others that have the same level of sexual content and violence.

R.O.D. (Read or Die) by Hideyuki Kurata and Shutaro Yamada and R.O.D. (Read or Dream) by Kideyuki Kurata and Ran Ayanaga


These two series can be standalones, but do cross over at least a little bit, especially when you consider the powers that these ladies all share: they are Paper Masters, able to bend paper into any shape at will. Each of them has a particular way that they prefer. Yomiko Readman, the main character of Read or Die, is a bit all encompassing. The three "sisters" from Read or Dream run a Paper Sisters Detective Agency. Michelle, the blonde sister, bends paper into weapons. Maggie, the blue (?) haired one, bends her paper into animals or other creatures. Anita, the youngest sister, uses her paper almost like Gambit does playing cards: as throwing stars. 

If I were able to have a superpower, paper mastery would be at the top of the list.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Are we sure these are bad guys? Nimona has a great adventure when she turns up to be the sidekick to a well established "bad" guy. The story, I think, certainly tries to turn you on your head in terms of identifying what is good, what is evil, and where you stand on the line between the two.

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellise, and Brooke A. Allen

There are just so many things in this series to like that I'm not sure where to start. Summer camp, magical creatures, a quest, five hardcore girls that aren't going to let the outdoors stop them? Pick it up, NOW, because it is funny and a great read.

Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova

Take an inside look at the workings of an anime convention by a girl who both attends and works her own booth in an Artist's Alley. There's drama, love, family drama, and great artwork to boot! The ultimate edition is the best version to pick up because it has all three volumes of the comic plush a bonus comic that's a quasi-sequel.

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