Thursday, February 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels & Manga

(Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) 

Tuesday's topic was graphic novels/manga, and to be honest I haven't read a lot of them, and definitely not enough to create a top ten list. So this past week, I asked Emily the Gnoming Librarian for some recommendations to add a few more to my repertoire, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It's not that I haven't liked graphic novels in the past. I usually give them three stars because they're just ok. But apparently, I had been reading the wrong ones! 

So here is a list of ten that I really (and I mean REALLY) enjoyed! 

 1. Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando
A manga about Najika - a great cook on a mission to find a boy she met as a child. The only clue she has is a silver spoon that leads her to the prestigious Seika Academy.

 2. Fringe by Tom Mandrake
A graphic novel tied to the TV Show (starring Joshua Jackson as Peter aka Pacey Witter *swoon*). 

 3. Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire
Gus is just one of many children with an animal-like mutation that makes him immune to the pandemic that struck a decade ago and is still killing people. Now an orphan who was raised to believe everyone else is evil, Gus must fend for himself until a man saves him from hunters and promises to help him find refuge. I've only read Volume 1, but I'm excited to read the rest!

 4. The Guild by Felicia Day
This graphic novel is a prequel to Felicia Day's popular web series, The Guild, and I loved it! It's quirky and fun!

 5. Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? This was super creepy, but I couldn't stop reading! 

 6. Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
After Cam's father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday, they fashion it into a man that comes to life, but things spin out of control when a bully steals a scrap of the cardboard to create creatures that disobey his orders and multiply into an army. A sweet and bizarre story about friendship and family.

 7. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  Though recently soldiers from opposite sides of a massive intergalactic war, moth-winged Alana and ram-horned Marko simply want peace and anonymity to raise their newborn daughter away from conflict and hatred. I checked out the rest of the series and can't wait to get home and read them! (Recommended for ages 18+) 

 8. Ms. Marvel by Wilson and Alphona
Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community. It's a fun and important twist on a superhero story! Love these!

 9. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto
An adorable manga in which after inheriting an ancestral estate, Himari Momochi is supposed to serve as a the estate's guardian between the human and spiritual world, but when she moves in she finds a handsome young man living there who seems to be also acting as a guardian. Both mysterious and romantic, I plan to finish this series!

10. Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis
In this dark and gritty series, Jessica Jones has given up on being a super-hero to run Alias Investigations. Deeply flawed and sarcastic, she uses her wit as much as her powers. Marvel Comics fans will enjoy her interactions with other heroes, including Captain Marvel and Ant-Man. It's a mix between classic noir mysteries and a downtrodden, more adult Veronica Mars. I loved every minute of the first volume and will be reading the rest asap!

1 comment:

  1. So many good ones - I'm glad to see Cardboard getting some love!

    There's a Fringe graphic novel? I loved that show... :)

    Lauren @ Always Me


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