Fave Five Friday: Graphic Novels

I have a serious soft spot for graphic novels. I love how comics follow different rules than books, and that it takes more of a team to craft a good graphic novel. Whether it’s a memoir or superheroes, I love them all.

5. Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.

(Description from Amazon)

I adore the Sarah’s Scribbles series, but Adulthood is a Myth is the best. It’s like they were written for me! I love how it’s a collection of funny relatable everyday scenarios. I found this series when I was working at The Book Bin and they cracked me up. If you need a good laugh this graphic novel will provide.

4. Maus by Art Spiegelman

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven into the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century’s grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors.

Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.

(Description from Amazon)

I read Maus for a class and I have mentioned it before, but Maus deserves all the attention I can give it. To take something so horrible and so powerful and to execute it expertly in graphic novel form is impressive. I will also go out on a limb and make the claim that Maus has inspired many graphic novels of this nature such as Persepolis. I view Art Spiegelman as a pioneer for the graphic memoir genre.

3. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

Rick Grimes is not prepared for this. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family he must now sort through the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son.

(Description from Amazon)

We have also talked about The Walking Dead comics before, but to leave them out of my top 5 would be a shame and a farce. I fell in love with the TV show first and then picked up the first omnibus. I have a serious love for zombies and The Walking Dead is exactly what you’d expect from a zombie story with a few unexpected twists and turns.

I’m yet to finish the it but I LOVE this series. You should pick this one up if you love zombies.

2. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

(Description from Amazon)

I’m going to warn you now that Saga is not for the faint of heart. It contains graphic sex, violence, and it can be gross. But, it’s worth it. Saga is unique and I love how it melds sci-fi and fantasy together to create something new. I originally wasn’t going to read Saga because the first page of vol. 1 made me go ew, gross. But, I got over it and I’m glad I did. If you like sci-fi/fantasy and you don’t mind explicit content, Saga is for you.

Wolverine by Anyone Who Write His Comics

Wolverine (birth name; James Howlett;[1] alias; Logan and Weapon X) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, mostly in association with the X-Men. He is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, a powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor, and three retractable claws in each hand. Wolverine has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Avengers.

(Description from Wikipedia)

Wolverine is my favorite superhero! I have taken in so much Wolverine information the past few years and I haven’t focused on any other superheroes. His story is so much different and he’s rough around the edges. He doesn’t take any crap from anyone and he’s just as capable on his own as he is with the X-Men. I love the Origins comic run of Wolverine. It was fun to read and learn about Wolverine’s background, because he’s been alive for so long and he knows people from everywhere. I was listening to a scripted Wolverine podcast called The Long Night, and it’s been turned into a comic. I just purchased it and I can’t wait to read it. I have a sweet spot for Wolverine and he will never be replaced.

What are your favorite graphic novels? Let me know in the comments!

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