Graphic novels are more than just collections of comic books with spandex clad heroes battling villains, written for teens or kids. They’re complex, well-told stories, sometimes dealing with serious subjects such as the Civil Rights Movement. Plus, they have the added storytelling bonus of illustrations accompanying the text. Think of them as grown up picture books.
If you haven ‘t picked up a graphic novel before, come try one! Don’t miss out on some great stories because they aren’t written in a traditional novel style.
Step out of your comfort zone. Try something offbeat, something factual, maybe even something by a Booker Prize winning author.
Graphic Novel Recommendations
Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Essayist and journalist Coates has reinvented and reinvigorated the Black Panther character. Thought-provoking.
The Fix by Steve Lieber. Crooked cops and corrupt politicians and our hero, Pretzels the beagle.
Road to Riverdale. This isn’t the Archie comic you read when you were growing up. Riverdale and its inhabitants have been given an overhaul that makes them more Twin Peaks than Happy Days.
Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood. Did you know that the author of The Handmaid’s Tale also writes graphic novels? This has action, adventure and a genetically mutated superhero.
March by John Lewis. This is a National Book Award winning series (3 volumes) that explores John Lewis’s life and contributions during the Civil Rights Movement.
Monstress by Marjorie Liu. A woman struggles with her connection to a powerful monster in this alternative Asia in the early 20th century.