Hi everyone! Time for the monthly recommendations! So far this year I’ve noticed that I’ve been reading a lot more graphic novels than usual, so I figured I’d make them this month’s theme. Let’s get started!
The first graphic novel I have to recommend is Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. This story, set in a world that mixes a medieval setting with modern technology, follows the story of a villain, Lord Ballister Blackheart, as well as his new shape-shifting sidekick, Nimona, as they go against the Institution that runs the kingdom. This book is actually kind of hard to describe, but also has to be among the most unique things I have ever read! The characters, art style, and storyline are all extremely well developed, and it’s all around an amazing book!
The next book I have to recommend is Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style>Substance by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Mike Norton. I just have this absolute love for stories about teenage superheroes, and this particular group has to be one of my favorites! It’s so easy to get attached to the characters (a team of young Marvel superheroes), and the whole series is also super diverse! If you’re looking for a good comic series to start, this is definitely one I’d recommend.
The third book I have to suggest this month is Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon, and Kaari.This adaption of the Legend Trilogy follows two main characters within a dystopian republic: June, a military prodigy, and Day, an infamous criminal. When Day is suspected of murdering June’s brother, their lives become intertwined as June seeks to avenge her brother’s death and Day fights to survive and protect his family. While I also definitely recommend the novel series, this graphic novel is extremely accurate to the source material, has a great art style, and is over all a great, fast-paced read!
Next up we have Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean. This graphic novel, based on the series of novels by the same name, tells the story of the main character, Jacob, who while trying to decipher his grandfather’s mysterious past comes across a home for children with strange magical abilities, and it has to be one of my all time favorite series (in all forms) The art is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, most of the characters look just how I pictured them in the novel, and it does a great job of conveying the amazing story!
Finally, the last book I have to recommend this month is another Marvel Bind-Up: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. This book, which follows a girl named Kamala who develops shape-shifting abilities after being caught in a strange mist, is a really solid start to a great superhero series! The characters (especially the protagonist) are very likeable, and there’s also a great level of diversity! If you’re trying to get into comic this is a really good place to start.