A pleasant one: This is a story, after all, in which much of the X-Men's subtext becomes text. Luffy, leader of a gang of pirates on a world dominated by two vast oceans. This version of Clint Barton has no secret identity — Fraction's idea was to make him just an everyday dude, dealing with aging and divorce and everything that happens while he is not being an Avenger. Take one step too far? Ages 13 and up Vaughan, Brian K. Jen Walters has returned to practicing law after the second Civil War, but she has come back changed.
But that is the point: The merciless way death forces us to reduce lives to narrative arcs, to turn a person's existence into story beats and act breaks. The universe they've created pays loving homage to familiar characters and storylines even as it digs deep to continually invent new stories and feature new perspectives. For such a young cartoonist he is 41 , Jeff Lemire's output is considerable and sufficiently diverse that the judges each had their favorites. But how far are they willing to go - and who are they willing to recruit - in order to get it? Heavy is the head that wears the cowl! Ultimately, it was Gail Simone's run on the character especially her four-issue launch tale, The Circle, with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson that best managed to nail Diana's iconography by depicting her as powerful as we know her to be and as compassionate as we need her to be. Ages 14 and up Spiegelman, Art.
Momo, the victim of a plot to ruin her relationship with Toji, finds out from Kiley that Sae was behind the whole episode and together Momo, Toji, and Kiley set in motion their own plan for revenge. A stunning work whose astounding success, including the first Pulitzer Prize awarded to a graphic novel, helped move the medium out of dingy comics shops and into the literary mainstream. This is it: Frank Miller's 1986 magnum opus, the gold standard against which all Batman stories will forever be judged, for better or worse. Publisher: Viz, Pub date: c2004. Together, the three books form an extended coming-of-age tale. Just watch out for Mr. A collection of comics, spanning 8 years, which humorously depict Ananth and Yuko's life after college with their friends and cats.
Simple, clear artwork with an eerie color palette and the stacco, witty dialogue makes Scarlett Hart a rompingly fun read. We are a group of librarians, parents, and writers--and most of us wear at least two of those hats--who started writing about kids' comics in 2008 because, well, nobody else was. Age 12 and older Walden, Tillie. Noelle Stevenson's spritely line work gives the story even more lift, building a world where temp agencies handle evil-sidekick gigs and fantasy-armored bad guys plot to attack modern-looking city skylines with genetically modified dragons. Every page bristles with color and action — and crisp midcentury design — but there's more to it than crew cuts and car fins.
Holm and Matthew Holm Graphic Novel The year is and Sunny Lewin will be spending the summer with her grandfather in Florida. No — not merely look at — we truly see it, because Richard McGuire shows us that same tiny patch of real estate over thousands of years, from the distant past to the far future, overlaid — literally — with selected mundane moments of the life that happen in and around that space in the meantime: births, deaths, parties, arguments. Ages 7 and up Soo, Kean. The judging panel was struck, and a bit dismayed, by the relative dearth of manga titles in the raw vote, but the strong showing for Hayao Miyazaki's groundbreaking Nausicaa series, about a headstrong young girl who becomes a military leader in a post-apocalyptic world, was heartening. Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's. Comics are sequential visual art, emphasizing everything from drama, adventure, character development, striking visuals, politics, or romance over laugh-out-loud comedy.
Ten-year-old Marji struggles with wearing the veil, yet wants to be a prophet when she grows up. Gene Luen Yang's much-praised 2006 book contains three stories — a retelling of the legend of the Chinese Monkey King, a tale of a second-generation child of Chinese immigrants attempting to navigate a white suburban school and a story about a white boy embarrassed by his visiting Chinese cousin. Ages 14 and up Rall, Ted. But that is true of all books. Or how a jellyfish feels about not having a heart? But that animated film, while widely credited as finding a new worldwide audience for the form, greatly simplified the satisfyingly byzantine plot of Otomo's original comics series.
Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. It is a way of making people who struggle with mental health issues more accessible and more real. Smith began drawing Fone and his cousins when he was only 5 years old — and this is, in fact, a great comic to start your little readers on. Ages 10 and up Say, Allen. Teen Graphic Novels: Our selection of teen graphic novels consist of manga, comics, and graphic novels. And did we mention that in the world of Homestuck, internet trolls are actually trolls? In this emotional, and ultimately uplifting, book, Krosoczka provides a compelling window into how complicated and painful family life can be when drugs are part of the equation. Borrowing heavily from surrealist influences, they swapped out traditional villains for creations like the Brotherhood of Dada and the sinister, extradimensional Scissormen.
Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. Age 12 and older Prince, Liz. A sweet and honest story written as a series of comics that chronologically detail introvert Debbie's college years to the present. Ryan North and Erica Henderson's revival of an obscure '90s Marvel comic relief character is pure joy on paper. But then, the whole point of the series was to shake things up, to challenge and interrogate the rapidly calcifying tropes of superhero storytelling. Yes, the Kingpin is in charge of the Big Apple and everything in it, including the Department of Education! Ages 12 and up Gulledge, Laura Lee.
Writer Joe Hill is Stephen King's son, and his horror pedigree shows in this atmospheric saga about the Keyhouse, an old mansion in a New England coastal town called Lovecraft, natch and the family called Locke, of course who live there. Graphic Novels Graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams, literally. Sundberg's art, tinged with Nordic mythology, helps fill out a frozen world with elaborate, loving detail — check out this she created to help set the stage for her story. The University of Alabama Press, 2012. Imperial soldiers take a young tribal girl, Vattu, as tribute; back in their capital city, she learns there's far more to the world than endless marches through the grasslands after game.