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Renay ([personal profile] renay) wrote in [community profile] ladybusiness2017-07-31 12:59 am

Let's Get Literate! Graphic Novels + August = Theme Month!

I'm behind on reading graphic novels; I stopped the other day to look at my shelf and realized that not only am I running out of space for books, I am running out of space for the extra books because my intended-to-be-small graphic novel space was overflowing. I've been so focused on One Piece, sequential art-wise, that I've gotten behind on a ton of graphic novels. So I decided to make the next month dedicated to reading the graphic novels I've collected.

Cover for Y: The Last Man Volume 1: UnmannedCover for Descender Volume 1: Tin StarsCover for Paper Girls Volume 1

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, & José Marzán Jr. — This is a ten book series a friend loaned me and that I...still haven't read...but I'm going to! It's about what happens when all the men die except for one and his pet monkey. I have no idea how this comic will hold up almost ten years after when the last one was released in 2008, but I'm going to try to not read it with my 2017 glasses on.

Descender by Jeff Lemire & Dustin NguyenDescender is about a young robot who is on the run in a universe where his kind have been outlawed. I loved the sound of this way before the first issue dropped, picked up the first two trades when I remembered it was a thing I wanted to read, and then promptly got busy and forgot. IT'S ROBOTS AND EVERYTHING. I don't know what's wrong with me.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, & Matthew Wilson — Someone sold this to me by saying "80s + girls + [spoiler spoiler] dinosaurs" and I picked up the first and second volumes immediately. I forget who—it might have been my comic guy, actually—but I've heard great things. This is one of the graphic novels I should have read for the Hugos but I didn't make it that far down the ballot reading-wise.

Cover for Southern Cross Volume 1Cover for Runaways Deluxe Volume 1Cover for Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise

Southern Cross by Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger, & Lee Loughridge — A woman hops on a ship bound for the moon, Titan, following her sister's path to both collect her remains and figure out what happened to her. I read the first issue of this and wasn't wild about the art, but I'm interested enough in the premise to give the whole volume I own a shot.

Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, & Takeshi Miyazawa — These belong to Ira and they loaned them to me years and years ago. I know I read them but I do not remember them at all. The other book they sent me, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, I read and can't forget so clearly that book is eclipsing all my memories of Runaways. XD

Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Promise & The Search by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gurihiru, & Dave Marshall — Graphic novel sequels to the cartoon that I was super stoked for—I got these as a present from Zach. I started them earlier this year, distraction, etc. I also know they're going to read super fast and then there won't be any left until I can afford the next book. ;____;

Cover for The Absolute Sandman Volume 1Cover for O Human Star Volume 1Cover for Invisible Republic Volume 1:

The Absolute Sandman, Volume One by Neil Gaiman — I am very worried about this comic, because it's obviously not only by Gaiman, but also a whole slew of artists and colorists. But that's my least favorite thing about comics—having the whole tone of a comic change because the artist changes. So while I have been told I will probably love this, I was recced it by people who were not aware that I am Very Picky about my comic art.

O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti — A man sets off the robot revolution, but then dies before he can see the outcome...until he wakes up over a decade later in a robot body identical to his organic body. I've had this one on my radar for awhile. I feel less bad about having not read it yet because I only just acquired it while at WisCon, and met the creator, who was super charming. The art is super cute and, of course, robots!

Invisible Republic by Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Sara Bechko, & Jordan Boyd — This story was hand sold to me by my comic guy because of the fact it's set in space. It's also a retelling of King Arthur, I suppose, but I was very tempted by the "in space" part. A reporter finds the journal of Arthur McBride's cousin, and it shines a light on the man and his influence, plus the truth about his rise to power.

Cover for The Monstress Volume 2: The BloodCover for Hawkeye Kate Bishop Volume 1: Anchor PointsCover for Mockingbird Volume 2: My Feminist Agenda

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda — I loved the first volume of this. When I think of epic fantasy in a graphic novel format, Monstress is the first thing that springs to mind. I cannot wait to see how the second volume enriches the world or what happens to Maia. If you like epic fantasy and but haven't found a graphic novel to really sink your teeth into in awhile, definitely give this one a shot. It's rich and full of really lush world building and character development, and the art is gorgeous.

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, & Jordie Bellaire — I have cheated here; I've read the first three issues in this collection. But the whole collection! Full of Kate! I of course required the trade a week I was swamped with work as per usual, but I'm excited to see how the last issues are and hope I don't fall in love with this comic only for it to get canceled. ;___;

Mockingbird by Chelsea Cain & Kate Niemczyk — I didn't even know this comic existed before it was canceled. It's so charming and fun, though, that even if we don't get to keep reading it at least we have the two volumes we do. I gobbled up the first volume in less than an hour so excited to see how it wraps up (and then mourn what could have been had this been marketed all...).

This isn't all of them, sadly. Just the ones I would like to prioritize. This doesn't include Squirrel Girl, Moon Girl, Ms. Marvel, Invincible Iron Man, Check Please, or Lumberjanes. Plus the second volume of Space Battle Lunchtime came out in June and I really loved the first collection. THERE'S TOO MANY COMICS TO READ, so clearly this is a great time for you to share the comics you love that I should check out after I take care of these. Especially ones with space/robots that aren't Saga.
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[personal profile] novin_ha 2017-07-31 08:21 am (UTC)(link)
What a lovely post! Thank you for bringing some new titles to my attention + I'm really curious what you'll think about those that I've already read (which is the Vaughans, Gaiman and Liu).

Ooh, and I'm torn between making my August a theme month for either mainstream literary fiction or books I have on paper. Yay for themes!
Edited 2017-07-31 08:22 (UTC)
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[personal profile] oracne 2017-07-31 03:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I just got volume 2 of Monstress and am SO EXCITED. It arrived with the first volume of the new She-Hulk title.

I'm 3 volumes into Runaways - sometimes it makes me mad, and sometimes I think it's great. But I kept reading it.

Excited for Kate Bishop! It's in the TBR.

Sad about Mockingbird - I loved the final issue SO MUCH.
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[personal profile] oracne 2017-08-03 03:13 pm (UTC)(link)
The art makes me swoon.
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[personal profile] bookgazing 2017-08-01 07:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Have I talked to you about Zodiac Starforce?