Graphic Novels

Are you my mother? : a comic drama book cover

Are you my mother? : a comic drama

Alison Bechdel

BIOGRAPHY Bechdel, Alison
Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+

A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

Heidi K's picture

If you like graphic novels, and haven't read this one yet: do it. If you swear you don't like graphic novels or comics: try this one. -Heidi K

Star Wars : Darth Vader book cover

Star Wars : Darth Vader

Kieron Gillen

COMIC Star Wars Darth 2015
Graphic Novels

Ever since Darth Vader's first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture's most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope (and the pages of the new Star Wars comic book) into his own solo adventures - showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor's secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don't want him to learn the truths he seeks! Guest-starring Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and more!

Brian's picture

Vader is a man of few words, and when he speaks, you listen.  Gillen nails that, and I can almost hear James Earl Jones booming voice in the dialog.  Also, artist Salvador Larocca couldn't do a better job drawing an iconic Vader.  I highly recommend Star Wars: Darth Vader to any Star Wars fan. -Brian

Giant days book cover

Giant days

John Allison

COMIC Giant
Graphic Novels

"Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, "personal experimentation," influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of "academia," they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird."--Provided from Amazon.com.

Brian's picture

All of the characters shine, and you’ll immediately want to read the next volume. -Brian

Gotham Central book cover

Gotham Central

Greg Rucka

COMIC Gotham
Graphic Novels

Brian's picture

A police drama and procedural set in Gotham City. Batman is a presence--and not always a welcome one--but this is really about the men and women in uniform. -Brian

Criminal book cover

Criminal

Ed Brubaker

COMIC Criminal
Graphic Novels

Brian's picture

Brubaker nails the story and dialog while Phillips sets the perfect mood with his art. It’s hard to not want to read it in one sitting. Heads up--this is an adult comic with language, violence and sex. -Brian

Fables : the deluxe edition book cover

Fables : the deluxe edition

Bill Willingham

COMIC Fables Deluxe
Graphic Novels

Imagine that all the characters from the world's most beloved storybooks were real -- real, and living among us, with all their powers intact. How would they cope with life in our mundane, un-magical reality?

Brian's picture

The first volume does a great job of easing us into the world. Stick with it because it gets amazing! -Brian

All-star Superman book cover

All-star Superman

Grant Morrison

COMIC Superman All-Star
Graphic Novels

Presents a new version of the story of Superman, following his activities as a superhero and his interactions with Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson, and Lex Luthor.

Brian's picture

My favorite Grant Morrison story. If you're not a Superman fan before you read this, you will be afterwards. -Brian

Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened book cover

Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened

Allie Brosh

817.6 /Brosh
Memoir, Graphic Novels

Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression.

Amanda's picture

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll laugh while crying. This book has ALL the feels. Brosh's drawing style is purposely childish, which makes it even more hilarious. She also has several very insightful sections on mental health, which have helped a lot of people. -Amanda

Through the woods book cover

Through the woods

Emily Carroll

GRAPHIC NOVEL Carroll
Graphic Novels, Horror, Fantasy

"A collection of five spine-tingling short stories"--

Casey's picture

Emily Carroll's collection of horror stories is absolutely thrilling. -Casey

Anya's ghost book cover

Anya's ghost

Vera Brosgol

GRAPHIC NOVEL Brosgol
Graphic Novels, Horror, Fantasy

Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.

Casey's picture

If you're looking for something unputdownable this is it! -Casey