Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”William Faulkner
Here we are. Back again with another list of recently read Graphic Novels for your true enjoyment. Hope you guys like it!
- The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.
When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.”The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Ever since I started hearing about the Handmaid’s Tale show I have been meaning to read the book. Then one day, while on my local library, I came across this beauty. And I loved the story and the way it was told through the graphic novel, it honestly made me even more curious to read the book itself, because while I am sure we can get a great grasp of the story through this volume, I do believe that reading Margaret’s original work is going to be extremely impactful.
Alena’s life is a living hell. Since she arrived at a snobbish boarding school, she’s been harassed every day by Philippa and the girls on the lacrosse team. But Alena’s best friend Josephine is not going to accept that anymore. Not from the counselor or the principal, not from Philippa, and not from anyone else at that horrid school. If Alena does not fight back, then Josephine will take matters into her own hands. There’s just one problem . . . Josephine has been dead for a year.
This one was…pretty crazy. While it isn’t super great the story itself was definitely something. In the beginning I didn’t really suspect what was going to happen, the mystery definitely takes its time to develop and through the unraveling of the story you being to get a grip on where it is going. It is definitely crazy and pretty freaking interesting to read.
- Elektra: Assassin
Good ninjas never die, let alone the baddest one of all! Fan favorite Frank Miller ushers his awesome assassin through good and evil and life and death and rebirth and more! Who is the otherworldly entity in pursuit of the presidency? When has Elektra met her greatest triumphs and tragedies? Why did she die, and how did she return?
I have always loved Elektra. I still remember the first time I watched her movie with my dad (who is also a big fan), it was the Jennifer Garner one and in my honest opinion I loved her performance and the movie itself. That is why when this graphic novel was recommended to me as being one of the greatest, I had to pick it up. And it is freaking amazing. Elektra continues to be such a great character for me, and this one really showed all that greatness.
This first volume of the collection contains books 1 and 2 of the series: The City of Shifting Waters – in its original two parts, 9 pages longer format – and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also includes book 0, Bad Dreams, translated into English for the first time: the very first adventures of our two heroes, published after City and retroactively numbered. Finally, linking the volumes of this collection together, a long, exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is illustrated with new art as well as numerous sketches, studies and photographs from the latter’s upcoming big-screen adaptation.
This one was fun. I loved the movie Valerian and the city of a thousand planets so when I came across this little guy I decided to give it a chance. While it is a pretty old edition, with the old drawings and everything it is a really entertaining story.
- Mighty Thor: Thunder in her veins
When Dr. Jane Foster lifts the mystic hammer Mjolnir, she is transformed into the Goddess of Thunder, the Mighty Thor! Her enemies are many as Asgard descends further into chaos, and unrest threatens to spread throughout the Ten Realms. Yet she wages her greatest battle against a far more personal foe: the cancer killing her mortal form. When Loki steps back into Thor’s life, will it ease her troubles or only add to her pain? There’s no such question about Malekith as he continues to fan the flames of a looming War of Realms — when he isn’t wedding planning, that is! And as Asgard is torn apart, the skies will shake in one of the bloodiest battles of all time: It’s Thor vs. Odin like never before!
This one had been recommended to me before and yet it took me a while to pick it up. But boy did I like it. I had heard of other heroes picking up Thor’s hammer (and totally freaked out when captain America did it in Endgame) but I had yet to read a comic in which it happened. And it really was fun. Jane is kind of stuck in this dilemma where she has to treat her cancer but every time she becomes Thor her treatment is kind of thrown in the trash because the power coursing through her veins kills it all, so…yeah. It is a pretty great one.
- Civil War II: Choosing Sides
WHERE DO THEY STAND? The heroes of the Marvel Universe face a fundamental question about fate and destiny that will cause them to re-evaluate their beliefs and test their resolve! From across the Marvel Universe come stories of heroism, sacrifice, failure, death and heartbreak!
It was pretty awesome to read the civil war series in which Captain Marvel is in. Not only her, but seeing so many heroes in the same place is what makes this comics so freaking amazing. We all know how hard it is for this to happen in the movies (god bless Avengers: Endgame) so it’s truly fantastic to be able to experience this awesomeness.
- Monstress: Awakening
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
Okay…so this one was all over booktube and bookstagram and I gave in and bought it too. But it was absolutely worth all of the hype. I loved this soooo much. The story, the characters, the artwork everything is just so freaking amazing, I swear. If you haven’t already, please please please give this a chance.
- Heartstopper: Volume One
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
This. is. so. PURE. So freaking puuuuure. Another one that was being absolutely hyped, and another one that I gave in to. But maaaan, was it worth it. This story is so genuine and so heart-warming that I melted reading it. Seriously. I’m not even going to go into much detail because it is better to go in as blind as possible with this one and just enjoy where it takes you.