I have been on a library kick lately. I have to say that it has been a long time since I checked out books from the library. But after seeing just how many graphic novels they have, I checked out about thirty. They have SO many comic books that have been on my reading list for quite some time, but I just didn’t have the money to buy (plus the space in my house to hold them all). If you are trying to save money, but still want to read a bunch of graphic novels…just head to your local library (plus I love their app for audiobooks).
Here are some of my picks that I have read out of the thirty I checked out from the library.
Saga (vol. 1-4) by Brian K. Vaughan. Art by Fiona Staples
Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy centering around a married couple, Alana and Marko, and their daughter, Hazel. An older version of Hazel is narrating the story (which kinda makes it bittersweet). Alana and Marko’s story is similar to Romeo & Juliet. They come from opposite sides of a war between “the technologically advanced Landfall Coalition, so named after Landfall, the largest planet in the galaxy, and Wreath, Landfall’s only satellite, whose people wield magic.” (Wikipedia). Alana is from Landfall and Marko is from Wreath. Marko becomes a prisoner of war and Alana happens to be his prison guard. She falls in love with him while guarding him and eventually helps him to escape. So now they are on the run from both sides of the war and let’s add a baby to the mix and this is where Saga truly begins.
Now don’t let the whole “star-crossed lovers”/Romeo & Juliet things turn you away from Saga. The story is so much more than that. There’s a nice amount of strange characters that fill this universe (most of which are trying to kill the family). Plus the artwork by Fiona Staples is just gorgeous.
This is definitely one series that I can’t wait for the next volume. I just keep wanting to know what happens to the family.
Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan. Art by Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa
Yay! Another by Brian Vaughan. Runaways is set in the Marvel Universe. A group of teenagers find out their parents are villains when they witness their parents murder a young teenage girl. Of course the kids are in shock and decide to runaway (… which leads us to the title, Runaways).
The book is about the teenagers not wanting to follow their parents’ footsteps and become villains. So it’s parents vs kids, while the kids are trying to figure out what the hell is going on. I was amazed how most of the story takes place in one evening. So in one evening, they discover their parents are villains, and some of them discover they have super powers. It’s a pretty fast paced evening.
Runaways has a good amount of action ( a few battles between parents vs kids). Even though I found this book in the young adults section, it still appeals to adults.
Gotham City Sirens Book One by Paul Dini. Art by Guillem March
What if your favorite female Batman villains lived under one roof….well you’ll get Gotham City Sirens. Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy have decided to become roommates. The book does a good job humanizing my favorite ladies of Gotham and it shows how they try and form a friendship between one another while testing their loyalties. The book has a great mixture of strong character arcs story lines and the goofy adventures (like when Harley Quinn tries to find the neighbor’s missing dog).
I feel like each character was captured perfectly with their own unique personalities. I loved the Riddler’s supporting role in the book (in one story he is a Gotham City private investigator) he was definitely one of my favorites that appeared in the book. Harley Quinn was definitely another favorite of mine in the book (it probably helps that Harley Quinn’s creator, Paul Dini, was writing the book).
Overall, it’s really a fun read. The only thing I would question is the last story. It felt like it had a different pacing and tone than the others.
I already checked out book two and I can’t wait to dive back into Gotham Sirens.