It’s been a long few months with the COVID19 lockdown making a lot of everyday activities much harder or impossible to do. For me, it’s been a struggle to get any reading or writing done even though I have an enormous amount of free time during the day. However, I’ve noticed that as I’ve struggled to do those activities, it’s been a lot easier for me to consume shorter media such as web comics, graphic novels and fan fiction. So today I decided to share some of my favorite graphic novels with you guys, in hopes that maybe you’ll enjoy reading some shorter but still well written stories.
I found Saga by recommendation of multiple Booktubers, who were raving about it. I really enjoyed this novel because it mainly focuses on found family as a theme and I am a sucker for found families. The story itself follows a couple from opposite sides of a war, falling in love and eventually having a child. They get branded traitors and are now on the run from both their governments who have put a target on their backs. Throughout the course of the novels they go to all sorts of new planets and meet all sorts of creatures, making each volume an unpredictable adventure.
I have been following Monstress for years and I can attest to the fact that it only gets better the longer it goes on. The art style is breathtaking, the characters are unique, and the story is incredible. I’ll admit my favorite part of these novels is the art. I’ll have read the page super fast but I’ll linger on it for a few minutes just to take in all the little details of each page. It’s incredibly gothic and very gory so keep that in mind if you decide to read it.
The Wicked + The Divine
If you enjoy mythology and reincarnation tropes, this is the graphic novel for you. Basically all the gods from different mythos come back reincarnated and there’s all sorts of feuds and drama that occurs. I’m a big fan of the color palette used throughout all the volumes and it’s so easy to fall in love with the characters in the story. If you’re starting to notice the trend of my love for Image comics, what can I say except I enjoy how creative they are.
As a D&D fan I absolutely adore this series. It’s got adventure, magic, scary girls… basically everything I enjoy in a story. It tends not to take itself too seriously and has lots of humor throughout it, which makes it an enjoyable read.
This was a delightfully soft series to read. It’s a modern world state with all sorts of magic and creatures throughout it. If you enjoy reading a contemporary story in a fantasy world, with just a sprinkling of adventure and drama, this is a great story to read. Plus it has great LGBT+ rep throughout the entire volume. Personally, I enjoyed this story because its very relaxing to read while still touching on meaningful issues.
This is a sweet summer romance that takes place in a bakery near the beach. The story itself has lots of summer/beachy vibes and reading it made me feel like I was on vacation. It also touches on important coming of age topics that teens can relate too and it features a M/M romance. If you’re looking for something romantic with great atmosphere check it out!
I believe I’ve mentioned this series in a previous post and while it is a manga, I still consider part of the graphic novel family. Basara is the story of a girl leading a revolution against the tyrant king running her country. When the king sends one of his sons to deal with the threat, the two characters end up meeting while in their civilian disguises and slowly fall in love. The story mainly focuses on Sarasa’s journey in becoming a hero and saving her country, but the side romance makes the story extra dramatic and fun. If you’re familiar with anime & manga or just enjoy a dynamic fantasy story this is a fun one to read.
Fables is a classic graphic novel series that focuses on the stories of fairytale characters who are trapped in the real world. There’s all sorts of drama, betrayal and mystery throughout the series, as they characters fight to get their homeland back. If you were that kid who loved twisted fairytales, definitely check this story out. (On a side note, did anyone watch Once Upon a Time, like when it was good before season 4 started? I miss it sometimes.)
I put this one in purely for my own enjoyment. I LOVE the game Bloodborne and these novels help flesh out many different parts of the game. The artwork is perfect for the overall theme of the game and each page show cases the city of Yarnham in a beautiful way. I personally enjoyed these novels because they were so immersive I felt like I could escape the real world for a few hours. So if you’re like me and looking for some additional Bloodborne content definitely check this out if you haven’t already.
This is just a taste of all the amazing graphic novels there are to read. I have a pile of at least 6-8 more unread graphic novels that I need to tackle. However, I wanted to take some time to share ones I did like with my fellow readers. Hopefully you get a chance to check out some of these because they’re all really great for different reasons. If you’re more of a web comic person, stay tuned because I’ll be talking about some of my favorites very soon!
If you’ve read any of these what did you think? What are your favorite graphic novels to read?