I’m a Graphic Novel newbie, and I’m loving it.
One of the first things I wanted to do upon arriving in NY was to visit a library and borrow books. I’d been a long time since I was able to actually do that since the one back home in Puerto Rico had books geared more towards research. And since I knew it’d take a couple of days for me to get all my city documents ready, what better thing to do then read while I get everything done.
I took some time out of the first week of being in the city, to review all the books I had written down in my journal and see which ones I could borrow later on that day. While doing so, I remembered that the most recent ones added to the list were graphic novels. Some for which I had gained a curiosity for by watching a couple of wrap-up videos on Booktube. I woke up early the following day and visited 4 libraries (the 96th Street Library, the Yorkville Library, the Webster Library and the Mid-Manhattan Library) that were considerably near me. And after much walking and looking through many bookshelves, I was able to find these four books to start my journey into the world of graphic novels.
by Brian K. Vaughan Fiona Staples
Saga tells the love story of two soldiers from opposing sides of the never-ending galactic war. Both fighting to survive in a universe deemed chaotic and dangerous. All in hopes of finding a place where they belong and are able to care for the new life they are bringing into the world. Saga is described as a fantasy and science fiction graphic novel for adults.
I heard about Saga quite a while back and the cover caught my attention immediately. Judging from the picture, I felt like the female lead gave off a fierce aura because of her confident stance, her warrior like clothing, the gun in her hands and most of all, her facial expression. An awesome and assertive looking female lead is definetly a plus. Not to mention the action and fantasy aspects of the story.
This is the only graphic novel I wasn’t able to borrow from the library because they didn’t have a physical copy. Luckily, I was able to borrow an ebook version on my Overdrive, and I’m loving the story. The action scenes and situation the main characters are in has me reading word by word at the edge of my seat.
by Kevin Panetta (script) & Paulina Ganucheau (art, colors, leterring, cover)
Zodiac Starforce is an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers, who have been entrusted with the task of protecting the planet against monsters from other dimensions. Things start to take a turn for the worse after team leader Emma is infected by an evil creature from another dimension. Together with her team, she must find a way to save herself and the world from the evil Diana and her mean girl subordinates.
To be honest, what drew me to this graphic novel is the fact that it reminds me a bit of Sailor Moon. The whole girls with powers banding together to save the world is just something I’ve always liked. Especially as a kid watching Sailor Moon and the awesome pink and yellow Power Rangers. Also, the colors used for the cover’s artwork are beautiful.
Honestly, I just scrolled through the pages and liked what I saw. This is just one of those times where I’m going to read something without knowing much information about it. And after reading a couple of pages, I’ve started to enjoy this whole new group of heroines.
Written Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis - Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley are best friends looking to have a great summer together at The Lumberjanes camp. They will let nothing stand in their way. Not even weird and crazy quests that involve supernatural creatures.
Out of four on this list, this book is the one I’ve heard people mention or recommend the most. I heard that it’s a funny and likable book that’s all about friendship and girl power. That its fantasy elements are entertaining and the girls’ personalities are very much what you’d expect out of a group of best friends. So I borrowed it and read a couple of pages on the train while on my way home. I continued to so at home, and my mom looked at me in a weird way when she saw me reading and laughing out load by myself. (hahaha)
by Noelle Stevenson
This graphic novel tells the story of Nimona and Lord Ballister Blackheart. Nimona is described as a young and impetuous shapeshifter with an aptitude for villainy and Lord Ballister as a supervillain with a very personal vendetta. Both villain and sidekick are on the mission to unmask the true nature of the heroic Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his colleagues at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. And when things start to escalate on their journey, Lord Blackheart starts to understand just how unpredictable, unsafe and mysterious Nimona’s powers and personality can really be.
I was drawn to Nimona because I’ve never read a story in which the main character was a villain. And just judging by the synopsis I read online and the cover of the book, I really didn’t feel like I’d be reading something that would glorify wrong actions. It felt like there was more to the story than the whole villain and sidekick thing. I’m really interested in how Nimona’s story will play out.
These four books so far have made my first experience reading graphic novels a fun, interesting and funny one. At first, it was tricky getting used to the order in which to read the dialogue, since I’d become accustomed to the order in which you read them in a manga. But I was able to figure it out as I read along. And so far, one of my favorite aspects of these graphic novels is how beautiful the artwork is. The way the characters are drawn and the colors used to bring them to life just compliments the storytelling so well. Also, the different types of personalities and situations presented in the ones I’m currently reading, have kept me on the edge of my sofa just wanting to read and know more. Not to mention that in some aspects they are very relatable to situations in the real world.
I’ll definitely be writing a “quick thoughts” review when I finish reading them. If anyone has any suggestion for graphic novels I should check out or would like to give me their general opinion on any of these 4 graphic novels, can do so by commenting down below. I’d love to know what other readers have thought of these books.
Synopsis Source: Goodreads