In Which I Read a lot of Graphic Novels

So I recently read a lot of graphic novels in a short period of time. I figured I would do one big review of the lot, instead of individual posts for each. Where I read volumes of a series, I will likely lump them together and review them as such.

Girl Genius, Vol 1 by Phil Foglio
OK, I really liked this storyline. It was steampunk, and I love steampunk. It was super cute and fluffy. The only downside for me was that the art, while well-done, was not in color. I really prefer color graphic novels. But, I think I will be continuing this series.

Locke & Key, Vol 1-2 by Joe Hill
I read the first two volumes in this series, and I am hooked. Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King, and it shows. These graphic novels are so amazingly creepy. Aside from a few really close likenesses, the art is fantastic. And it is in color. This is a series I will definitely continue.

The Walking Dead, Vol 1-5 by Robert Kirkman
I am an avid fan of the TV show, so when I decided to dabble in graphic novels, this was a must. The story is very different from the TV show, but is still really good. And the art, though (grumble) in black in white, is quite good. I will most definitely continue this series.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Volume 2-3 by Joss Whedon
I love Buffy. While the art can be confusing at times with character differentiation, I am adoring this series. And yay, it is in color. The series hasn’t lost any of Joss Whedon’s amazing writing being translated from screen to print, and I am loving the chance to continue my Buffy obsession.

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
This is the first in my graphic novels that I didn’t completely love. I adore the movie, so I was really quite excited to read the graphic novel. But something fell flat. The story is very different, and the art is not very sophisticated at all.

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
I didn’t enjoy this graphic novel at all. It seemed like it was going to be a fun collide of school and video games. But this was a standard stereotypical Asian family dynamic of parents want one thing, and the kid wants another. The art completely lacked sophistication, and the characters lacked any racial differentiation.

The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux
This was a really cute story with cute art to go along with it. I wished there was more to it, because when I was done I felt a little dissatisfied. I will try and keep an eye out for more of this one, but I don’t know that I will watch it like a hawk.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
A quintessential read for anyone who enjoys reading the rich history that surrounds the Holocaust. The story meanders, as it is brought to us through Art via his father, but I enjoyed the wandering. The art, however, I wish had been done differently. I would still recommend it, though. Great story.

Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is a fantastic author, so I was really happy to find one of his graphic novels at the library. I had no idea it was a DC comic until the big bad showed up, and then I was a little flabbergasted. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as someone who is very involved in the DC universe might be, but I still loved the art, and the story.

Uzumaki, Vol 3 by Junji Ito
This was probably the biggest disappointment in the lot. But not for the reasons you are thinking. The art, for manga, was really really well done. The story was so creepy in such a delightful way. I mean, the town is infected with spirals. It sounds bizarre, but it was so well done. The disappointment was that the library only had volume three, and so I only got one third of the entire story. And the last third, at that. I will be keeping my eyes out for volumes one and two.

Delphine by Richard Sala
Didn’t enjoy this one much. The story was really confusing, as it jumped around a lot. The sepia-toned art also left something to be desired. Just not as cool as I hoped it would be.

OK, so I have now reviewed a ton of graphic novels. I have some Sandman to read too, but that is absolutely HUGE and will merit its own post.

Do you enjoy graphic novels? Which ones?


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