5 Graphic Novels Worth Reading

September 24, 2014

The Sandman | Ghost World | Watchmen

The Sandman
year: 1989-1996

Written by Neil Gaiman, published by DC Comics, and featuring an array of illustrators, The Sandman is the story of the Dream of the Endless; the Endless are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, and Dream. This graphic novel is a story about stories drawing from folklore and fairy tales, revolving around Dream (Morpheus), the Lord of Dreams, who is captured and learns change is inevitable. This is my all time favourite graphic novel series and I return to it time and time again because it is just utterly beautiful to look at and captivating to read.

Ghost World
year: 1993-1997

Created by Daniel Clowes and published by Fantagraphics Books, Ghost World is a off-kilter, somewhat dark and sombre exploration of friendship and modern life. The two recently graduated best friends Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer are smart, cynical, and witty teenagers. As the story progresses their friendship develops tension and, as they face making decisions about life after high school, they start to drift apart. This frank, honest account of teenage friendship speaks volumes to me and will always hold a sentimental place in my heart.

year: 1986-1987

Watchmen is written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons and John Higgins, and published by DC Comics. Written to expose contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept, Watchmen proposes an alternate history set in an alternate reality that closely mirrors the 1980s. An investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero pulls several vigilantes out of retirement and draws them into a dark conspiracy. I am not one for superhero comics or films, in fact, I'd go so far as to say I really dislike them.. but Watchmen is completely different. It's dark, it's twisted, it has depth, and it's a totally enthralling read.

V for Vendetta | Tekkon Kinkreet

V for Vendetta
year: 1982-1989

Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, V for Vendetta is set in a dystopian United Kingdom, destroyed by a nuclear war. Norsefire, a fascist party, has wiped out its opponents in concentration camps and now rules the country as a police state. V - only ever seen in a Fuy Fawkes mask - is an anarchist revolutionary who attempts to bring down the government, murder his former captors, and convince the people to take back their country. An exciting and delightfully dark read.

Tekkon Kinkreet
year: 1993-1994

Tekkon Kinkreet (a child's mispronunciation of "Tekkin Konkurito" meaning steel reinforced concrete) is written by Taiyō Matsumoto and published by Shogakukan. This graphic novel takes place in Takaramachi (Treasure Town) - which used to be a flourishing town but is now a slum wasteland - and revolves around a pair of fiercely loyal orphaned street kids - Kuro (Black) and Shiro (White) - who attempted to deal with yakuza who try to take over Treasure Town. An exciting, blood thirsty, poignant graphic novel that will hit you in your heart.

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  1. I have been looking for V for Vendetta for so many months now but no luck! Indian retailers don't carry it probably and I will have to pay a huge sum to get it imported! I have to keep in mind to look for this the next time I am in Europe!

  2. I love The Sandman! I'm only at book 4 for the moment but I really have to pace myself not to read them all in one go.
    I've been putting off Watchmen because I saw the movie and thought it was horrible (I fell asleep during the movie...this usually never ever happens to me) but I heard it doesn't do the comics justice, so I might try to read them at some point.

  3. Watchmen is such a good book! I also recommend Maüs, I've read it when I was younger and I really loved it

  4. I've wanted to read SANDMAN for the longest time, but the artwork is hard for me to get used to. It's so dark! Literally. Never fear, I will give it another go.

  5. Nicole9/24/2014

    Have you read Persepolis? It's by Marjane Satrapi. She shares her experiences growing up during the Iranian revolution, and thereafter. Very powerful, and very well told.

  6. Ghost world is so so good! I'm not really a graphic novel type girl but it blew my mind!

    Maria // Fox and Arrow

  7. I love "The Sandman"! The way some folklores were thrown in and around the storylines... Wow. Have you tried reading "Fables"? It's a great read, too.

  8. Bethany Price9/24/2014

    i really want to read Ghost World its been on my 'to read' list for a long time.

    bethany // lotsofsparkle

  9. Some great choices!!!!

  10. I love your blog and I'm so very happy that you like The Sandman! It's my all time favorite graphic novel too! It's so beautiful, and all the characters are amazing. Not to mention the dialogs. Delirium is my all time favorite of the Endless! Who is your favorite Endless by the way?

    Gabi Barbará

  11. Loads of inspiration for me here for when I next visit Forbidden Planet, a.k.a. my graphic novels mecca...I adore Sandman, though I've only read 5 volumes so far, and have heard wonderful things about Ghost World! I'm a big fan of manga too, but it's harder to get hold of the popular series over here in the UK. x

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

  12. Eurgh - ANNOYING! If you ever want me to arrange sending you a copy, let me know, it would probably be a lot cheaper!

  13. Ahh, I liked the film! I thought it was good - much better than the stereotypical superhero movies. The graphic novel really is amazing though.

  14. I haven't read that but I know a lot about it.. I'm not quite sure if it's my "thing" or not. Maybe I will give it a g.

  15. Yes.. it is pretty dark at times. It really is amazing though.

  16. Yes, I have. I thought it was OK.. obviously the story is powerful, but it really isn't my kind of thing, unfortunately.

  17. I absolutely freaking LOVE Ghost World and the film is pretty good too.

  18. Yes, I read the first Fables graphic novel.. I thought it was O-K. It wasn't great, it wasn't bad, it was just OK. I much prefer The Sandman.

  19. Ahhh, thank you! :)) I think.. Morpheus is my favourite. He makes me sad and happy at the same time. The Wake made my heart break :((

  20. I'm not such a great fan of Forbidden Planet, it's a bit too.. too much for me! I'm not massively into graphic novels, I'm very picky with what I read. The Sandman is amazing and Ghost World - I just adore it. Manga is pretty easy to get if you order online - or do you mean some of the popular series aren't even translated?

  21. All the characters are so amazing is difficult to pick a favorite really! :). The wake was so sad. It's one of the saddest moments. That and when the 3 kill Gilbert/fiddler's green. I felt like my favorite childhood place got burned down of something. That's how it felt for me.


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