If you are looking to pick up your first graphic novel or to find a few more favorites to add to your collection, I now share my top ten current favorites, in no particular order.
- Fables by Bill Willingham: Fables is an on-going and longer series featuring the well-known fairy tale characters that we grew up with. They have been exiled to our world after the adversary took over their imaginary lands, and they do what they have to in order to survive. Willingham has created an elaborate world that I love to get lost in every single issue.
- The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman: You may be familiar with this one if you watch the popular show on AMC; however, the book is so much better. The books and the television show have a similar premise, but have a multitude of differences. A must-read for all zombie fans!
- Bad Island by Doug TenNapel: TenNapel is one of my favorite graphic novelists, for both his amazing imagination and story-telling skills, but also for the outstanding artwork that accompanies his tales. In Bad Island, a family's vacation takes an unexpected turn and they must work together to escape.
- Maus by Art Spiegelman: Maus is a two-part memoir, written from Spiegelman's point of view about his father's time during the Holocaust. Cats and mice represent the Germans and the Jewish respectively, and that symbolism is just the beginning. It's a story about our world's history that we cannot forget, but it is also a very personal story about the author and his father.
- Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale: If you are looking for a fairy tale re-telling that is fun and friendly for the younger eyes, this is the one I recommend. It's an entertaining read, and one that I wish to someday add to my own personal collection, so I can re-visit it again and again.
- Y - The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan: Vaughan explores the gendercide in this graphic novel series. A man and his pet monkey are the only males to survive. They embark on a journey to find answers to what happened and to figure out what can be done to help the human race survive. Yorick (the sole remaining man) is witty and humorous, but unresistingly adorable!
- Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel: TenNapel makes another appearance with probably his most famous of graphic novels, Ghostopolis. A young dying boy is somehow transported to a ghost world. He finds he has unexpected talents in this world, but will it be enough to return him home?!?
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan: Vaughan takes us into a fantastical world through the eyes of two lovers from different worlds. These worlds also happen to be at war with each other. The unlikely couple set off on their own to raise their child in peace, but they encounter many obstacles along the way. Saga is a newer graphic novel series that has completely won me over and currently sits on my list of all-time favorite reads!
- The Good Neighbors by Holly Black: Black won my heart with her trilogy featuring Rue, an only child of a family filled with secrets. I don't want to give too many details away on this one, but I will say that it is a paranormal favorite.
- Locke & Key by Joe Hill: Hill takes us on an action-packed adventure in his Locke & Key series. It's horrifying, yet intriguing; you simply will not be able to look away, especially once the different keys are introduced into the story. You never know what they may unlock!
What are some of your favorite graphic novels? Which graphic novel would you recommend to a newbie to the medium?