Read, To Read, Want | Graphic Novels

Luke bloody loves graphic novels so he thought he'd run a few by you that he has either read, wants to read or wants to buy. What a kind young gentleman, eh?! Let us know what graphic novels you have in your collection in the comments below! 

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READ: SWeet tooth by jeff lemire 
Sweet Tooth tells the story of Gus, a rare new breed of human / animal hybrid children, who has been raised in isolation following an inexplicable pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, following the death of his father, he's left to fend for himself...

I really liked Sweet Tooth, what with its unique protagonist and imaginative apocalyptic setting that does enough to set it aside from all the others out there. It's not that long but that's one of the things I liked about it, as I'm really not a big fan of graphic novels that choose to be massive tomes. It's nice to have something that isn't DC and Marvel orientated in my collection, so I'm definitely going to collect the other volumes in the Sweet Tooth series. 

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Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in his saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, ten years after the Dark Knight's retirement. Crime runs rampant in the streets, and the man who was Batman is still tortured by the memories of his parents' murders. As civil society crumbles, Bruce Wayne's long-surpressed vigilante side finally breaks free of its self-imposed shackles. 

Whilst my graphic novel collection is fairly small, I have quite a few that centre around the man bat in his various interpretations and settings. One of my favourite graphic novels in my collection is The Long Halloween, and I also loved Batman: Year One too, so it only makes sense for me to move on to the The Dark Knight Returns. With it supposedly inspiring the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, I've made sure its next on my 'to read' list and, thankfully, I've heard a lot of good things about it. 

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This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the superhero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin. 

The above is my brother's copy of Watchmen and, although I have been tempted to sneakily seize it for my own on many occasions, I've decided I'll get my own copy soon! As it rather smugly tells you in the top left hand corner of the graphic novel, it is one of Time magazines 100 best novels, and since so many other people heap praise on it I can't go wrong with this one right?! The first time I watched the film I didn't really like it, but then I watched it a second time and loved it because I learnt to appreciate it as a separate entity, away from the more conventional superhero tales. I'm guessing this will be very much the same for the graphic novel, and it'll be nice to see it from a panels-on-paper perspective.  

NOW THAT you've seen some of luke's graphic novels, tell us...
 Do you own any graphic novels?
 If so, what are they? 

Leave your answers in the comments below, or tweet us @tftcblog. We hope you've made the most of the sunshine! We'll see you on Sunday.

with regards, THE FINER THINGS CLUB.



  1. I read Sweet Tooth over the summer and absolutely fell in love with the story :) and Watchmen is my #1 favourite, I don't think it could ever be imitated. Some more of my favourites are Neil Gaiman's Sandman series and V for Vendetta. I really loved this post!

    Megan / pixiecrop.com

  2. Watchmen… What a classic! I really love the Fables collection, for equal parts clever story / characters and the beautiful art work. I can sketch from those books all day long.

    I've never heard of Sweet Tooth, so I think I may have to take a wee look!

    Gemma x
    Faded Windmills

  3. I kind of love graphic novels, especially the more unexpected ones. A real favourite is Persepolis, because it is just so beautifully illustrated and compelling
    Chambray & Curls

  4. My husband probably reads upwards of 30 comics a week - so graphic tales are a big thing in our house although admittedly I don't read many of them myself.


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