I like to keep trade comic & graphic novel reviews separate from my book reviews since they are usually shorter, and also because I rate them on both story and art. Often with graphic novels I find a weak story more enjoyable if it has great visuals. On the other hand I can often be pulled out of a story more if the visuals just don’t do it for me. Here’s what I’ve read so far this year! This post contains affiliate links. Any money earned via affiliate links covers the cost of running this here blog.
Wraith by Joe Hill (Illustrations by Charles Paul Wilson III)
“Joe Hill’s New York Times Bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland, and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Talent Manx III. Now, in an original new comic mini-series, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers, and sure to delight fans of the book.” via Goodreads
NOS4A2 was my favorite read of 2015. I loved everything about it. Wraith provided a great new (horrifying) tale in the twisted world of Charlie Manx and Christmasland, along with providing so much more backstory about Manx himself. The visuals were excellent – not only were they just damn scary, but they also illustrated many things identically to how I pictured them while reading NOS4A2 which is pretty rare. If you were a fan of NOS4A2, I definitely recommend giving this a read. And if you haven’t read the book – I highly recommend it if you’re a horror fan!
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen
(Illustrations by Jamie McKelvie)
“Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.” via Goodreads
The story was super weird, but in a way that I so enjoyed. I really liked the idea of these gods reincarnating and bringing pop stardom to a whole new level. It was very strange, but I loved it. The art was just spectacular, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Volume 2!
Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder (Illustrations by Jock)
“Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry. ” via Goodreads
Let me start off by saying that I had no idea this was set in NH when I bought it. I’d heard it was good horror, and I love a good horror, so I snagged it. I totally did a little bit of fangirling when I found out it was set in my state! Moving on – this was seriously one of the creepiest things I’ve read. Again, the fact that it is not only set in my state, but in the exact type of place that I lived probably helped the scare factor for me. The tone, the art, and the plot itself are just so nightmarish, and excellent. The art was quite unique, but it worked so beautifully for this story. I was thoroughly creeped out and I loved every second of it. Don’t miss it if you love a good horror!
Orchid Volume 1 by Tom Morello (Illustrations by Scott Hepburn & Dan Jackson)
“When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves.” via Goodreads
I received this in a Comic Bento (not an affiliate link, just a cool sub box!) and while it was interesting, it did have one thing that really bugged me. The cover art is very different from the actual art of the comic. Now, I know that unique covers are definitely a thing in the comic world, but I personally think that the cover of a comic should set the tone for what the art will be like, especially in a trade. That being said, the inside art was still good. The story was fun, but I didn’t find it super original. It’s not something I’m in a huge rush to get Volume 2 of.
Y: The Last Man Book Two by Brian K. Vaughan (Illustrations by Pia Guerra by Jose Marzan Jr.)
“Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, begins to make his way across the country to California, he and his companions are forced to make an unscheduled stop in Marrisville, Ohio—a small town with a big secret.” via Goodreads
Continuing right where Book 1 left off and just as enjoyable as the first! While it definitely had a few weird sections (just as the first one did) I’m still really enjoying seeing where this cross country trek takes Yorick and company.
Have you read any comics or graphic novels lately? Tell me about them!