Top 5 Wednesday: Graphic Novels

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Fables
  2. Ms. Marvel
  3. Rat Queens
  4. Hawkeye
  5. Saga

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So for a long time I didn’t read graphic novels or comics at all but back in 2012 I went to a little thing called Free Comic Book Day and the rest is history. My bank account did not appreciate the hit this caused but it opened me up to a whole new world of creativity and telling stories. Here is a little about each of my Top 5 Graphic Novels!

First on the list is Fables by Bill Willingham published by Vertigo. A twisty retelling of all types of fairytales both big and small. The reader follows a slew of characters living in exile in New York City after a massive enemy conquered their homelands. It has 150 issues plus quite a few spinoffs and I absolutely love this series even if I haven’t finished it yet.

Next up is Ms. Marvel written by G. Willow Wilson and published by Marvel Comics. We follow Kamala Khan, a Muslim girl living in New Jersey, as she gains superpowers and tries to figure out where she fits in this wide world. This series has been a must read and must buy since it began and I am so glad it is continuing in the upcoming Marvel run.

After that comes Rat Queens which was a new discovery at the end of last year written by Kurtis Wiebe and published by Image Comics. The four main characters, an eleven mage, a dwarven fighter, a human cleric, and a smidgen thief form a rag-tag band of lady marauders doing jobs and hopefully getting paid. It’s graphic fantasy at its finest!

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja was the first series that got me into comics. It was my first buy and first love and now it has come to an end after 22 issues of glorious archery. Not only do we get Clint Barton’s point of view but also that of Kate Bishop also known as Hawkeye. The imagery and writing are so spot on and I hope everyone reads this.

Last but not least is Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and published by Image Comics. This currently running space opera is a mix of fantasy and science fiction rolled into a dramatic tale of two enemies falling in love, having a child, and the aftermath of said choice. It’s violent, bloody, and explicit, but so beautifully drawn.

My Top 5 Graphic Novels are a mix of fantasy, superheros, fairytales and more with some explicit and others much more tame. I wanted to included a wide variety of unique characters and storylines and these comics certainly fit the bill.

What are your Top 5 Graphic Novels? Let me know if you’re reading any good comics and check back next week for Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Diverse Characters!

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