Graphic novel recommendations for summer reading 2012 part 3. As the days grow longer and warmer, you may find yourself longing to settle down with a good read to pass away an easy afternoon. To help you achieve this noble end, we would like to offer a variety of novels that use the medium of graphic storytelling to entertain, enlighten and educate.
The incredible magical quality of comics to convey motion and emotion from the use of static images/illustrations with words makes it a medium capable of telling stories filled with a true power. One such work is Habibi, written by Craig Thompson. Habibi is described by Things From Another World as “ a deeply romantic story that explores and celebrates the beauty and cruelty, the complexity and depths of the Islamic world. Set in a mythical Middle East, at once contemporary and timeless, Habibi is a parable about our relationship to the natural world, about the cultural divide between the First World and the Third World, and about the common heritage of Christianity and Islam.” Habibi has been nominated for the Eisner Award as Best New Graphic Album. Well worth your attention. This book proves that comics can be so much more than they ever imagined.
The mythos of the the “27 Club”, Rock and Roll, mysticism and an exploration of what lengths one man would go through to maintain his spark of creative genius come together in this mind bending comic to effective ends. With an artistic presentation that is accessible and panels that are spacious this title proved to be a surprise find. This volume not only comes packed with an incredible story that engages your imagination, but it also includes a ton of extras including a 12 page back up story, a cover gallery, as well as notes on the creation of this series. If you are a fan of music and the creative process, this one is definitely worth a read.
Warren Ellis proves once again how deep his creative well runs with this futuristic fantasy. In the 23rd century jaded journalist Spyder Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal surroundings. All depicted with a heart stopping vision of the future that will be hard to shake or put down. Dark, dangerous and provocative, this one is definitely not for kids, but well worth the read. Vol. 1 collects issues #1-6 of the acclaimed Vertigo series.
Stay tuned for the final installment of the graphic novel recommendations for summer reading 2012. If you happened to miss the previously recommended titles, check here (for part 1) and here (for part 2) for other great reads. For those who are just starting to read comics, the market is full of a wide variety of titles and styles. Check out the video associated with this article for tips on choosing comic books to help you find titles that are best suited to you. Until the next episode, enjoy!