Recent Graphic Novels #1

Posted November 9, 2016 / Book Reviews / 10 Comments

Hi all – just wanted to make a quick note that this post, as well as so many, are already written and scheduled. If I hadn’t already drafted them, this blog would be left empty this week to mourn the country I thought I lived in. Feel free to unfollow my blog but this election has done nothing for my mental health and so many people will be living in fear, without hope, for at LEAST the next four years – possibly many more. I’m not okay. Just because this post is here today does not mean that I’m okay. It does not mean that it’s all business as usual. Thank you, take care of yourselves <3 – Lauren

GN lately

I love reading comics and graphic novels, but find that I don’t do a great job of reviewing them. I don’t have a lot to talk about but kind of just know if I liked it or not, plus a few favorite elements of the story. I also don’t binge them liked I’d really prefer to do, so the posts sit in my drafts forever. To remedy this, I’m coming at you with this feature, in which I “review” some of the comics I’ve been reading lately and let you know how I’m enjoying them.

Recently Read

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalMs. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyMs. Marvel 1-2

This series is definitely fun so far. Kamala is a really great main character who has a lot of sass! I love the diversity and the fact that the main character has a lot of familial responsibilities and cultural things that “interfere” with her superhero-ness. There’s a little something missing for me though. It’s not my favorite, but it’s worth reading if you’re interested in diverse comics. The first comic focused a lot on questioning yourself and figuring out who you are, which I liked. The end of the second volume had a big ~moral~ about this generation and how everyone thinks we’re all addicted to cell phones. I liked it because it did a good job of sticking up for the younger generations (I really hate jokes about millennials because the stereotypes are super frustrating and rarely accurate). However, it was definitely heavy-handed for the end of a basic comic book. I’m intrigued to see where things go next for Kamala.

Fables Volumes 1-3

Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile Fables, Volume 2: Animal Farm Fables, Volume 3: Storybook Love

This series is pretty damn awesome so far. I love seeing all of the fairy tale characters in a totally different way. In Fables, all of these “fictional” characters live in amongst humans in NYC, but they have a secret society within a luxury apartment building (Fabletown). I loved all of the different ways the characters were integrated into the story.

Each story has focused on a different aspect of life in Fabletown. The first one has Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf (Sheriff Bigby) investigating the mystery behind her sister’s (Rose Red) disappearance/apparent murder. The next book takes place upstate on the Animal Farm, where they have all of the non-human-looking fairytale creatures stay. They can’t blend in with normal society like the rest of them so they have a special area for all of the pigs, bears, etc. to live. (This one featured some characters from The Jungle Book!) The third volume was a bit more all over the place and didn’t flow as a cohesive story like the previous two did. All of the characters have been living cooped up for years and years, so things aren’t as great as they appeared in their original tales. The couples with “happily ever afters” are divorced and/or unhappy.

I loved the first volume because it had a mystery to solve, so the other two lacked some intrigue. It focused more on the relationships between characters. I love meeting all of the characters from different stories, but sometimes they didn’t hold my interest as much. I’m so intrigued to see where the rest of the story goes though.

Penny Dora The Wishing BoxPenny Dora and the Wishing Box

I bought each single issue comic of Penny Dora as I saw them at the comic store. I wanted to try something new that wasn’t huge and popular in the blog world. The story and maybe even the style of art is geared toward a young audience. Children in elementary and middle school would definitely enjoy this one.

The premise centers around “be careful what you wish for” as Penny discovers a box that grants wishes. Her friends gets involved and takes things waaaay too far. She was a straight-up troll that I would have punched if I were Penny. There were little references to mythology and other fairy tales too.

I don’t remember the plot of each individual issue at all, so the story itself didn’t leave much of a lasting impression on me. I would definitely recommend it to young readers who are interested in comics though. I’m glad I read it and would continue if there are more installments, but I’m not dying for them. (I saw on my Goodreads review that there was a cliffhanger… Don’t even remember what happened.)

Probably Coming Up Next

Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird TrickThe Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act
NimonaLumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes #1-4)Saga, Volume 4


10 responses to “Recent Graphic Novels #1

  1. Lauren, take all the time you need. Honestly. This is something so momentous, disastrous and disorientating for everyone – even us down in Australia are in shock/worried. I cannot even begin to fathom what you’re experiencing right now. Your mental health/wellbeing is always the priority though so stay safe and all the best. <3

  2. I’m always glad to see a post about graphic novels because I’m pretty ‘inexperienced’ when it comes to knowing what’s popular/etc. I’m also definitely going to check out Fables because it sounds awesome! I love stories and tv shows that are fairytale retellings with unique twists.

  3. I hope you’re doing okay, Lauren <3 And yes, I feel the same way at the moment! I only had one more post set up for this week and decided to go ahead and just let it go up because it was already ready.

    I need to catch up on Saga! I stopped at volume two, but I definitely was enjoying it. And I've read up to the same volume of Fables, and have yet to continue. I like the characters, but the story is not necessarily my favorite.

    • Yep – I just wanted to make sure my feelings were known! Hope you’re doing well <33

      I definitely need to keep going with Saga! It's been a while since I've read one. I like the characters and the fairytale vibes of Fables but there's something missing for me too.

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