Summertime is the time for all comic book characters to hit the silver screen so while you're on the beach this summer, why not take add one of these secret origins to your reading list? Our bookseller and graphic novel aficionado Harry lists his top ten graphic novels for Summer 2017.
Books for All Ages
1. Bone by Jeff Smith
Bone is truly one of the great fantasy epics of our times. We follow three creatures from a town called Bonville who have been exiled from their homes. They soon find themselves in a rich world filled with people and monsters like they've never seen before. Complete with dragons, necromancers, and a tough as nails grandma, it's fun all the way through.
2. The Adventures of TIntin by Herge
Tintin is one of those timeless comics that appeal to every kid. Tintin is a Belgian reporter who finds himself embroiled in adventure after adventure. Picture Indiana Jones meets the Hardy Boys. Tintin features a colorful cast of characters and hi jinks around the globe to the desert to the jungle to the bottom of the ocean and to the moon.
3. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
Magic amulets, mysterious family members, robots, if you haven't read this series yet, you really should. Perfect for those who love books similar to Harry Potter and fun for all ages.
4. Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson
Hilda is another series that parents will enjoy as much as children. HIlda is a wonderful mixture of childhood curiosity and Northern folklore. The stories are engaging, sweet, and simple. The artwork is incredibly expressive and stylized and lends itself perfectly to Hilda's adventures.
Books for Young Adults (and Adults Who Read Young Adult)
5. Teen Titans by Geoff Johns
It’s dark, it’s edgy, it’s teens with weird powers and adolescent problems. Teen Titans is great for DC fans who are looking for a cool, action packed YA graphic novel.
6. Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O'Malley
A fashion blogger runs into #drama when she goes to a club and accidentally kills her new best friend. Things get even more complicated when her dead best friend keeps texting her from beyond the grave and shows up that the same party she's at. Ugh, life totally sucks sometimes. The artwork is superb in this absolute nail-biter of a mystery.
7. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki
Fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies and new readers alike will love this manga. Everything from how Nausicaa grows as a person, to the incredible world building, to the breathtaking detail in the artwork makes it one of my absolute favorites to read again and again.
8. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
As our bookseller Jessica beautifully sums up: "It's girls! Doing things!" There aren't a ton of female-centric comics in the industry, but this is one of the best. A group of girls at a summer camp get into supernatural shenanigans and hilarity, female affirmation ensues. Funny series, great art, great read.
Books for Adults
9. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn
Saga is wonderful. It's visually beautiful, super creative, and entirely relatable. Anyone who has ever gone to incredible lengths for someone they love will know how the people in this book feel. Two alien planets, two forbidden lovers, one war that threatens to tear them apart and their newborn child. A sci-fi adventure with real heart.
10. Descender by Jeff Lemire
Sort of like the movie AI but better and also it's a comic. A small robot boy wakes up after a decades-long sleep on a small mining outpost on a backwater planet. His family and every human there is dead. He soon learns that the entire galaxy has turned against robot-kind but he may also be the key to saving everyone.