This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about our favorite non-written books. i.e. comics, graphic novels, manga, audio books, etc. And, I’ve decided to focus on my favorite comics series since that’s my favorite non-written media to take in stories. So, here are my top 5 favorite comic series:
1. Descender by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen
Descender is a science fiction comic series which takes place in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and are being rounded up by bounty hunters. Our story follows TIM-21 who is a young robot that suddenly comes back online after being asleep for 10 years, his creator, and the crew sent to find him. The story is wonderful, but the real standout is the art. Dustin Nguyen’s beautiful watercolor artwork is absolutely stunning. It adds so much heart to the story.
There are currently 3 volumes published with the 4th volume expected July 2017.
2. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke A. Allen
Lumberjanes is an amazing fun and fantastical middle grade comic series. It follows 5 best friends (Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley) on their adventures at Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types. The art is vibrant and fun – and each of the girls have a developed and unique personality. I especially love the diversity – Jo is trans and Molly and Mal definitely crushing on each other. This series just keeps getting better and better, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
There are currently 5 volumes published with the 6th volume expected April 2017.
3. Giant Days by John Allison and Lissa Treiman
Giant Days is a slice of life comic which follows the antics of 3 fast friends who meet for the first time at university. Esther is a gothic beauty, Susan is a sarcastic cynic, and Daisy is a bundle of sunshine. We follow the girls as the navigate their coursework, new friendships, and old loves. The writing is witty and the illustrations of bright and cheery But, what I love so much about this series is the strong friendship that develops between these girls- the world needs more depictions of strong female friendships.
There are currently 3 volumes published with the 4th volume expected March 2017.
4. Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Chew follows detective Tony Chu. But, Tony Chu isn’t your ordinary detective. Tony is a cibopath which means that he gets psychic impressions from what he eats. So for example, if he eats an apple he can tell what grove the tree grew in, the pesticides that were used, and when it was harvested. This always works on the weird stuff he munches on the course of his duties – like murder victims. In the first volume, Tony begins working for the Special Crimes Division of the FDA to investigate their strangest cases.
Chew is a completed 12 volume series. So if you are looking for a series you can marathon from start to finish – this may be the one for you.
5. Ms. Marvel by G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Ms. Marvel follows the story of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager who suddenly finds herself with superpowers. This series manages to tackle some really important issues in a way that is very accessible to readers especially young girls. It is so important for girls to see themselves reflected in the media they are communing, and especially in a way that validates their feelings and identity. Wilson’s wonderful story is accompanied by Alphona’s beautiful art. Sadly, he doesn’t illustrate all the subsequent issues, but its still one of my favorite series.
There are currently 6 volumes published with the 7th volume expected August 2017.
So those are my 5 favorite comic book series, but I’m always looking to find new ones. What are some of your favorite comics or graphic novels? Drop some recommendations in the comments. 🙂