Graphic Novel Reviews

Hi guys so I am a bit of a different review this week. This time I am going to be reviewing some graphic novels. Now I don’t read a whole lot of comic books or graphic novels, but I’ve read a few over the last year, so I thought it was about to share some of my thoughts. I hope to try out more graphic novels in the future as I do enjoy them quite a bit.

Amulet Vol 1: The Stonekeepers / Kazu Kibuishi / 
This one had been on my radar for quite some time before I actually picked it up – so many people love this series. Overall I enjoyed this one, but I wasn’t completely blown away by it. Firstly the beginning was a bit of an issue for me. Within the first few pages the dad dies (so technically not a spoiler) but I kind of felt that it was used as a way to develop the characters and give them motivation. To me, it just seems a bit like lazy development and it didn’t seem necessary to kill him in such a dramatic way. I liked the artwork and the darker elements woven into the story was quite interesting. The story was generally enjoyable. I think a wide range of ages and readers would enjoy this graphic novel, although it is definitely aimed at younger readers. I am interested to continue with this series at some point.
Ms Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal /  G. Willow Wilson , Adrian Alphona (Artist) / 
I wanted to love this, but unfortunately I didn’t. Everything fell a little flat for me and so I didn’t find myself invested in the story or characters. Plot wise it was fine, although a did find it a little confusing at time. Her powers and how she got them also confused me a bit too. Generally the plot is straightforward though. I love the fact that the main character and the superhero is Pakistani American Muslim – diversity is so important and so it’s wonderful to see this. However I will say that her family members are represented quite stereo-typically. I liked the artwork, but I wasn’t blown away by it. I would still definitely recommend it, as it has a whole lot of good reviews on Goodreads and I am very much in the minority with this one. To be honest, this is really quite mixed for me. There is nothing really bad about it, but it just didn’t work for me.
Batman Vol 1: The Court of Owls /  Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator) / 
I very much enjoyed this graphic novel. Batman is probably my favourite superhero so it was great to read a graphic novel about his character. The story was a pleasure to read, the artwork was great and I loved the mystery behind the court of owls. The writing is also well done. This was the first Batman graphic novel I’ve ever read and I didn’t have any trouble understanding what was going on. You definitely need some back ground information to get the most enjoyment out of it, but you don’t need a lot of it. I don’t have a lot to say, other than that I enjoyed this. I have read and enjoyed the next two volumes of this series. I will definitely be continuing on with this one.
The Complete Maus / Art Spiegelman / ★.5
This was one of the first graphic novels I ever read and I would definitely recommend it. It is quite a thought provoking read as it is a story about the Holocaust. Overall I liked the black and white art style, although it did make it a little tricky to differentiate between the characters at times. The simplistic art style really lends itself to this story – for such a hard topic you don’t need a load of illustrations. Although the amount of art work on each page can make it seem a little cluttered and even confusing at times. The art work does suit this story though. I loved the representation of different groups of people through different animals. As I have already said I would recommend this and think it may be a good place to try out graphic novels if you are new to them.
I think a reading goal for next year will be to try out more graphic novels. So if you have any recommendations for me then they would be very much appreciated. I’ve heard so good things about The Rat Queens graphic novel, so I hope to try out that soon. Other than that I don’t really know. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

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