Make no mistake, comic books and graphic novels can definitely be enjoyed by grown-ups! Fun, dark, kitschy, or artistic- whether you want something quick and entertaining or involved and thought-provoking, there is a graphic novel or comic out there that fits your reading flavor.
Read a graphic novel or comic book and move one step closer to completing the 10 to Try Reading Challenge. Here are just a few suggestions for great illustrated reads, plus tips for finding more.
What to Read
Monstress, Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu (Illustrator Sana Takeda)
Set in a steampunk world facing the aftershocks of a devastating war between humans and Arcanics, this beautifully illustrated epic tale follows Maika Halfwolf as she searches to uncover the secrets of her past and the monster that lurks inside of her. A great read for those who love an intricate storyline, complex characters, and a world of socio-political strife that just might mirror our own.
City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcón (Illustrator Sheila Alvarado)
This illustrated adaptation of Daniel Alarcón's War by Candlelight follows journalist Oscar 'Chino' Uribe as he documents the lives of street clowns in Lima, Peru. As Uribe delves deeper into the subcultures of the city, he works through the emotional challenges presented by the death of his estranged father. Illustrator Sheila Alvarado experiments with design and panel layout to meet the dark and feeling tone of the book.
Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan (Illustrator Fiona Staples)
From critically acclaimed writer Brian K.Vaughan, Saga Volume One follows the story of two enemy soldiers who have abandoned the multi-generational galactic war between their people for love of each other. Now deserters on the run, the couple is prepared to fight to protect their love and their newborn daughter. A gritty and sexy read, fantasy and science fiction come seamlessly together in a harsh and violent world that begets harsh and violent characters.
Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator Fiona Staples have won multiple Eisner Awards for their work on Saga, including the 2015 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series. Find the rest of the Saga series as well as other great works by Brian K. Vaughan like Ex Machina and Paper Girls in our catalog.
What to Explore
Our KCLS Recommends booklists offer reading suggestions for a variety of interests and readers of any age.
If you are looking for artistically innovative and complex illustrated reads, our Topic Guide for Graphic Novels is a great place to start.
If you read and loved the book, then revisit a classic or a favorite author with these graphic novel adaptations from Novels to Graphic Novels: Impressive Illustrated Adaptations.
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