Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Comic Books!

Hello lovelies,

It's that time for Top 5 Wednesday, as created by the awesome GingerReadsLainey and now moderated by the lovely ThoughtsonTomes over on Goodreads!

This weeks topic is...Favourite Bookish Posts which I have switched for Top Graphic Novels for two main reasons; I have only started writing bookish posts again recently so I don't feel I have enough content to share right now, and also I was planning to do a post on my favourite comic books/graphic novels so I thought perfect timing!

My choices for this topic aaaaaaaare;

Mind the Gap by  Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback

In my opinion, Mind the Gap is one of the most underrated comic book series currently running. It is a mystery/thriller/paranormal/sci-fi concoction which unlike anything else I've read since I re-entered the world of comic books. The artwork is fantastic, the story is well written and it includes (well written) LGBT characters.

The story starts with a girl in a coma, who finds that she can (as a spirit via other bodies) communicate with the real world and the mystery goes from there. Who tried to kill her? And why? This story can be a bit confusing but 3 trades in I'm still desperate to know the truth and it keeps me guessing with every issue!

The Beauty by Jeremy Haun & Jason A. Hurley

Similarly to Mind the Gap I want to talk about this because 1) I've not heard much buzz about this one and 2) because of it's real uniqueness.

I would say this is dystopia/sci-fi? The story goes that society has developed a new STI called Beauty, wherein if you catch it you become absolutely beauty. Sounds good right? Well as these cops find out, there is a lot more to beauty than meets the eye...

It's gory, thrilling and full of dry wit, in other words, I highly recommend it! (also this cover?? YES.)

Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan (et al)

The Runaways is the only one on the my list that is unique in the sense that I only recommend reading up to Volume 8.
Allow me to explain! This was a comic book series originally brought to us by the amazingly talented Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan left the series at the end of volume 7, and it was taken over by Joss Whedon (which was fine but not my favourite). After volume 8 the series went massively down in my estimations (in the sense that the characters just didn't even act like themselves, and some of the stories were just silly, and the dialogue kind of wooden - total contrast to Vaughan's fantastic writing), I read volumes 9 and 10 which I rated 2 stars at which point I gave up (there was one more volume before the run ended).

HOWEVER, those first 7 (okay Joss, 8) volumes are my favourite Marvel comic books I've read as an adult and if I could only recommend one Marvel comic (and there are many that I really adore) this would be it.

The story is a group of kids who find out that their parents are super villians, so naturally they decide to runaway (geddit?!) and get into all the hijinks that only a group of kids who suddenly find out they have powers and a freaking dinosaur (yes you read that right!) can.

This series have more twists and turns than a Gillian Flynn novel, while being super fun and a totally realistic portrayal of a group of teens, despite the totally unrealistic situation/s they are in. Highly, HIGHLY recommend.

Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman & Whitney Cogar

This is another unique one in the sense that is a (older) YA contemporary which is quite a refreshing change (as well as being brilliantly written and beautifully drawn).

This story is about female friendships and starting university, and all the BS that comes with that; drugs, boys, sexuality, studying. All that stuff that we don't talk about which we SHOULD!

I love the female friendships in this book, to borrow a phrase from my darling Lumberjanes*, FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

I also love that this is based in the UK which is totally rare!

Gotham Academy by  Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl

Speaking about Lumberjanes*, if you love that then you will love this!

This is a current series from DC, and while it is very popular in comic book circles, it's just not that popular outside it, because I know that some people actively avoid "superhero" stories. I just wanted to get Gotham Academy out into the booktube/book blogger community because I love it so much.

This is a fun story about a girl named Olive and her friend Maps, who attend a boarding school in (you guessed it!) Gotham. At first this seems like a very cute story about two adorable and fun characters but we soon find that there is more to it than meets the eye. Who is Olive and just what happened to her mother? Look out for some very well known cameos in this one.

The artwork is sensational, and the story intriguing, and even better? this is a comic book that I can recommend to ALL ages!

*so you may have picked up on some notable exceptions from this list. I choose not to discuss both Lumberjanes or Saga because it's Saga and Lumberjanes and they are talked about SO much already! (They are bloody fantastic as if I have to say it). I just wanted to talk about some other series and some old series that I think need the kudos, and ones that people might not already know about or maybe they haven't picked it up because it's coming from Marvel or DC.

I also decided not to include any standalone graphic novels in this post because otherwise I would be here FOREVER but rest assured a graphic novel post is in the works!

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts? 

I'd love to read your Top 5 post from this week regardless of what topic you did, so leave your answers below, or if you've done this weeks, link me up below!

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