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Graphic Novels

Every once in a while you just need pictures to accompany your literature.  Luckily, literary creative minds have developed the "Graphic Novel" and, indeed, they are novels.  This is a selection of the most recent graphic novels to stir up my imagination, and I hope you enjoy! 

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Talk about a Sci Fi action drama!  Told from the point of view of a child remembering the days after her birth, in worlds that forbade her parent's love, this narrator relates a story of escape. 

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

A tale of knowing where you come from and accepting, it is told through three seemingly simple narratives that coalesce into one great moral-of-the-story.  You should also read this book because it's snappy with great drawings. 

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

A Mexican family's history ranging from the Great Depression to the Gulf War is told in this bleak graphic novel.  The drawings are black and white, and it becomes difficult to keep track of the family.  As someone who enjoys reading family histories, I would read this book again. 

Saga: Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

The TV robot is chasing them through space?!  No!  Volume 2 of Saga continues the adventure of escape from the first volume but spends most of the time travelling between worlds. So if you like your space, this is for you!  

Saga: Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

Volume 3 in the Saga series re-establishes the bounty hunters as threats to the fleeing family.  What will __ do to protect his family? Will __ have to protect herself?  A better question: When will we see Volume 4?!