Graphic Novel Recommendations

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I don’t talk much about graphic novels on my blog but I definitely should because there’s some amazing ones out there! I find it hard to review individual volumes which is why you don’t see many reviews from me but I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you guys.

The number of volumes I put next to each title is the number I personally have read, there are volumes I have yet to read!

I will also be linking each title to the first volume in each series on Goodreads, if you’re interested in checking any of these out.

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The Locke & Key Series by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

I have to say I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first volume in this series, it just didn’t capture my attention as much. However, I gave the series another shot and fell in love! This series is about the Locke family (more so the three children) and Key House, where there are mysterious keys that unlock even more mysterious abilities (such as turn yourself into a ghost). There’s a lot of different story lines to kind of follow throughout but are never too much to keep track of and I love how creative the world and keys are.

It’s a pretty dark atmosphere throughout the series too, definitely not very light-hearted and things can get pretty violent as well.ย  However, I love the way everything is wrapped up in the end!

Descender (Volumes 1-4) by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen

This is a sci-fi graphic novel series revolving around androids and robots and humanity’s fear of them as they are under the constant threat/fear (again the word fear) of giant robots called, Destroyers, coming back and annihilating whole populations again. The art takes on a sort of watercolor effect and is gorgeous! It’s a pretty character driven story tying together different groups and their plot lines, I have come to be very fond of a lot of the characters too. Some of them are just too cute!

I have to say this reminded me a lot of the video game series Mass Effect (which I love and worship) so if you’re a fan, like me, then I definitely recommend checking out this series!

The Wicked + The Divine (Volumes 1-6) by Kieron Gillen & James McKelvie

This series is my life pretty much, the art is so colorful and vibrant! I’m not sure exactly how to describe the plot since I don’t even know what’s going on half the time! Every 90 years gods and goddesses are reincarnated into well…pop stars pretty much, that’s the gist of it anyways. There’s a lot of crazy stuff going on in this series, trust me! But the characters are awesome and I love how unique the mythology is there’s Greek, Celtic, Sumerian, and Japanese just to name a few.

Monstress (Volumes 1-2) by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Another graphic novel series that’s a bit hard for me to place but mostly it’s fantasy and has some seriously gorgeous art. Yeah, Sana Takeda is a queen! There’s only two volumes out currently and it’s so hard when each one comes to its end because I NEED MORE! The world building is spot on and very, very well fleshed out but the plot line is something I don’t want to say too much about since there’s spoilers. If you like your fantasy complex and a bit gritty, I recommend this series!

Rat Queens (Volume 1) by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch

This is a graphic novel series that’s just tons of fun, everything is pretty humorous for the most part and there’s gorgeous, colorful art! Also if you’re a fan of Dungeons & Dragons, this is pretty much it, definitely a fantasy lover’s fantasy graphic novel.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Trust me when I say “Nimona” is 100% worth all of the hype! The story is very engaging while also managing to be pretty light-hearted and fun at the same time! There’s never a dull moment and we follow the quirkiest and most lovable of protagnoists, Nimona of course. She volunteers to be the side-kick of villain, Blackheart, and she can also shape-shift. There’s fantasy, science, and super powers! What more could you want?

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Would you like to see another round of graphic novel recs?

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

What are some of your favorite graphic novels?

Let me know in the comments!

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25 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Recommendations

  1. Marina_Books of Magic May 31, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Nice choice! I’ve been gearing up to start Locke & Key and Monstress for a while now, and thanks to you I’m starting tonight! With at least one haha. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nimona is awesome! I’ve read it when it was still a webcomic, and was very sad when it finished, it’s definitely one of my favorites! My other favorites include quirky and cute, but also weirdly bizarre. My favorite comic is Lumberjanes, and my fave graphic novels are: Through the Woods, Anya’s Ghost, In Real Life, Kindly Corpses, Pinocchio by Winshluss, and anything by Kerascoรซt, Amรฉlie Flรฉchais, and Shaun Tan. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 27, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      I’m terribly behind on comments (catching up now!) but hopefully you enjoyed the first volume of Locke and Key! I personally didn’t love the first volume as much but once you hit #3 and on it’s so addicting!
      I definitely need to continue with Lumberjanes since Noelle Steveson, you know? Haha! I do have copies of both Anya’s Ghost and In Real Life that I need to hustle up and get to but I absolutely loved Through The Woods (it’s actually going to be included in round 2 of my graphic novel recs). These others sound interesting though and I’ll have to check them out, thanks for the recs! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Marina_Books of Magic June 28, 2018 / 2:05 pm

        I read all six in one night hehe. ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved them and I agree it gets better with each volume! Ugh me too, I love Lumberjanes, but I haven’t read any in months. :/ Hehe, can’t wait to see your next post, I might find something interesting again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 18, 2018 / 3:42 pm

        Yes! So glad you ended up loving them and that you thought they did get better with each volume! Such a good series! And thank you I will definitely be doing another post with GN recs, it’s always nice to hear when recs or advice pan out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Hannah @ Ink and Myths May 31, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    I love love love this post! I always wanted to get into reading graphic novels, but never really knew where to start. This list is perfect and everything sounds amazing! Thank you so much โ™ฅ๏ธ

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 27, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you found it a little helpful! I was the same way never knowing where to start with graphic novels but these are the ones I started with and loved so hopefully you will enjoy some of them as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews May 31, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Yesss, love this post ๐Ÿ’• I love all the graphic novels you mentioned here especially Nimona. I havenโ€™t read Descender yet, but now I really want to!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 27, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks Lauren!!! I definitely recommend Descender, I mean if we loved all of these same ones we must have similar tastes haha, I’d love to see what you think of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Amara @ Icy Tomes June 1, 2018 / 7:47 am

    This post is awesome. I love reading Graphic Novels and there aren’t may recs out there. I read Nimona and I loved it.The Wicked + The Divine is also good but I only read the 1st volume.

    I will surely add all these to my TBR.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 27, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      Thank you! I agree, I feel like I’m always looking for graphic novel recommendation posts but they either recommend the same novels or they’re super deep into the super hero ones (which I have no problem with but I’m looking for non-super hero GNs) or I never find any! I have to say TW+TD only gets better I didn’t like Vol. 3 since it’s filler but the latest Vol. (#6) was super good! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Belle June 2, 2018 / 1:39 am

    Ah, perfect timing, Heather! I was just looking for graphic novel recommendations ๐Ÿ˜. I agree that Nimona was a really sweet series. Also, androids, robots, and watercolorsโ€”Descenders sounds like my cup of tea.

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  6. Anna @MyBookishDream June 7, 2018 / 5:09 am

    I really enjoyed the Locke & Key graphic novel. The art wasn’t my favourite, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the story. It was such a wonderfully dark graphic novel. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also adore Nimona!
    And I want to read all the other ones you mentioned, so I’m really glad to hear that you enjoyed those as well. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 28, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Yes, I agree! I wasn’t a big fan of the art for Locke and Key either but the world was definitely dark and interesting! And Nimona is almost too cute and fun NOT to like!
      Hopefully you’ll enjoy the rest of them too, I would love to hear what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

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