Graphic Novels have really crossed over into the main stream of the reading public. People who may never have stepped into a comic shop have probably glanced through or even bought a graphic novel or Manga at one time or another.
I wanted to share with you the ten most enjoyable manga and graphic Novels I read this year.
Not all of these books were published in 2010 but that’s when I read them:
This Manga is by Writer Naoki Urasawa and Artist Osamu Tezuka. It is an homage and a retelling of the story “The greatest Robot On Earth” by Takashi Nagasaki. It is a brilliant exploration of the action story featuring Atom, aka Astro Boy . This 8 volume series is the pinnacle of the Manga experience, if you ever wanted to dip into the Manga world this is the series that will make you a Manga Fan,
I don’t read a lot of Marvel Comics but the ones I do are written by Matt Fraction. His current run on Iron Man is one of my favorite books. I’m especially happy with his portrayal of Pepper Potts and the creation of the Rescue armor, A female Iron suit? Yes! I would love to see this concept carried into the movie franchise.
My Comic book shop introduced me to this trade by J. Michael Straczynski. The artwork in this volume is by Gary frank whose work I first encountered with the recent Superman Secret Origin. This is the journey of David Grey and his journey to reclaim his soul which has been stolen from him. In his journey he is guided by a mysterious young woman name d Laurel. I didn’t know what to expect with this story and that made it so much more enjoyable.
The concept of a Hero gone bad has been portrayed in many different ways in the comic world. Mark Waid however has taken this concept to a whole new level. each volume we watch the Plutonian spiral more and more out of control. A wonderful exploration of what it takes to crack the mental and emotional psyche of a hero.
7) NORTHLANDERS : THE PLAGUE WIDOW
This collection from the own going Northlanders series is stunning, A young widow and her daughter fight to survive in a village that has decided to completely shut its self off after the advent of violent Plague. Brian Wood is doing wonderful things with this series.
8) SECRET SIX : DEPTHS
This is the trade collection that made me start collecting the individual issues of Secret Six, I just couldn’t wait for the new issues to be collected anymore. This volume has the Six in their usual predicaments: Stuck in a bad situation gone worse, lives in danger and some great guest stars ( Wonder Woman!). A great read.
10) ORC STAIN
Adult Fantasy at its best with a unique Indie style. I look forward to seeing where Stokoe takes the story next.
So there are my favorites for the year! I’m looking forward to lots of great Reads in 2011 and have joined this challenge:
I really recommend comic fans join this. Its a great way to share some of your favorite books, connect with other comic book readers and also win prizes.
This is being hosted by Vasilly at http://www.graphicnovelschallenge.blogspot.com