Thou Shalt Read More Graphic Novels

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I want to read more graphic novels.

After studying high literature for years, I’ve actively avoided reading anything remotely challenging. I’ve re-read the books of my younger years, consumed other people’s blogs to an obsessive extent, and even dipped my toe into the dark pools of fan-fiction. In my avoidance of complex literature, I’ve become complacent. And it’s unsettled my entire love of reading.

This realisation is kind of horrifying. A pretty strong part of my identity is based around reading and to find myself falling out of love with it is unacceptable. I’ve stopped tracking down new authors and trying out new genres. I can’t remember the last time I visited a bookshop or even tried out some of Amazon’s bestsellers. The carpet between my sofa and the bookcase is becoming worn out as I constantly re-read the same books.

So it’s time to give myself a challenge, discover something new, and read outside of my comfort zone. This is where the Graphic Novel Commandment comes in.

I’ve stockpiled a collection and already read a handful. A new feature on this blog will concentrate on the novels I’ve read, aiming to uncover my preferences and, hopefully, reignite my lifelong passion of reading in general. At the very least, I’m looking to read at least one novel per month.

If you consider yourself something of a graphic novel profesh, hit me up with some recommendations. I’m open to anything and everything, so let me know your favourite novels and I’ll give them a try. Likewise, if you fancy joining me in discovering something new, let me know and we’ll get a conversation started.

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4 thoughts on “Thou Shalt Read More Graphic Novels

  1. First stop really ought to be the great Batman stories, since you’ve got Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. For complexity and intensity, it’s tough to do much better than Grant Morrison’s “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.” Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke” needs to be on the list, and the list can’t be complete without Jeph Loeb’s “The Long Halloween.” Also, I would add in Snyder and Capullo’s “Court of Owls” and “City of Owls,” from The New 52 reboot. I wasn’t sure whether to trust them, but they turned out fantastic.

    Moore’s “V For Vendetta” is excellent reading. Miller’s “300” is also quite good, if not necessarily as complex or tough. Also! Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series is absolutely amazing, and has everything a serious consumer of graphic novels as art and literature would want.

    • Thanks for the recommendations Justin! The Killing Joke is already in my ‘to buy’ list, and you’ve persuaded me to give Sandman a try. I’m really intrigued by From Hell, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read by Moore so far and it’s seems like an interesting (if brutal) topic to read in this form – have you read it?

  2. I haven’t, but as a rule I would say you can pretty much trust that anything with Moore’s name on it will be worth your time. I’ve always heard good things about From Hell–go for it.

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