It’s another post from over at The Broke and the Bookish, where they pick a different topic every Tuesday and people blog about it. This week it’s the Top Ten Graphic Novels!
Not sure if the creators of Top Ten Tuesday intended on me using it for comics, but I’m happy to exploit the ambiguity of their phrasing to bring forward what I think are the best in the industry: the comics that even non-comic readers should read.
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Future Tense. Anyone who regularly visits my blog regularly knows I’m a shameless fan of TMNT. The bigger choice here was what to put on the list. Future Tense is a collection of some of the best stories the Adventures series had to offer, taking place in a dystopian future where two generations of Turtles must unite to save the planet. This trade was supposed to pave the way for The Forever War, which sadly never materialized. But these stories are still great.
9. New Avengers: Breakout Everyone has their favorite incarnation of the Avengers, and this is mine. Infinitely accessible and intense, this story of a new Avengers team forming around a prison break will keep you on the edge of your seats.
8. X-Cutioner’s Song There are very few comics crossovers that live up to the hype that surrounds it. This one surpasses it. Revolving around an assassination attempt on Charles Xavier, the story takes you through all the facets of the X-Universe as marvel’s merry mutants try to figure out who is responsible.
6. Kill Shakespeare Just a masterpiece of modern storytelling, and a great romp for fans of Shakespeare himself. Anyone who put Shakespeare on their list of people they wish would write another piece should try this.
4. Ultimate Spider-Man vol.1. Collecting the first 13 issues of the acclaimed, award-winning series, this story brings Spider-Man into the 21st century and makes it clear why he has endured so long. Romantic, fun, and heartbreaking: this one has it all.
2. Guardian Devil. Kevin Smith produces what is by far his most mature work, bringing a monumental event in Daredevil’s life to the page. I didn’t know a lot about Daredevil when I read this. Prior knowledge not needed to enjoy. Only reading it is.
So that’s my Top Ten Graphic Novels. Hope I wasn’t stretching the rules too far by bringing it to you and that you all enjoyed!
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