Thursday, 3 January 2008

Graphic Novel Challenge

Challenges seem to becoming a way of life, as I decided to take part in another. I was one of those kids who would read anything they could lay hands on and, inevitably, that included comics from time to time. I had something of a soft spot for Spiderman. Since then, I have read the occasional graphic novel, so when Dewey started the Graphic Novel Challenge I was very tempted, but decided that I should resist. I mentioned it to my sons, however, who immediately started offering reading matter. The question of whether I would participate was ignored, and Elder Son arrived home for New Year with a collection, while The Dormouse riffled through the contents of a large box and extracted several – I now have more than I need, so I have a list of alternatives as well. Actually, I think the sons firmly expect that I will read all of them!

1. Hiroaki Samura, Blade of the Immortal – Blood of a Thousand

2. Neil Gaiman, 1602

3. Brian Michael Bendis, Jinx

4. Alan Moore, Watchmen

5. Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Long Way Home

6. Alan Moore, From Hell


Brian Michael Bendis, Torso

Brian Michael Bendis, Powers

Brian Michael Bendis, Goldfish

Joss Whedon, The Amazing X-Men (I've read most of this already, I think)

They should all help with the withdrawal symptoms anyway: I've just finished watching Season One of Heroes and will be waiting for Season Two on BBC2 (no ads!).


  1. If you can fit them in Art Speigelman's Maus and Maus II are stunning. They were my first introduction to the graphic novel, thanks to Philip Pullman who is a real enthusiast. I'm not certain whether I still have my copies. If I do, would you like them?

  2. I've never read any graphic novels, though I think there might be a Spongebob Squarepants around the house. I look forward to your reviews to get some suggestions.

  3. TT, I've read Maus, but not Maus II - and yes, I thought it wonderful. Amazingly, our local library has quite a good collection of graphic novels and may have both on the shelves. Certainly, I noticed one there last week, so I think that saves you looking?

    Raidergirl, I've never come across Spongebob Squarepants! My first one is, Blood of the Immortal, is very arty and quite amazingly violent at times, something the Elder Son only remembered after I'd started reading it. I'm quite wide-eyed at times!