April 2015: Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act  by Kieron Gillen - Goodreads
Published: 12 Nov 2014 by Image Comics

Everyone should read this. This volume is the first five issues of The Wicked + The Divine. The story is based on this: every 90 years, 12 gods incarnate as humans. People love them, and people hate them. But the gods are only here for two years, then they die. These gods are treated as myths. Guilty until proven innocent, right? If you are a fan of morally grey characters, then you will love this. If you are a fan of mythology, you will love this. If you are a fan of comics, you will love this. You learn to root for the devil, literally. And then you kind of fall in love with her. The artwork is absolutely stunning, and the story draws you in immediately. Everyone should read this.

All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday's X-Men  by Brian Michael Bendis - Goodreads
Published: 27 Mar 2013 by Marvel

If you are a fan of the X-Men movies and want to get into this massive world, this is the place to start. Saying that, make sure you've actually  seen all the movies (and I would recommend watching all the movies, minus the Wolverine ones) because this world is massive. This artwork isn't my favorite that I've seen out of the Marvel Now! series, but it does get increasingly better as the volume progresses. There is this one 2-page spread of Jean that made me want to buy just the fifth issue so that I could see it properly. It's that  gorgeous. The story-arc at the beginning isn't the best. It's a lot of exposition and not a lot of action; however, the action definitely comes later in the volume. And there's a cliffhanger that makes me upset that I have to wait for my library to order the second volume.

Also, I have been obsessively listening to this playlist about Jean & Scott and this playlist about Bobby & Kitty.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware of the Kitten Holy  by Noelle Stevenson - Goodreads
Published: 8 April 2015 by BOOM! Studios

This is golden. If you are familiar at all with Girl Scouts, and especially if you were  ever a Girl Scout, you NEED to pick this graphic novel up. It is aimed at a younger (YA to Middle Grade) audience, but it is definitely enjoyable for all ages. Set up in the format of the "Lumberjanes" handbook (the Girl Scout handbook, if you will) with the comics drawn in each chapter or section. This is a great set up for the rest of the series, which I am honestly angry that I have to wait for. I fell in love with all of the characters, and this is just amazing. Highly, highly recommend.

What are some of the best graphic novels you've read this month or so far this year? Tell me down in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Tomes Project

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