We want to help you find your next favorite book… Every member of our library staff is, as you would expect, an avid reader – and that means any one of us can supply you with a substantial amount of reliable recommendations for what to read next…
This batch of picks is from our youngest staff member, a page named Gideon Bray, tasked with the not-so-humble task of basically keeping every item in our circulating material collection in order on the array of shelves across every corner of the building!
Here’s Gideon’s picks, focusing on Graphic Novels
Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? : with other tales of the Dark Knight
by Neil Gaiman
Batman is dead. The caped crusader has finally fallen, and friends and foes alike have gathered to mourn his passing. However, each different person has a different story to tell about how he lived, and how he died. And through each and every story, a shadow watches the procession. It knows these tales cannot all be true. So it must answer the question: “Whatever happened to the caped crusader?”
This is a very interesting comic. It’s written by Neil Gaiman, and that comes as no surprise as you read through it. The concept is very interesting and is pulled off amazingly. The art by Andy Kubert pulls the whole thing together, making it a great read. It is a bit short, but I feel that it works best that way. If you are a Batman fan, and have a little bit of time on your hands, or like the works of Neil Gaiman, I would give this comic a look.
Locke & Key
by Joe Hill
After the murder of their father, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke move with their mother to the Keyhouse Estate, in Lovecraft Massachusetts. It doesn’t take long for them to discover the supernatural keys that are scattered throughout the house. But they are not the only ones who know of the key’s existence. There is another person, searching for the Omega Key, which possesses great power.
An interesting comic with a unique concept, and Joe Hill pulls it off quite well. The many characters who appear throughout the series are made with care, each with their own unique personality. The art is done by Gabriel Rodriguez, and, while not my favorite by far, he does a good job illustrating. Horror comics are quite rare, and are hard to pull off to good effect, and while not overly frightening, Locke & Key is great at building up tension and keeping you in suspense. If you’re looking for a good horror comic, or just want to read something unique, I would definitely point you toward this comic.
by Tsugumi Ohba
Imagine if you had the power to kill anyone you wanted to, just by writing down their names. This is the strange situation high school student Light Yagami finds himself in when he happens across a “Death Note” a supernatural notebook that can kill anyone whose name is written in it. Light decides to use this book to act as God and cleanse the world of evil. His actions do not go unnoticed, however, and a mysterious detective who goes by the name of “L” tries to hunt Light down and stop him.
This is definitely one of, if not my favorite comic series of all time. It is best best decribed as a psychological thriller, with some supernatural aspects to it. The story is great, and the art, done by Takeshi Obata, is amazing. The series always keeps you in suspense as Light and L constantly clash wits to get the better of one another. I highly recommend this series, especially if you enjoy thrillers, but even if you don’t, take a look anyway.
by Mark Millar
Huck is a man living in a quiet seaside town. However, he possesses special abilities which he uses to do one good deed every day. His abilities have been kept a secret by the townsfolk until a newcomer gives this information to the media. This sends Huck on an adventure that will change everything.
Another one of my all-time favorite comics, up there with death note. The story is pretty simple, but works well. The characters are well done, especially Huck, whose lovable character makes the comic work so well. The art, done by Rafael Albuquerque is another plus. Another graphic novel that I urge you to read as soon as possible.