A combination of recommendations from an Ezra Klein and Rachel Maddow podcast, plus conversations with Scott Ashworth (who has an encyclopedic knowledge plus infectious enthusiasm for the comic) led me to a couple dozen graphic novels in the past few months. The best, in order:
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Melodramatic teenager meets fantasy/sci-fi/comedy mashup. Won a “best book” recognition from just about every periodical you could name. Well deserved.
- Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine. Tales of humiliation and disappointment in people’s everyday lives. The graphic novel equivalent of a collection of sad short stories. That was a compliment.
- Queen & Country by Greg Rucka. If John Le Carre wrote a graphic novel, this might be what it looks like.
- Saga by Bryan Vaughan and Fiona Staples. A space opera. If you like space operas you will like this.
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd. I’d never read the anarchist classic and finally did, and loved it.
- Mind Mgmt by Matt Kindt. Conspiracy theories meet spy novel meet the paranormal.
More recommendations welcome.