Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This Week’s Theme: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre
And because it wouldn’t be a TTT without me changing things up I’m altering things a little… Spoiler alert: There’s way more than 10.
My Theme: My Favourite Comics and Graphic Novels that Don’t Feature Superheroes
I originally wasn’t going to participate in TTT this month because I wasn’t feeling any of the topics, but then I figured I could combine a post I was planning with this week’s topic! You all know I’m a huge adcovate of trying to get everyone to read comics and graphic novels. I feel like a lot of people think comics and graphic novels mostly feature super heroes (I know I did!), but that’s not always the case. You don’t have to be interested in Marvel or DC to be able to read comics and graphic novels!
If you’re new to comics & graphic novels and aren’t sure where to start feel free to check out my guide here.
Covers = Goodreads
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen (writer) & Jamie McKelvie (art) – Every 90 years Gods reincarnate as humans. This is really intense and full of complex and diverse characters.
Amulet, Vol 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi – A young girl inherits a magical amulet and the role of a “stonekeeper” from her great-grandfather. She and a brother go through a doorway to another world were she encounters a range of mythical and magical creatures. This is a great starting point if you’ve never read a comic or graphic novel before.
Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu (writer) & Sana Takeda (art) – This is set in an alternate world when human/monster hybrids exist. It has steam punk and horror elements. The MC is a woman of colour and extremely complex. There’s lots of violence so be careful if that’s not your thing. This can be infodump-y at times, but is really unique.
Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson (writer), Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters & Brooke Allen (art) – I talk about this comic all the time. It’s so refreshing. A group of girls are spending their summer at a very unusual summer camp. There’s so many diverse characters and crazy adventures. It’s full of feminine positivity and is my Happy Place™.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – This is a fantastic take on the heroes vs villain trope. It turns everything about it upside down. I am obsessed with this graphic novel and again it’s a great place to start. Nimona is a shapeshifter. Your heart will probably break at some point while reading this.
The Backstagers #1 by James Tynion IV (writer) & Rian Sygh (art) – A boy starts at a new school and decides to join the Drama club he ends up joining the backstage crew and discovers there’s a backstage door that lead to different worlds. This has a serious Lumberjanes vibe to it and the characters all seem incredibly diverse.
Rat Queens, Vol 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (writer) & Roc Upchurch (art) – A rag tag group of diverse women are killers for hire. The world is full of mythical creatures and monsters. Crazy adventures ensue.
The Beauty, Vol 1 by Jeremy Haun & Jason A. Hurley – This is about a sexually transmitted disease that makes you beautiful. It’s a great look on society’s pressure for people to be “perfect” and how dangerous it is. There’s some gore-y artwork.
Paper Girls, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson (art) – This is honestly so bizarre, but addicting. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before. A group of girls who deliver newspapers in the 80s get caught up with time travelling and aliens and other crazy sci-fi things.
Saga, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) & Fiona Staples (art) – This is about a married couple who are on the run because they’re on opposites sides of a galactic war. It’s so intense and fast paced. The characters and relationships are incredibly interesting and is one of my favourites. The artwork depicts violence and sexual situations.
The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way (writer), Shaun Simon & Becky Cloonan (art) – This is set in an apocolyptic desert wasteland and is about a girl trying to lead everyone to freedom from the evil corporation that’s in charge. This is based on My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days album.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – A collection of five short stories that all feature the woods. I really recommend reading this at night because it makes the atmosphere so much creepier. The way the wood features in each story is done so creatively. The stories all let you interpret your own meaning.
Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle (writer) & Jason Katzenstein (art) – Sidenote: This is more of a paranormal than a horror. A girl ends up at the wrong summer camp and discovers it’s full of monsters. This has some incredible friendships and is really fun!
Wytches, Vol 1 by Scott Snyder (writer) & Jock (art) – A really creepy take on “witches” where they are seriously evil and disturbing. A family moves to a new house and encounters them. This is really dark and unsettling.
Giant Days, Vol 1 by John Allison (writer) & Lissa Treiman (art) – This is one of my new favourite comics. It’s about a group of girls who are starting Uni and the friendship they form. It’s absolutely hilarious and has so many great moments. It’s set in the UK.
Snotgirl #1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley (writer), Leslie Hung (art) – Sidenote: This might become sci-fi, I’m not sure. This is about a girl in her 20’s who is a well known fashion blogger and who also has terrible allergies. There’s like a murder-mystery and a stalker(?) and just other weird things going on.
Archie, Vol 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid (writer), Fiona Staples, Annie Wu & Veronica Fish (art) – This is a reboot of the original Archie comics. I never really had any interest in Archie until I heard about this reboot. From what I’ve seen it does a great job of paying homage to the original, whilst updating it to a more modern setting.