Thursday, June 18, 2015

Graphic Novel Round-Up

It's that time again!  Here are a few titles I read with the last round-up.  I'm eager to start the stack that I have at home now!  Over vacation my brother settled into Y: The Last Man, and I think I got him hooked on Brian K. Vaughn.  I also got to have a great conversation with another graphic novel enthusiast who hooked me up with some new titles!  Any good ones you think I should add to my reading list?

Genius
Author: Steven T. Seagle
Info: First Second, copyright 2013, 128 pages

Tex Marx works hard at his career as a quantum physicist.  But lately the demands of his job have begun to overwhelm him.  Then Ted makes a startling discovery: his wife's father once knew Einstein and claims that Einstein entrusted to him a final, devastating secret - a  secret even more profound and shattering than the work that led to the first atom bombs.  If Ted can convince his father-in-law to tell him what Einstein had to say, his job will be safe.  But does he dare revea Einstein's most dangerous secret to those who might exploit it?

~Goodreads Description

My second Steven Seagle graphic novel and a great recommendation from a graphic novel-loving patron.  Tex is a prodigy who is afraid he has passed his peak.  He works at a company that expects big ideas, and he hasn't had a big idea in quite awhile.  When he discovers that his father-in-law once met Albert Einstein, he's desperate to learn all of the man's secrets.  This is a story of convenience (what are the odds that a prodigy physicists would marry someone who knew Einstein?) but a good story none-the-less.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal
Author: G. Willow Wilson
Info: Marvel, copyright 2014, 120 pages

Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why
Info: Marvel, copyright 2015, 136 pages

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts.  But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel?  Teenager?  Muslim?  Inhuman?  Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!  When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well.  Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts?  Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear?  Kamila has no idea, either.  But she's coming' for you, Jersey?

~Goodreads Description

Who is the inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends?  Maybe Wolverine can help!  Kamala may be fingerling out when her favorite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up, but that won't stop her from protecting her hometown.  Then, Kamala crosses path with Inhumanity for the first time - by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw!  Every girl wants a puppy, but this one may be too much of a handful, even for a super hero with embiggening powers.  But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala?  As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future.

~Goodreads Description

Kamala is pretty awesome.  She's a feisty teenager who has found herself in an extraordinary situation.  She's a super hero.  Now she just needs to figure out how to sneak out of the house without getting caught by her parents.  Kamala is a pretty kick-but muslim crime fighter who isn't afraid to put herself out there and wear a ridiculous costume.  I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next volume.

Green Arrow: Year One
Author: Andy Diggle
Info: DC Comics, copyright 2008, 160 pages

The definitive tale of how Oliver Queen became Green Arrow!  Queen is frivolous playboy with little care of any one or anything, apparently even himself.  but when he's double-crossed and marooned on a jungle island, he finds that he does care about something: justice!

~Goodreads Description

My parents fell in love with the TV show but knowing NOTHING about this particular hero, I felt I need to read a little something before binge-watching this summer :)  So far, I kind of like Oliver Queen.  This particular origin story doesn't paint a great picture of him, but despite his spoiled rich kid ways, he's got a lot of heart underneath.  I think it's safe to start watching.


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