Top 10 Graphic Novels August 2016

The top ten best-selling graphic novels of August 2016 were:
As always, linked titles are available from PBCLS.

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Spider-Man’s Greatest Adventures

As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters this weekend, I thought I would take this opportunity to suggest some classic adventures featuring everyone’s favorite neighborhood wall crawler.  The following titles, and many more, can be found in the Palm Beach County Library System.

Ultimate Spider-Man; Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1

In the early 2000s, Marvel Comics released a series of comics under the Ultimate banner.  These titles were meant to reintroduce and reimagine many classic characters.  Arguably the best of the bunch was Ultimate Spider-Man.  The series puts Peter Parker back in high school, and in modern times.  The origin may be the same, but Brian Michael Bendis does an amazing job taking well-known characters and making them fresh and exciting.  This collection compiles the first 13 issues of the series.


The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home

J. Michael Straczynski, of Babylon 5 fame, constructs one of the most daring and innovative Spidey tales of all time.  In this volume, Peter meets a mysterious, and mystic, stranger named Ezekiel who reveals that perhaps Spider-Man isn’t as unique as he has always thought.  This beautifully written and illustrated book sheds new light on Spider-Man’s past, and was an instant classic upon publication.


Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys

These collected stories, originally published in the early 70s, showcase what made Spider-Man—and Marvel—so groundbreaking.  The events of Death of the Stacys have shaped and impacted Spider-Man’s universe to this day.  A must read for any Spidey fan, new or old.


Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

Another classic Spider-Man tale, Kraven’s Last Hunt features one of Spidey’s most dangerous foes: Kraven the Hunter.  Kraven has hunted and killed every type of dangerous animal there is, except for Spider-Man.  In one of Spider-Man’s darkest tales, Kraven is determined to kill and replace the web-slinger.


Spider-Man: Birth of Venom

The mid to late 80s saw a huge development for Spider-Man as he was introduced to the black symbiote suit, and eventually one of his greatest threats: Venom.  This collection tells the origins of Spider-Man’s Black Suit, as well as the instantly and insanely popular Venom.  Over the years, Venom’s origins have been altered, but this is still a must read for Spidey fans.


Ultimate Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man

Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley reunite to tell one of the most shocking and daring Spider-Man tales ever.  Set in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, the story deals with the death of Peter Parker, how the city mourns, and the eventual arrival of a new Spider-Man.  This story breaks ground in many ways, and is a staple on many top ten lists.


Spider-Man: Blue (Available through InterLibrary Loan)

The renowned and award winning duo of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale craft a heart-felt and retrospective story unlike any other.  Spider-Man: Blue revolves around Peter Parker recounting the early days of his relationship with Gwen Stacy.  Loeb and Sale explore one of the elements that make Spider-Man such a unique character: his heart.  This beautifully illustrated love story captures all of the appeal of Spider-Man, and is personally one of my favorite graphic novels.

Great Graphic Novels for the Summer

Summer time is quickly coming to an end, but before you pack up your sunscreen and beach towels, check out these perfect summer reads:


All-New X-Men, Volume 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen

The original X-Men team members—Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Jean Grey, and Iceman—are brought to the present day by Beast in order to heal a fractured mutant community.








All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

As instant classic by comic book legend Grant Morrison.  Superman is dying and spends his remaining days revealing his identity to Lois Lane and preparing humanity for life without Superman.






Batgirl, volume 1: The Darkest Reflection, by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, and Vincente Cifuentes

DC Comics New 52 line reintroduces Barbara Gordon as Batgirl.  Darkest Reflection finds Batgirl dealing with her past as she battles a new villain known as Mirror.







Before Watchmen, by Various

The Before Watchmen series delves into the lives of the Watchmen prior to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ perennial classic.  There are a total of four graphic novels by such great creators as Darwyn Cooke, Brian Azzarello, J. Michael Starczynski, Joe Kubert, and Jae Lee.




Cinderella: Fables are Forever, by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus

A spinoff of Bill Willingham’s Fables, secret agent Cinderella must track down a murderer targeting sorcerers.







Daredevil, vol 1, by Mark Waid, Paola Rivera, and Marcos Martin

A re-launch of the series finds Matt Murdock dealing with the backlash of past allegations of being Daredevil.  The new series emphasizes action, adventure, and comedy, and is perfect for new fans.








Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

This Young Adult graphic novel that focuses on a young girl trying to put on the best middle school musical in history is so engrossing that readers of all ages will be sucked in.  Filled with characters that are instantly recognizable from our school days, Raina Telgemeier once again delivers a wonderful book about the awkward exploits of growing up.






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Love Fights, Volume 1, by Andi Watson

Alt-comics superstar Andi Watson delivers a wonderful tale of living and dating in a world filled with superheroes.  Though this book is not available in the PBCLS catalog, it can, and should, be ordered via InterLibrary Loan.






A Matter of Life, by Jeffrey Brown

In this graphic memoir, Jeffrey Brown explores fatherhood, faith, and the meaning of life through whimsical and insightful vignettes.  This touching graphic novel is quickly transcending the medium for a good reason.







Scooter Girl, by Chynna Clugston-Major

The big man on campus sees his life turned upside down when a beautiful woman on a Lambretta enters the periphery of his life.  After a series of mishaps and accidents he decides the only way to get his life back on track is to make the woman on the scooter fall in love with him.  Though this book is not available in the PBCLS catalog, it can, and should, be ordered via InterLibrary Loan.





Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

For the first time in color, Scott Pilgrim starts his adventure to win the love of his life, Ramona Flowers, by fighting her seven evil exes.  This poignant, funny, and touching series is currently being re-released in hardcover color editions, so now is the perfect time to join Scott Pilgrim’s precious little life.






Spider-Men, by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli

Worlds collide as Peter Parker meets the new Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales.  Spider-Men weaves together two distinct, yet familiar, franchises as the classic Spider-Man takes the Ultimate Comics version under his wing.  This story is great for new and old Spidey fans alike.








Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Blood, by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

Part of the New 52 line of DC Comics, Wonder Woman discovers the secret of her past as a new and thrilling history is created for the iconic character.









A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larson

The graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time has found itself on a plethora of must-read lists, and this one is no different.  The classic tale is given new life by Hope Larson’s beautiful illustrations.  The graphic novel is great for fans of the original book, as well as those new to the characters.

Belle Glade Branch, Saturday, March 30th

The Belle Glade Branch is hosting a Movie Matinee this Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  They will show “The Amazing Spider-man” (Columbia Pictures, 2012) (136 min) (PG-13).

Brush up on your Spidey backstory before the movie.

Spider-Man J: Japanese Knights

Spider-Man J

Originally seen in the bimonthly Spider-Man Family, the manga adventures of Japan’s Spider-Man are collected here for the first time.  Translated and westernized (the book reads left to right), Spider-Man J: Japanese Knights gives Spidey fans a different take on the superhero.

Under the mask he’s still Peter Parker, but he’s a kid living with a less-frail Aunt May and crushing on Jane-Marie.  The only one who knows his secret identity is Detective Flynn, a cop who serves as his sidekick.  Together they take on Lord Beastius – a crime lord who sends insect-themed minions after them. 

Through six chapters, Spider-Man J fights villains like General Wasperus and The Deadly Dragonfly.  He races against Elektra to recover a stolen ninja scroll.  He even uses his Spider Web Saw against a giant robot!

Put a hold on Spider-Man J: Japanese Knights.