I recently became aware that I'm severly late in coming to the graphic novel party. I think that I may be the last self-respecting geek discover the beauty that is a book full of pictures - duh.
This realization became most apparent when I realized that one of my smartest, but not-so-geeky friends Leon took me to the comic store in Colorado Springs during our last trip out there. I got my first graphic novel - Batman: The Long Halloween, which I devoured before we even got home. Now, I'm hooked so I'll let you in on my recent escapades:
Next up was V for Vendetta - picked it up on sale at Borders - mostly because I had heard a lot about the movie and hadn't seen it yet. Excellent and moving story about a fictional dystopia in set in England in the 80s.
This is where Isaac picked up and sent me a few choice novels for my birthday. I tore through 'Y the Last Man - Volume 1' which was spectacular. Great story concept with really excellent art, especially the pages that start each chapter. Quite well done Vol 2 and 3 are on their way already (love Amazon Prime!).
I'm now reading The Watchmen, which is by far the heaviest, and loftiest that I've encountered so far. It's clear from reading only the first chapter that it's still groundbreaking and that the movie in no way, shape, or form could ever do it justice.
Here's a few Amazon links to the books mentioned above:
Batman: The Long Halloween
V for Vendetta
Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1)