Comic Crush Saturday & Giveaway: December 26th, 2020
Welcome to Comic Crush Saturday, our bi-weekly feature focused on the graphic elements of the book world. Comics became a huge part of my life a few years ago when I started reviewing them (and comic related TV shows) on Forever Young Adult. I’ve maintained a pulllist through my local comic shop, Isotope Comics, and even got Kelly to start one ;). You’ll find mini-reviews, what we’ve read recently, and more so check it out!
2020 Favorite Graphic Novels
As meh as I have felt about my reading year, I do think this is the best year for graphic novels. I read a huge variety of graphic novels and I loved nearly all of them so much it was hard to make this list!
- Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder: A gorgeous memoir that every library needs.
- Harleen by Stjepan Šejić: This is dark and delicious.
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff: A beautiful adaptation of an important novel.
- The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson: I am here for all the GN memoirs this year. I saw myself all over this one.
- Darth Vader, both the Greg Pak & Raffaele Ienco and Charles Soule & Giuseppe Camuncoli runs: What I love about these runs is they take place in different parts of the universe (Pak’s after ROTS and Soule’s after TESB).
- The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen: Stunning. Beautiful. Unputdownable.
- Displacement by Kiku Hughes: Simply incredible. Gorgeous art and a clear personal connection that deepens the story.
- Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson: An amazing commentary on immigration and social change.
- Suncatcher by José Pimienta: Fans of Coco will love this one!
- Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo: DC fans are always seeking new Teen Titans stories. Kami Garcia really gets these characters and their team dynamic. These individual books give you a solid sense of the characters but gives you an updated story on them. I can’t wait to see when they come together. The art is just STUNNING.
- Almost American Girl by Robin Ha: This is one of my fav reads this year PERIOD and one of the few non-fiction YAs we got this year.
- Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang: Part memoir, part biography, Dragon Hoops is equally Gene’s story and the story of the Dragons, the basketball team at the high school he taught at.
- Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn & Nicole Goux: Sarah Kuhn is a beloved writer around these parts so this was an auto-buy for me. Couple that that with the gorgeous art by Nicole Goux and this book is a win-win for me.
- They Called Us the Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, & Harmony Becker: A heartbreaking look at the Japanese Internment told through the eyes of a child (and later an adult). There’s something for everyone here. This made me love Takei even more.
- The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp & Manuel Preitano: I can’t say enough about Barbara’s story and the gorgeous artwork. I loved it.
What We Can’t Wait For
I loved the first Cardboard Kingdom. It’s not just a full cast of kids but also creators! This cover is beautiful.
Best News of the Week
I put all of the High Republic on my pull/preorder.
The only Hawkeye I care about!
Ok, I also care about this.
Savanna’s art is just some of my favorite. I can’t wait for this.
(I miss you)
So exciting to see additional publishers focused on graphic novels.
We can FINALLY hear about it – and I can’t wait! I love Molly’s work.
If you need holiday gift ideas…
So excited for Ryan’s new comic!
I can’t believe it’s finally almost here!