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I'm stoked to recommend some recently published adult graphic novels that span all kinds of topics -- aliens, romance, revenge, zombies, and spies. These aren't superhero comics (as Robin Brenner would say: No Flying, No Tights), but they do pack enough punch to keep both comics readers and traditional readers riveted.
X’ed Out by Charles Burns – If you loved Black Hole, you’ll dig this new story by Charles Burns. The first part of a series, X’ed Out introduces us to Doug, a young guy who’s treading the line between reality and a strange, alien world. Whether awake or dreaming, he’s doomed to face various grisly and horrific scenarios. Mysterious and off-kilter, this series promises to be surrealist comics at its best.
Only the Lonely
Mister Wonderful: A Love Story by Daniel Clowes - Every anxiety about dating is presented with humor, hope, frustration, and wild desperation in this graphic novel from the author of Ghost World. Middle-aged Marshall and Natalie, two imperfect human beings, are set up on a blind date that goes fairly well--until an old flame, a robbery, and a broken arm threaten their budding romance.
Ring of Fire
The Hunter: A Graphic Novel and The Outfit: A Graphic Novel, written by Richard Stark; Adapted and Illustrated by Darwyn Cooke; Edited by Scott Dunbier – Veteran comics writer and illustrator Darwyn Cooke did a masterful job adapting the first two books in Richard Stark’s violent and gritty Parker series.
View an online preview of The Hunter: A Graphic Novel.
She's Not There
Shepherd’s Tale by Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon – One of the big mysteries that was never revealed on the Firefly and Serenity sci-fi Western tv/film series was the background of religious character Shepherd. He was surprisingly good with guns for a preacher man. This story, written by Zack Whedon (based on story and notes by original creator Joss Whedon), gives Browncoats all the details of Shepherd’s life story.
Karen Choy is the Youth Services Librarian in Half Moon Bay.