Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift by Gene Luen Yang
Publication Date: February 11, 2015
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Targeted Audience: Young Adult
I loved this book! I have been a HUGE ATLA fan and reading these graphic novels always brings back the feels in huge waves.
This book in particular gave us an insight into Aang and how he tries to rekindle the past by bringing his new Air Acolytes to a festival in honour of Yangchen, the previous Air Avatar. When they arrive, however, they find that the sacred meadow has been replaced by a factory co-owned by Toph’s father.
Toph- an earth bender- has ALWAYS been one of my favourite characters. She is hilarious and blind… yeah maybe I should’ve mentioned that in a different way. But her disability is what makes her so strong and I love that.
The Rift not only shows us how Aang and Toph have such different views of the future, but it also shows us how bending moved towards technology as we see in Legend Of Korra. So this is definitely a must read for all ATLA fans and if you are not one then GO AND WATCH THIS BEAUTIFUL SHOW RIGHT. NOW.
Blurb: Avatar Aang and friends honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years, but when cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen lead Aang to a refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders–they soon find themselves in peril as a dangerously powerful ancient spirit awakens with vengeance and destruction on its mind! (From Goodreads)
Giant Days by John Allison
Illustrator: Lissa Treiman & Whitney Cogar
Publication Date: March 18, 2015
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Targeted Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Humour/Slice of Life/Contemporary/LGBT
This graphic novel series is one of the most hilarious ones out there. Once you start reading it there is no going back.
You’ve got three main characters, Susan– super cynical, Esther– Drama Queen and Daisy– the nerd gone coocoo. Together they will make you laugh your pants off. The series revolves around them surviving college and OH survive they do…
The art is beautiful and the story jumps around a lot which is what makes it gold since there’s never a dull moment. Oh and did I mention how amazing the characters are?
So here’s the final reason why you should read it: It’s witty, sarcastic and it tackles various issues in such hilarious and cute ways. There’s no reason to hate it.
Blurb: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends because their dorm rooms were next to each other. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mysterymold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. (From Goodreads)
White Sand #1 by Brandon Sanderson
Illustrator: Rik Hoskin & Julius M. Gopez
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Publisher: Dynamic Forces
Targeted Audience: Adult/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Epic Fantasy
[Note: I received a free e-copy of this graphic novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]
This is the second work of Brandon Sanderson that I’ve read and LOVED. The artwork wasn’t my favourite but it captured the fantasy aspects of this story perfectly nonetheless.
The story is set on the planet of Taldain, where you have these people called Sand Masters who are basically sand-benders. Our MC, Kenton is one of them but is the weakest among them. So when their entire race is wiped out leaving him as one of the only survivors, things get intense. He ends up being friends with a Darksider named Khriss who may not be all that she seems to be. But only time will tell how their story unfolds and I HONESTLY CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT!
My favourite characters so far is definitely Khriss, the female lead of the story, she just radiates intelligence and charm and I love that.
Definitely recommended to all Sanderson fans.
Blurb: On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss — a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own. White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson’s sprawling Cosmere universe. The story has been adapted by Rik Hoskin (Mercy Thompson), with art by Julius Gopez and colors by Ross Campbell. Employing powerful imagery and Sanderson’s celebrated approach to magical systems, White Sand is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure. (From Goodreads)
Chew by John Layman
Illustrator: Rob Guillory
Publication Date: December 8, 2009
Publisher: Image Comics
Targeted Audience: Adult
Genre: Low fantasy/Mystery/Crime/Humour
This book I had trouble loving. The artwork definitely didn’t work with me and the story bordered between ‘EWWW! Gross!’ and ‘Woah! That’s cool’
However I have ended up reading about 6 volumes of it so I think you guys should try it out before hating on it.
Our main character, Tony Chu, is a Cibopath (Pronounced Seebopath) detective and that means he can get the history of anything by eating it… yeah, like I said, gross but also kind of cool. He and his colleagues get themselves wrapped into really weird and super classified shit and things just keep getting grosser and cooler.
Blurb: Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He’s been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases. (From Goodreads)
Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida
Translator: Joe Yamazaki
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Targeted Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Supernatural fantasy/Horror
This is a manga I started a while ago. For those who are living under a rock, a manga is like a Japanese comic book that’s read like Japanese/Arabic, from right to left.
Tokyo Ghoul is set on an alternate Earth where Ghouls are a thing- monsters who survive by feeding on humans. You are either born a ghoul or born a human, there’s no turning into one yet Kaneki somehow does end up being a halfbreed. We see the dark world of the ghouls and how they exist among humans through his eyes. So how will things turn out when the CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul) starts hunting ghouls down one by one in his district?
*Screams in excitement*
I love this manga so much! I tried watching the anime but for me it doesn’t do justice to this fabulous manga. If you’ve never read a manga before do give this a try and if you do read mangas and haven’t read this one then well, you’re missing out on a lot.
Blurb: Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own. (From Goodreads)
Lots of love,