Am I the only one who likes to sink my teeth into a good graphic novel? If you’re like me and 24 page issue is not enough, you will love this list of graphic novels. And luckily for you, you don’t have to pay for each one of them individually! They are all available to read Netflix-style, all-you-can-read, on ComicsFix. From psychological thrillers to witty autobiographies, they’ve got something for any kind of mood you might be in.
Written by Jerry Willoughby, art by Zane DeGaine
Mack the garbage man is just a regular guy doing his job–that is, until the zombie outbreak disrupts his usual route. This is a zombie story like you have never seen before, not just owing to the unique perspective from which the story is told, but to the awesome art. DeGaine plays with line work, switching between ink splatters and sparsely drawn environments and detailed, beautifully rendered background and objects. It’s funny, it’s beautiful and it’s terrifying. What’s not to love?
“DeGaine’s artwork depicting the emotions of terrified humans and the helplessness from the zombies even with their emotionless faces, made a tremendous impact on me. Some parts even melted my cold, black heart so much that I started to cheer for the zombies’ survival. Willoughby’s Lucky takes zombies and throws in some humor, compassion and a heaping spoon of irony in the mix for a great story surrounding the undead, that’s sure to leave you saying, ‘WOW’ at the very last page.” — What’s Fit To Print
Contributing writers: Brett Uren, Glenn Møane, Cy Dethan, Brockton McKinney, Janos Honkonen, Kieran Squires, Grainne McEntee, Jon Scrivens, Frank Martin, Jake Young
Contributing artists: Brett Uren, Peter Mason, Carlos Zamuido, Giles Crawford, Saoirse Towler, Kieran Squires, Matt Rooke, Jon Scrivens
While this cartoon noir tale features different artists and writers in each chapter, this is no anthology. The amazing variety of styles all come together to tell many tales from the same twisted universe of toys we’ve known and loved getting up to no good. The art styles and storytelling can vary dramatically, but they are all equally pleasing and full of clever references to tropes from both the noir and the children’s entertainment worlds. And don’t be fooled by the toys in place of roguish humans–each story is as full of the passion, danger, mystery and suspense as any other good noir in existence.
“Each story can be taken individually, yet they all form a loose story-arc that builds up to a riveting conclusion, all told with the straightest of faces. The stories themselves are full of deftly-timed puns at the expense of the downtrodden characters, made all the more hilarious through the artwork, itself filled with so many references to toys far and wide its bound to send you scavenging your nearest Toys’R’Us … Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg is a graphic novel that epitomises the medium, offering the reader both a conventional expectation in that it delivers the visual punch only a graphic novel can deliver, and challenging the reader as to how far the fusion of adult themes with a child-friendly setup can be accepted. Ain’t for the faint of fluff indeed.” — A Place To Hang Your Cape
written by Bill Corbett, art by Len Peralta
What happens when you mix the hilarious writing stylings of MST3K/Rifftrax genius Bill Corbett with… Santa Claus and the rest of the Christmas gang? You get Super-Powered Revenge Christmas!! A downtrodden graphic novelist and his artist go to a bar right after a failed pitch meeting for a rip-roaring retcon of popular Christmas characters. They pitch it again to the bar patrons, so the product is a mesmerizing mixture of the re-telling of their story and their story itself! On top of hilarious dialogue, the art is dazzling. The story moves gracefully between black and white renditions of the folks at the bar and vibrant color depictions of Santa, his reindeer and their evil Xmas enemies. A great read during any time of the year!
5/5 stars — Amazon
by Michael Bracco
Novo is an epic tale of warring races that eventually wipe each other out: except for the last surviving product of those races: a child named Novo. The story is incredibly well-written and completely haunting. The same goes for the beautiful black and white linework. The surreal alien-like creatures and environments are as stunningly rendered as the prose–a rare combination, to be sure. Perhaps the greatest strength of Novo is the fact that the story is told from multiple perspectives. Sure, there have been many stories about warring peoples, but there aren’t a lot that do a good job of telling it how it is from both sides of the story.
“There’s a lot I love about Novo. I love that the black and white nature of the art contrasts with the shades of gray in Novo’s past. I love that Novo seems to have some great cosmic significance, but gets truly and convincingly annoyed at times. Most of all, though, I love being able to watch the evolution of a talented artist from my hometown. Baltimore isn’t often put on the map for this sort of thing, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Novo become popular beyond the bounds of Charm City.” — Chris Bancells
by Dennis Wojda
This is one of the most unusual and one of the best comics out there. Famous Polish author Denis Wojda presents a history of his own life and the life of his family members in a remarkably simple but powerful style where writing and drawing are concerned. There are no frills here: Wodja uses plain black lines, blue accents and hand-written lettering. This technique lends itself so well to autobiographical storytelling–the stories he tells are intimate and fascinating, like a really great conversation with a dear friend. Wojda’s 566 Frames traces the history of his family from the early 1900s through the ’60s. There are even excerpts from letters, like a scrapbook of his family’s history. We feel very lucky that this gem of a graphic novel has been recently translated into English.
9/10 stars — Starburst
by Shaun Manning and Anna Wieszczyk
A high school teacher, a mysterious mask, a frightening palace of blood and flesh and … Nebraska? This unlikely group of subjects star in an emotionally gripping tale that is as beautiful as it is eerie. The style of drawing is full of jagged angles and movement brought to life by a beautiful, vibrant palette. The mixture of blurred and sharp lines in the book reflects bizarre way the story floats between reality and dream-like settings. Hell, Nebraska is hard to put down and even harder to stop thinking about once you do.
“All of this works because the writing is in such harmony with the art. Oddly enough for a comic about hell, it looks like a dream, with inky lines that feel almost improvised in places. Characters are bony and angular, set to odd angles and poses that nonetheless suggest personality. It’s quirky artwork, which always risks alienating some readers, but here I think it really works … I really enjoyed Hell, Nebraska. It’s a unique read, both in terms of writing and artwork, and though it’s short, it leaves an impact.” — The Complete Marvel Reading Order
by Ron Bassilian and Jim Wheelock
Los Angeles has been compared to hell many times by many people–it’s hot and full of a*holes. Bassilian and Wheelock’s take on the matter is far more literal, using the city as a backdrop for the literary classic, Dante’s Inferno. This gorgeous recontextualization uses familiar imagery, characters and settings that are far more relatable than those in the 14th century epic poem. A dark tone pervades the story, which is supported by the stunning palette of blacks, warm sepias and greys. This epic adventure is overflowing with obstacles, monsters, visions and grave prophecies, leaving any reader wanting more.
5/5 stars — Amazon
by Nick Andors
This surreal psychological thriller packs a serious visual punch. Andors is a master of surreal landscapes–every page is teeming with geometric shapes situated in a gorgeous, kind of wonky perspective. He also brings a dynamic range of angles to all his panels, which feature beautifully composed black and white drawing with great textures depicting the industrial dystopia of Irongates. On a writing level, Andors uses multiple perspectives that inform each other at same time. The narrator and the main character each have their own dialogue boxes that inform each other, and us, of what’s going on in the interior and exterior world of the main character. Oh, and the dialogue is brilliant. A Frozen World is deeply dark and disturbing–and we mean that in a really, really good way.
4/5 stars — Goodreads
“I think that the reason A Frozen World sparks my imagination and memory is because it so evocative. It has a dreamlike quality, but it uses common imagery and elements so that the story is familiar, allowing a broad range of readers to understand this dream. Conceptually, Irongates is recognizable–the dystopian metropolis or the urban hell-scape. That is the familiar. The players and their actions within this dream, however, are subject to different interpretations, depending on the reader.” — Comic Book Bin
by Marie Croall and Aleksander Sotirovski
Shelter is an intense story of a woman named Katie and the violence, internal crisis and superpowers that throw her life into disarray, and it is impossible to stop reading. Everything about the book is incredibly sharp and detailed–from the swift acceleration of the plot to the linework used to make the incredible cityscapes. It is a spectacular, heartbreaking tale that unsurprisingly was named the Best Drama of 2013 by the No Big Two Comic Review. Go read it now to find out why for yourself!
“This project was a ten years undertaking, and the time is there in the book. The illustrations by Aleksandar Sotirovski are tight and well organized. There are city street panels that have so much detail that you feel as though you have walked by there before. This a page turner to say the least. The art will keep you flipping…. There are many people who can benefit from a book like Shelter. I recommend giving it a look through and spreading it around.” — Oak City Hustle
by Mike Loniewski, art by E.T. Dollman and Dan Lauer
We’ve heard the premise before: orphan is tortured by a wicked headmistress and runs away. What he finds in this story, however, is delightfully different: in a nearby forest lays a fallen fantastical kingdom occupied by a lonely giant. Armed with a new pal and a mission to save his orphan peers, Sam sets off on a wild series of adventures. The story is written in a fast and fun pace, drawing us into the dark and untamed world of the book. As far art goes, the style is vibrant and replete with movement in every panel, making us feel like we’re right there with Sam, running through the forests and fighting evil.
8.5/10 — Comics Herald
5/5 nerds — Following the Nerd
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