The good book club
Prepare for Comic Con with our graphic novels selection
The Dark Knight Returns Frank Miller
If you’re not sure which superhero comic book to start with (and there are a fair few to choose from), we recommend The Dark Knight Returns. This 1986 classic by Frank Miller is the inspiration behind the gritty Batman of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Set in the 1980s, a middleaged Bruce Wayne is forced to come out of retirement and dust off the batsuit to defend Gotham against the likes of the Joker and Harvey TwoFaced Dent.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Widely praised for its groundbreaking depiction of life in the Middle East, Satrapi’s graphic novel depicts her life growing up as a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. As the daughter of Marxists and the greatgranddaughter of one of the country’s last emperors, she gives readers a child’s eye view into a unique time in her country’s history, in a story that’s simultaneously funny, shocking and profound.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen Lucy Knisley
As the daughter of a chef, author Lucy Knisley’s approach to food has nothing to do with dieting, detoxing or clean eating. In this aptly named memoir, she explores the pleasures associated with food and travel, from New York to Japan. Each chapter has its own recipes too. You’ll probably devour it in one sitting.
Ms Marvel G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Who is Ms Marvel? Just Marvel Comics’ groundbreaking heroine, the first ever female Muslim superhero. Also known as Kamala Khan, she’s an ordinary girl living in Jersey City, who one day finds out that she has special superpowers. Like fellow superhero Spider-Man, Kamala must grapple with her newfound gifts while dealing with the ups and downs of being a teenager.
Ghost World Daniel Clowes
Ask any graphic novel afficionado to name their favourite books, and chances are Ghost World will be high up on the list. Released in the late 1990s, the cult classic is a coming of age story about best friends, Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer, two listless, witty teenage girls who dream of escaping their small town life.