The good book club

Pre­pare for Comic Con with our graphic nov­els se­lec­tion

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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.

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