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ANTiFangirl Part 5: Top Five Graphic Novels to get Her/Him Hooked on Comics.

Okay, so I haven’t posted in a while and most of it is due to the month of March. March has been drowning both sides of my family with tragic events. On top of the horrid familial problems, I tried to write a review for the previous week’s comics, but there really weren’t any comics that were truly noteworthy so I have decided to do something a little different. A couple of weeks ago I was reading an article about how to get your significant other into comic books. These particular experts listed five graphic novels or comic book series that were sure fire wins to get your other half involved with comics. The list was terrible and I hadn’t heard of half of them so I thought that maybe I would make a list of my own. Considering that the way that I got into comics was through my significant other, I thought I might have a little experience, and I thought it would be fun to write about. So here is a list of what I think are the top five choices to getting your girl/boy interested in something you are interested in which will lead to many never ending conversations.

Pick #5: League of Extraordinary Gentleman: Not only is this book a gateway drug into introducing your gal/guy into the wonderful world of Alan Moore but it’s also an easy book to explain. There is always a chance that they have seen the film so their opinion about the book might already be made up. Although that film did come out a decade ago, so more than likely they have no idea what you are talking about. The characters are easy to explain because they will be familiar with at least one of them. If they have no idea who the Invisible Man is, or Captain Nemo, or Jekyll/Hyde, or Mina, or Allan Quartermain, then I recommend seeking new partnership. If on the most certain chance they do know these characters then explaining the premise for the book is easy and you have already risen their interest. The book is also amazing which certainly helps, and the best part is there is an even better sequel. If your partner enjoys this book and wonders whether or not Alan Moore has written anything else you have just opened the door to a brand new universe.

Pick #4: Astonishing X-Men: I wanted to offer the option of at least one mainstream superhero book. As I suggested earlier, you’re not just trying to get your girl/boy into reading a comic you are trying to introduce them to a brand new world. This particular world is filled with unbelievable characters and far fetched scenarios. Offering them a book like Joss Whedon’s X-Men, is a way to get them psyched about superheroes. Yet again, unless they have been living under a rock, so to speak, for the better part of the last five years then they should be familiar with characters like Wolverine and Cyclops. Since they are already familiar with these characters they will be a little bit more interested in flipping through the pages. You are also introducing them to new characters. If your other half asks you a question about who the other characters are, this means that they are already showing interest in this universe. This also gives you the chance to discuss X-Men characters and story lines. Having them read a comic written by Joss Whedon, gives you the opportunity to introduce them to the Whedonverse. Suddenly, there will be a discussion where you will be comparing relationships in both comics, television, and films.

Pick #3: Atomic Robo: It introduces him/her into the world of Indy books. It also will introduce them to the amazing day of Free Comic Book Day since the wonderful Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger always seem to offer Atomic Robo. This is such a fun book and Robo is such a great and lovable character. I think it’s a nice middle child to the other recommendations I’m giving. The other books are pretty serious and this book is a nice breath of fresh air. There is also this great suggestion that there is this bigger world out there that offers other stories. If they love Atomic Robo which they most certainly will, then you can start recommending books that aren’t just offered by DC or Marvel but Red 5, Avatar, Zenescope, Image, Vertigo, Dark Horse, etc.

Pick #2:Preacher: Preacher by Garth Ennis was actually the book that got me into reading comics. It was the first graphic novel I ever read. I will say that I don’t think that this book is necessarily for everyone and that you should feel your partner out first. If you think that they can handle the violence and gore then this definitely needs to be a recommendation. Not only do you have the action and adventure and story that you can always talk about, but the romance between Jesse and Tulip is one of the best in comics. I would love for anyone to challenge this, but I am a firm believer that the love story in this book is one of the best I have ever read. So not only are you giving your partner an awesome story packed with pretty much every issue you can imagine, but you’re also giving them a story about a great relationship.

Pick #1:Fables: Although the book is falling off the rails now, if you want to get anyone into comics this is the book to hand them. I have recommended this book to strangers and friends who started reading comics. We even gave our first copy away to a bartender. Like League of Extraordinary Gentleman, this book has characters that people already know so the premise is easy to explain. The book has everything from strong romantic relationships, friendships, well developed characters, strong female protagonists, action, great villains, and a pretty well driven plot. The first nine books are great and 1001 Nights of Snowfall is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Since the stories are well developed, it gives you plenty of things to talk about.

I did want to also give an honorable mention to some that didn’t make the cut. I thought Scott Pilgrim would be a good pick but if you are trying to get him/her into comics I like to recommend books where the writer has written other things. Also there is a chance that they have seen the film since it didn’t come out too long ago and already there is an opinion built up. Powers was also going to be on the list but Atomic Robo won out only because I feel like the book is more fun and easier to get into for a first time comic book reader. Brian Wood’s Demo didn’t make the list because I haven’t read the series which is why I didn’t want to recommend it, but my husband just recommended it to me as I was writing this.

As always thanks for reading!

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Michelle

HI! My name is Michelle and on Twitter I am @RicksRightHand! I love reading comic books from mainstream superhero to indie books. I am an avid film and television watcher. I have blogs on Tumblr; http://www.tumblr.com/blog/sourgrapesonline- a fun blog full of nonsense- http://www.tumblr.com/blog/femaleprotagonists- dedicated to get the world excited about female protagonists in pop culture- http://www.tumblr.com/blog/11nineteen11- which I share with @stin where we post the nerdiest of things. I am looking forward to posting about recent comic books and also comic book collections I have read. :)