Gift shopping can be daunting during this time of year. Picking the right combination of matching taste, something new and fresh, and showing you put some thought into it. We’re here to assist you in picking the right comic or graphic novel everyone on your list.
Star Wars, Vol. 1: In the Shadow of Yavin – Unless they’ve got an extreme aversion to Star Wars, Brian Wood's Star Wars graphic novel has everything a sci-fi adventure fan could want. The right amount of nostalgia for anyone looking to get a taste of the original trilogy, some humor, and spaceship dogfights.
All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday’s X-Men – The beauty of time travel is that is allows for the opportunity to bring familiar faces back and mash them into the present which is exactly what writer Brian Michael Bendis has done with this first volume from the All-New X-Men. Whether the person you’re buying this book for was an X-Men from the 70s or 90s, there’s plenty of old and new mutants to keep any X fan grinning from ear to ear.
Batman: Night of the Owls – A modern masterpiece in the making, Scott Snyder’s current run on the Batman books gives every Bat fan everything they love about the Dark Knight. It’s been a while since any creator has brought a new villain to Gotham that actually feels like a credible threat to Bruce Wayne/Batman but Snyder and Greg Capullo have done that with the Court of Owls and the Talons (the Court’s Assassins) while at the same time adding to the historic fabric that makes Gotham City more than just a mere place to set a story.
Saga, Vol. 1 – One of the biggest breakout hits in comics, Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga has the charm, characters, and along with Fiona Staples’ art, a compelling visual adventure that makes this more than just a mere science fiction comic. Love, relationships, intergalactic war, and an emotional epic that demonstrates storytelling that only a comic book can do.
My Little Pony – No need to introduce MLP here but for anyone who was a fan of the original television show (or the current show and films) this comic series delivers everything you love about My Little Pony and more. Just check out writer Heather Nuhfer’s blog post on why you need to read MLP and you won’t have any second thoughts.
Fairest: In All the Land – As a standalone graphic novel this is a great gift for all as the reader doesn’t have to have read Fairest or Fables to enjoy this book. The latest graphic novel from the Fairest series that spun out of Bill Willingham’s Fables fleshes out the pasts of some of the Fabletown’s beauties such as Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and more.
Battling Boy – On a mission to create a hero for a new generation, writer and artist Paul Pope has given us Battling Boy. A 12 year old must save the day when the hero Haggard West is dead and their city is overrun by monsters. A terrific blend of all-ages comics fun while still giving adult readers something to enjoy. I’m calling this the Pixar graphic novel of 2013.
Tiny Titans – A great series for kids who love checking out DC’s pantheon of heroes there’s a lot to love about these miniaturized versions of Robin, Superboy, and friends. Art Baltazar and Franco deliver some of the cutest versions of these heroes we’re likely ever to see.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy – Kids go through a lot these days. Between friends, dances, field trips, and classes Jeffrey’s Brown’s Star Wars: Jedi Academy will give your kids (or yourself) a lot to relate to as he takes all those things kids are going through and packs them into Star Wars. Enjoy some lighthearted Star Wars related fun while still enjoying Brown’s fun art and unique take on Star Wars with lots of humor.
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