What were your favorite books from the last month? Check out our Kindle editor's top picks in September.
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier: I may not be a tween girl, but I absolutely love Raina Telgemeier’s work. Sisters is the funny and poignant sequel to Smile, Telgemeier’s Eisner Award winning autobiographical graphic novel about the horrors of orthodontics. Sisters explores a new horror—a little sister that bickers with you constantly. Telgemeier’s simple and vivid cartooning style immediately draws readers into the relatable story, all while exploring complex family dynamics.
Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Witches #1 by Shane-Michael Vidaurri: This comic was a total surprise. Writer/artist S.M. Vidaurri tells the story of The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest usinggorgeous watercolor art and hand-lettered narration. Unlike anything else on the stands, this comic book feels at once both classic and refreshingly new.
Building Stories by Chris Ware: It’s taken me forever to finally read what I consider to be Chris Ware’s masterpiece. This groundbreaking work is actually several different books, paper strips, comics and newspapers all packaged in a boxed set. The multilayered stories intersect with one another, weaving a tapestry of tales and oddball characters all living in three-story brownstone. Absolutely melancholy-inducing: No one can break your heart with a single panel like Chris Ware.
The Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes #1 by Grant Morrison and Chris Sprouse: Subtitled “Conquerors from the Counter-World,” this issue is a mouthful, and it’s similarly stuffed with characters, meta-fiction (comic books within comic books), and—thankfully—fun. Morrison seems genuinely charged in this event, giving Sprouse a disparate cast of characters and monsters to illustrate, which Sprouse does with his usual throwback, feel-good style. For as ambitious as this #1 is, the contemporary storytelling blends well with the Silver Age vibe. This is Morrison at his most comprehensible and entertaining.
Megahex by Simon Hanselmann: Get ready for weird! Hanselmann collects his subversive webcomic with 70 pages of original material—and this new hardcover package is worth it for Megahex longtimers and newbies. Megg is a slacker witch battling depression and living with her best friend (and boyfriend) Mogg, who is a black cat. It gets weirder. Their roommate, Owl, is just that—only anthropomorphic—and he’s the subject of unspeakable acts of derision from Megg and Mogg. The three of them battle depression, drug abuse, the munchies, and conflicts arising from living together (cleaning the apartment before a date visits, for example). Hanselmann makes the most of quiet beats, where character stare blank-faced at one another in moments of disbelief, inebriation, and/or the kind of hatred that only roommates understand. This one is for adults only, please note.
Sugar Skull by Charles Burns: In 2010, Charles Burns began this mesmerizing trilogy of graphic novels that follows Doug as he traverses a reality that is steeped in flashbacks, guilt, and shame and a sur-reality that looks like a nightmarish Tintin adventure. In Sugar Skull, Burns at last brings the multitude of questions to an answer—and it’s a doozy. Readers will find the dizzying crossroads between Doug’s two states, and Doug’s confrontation with the underlying truth is a heartbreaker.