Top 3 Right Now: Best Current Graphic Novel Series

This week we’re showcasing the best of currently-running graphic novel series for you, as decided on by Angela B., the teen librarian at our Mountlake Terrace community library.

So, Angela, what are you itching to recommed to our lovely readers?

“First off, it’s artwork time with Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa.

This series features jewel people who are living gemstones, invaders who want to turn them into jewelry, and a clumsy protagonist given a seemingly-boring job – what could be a better setup for a graphic novel series? The artwork for Land of the Lustrous is incredible without being too busy, and Phosphophyllite just wants to feel useful and needed even though they can’t fight to save the other jewel people. I just got volume 3 of this series, and can’t wait to read it just for the pretty artwork.

Since I’m a big Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, I have to have something MCU-related on here:

Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thor: Ragnarok just recently came out, but I’m already looking forward to the next film: Black Panther. If you’re like me and can’t wait for that film to come out, there’s the current run of Black Panther comics to help tide you over. T’Challa has to face the toughest fight of his reign as king of Wakanda, but it’s a fight that the Black Panther cannot win by force. Will he be bound by tradition in the face of changing times, or will he be able to make the necessary changes to bring Wakanda through this crisis? This series is more serious than a lot of the MCU films, but, like Captain America: Civil War, it’s meant to get you thinking.

(And make sure to check out the Black Panther film trailer if you haven’t seen it yet!)”

Lastly, for all the humor fans out there, I’m going to be bringing up a series that I know has been featured on this blog before, but I’m suggesting it again because it’s just that good.

Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui

Your high school teacher is an alien octopus who blew up the moon, and you have to kill him before the end of the school year in order to save the Earth. Simple enough, right? But can you do it when he’s actually the best teacher you’ve ever known? This is still one of my laugh-out-loud favorites, and not just because the teacher is an alien octopus who blew up the moon. (Although, an alien octopus teacher is pretty funny just on its own…) Also, how many different ways are there to kill an alien octopus that can travel at 20 times the speed of sound?”

Thanks for the most excellent suggestions, Angela!  What do you think, readers? Is there a series missing from this list?

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