We at the library firmly believe that everyone should get a book for Christmas. It’s just one of those weird quirks that’s a requirement for working at a library. That being said, not everyone should get the same book for Christmas. Everyone has different interests, with some people even liking (gasp!) graphic novels and comics. Now, graphic novels can be a tricky gift to buy. There are many of them that live up to the term “graphic”, which can turn people off from them. However, there are some great graphic novels out there, and we want to help you find them. So, if you have someone who’s into graphic novels, here are four well-reviewed, clean graphic novels you can give to anyone without shame.
AMERICAN BORN CHINESE
By Gene Luen Yang
This is an excellent novel that explores Chinese myth and Chinese American culture. In it, three stories are told. The first is about the Chinese myth of the Monkey King, the second is about Jin Wang, a Chinese American student who is ostracized at his school for his race, and the third is about Danny, who deals with the negative Chinese stereotype his cousin offers when he visits. These stories converge in a profound way, giving a message of acceptance and kindness.
WIRES AND NERVE
By Marissa Meyer
If you read and loved the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, then you are in for a treat with this graphic novel. The adventures of Cinder and her friends continue in this story focused on Iko. This is the first of a series of graphic novels that will wrap up some plot points from the original series and allow readers to know these characters better.
By Noelle Stevenson
This graphic novel is a fast-paced, satirical take of the villain/hero fantasy motif. Lord Blackheart is a man with a vendetta against The Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics. However, his plans are unsuccessful until he hires Nimona, a young girl with shapeshifting powers and sarcastic wit. Together, they plan to show the world that the “good guys” are the real bad guys.
By Brian Clevinger
This is an entertaining series that features a robot built by Tesla who forms a corporation of “action scientists” who save the world on a regular basis from all kinds of threats, including vampires, Dr. Dinosaur, and lots and lots of Nazis. With plenty of humor and action, this is a fun read, especially for younger teenage boys.