Top Ten Tuesday’s are a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which anyone who participates creates a Top Ten list of books based on a weekly prompt they provide (the list for advance topics can be found by clicking the link above).
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is graphic novels and comics so I decided to include manga as well! It’s been a while since I’ve done a comics post on my blog so I’m excited to be putting together this one today. In recent years, I’ve found myself gravitating away from the toxicity of the comics industry in favor of full length novels and manga. There were a bunch of personal experiences with creators that turned me off to comics in general which breaks my heart because I love the medium dearly but I think it’s helped me identify the stories that are right for me. My comics and graphic novels TBR is much shorter than it ever has been but I’m genuinely thrilled for all the books I have to look forward to. Here they are!
- Archie Volume Two by Mark Waid and Veronica Fish – I LOVED the first volume of the rebooted Archie and I picked up the second volume as soon as it was released but I have yet to read it. Last week I watched Riverdale and it really sparked my interest in continuing the series ASAP!
- Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat Volume 2: Don’t Stop Me’ow by Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams – Patsy Walker is probably my current favorite Marvel superhero (yes, even more than Spider-Gwen!). I really loved the first volume from Patsy’s sass to the trendy clothes and the inclusion of She-Hulk and I can’t wait to dive into volume 2!
- Phonogram by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie – I’ve been meaning to read this one for years. I love Gillen and McKelvie collectively as a creative team (Young Avengers is like, my favorite thing ever) and I’m so curious about this one of their earlier works! I love that it centers around music and I really need to read it already.
- The Wicked + The Divine Volume 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie – See, here they are again. I loved the artwork and the unique story concept in the first volume but I haven’t gotten to volume 2 just yet. Must rectify!
- & 6. Giant Days Volumes 2 & 3 by John Allison & Lissa Treiman – I wish there were more titles out there like Giant Days! It’s a slice of life story following three very different roommates during college. Each character is completely lovable in their own way and I can never chose a favorite because I love them all so much!
7. Fruits Basket Volume 2 by Natsuki Takaya – I loved this anime and I read the first volume when it was released. Thankfully, these beautiful collector’s editions of Fruits Basket have been released so rapidly! I honestly can’t keep up with how often each new volume debuts but there are no complaints here! I actually have volumes 2-8 currently sitting unread on my shelf and the 9th should be coming out shortly!
8. Princess Jellyfish Volume 3 by Akiko Higashimura – This is one of my favorite manga series that’s finally being released in the U.S.! I devoured the first two volumes but I haven’t yet read the 3rd. I’m actually having the opposite issue of Fruits Basket, I hate not having another volume to look forward to once I finish so I’m saving it for closer to when volume 4 comes out!
9. Komomo Confiserie Volume 3 by Maki Minami – This manga is so much fun. It’s honestly not the best story but I’m completely in love with the illustrations. I didn’t get really into it until the end of the second volume, but I love the dresses and pastries and it’s only 5 volumes so I’m planning on finishing up soon.
10. Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches Volume 8 by Miki Yoshikawa – I basically inhaled volumes 1-7 of this series! I swear I never binge read a manga series so fast in my life but I loved the characters and the concept of this unusual story. I took a short break since I didn’t have too many volumes left to read but now I’ve got 8-12 calling to me!