More Comics for Young Readers

Monster-Hereville

I always have a great time with Gwen recording our Young Readers edition of The Comics Alternative podcast and our November show is no exception. In this episode, we take a look at Monster by Walter Dean Myers, adapted by Guy A. Sims with art by Dawud Anyabwile and Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch. Although this last title is actually the third book in the Hereville series, Gwen and I briefly discuss the first two books (spoiler-free) to get you up to speed for the third. (But you should read them all!)

Gwen and I both agree that talking about only two books a month is a huge injustice to all the great graphic novels published for young readers each month, so we also discussed four other titles we also hope you’ll enjoy. (You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out what those titles are!)

And next month, Gwen and I will reveal our picks for the best graphic novels of the year for young readers. Don’t miss it!

The Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 3 – Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

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There’s a certain argument you’ll hear in comics circles that The Fantastic Four, after the famous Galactus trilogy (issues #48-50) , had nowhere to go but down. Think about it. Galactus, an all-powerful being who must eat and digest planets in order to live, has come to Earth and he’s hungry. The FF have to find a way to stop him, but it’s like your grandmother trying to stop a Terminator. (No offense to anyone’s grandmother.) Galactus is the closest Marvel – or any other comics publisher – has ever come to putting God on the page, and who can fight God?

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Tim Ginger (2015) Julian Hanshaw

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Tim Ginger (2015) Julian Hanshaw (Top Shelf Publications)
Trade paperback, 150 pages
ISBN 9781603093507
Retail $19.99

From the moment I saw it solicited in Previews months ago, I knew I wanted to read Tim Ginger. I wasn’t familiar with the title or the creator Julian Hanshaw, but something about the cover connected with me. Maybe it was the guy with the eye patch, floating over the desert landscape. Maybe it was the rotary telephone resting on a tall table, its shadow casting on a blue trailer home that looked like it had been parked there since the Great War. Whatever it was that made me pick it up, it was one of my best reading decisions of the year.

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Rip Kirby: The First Modern Detective, Volume 1: 1946-1948 Alex Raymond

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Rip Kirby Volume 1: 1946-1948 (2009) – Alex Raymond

My love for newspaper comic strips began just a few years ago when -thanks to Chris Marshall over at the Collected Comics Library  – I discovered Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates and was hooked. It didn’t take long before I found that everything published by IDW’s Library of American Comics imprint was worth reading and probably essential to own. Yet I had some reservations about Rip Kirby

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