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Graphic Novels With Non-Traditional Superheroes

In response to a question posed on dallaslibrary2.org website about finding  non-traditional superheroes, Fine Arts Specialist wrote that despite what many people might think, there is so much more to graphic novels than Superman and Batman.

The writer noted that over the last decade, graphic novels have begun to receive attention as real works of art and literature.

In addition, the writer said whether one loves history, westerns, humor, or biographies, there’s a graphic novel that one would love.

Graphic novels the writer posited can be serious, silly, educational, or suspenseful just like any other work of art or literature.

According to the writer, last year, the book Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? By Roz Chast made the New York Times Notable Nonfiction Books list.

And moreover, stated that Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel, Fun Home, was reimagined as a Broadway play this year as well.

Now, here are a few suggestions for graphic novels that the writer believes may perk one’s interest:

mind mgmtMind MGMT story and art by Matt Kindt

Follow the story of Meru, a true crime novelist and reporter, as she works to uncover the truth about a mysterious incident on a commercial flight. Her discoveries will lead her to a secretive government agency and how it is intertwined with her own past. Matt Kindt pushes the boundaries of the graphic novel format utilizing all available space on the page to tell parallel stories and add to the reader’s own sense of discovery in what is sure to be an enduring classic.

PreacherSweet Tooth story and art by Jeff Lemire

Sweet Tooth tells the story of Gus, a teenager who has been living on a secluded farm with his father. After a pandemic swept the globe, children like Gus a human-animal hybrid were born who seem to be immune to the pandemic. These teens are not immune, however, to the gritty realities of their post-apocalyptic life where they are seen both as a commodity and a threat.

PreacherPreacher story by Garth Ennis, art by Steve Dillon

If you like Westerns and Quentin Tarantino films, chances are you’ll love Preacher. The series focuses on a small-town Texas preacher who becomes possessed, giving him a remarkable capability. Follow him on an epic and brutal journey to find god that’s not for the faint of heart.

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