In recent years, graphic novels (GNs) have become increasingly popular. Libraries are now expanding their collections for children, teens, and adults (The library I interned at added an Adult Graphic Novel Collection earlier this year). The Young Adult Library Services Association even has a list of the top GNs for teens. Copies of Spiderman, X-Men, and Batman now populate the shelves alongside Manga like Black Butler and, of course, Sailor Moon. And it’s not showing any signs of decreasing in popularity.
This is why I chose to read three GNs for the YALSA Hub Challenge. Relish, Boxers & Saints, and Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong! were my first GNs (although I had read a few Manga, but never an entire series). In order to become more familiar with GNs – and Manga – I recently checked out Sailor Moon since I had never seen the entire Anime, or course right before I went to check it out Vol. 1 was removed from the collection probably for being returned damaged. In any case, I’m now on the last volume. But what to read next?
Yesterday (and today), we got in a a whole bunch of new Marvel GNs from cataloging. I always look over the new arrivals to see what we are getting and found The All New X-Men Vols. 1-3 (Part of the Marvel Now!). I’ve been a fan of the X-Men movies and even participated in an X-Men RP back in my Gaia Online days (my character, Electrica, has control over electricity). After reading the description, I decided this would be the perfect introduction to the X-Men comics, and to GNs. I’m excited to read them and learn more about the X-Men.