It’s summertime, which nowadays essentially means Marvel™ movies season! Not looking for more Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, or the Avengers? Then check out these lesser-known, but equally Marvel™-ous graphic novels:
Black Bolt vol. 1 Hard Time by Saladin Ahmed & Christian Ward
Blackagar Boltagon (yes, really), the silent king of the Inhumans, finds himself imprisoned. Where is this prison? Who could be powerful enough to hold Black Bolt captive? This mesmerizing character study, with surreal, vibrant artwork, is part prison break, part buddy movie.
Hawkeye vol. 1 Anchor Points by Kelly Thompson & Leonardo Romero
Hawkeye is back on the Best Coast! The hero of bows and arrows and purple suits! No, not Clint Barton Hawkeye (henceforth known as Hawkguy) – the other one, your favorite Hawkeye, the butt-kicker who had to save Clint Hawkguy constantly and basically keep his life afloat. Ya know her, the fabulous Kate Bishop! She’s heading back out to Los Angeles, now with a P.I. badge, because there are crimes to solve and she’s the best hawk-based hero to handle them!
Howard the Duck vol. 1 Duck Hunt by Joe Quinones & Chip Zdarsky
Howard is a duck (The Duck), and is also a private investigator (Marvel has a lot of these). This extraterrestrial immigrant (he’s an alien duck) gets into, and out of, a lot of trouble, with the help of his Marvel Comics super-pals (like Aunt May).
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur vol. 1 BFF by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, & Natacha Bustos
Lunella Lafayette is a 9 year old African American genius who wants to change the world! This would be much easier if she weren’t in constant fear of her latent Inhuman gene. But she’s no dummy, all she needs is a Kree omni-wave projector to prevent her Inhuman genes from triggering… Unfortunately, instead of preventing her from gaining powers, somehow a gigantic, prehistoric dinosaur is transported into her life. But Lunella makes the best of it, teaming up with the red relic to form the farfetched duo of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur!
Ms. Marvel vol. 1 No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
Kamala Khan is a normal teenager living in Jersey City; doing homework, playing World of Battlecraft, going to prayer hall – until she’s unexpectedly endowed with super-Inhuman abilities. She adopts the moniker of Ms. Marvel, but can she balance being a superhero with being a teenager, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and student?
Star-Lord Grounded by Chip Zdarsky & Kris Anka
Stuck on Earth, Guardian of the Galaxy and Star-Lord Peter Quill desires a grand purpose, but settles for a bartending gig, and some community service (that turns into super-heroing, imagine that).
The Vision vol. 1-3 by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, & Michael Walsh
Although created by Artificial Intelligence Ultron to destroy the Avengers, Vision just wants to be human. So he returns to the lab he was made in, and creates a wife, Virginia, and teen siblings Viv and Vin. They look like him, they have his powers, and also share his passion for being human. Welcome home, meet the Visions!
Check-out more Marvel graphic novels in The Seattle Public Library collection and with this #BookBingoNW2018: Graphic Novel list.
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~ Posted by Mychal L.