Modern graphic novels cover almost every kind of literature you could possibly think of, from biography, to collections, and all manner of non-fiction. So now we celebrate five of the best graphic novels that have been released in the last couple of years.
Berlin – Jason Lutes
This novel took almost two decades in the making. Written and drawn by Jason Lute, Berlin is a historical drama that takes place in the era of the Wiemar Republic. This epic tale is released by Drawn and Quarterly in twenty-four separate editions. The main focus is on architecture and Lutes draws with very clean lines and a great deal of detail. The book focuses on the impending political change of Germany and the ominous overtones of impending global catastrophe.
Fab4 Mania – Carol Tyler
For anybody who remember the Beatles this book is a must. It relays the tale of a Fab-Four obsessed teenager growing up in Chicago in the mid-sixties. You could say that Fab4 Mania is more of an illustrated book rather than a true graphic novel, but it works on so many levels. It is written in the form of a diary, and the novel takes us through two hundred and fifty pages of the life of an obsessed teenager and her daily thoughts, ideas, and adventures. It also focuses on American society of the period, its highs and its lows.
Gideon Falls – Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart
This collaboration of an author, one artist and a colorist has provided one of the greatest modern graphical novels of the decade. It is basically a good old fashioned thriller, with many odd and rather creepy psychological overtones. The thriller could be classed as a horror novel as it is the story of a priest who arrives in a small town, his thoughts are constantly disturbed by the image of a black barn. The character are all realistic and the artwork quite stunning.
Hedy Lamarr – William Roy & Sylvain Dorange
Hedy Lamarr was one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1940s, but unlike many of her contemporaries she had a very secret private life. In private she was actually an inventor and her engineering background enabled her to invent many technologies that are today used in the communications industry.This biopic tale is great reading for graphic and non-graphic readers, and is a fascinating insight into the world of this amazing person.
Inside Moebius – Jean Giraud
One of the greatest cartoonists of the last fifty years has to be Jean Giraud, but although he was incredibly popular around the world, many of his works remained in his native French. However, Dark Horse publishing have begun to translate his work into English.Known for his superb sci-fi works such as The Airtight Garage, The Incal, and Arzach, Giraud is generally considered a god by his fans.
These collections of stories that were written in the last years of his life, amplify his genius of storytelling infused with earthy humor. These modern graphic novels are five of the very best that have been published in the last couple of years. They show just how diverse graphic novels can be and their amazing quality