A rainy summer day. The air is warm, but the heat has been cut by a constant, cooling rain. There’s a rolling “shhhhh” on the roof and the pit pat of drops from the gutter. It certainly doesn’t look like August outside, all grey and dreary. The perfect day to stay inside and curl up with a good book and perhaps a cup of iced tea. Here are some suggestions of what to read on such a day.
Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott
This wordless graphic novel is about a girl at the carnival. Without enough pennies to play the midway games, she stumbles across the Cinema Panopticum, where she has enough pennies to watch each short. But what she finds is not at all what she expects. Come inside and see what tales have disturbed her so.
The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett with art by INJ Culbard
This 8 issue series from Vertigo takes a fresh look post-Victorian London. Class tensions and murders, normal right? Wrong. The lower class are zombies and to protect themselves, the upper class have become vampires. Follow George Suttle, murder investigator in a town where everyone’s already dead. Issues 1-4 instock as of this post.
Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman with Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove
Welcome to the 17th century, where your favorite Marvel characters have been re-imagined. The X-Men, Fantastic Four, Nick Fury, Daredevil, Spider-Man and many more live and breathe in Queen Elizabeth I’s age of science and sorcery. Neil Gaiman has wonderfully written one of my personal favorite graphic novels.
A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel
Daniel Abraham has adapted this graphic novel from George RR Martin’s wildly popular A Game of Thrones. If you’ve read the books or just watched the HBO show or know nothing at all about the series, it’s worth a read. Political intrigue, betrayal and family dynamics all play out in a game of power.