Special nomination “The Best Graphic Novels”
As part of the 2016 Readers’ Choice Award, we present you our Special Opportunity project. This is a series of book reviews that have received particular attention this year. In other words, we have collected statistics on several categories of readership ratings. Each issue of the review will be devoted to one of them. Still don’t like comics, because it’s “dumb pictures”? Yes, you, my friend, are behind the times! Start with the best graphic novels of this year and discover a new world of book fun. If someone with the word “comic” still only thinks of funny pictures from old chewing gum with Donald Duck or super-men pulled into a bright leotard, this person, in truth, can only be regretted. This someone does not even suspect what is losing. A whole world of highly artistic and well-designed works, many of which are not inferior in concept depth to the winners of the most prestigious awards. Modern graphic novels offer stories for every taste – dystopias, noir detective stories, science fiction, social networks, fantasy, war chronicles. In recent years, almost every major Russian publishing house has launched its own series of translated comics. “AST” grabbed Neil Gaiman, “ABC-Atticus” explores gloomy superheroes and classics of the genre, and the first publisher of Russian comics “BUBBLE” continues to somehow respond to Western competition with its own original “Ex librium”. Are you afraid to get confused in a new genre for you? Welcome to the Virtual Comic Club on LiveLib! They read and discuss the best. As in this special nomination. The story of the cemetery. Book 1, Neil Gaiman, F. Craig Russell The first book of graphic adaptation of the novel by Neil Gaiman “The History of the Cemetery” includes chapters No. 1-5 and Interlude. Each chapter is illustrated by different artists, cult artists in the comic book world. Nickt Owen is an ordinary boy. He would have been exceptionally ordinary if he hadn’t lived in a … cemetery where he was raised by ghosts. It seemed that the cemetery was a terrible, terrible place, but it was here that young Nick knew himself and the world around him, no matter how strange he was. Suicide Squad Book 1. A Kick in the Teeth, Adam Glass, Federico Dallochchio, Clayton Henry What is a Suicide Squad? Supervillains recruited in prisons and sent on a secret, deadly mission for which early release is promised. In their necks, they have nanobombs that keep criminals on a short leash. They will sacrifice any of them without hesitation. For this, no one will be called to account. And cruelty and destruction are just the details of the next working day. The first mission of the Unit will bring together six – Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Voltaic, Black Spider and King Shark – who will confront 60,000 extremely dangerous enemies. Controlling Unit Cold-blooded Amanda Waller leads his gang of killers from task to task, trying to prevent a global threat that only these villains can stop … unless, of course, they first kill each other. Lady Killer, Joel Jones America. The middle of the twentieth century. Housewife Josie Schuller – as if she had left the pages of women’s magazines: a loving husband, twin daughters, a masterful mother-in-law, house order. But Josie has a secret – she’s a cold-blooded hitman. Such a difficult task, in the end, puts Josie before a choice: work or family. The American dream is about to break into cruel reality. But our heroine is not one of those who give up their hands prematurely. Sculptor, Scott McCloud The long-awaited fundamental work of Scott McCloud: a charming, urban tale for adults – about dreams, the deal with death, the price of life and art. How expensive is the artist willing to pay for his gift? And is the art worth his sacrifice? And what is behind public recognition? The young sculptor David Smith is ready to give himself completely to creativity, but the creative environment rejects it over and over again. And sometimes it’s difficult to call it creative – the world of art business is harsh and does not forgive mistakes. And then David decides to accept the mysterious offer from a man whom he always considered simply a good uncle. Blackhead. Book 2. The Red Soul. Hell of Silence, Juan Diaz Canales, Juanho Guarnido In Las Vegas, in the midst of nuclear testing, or New Orleans, in the midst of Mardi Gras, Blacksad, unexpected meetings always await. But sometimes you have to literally plunge into the past or the secrets of the most mystical city of America, which cats really don’t like … The magnificent graphics and rich cinematic style of Guarnido combined with Canales’ writing skills, whose scenarios the critic compares with the novels by Dashil Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Chester James , provided the Blacksad series with worldwide fame and dozens of prestigious awards. Deadpool destroys Deadpool, Bann Cullen Deadpool opened the hunt for the main game: himself! An infinite number of realities is in danger when the version of Deadpool that has reached the highest self-consciousness decides to destroy the entire fantasy world by killing its ancestors – all the other Deadpools!