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Malorie Blackman's Top Five Graphic Novels

by Malorie Blackman. Published Sun 05 May 2013 01:08, last updated: 05/05/13
Malorie Blackman
Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman, children's author of Noughts and Crosses, Pig-Heart Boy and Thief picks her Top Five Graphic Novels for hot Summer reading at the park or beach.

1. V For Vendetta - Alan Moore and David Lloyd
It is all too easy to believe that within society we cannot make a difference, that we do not have a voice. V For Vendetta shows that individuals can make all the difference in the world. This and Watchmen were the graphic novels which started my deep love of the form. An incredible story.

2. Sin City Volume Seven: Hell And Back - Frank Miller
Wallace, a former Navy Seal, rescues Esther from attempted suicide. Love blossoms but then she is kidnapped. This time, however, the kidnappers have abducted the wrong woman because Wallace is going to rescue her, no matter what it takes. A fantastic thriller-noir from an amazing series. Stylistically imaginative and a real page-turner.

3. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
The marvellous autobiographical story of the author growing up in Iran during the overthrow of the Shah and the onset of the Islamic revolution. Funny, sad, informative and incredibly moving.

4. Preacher: Gone To Texas - Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
A really interesting fictional series which analyses the nature of good, evil and the need or otherwise, for religion. Great, provocative storytelling. Thought-provoking.

5. Maus - Art Spiegleman
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust-survival story of Vladek Spiegelman (the author's father) depicting Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. In Maus, Art tries to make sense of and come to terms with what happened to his father. Highly recommended.


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