Yesterday I officially finished the Graphic Novels Challenge hosted by Laza. I am so glad she talked me into joining this challenge. I have been introduced to a whole new world of books. I am totally amazed at the scope of genres and artistic styles available in GN books. If you don't believe me, check out the challenge blog here.
I committed to a Major, which was 12 books. Here is my reading list. (Click on the author's name to see my review; my rating is in parentheses.)
1. The Demon of River Heights by Stefan Petrucha (B-)
2. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (A)
3. Bone 1 by Jeff Smith (B+)
4. Bone 2 by Jeff Smith (A+)
5. Bone 3 by Jeff Smith (A)
6. Bone 4 by Jeff Smith (A-)
7. Bone 5 by Jeff Smith (A)
8. Mouse Guard Fall 1152 by David Petersen (C)
9. Bone 6 by Jeff Smith (B+)
10. Bone 7 by Jeff Smith (B+)
11. Bone 8 by Jeff Smith (B+)
12. Bone 9 by Jeff Smith (B)
No question about it, I loved the Bone series. Some volumes were better than others, but none disappointed. Mouse Guard was a bit of a mystery to me because I thought I would be a fan. I am totally taken with the artwork, and I love a medieval setting. But the story and characters just didn't hook me. After having read Bone, Nancy Drew and Artemis Fowl both fall short in comparison. Yes, I gave Artemis an A rating, but that was only the second GN book I had ever read. What did I know? I'd probably give it a B- now.
I will be keeping up with the reviews posted on the challenge blog. That blog is shaping up to be an awesome resource for graphic novels. And I am now definitely a GN fan.