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10 Books for the November #WotNReadingChallenge

 

This Month’s #WotNReadingChallenge Is…

Superheroes can be a bit divisive, especially considering the number of superhero films that have been in theaters recently. Some people think that they’re aspirational, but viewers are relieved of the pressure to act on that impossible level. Others find them pseudo-profound and ultimately disappointing. We’re not here to litigate the value of superheroes and their stories. Instead, we’re giving other options to people who feel like there’s nothing to read in the graphic novel genre other than superhero stories.

10 Graphic Novels Without Superheroes for Your #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

November 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Anya's Ghost - Vera Brogsol
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brogsol

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brogsol

After Anya falls down a well, she accidentally befriends a ghost. Anya’s annoyed at first when the ghost follows her home, but she soon discovers that a noncorporeal friend can be useful. However, is it really safe to have a ghost living in your house?

November 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Bitch Planet Vol. 1 Extraordinary Machine - Kelly Sue DeConnick
Bitch Planet, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Valentine De Leandro

In this universe, women who are perceived as “non-compliant” are sent to a prison planet. While there, the women reflect on the unfair system that put them there and try to figure out a way to get to freedom.

November 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Exit Wounds - Rutu Modan (translated by Noah Stollman)
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan

Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan

One day, taxi driver Koby gets a special pickup request from a young woman, Numi, who believes his father passed away in a bombing attack. Although Koby doesn’t really believe his father is dead, he follows Numi as she tries to put the pieces of the bombing together.

November 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Daytripper - Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

This story follows Bras de Olivia Domingos during various last days of his life. At the end of each chapter, we see another way in which his life could have played out. The color work here is really stunning.

November 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage - Sydney Padua
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

In this graphic novel, a Pocket Universe version of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage create their proposed Analytical Engine. It affects their timeline in a number of fascinating and wacky ways. Have no fear, history nerds; there are extensive notes to ensure that readers know how the lives of these historical figures, who should be far better known, really went. There are also a couple of appendices.

November 2018 #wotNReadingChallenge - Lumberjanes Vol. 1 Beware the Kitten Holy - Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, and Brooke A. Allen

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, and Brooke A. Allen

In this comic series, we follow five Lumberjanes at Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types. This camp has a lot of magical mystery surrounding it, and it’s up to our five heroines to untangle it.

NOvember 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too - Jomny Sun (Jonny Sun)
Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

A lonely aliebn goes to Earth in order to research human life. When there, the aliebn meets many of Earth’s residents and learns several important life lessons.

November 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - Boundless - Jillian Tamaki
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

All of the short stories in this graphic novel have at least a touch of strangeness. The real draw of this book is the gorgeous art that only feeds into the narrative unreality.

November 2018 #wotNReadingChallenge - Saga Vol. 1 - Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga, Vol 1 written by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Fiona Staples

In this space opera, two people from opposite sides of a war, Alana and Markos, find love and have a child. This cannot be allowed to stand, so a number of factions send antagonistic forces to cause pain and suffering to the trio. Saga is narrated by the aforementioned child, named Hazel. Despite this, please don’t give this book to a child.

November 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge - American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Jin Wang is having trouble asking out the girl he likes and being normal in middle school. Danny worries that his Chinese cousin will ruin his reputation in high school. The Monkey King wants to be respected by the highest beings in heaven. These three characters are connected in unexpected ways, and the answers to their problems depend on helping each other.

Do you have any other recommendations for graphic novels without superheroes for the #WotNReadingChallenge? Talk about them in the comments!

 


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