Free Comic Book Day is just around the corner, and aside from getting freebies, why not celebrate with us and expand your comic experience. Take advantage of our FCBD sale — 20% off on graphic novels!* — and add new titles to your to-be-read pile. Here are a few recommendations from your friendly neighborhood bookworms.

Recommended by Niko

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The End of the Fxxxing World and I Am Not Okay with This
By Charles Forsman

A good read for people who just want to get their daily dose of reality and putting your life together. At first, Charles Forsman’s characters may seem weird and bizarre because they’re not your typical teenage characters but once you read through their stories, you’ll realize that they are somehow like you.

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Trouble and Huck
By Mark Millar

If you’re looking for a break from all the superhero stuff, you might want to read Trouble and Huck without giving up all the action and drama. These titles are about stories of ordinary people that will make you realize that doing the right thing and doing simple deeds everyday is enough to be called a hero.

 

Recommended by Agnes

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Killing and Dying
By Adrian Tomine

If you’re looking for beautiful art and poignant humor, then this should be one of your must reads. Killing and Dying uses 6 different stories that tugs at your heartstrings, make you laugh and make you go “whoa”, all at the same time. Each story has a different artwork that helps set the mood — from a horrible case of mistaken identity in the 21st century to a beautiful collection of still images that depicts the story of a Japanese mother and daughter. This graphic novel encourages you to immerse yourself, take your time with the stunning graphics, and feel the rush of emotions as you read their stories.

100 Bullets
By Brian Azzarello

What will you do if you’re given a hand gun, 100 untraceable bullets and all the needed documentation about the person who has done something terrible to you? 100 bullets revolve around the concept of personal revenge and then spins off into a bigger and more complex over-arching story that has more layers than simple revenge. Profane, graphic, gritty and with equally flawed character, lack of action is definitely the last thing I can say to describe this (very) graphic novel. The is the kind of story that gets your full attention and tackles a lot of interesting moral concepts that feels pretty modern for something that was published in 1999.

 

Recommended by Jess

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Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi
By Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose

This book is highly recommended if you are into action stories like me. The plot revolves around a Yakuza Guy whose goal in life is to make the perfect sushi and to not kill people despite being a Yakuza.

Deadpool Firsts
By Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza and Mark Waid

This is for readers who wants to get to know the merc with a mouth known as Deadpool because this is his debut story. Collecting issues from various Deadpool series, this compilation will get you hyped up for the upcoming Deadpool 2 movie.

 

Recommended by Hannah

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The Infinity Gauntlet and The Infinity War
By Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim

If you’re still reeling from Avengers: Infinity War, here are a few books to fill the Marvel-shaped hole in your life. Explore the comic events that inspired one of the most anticipated movies of our time. And if this isn’t enough, a quick online search will lead you to a black hole of related materials that can last you the whole year. Hopefully.

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Injustice 2
By Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo

Those who follow the riveting story of Injustice get two treats this month of May: Volume 2 is finally hitting the shelves, while Volume 1 is now out in paperback. Injustice 2 picks up where the first game ends — with Superman in jail — and continues on to the second game’s Story Mode. And don’t worry, you don’t need to play the games to get on board this emotional thrill ride.

 

Recommended by Ilia

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
by Sonny Liew

This is, hands down, the best thing I’ve read last 2017. Through a fictional comic book artist as a main character, Sonny Liew explores an artist’s struggle as well as dissects Singapore’s journey to become an independent nation. Rich with both personal and national complexity, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye engages the heart and mind alike. Blending elements of fiction, memoir, essay, and history—it’s nothing like any comic narrative I’ve read before.

Trillium
By Jeff Lemire

If you haven’t yet been acquainted with Jeff Lemire’s genius, Trillium — a single volume graphic novel — is the best introduction. It’s surreal science fiction as it’s best, with themes of human survival and unlikely relationships across space and time. The art is also incredibly gorgeous and compelling. You’ll finish this one in a sitting.

Batman: The Long Halloween
By Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

An oldie but goodie, Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween is a classic for a reason. Pick this up and be treated to a mystery every chapter/issue PLUS get introduced to most of Gotham’s villains — including the beginnings of Harvey Dent/Two-Face.

 

Find these titles and more this Saturday at Free Comic Book Day! For complete details, visit our event page: bit.ly/FullyBookedFCBD2018. If you’re looking for more recommendations, check out what we listed last year.


* The sale applies to all D-coded graphic novels, manga, light novels, Art Of books, and other comics like Archie and Garfield. If you are unsure whether a book is included in the sale, feel free to approach any of our book specialists.

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