Paranormal Graphic Novels for Halloween

Posted on October 26, 2011. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Looking for some paranormal books to read for Halloween? Check out some of these great new paranormal graphic novels at Oakton Community College Library.

book cover for We Kill MonstersWe Kill Monsters. Vol. 1
story by: Christopher Leone & Laura Harkcom
illustrated by: Brian Churilla and Hilary Barta

“Two unassuming auto repair shop owners are thrown into the role of hunters when a giant monster leaps from the shadows and infects Jake’s arm. Now requiring “monster juice” to survive, the brothers must become hunters and town-savers as the monster infestation grows” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

This was a fun read. The art is well drawn and shows the action well. The story reminds me of some of my favorite B horror movies – lots over-the-top action, a spurned ex-boyfriend trying to save the girl he still loves, and some great one-liners. If you’re looking for a action-packed horror graphic novel, look no further.

Ghostopolis
created, written, and drawn by: Doug TenNapel

“Imagine Garth Hale’s surprise when he’s accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don’t have, and he’s stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth’s newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather’s ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

I really enjoyed this book. The story itself is original and well paced. I liked the subplots about Garth’s grandfather and Frank’s girlfriend. The art not only illustrates the story well,  it makes it easy to follow. If you are looking for a neat ghost story with a young hero where good triumphs over evil, this is the story for you.

Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers
by John Harris Dunning & Nikhil Singh

“Upon his father’s death, Salem inherits a mansion as well as an unfinished battle with creatures from another world, which requires him to seek the help of his guardian familiar and the colorful performers of Dr. Kinoshita’s Circus of Unearthly Delights” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

This was a fascinating book to check out. The art reminds me of an odd blend of surrealism and Edward Gorey. The story is just as twisted and surreal. If you are looking for an interesting, unique story with mind-bending art, then check out this graphic novel.

book cover for MercuryMercury
by Hope Larson

“In 1859 French Hill, Nova Scotia, Josey has just met a handsome young man named Asa. He knows how to find a treasure of gold in the woods and can bring wealth to her family. But there is darkness in the woods, and in Asa. In the present day, Josey’s descendant Tara discovers a mysterious pendant, and with it, the truth about her family’s past. Mercury is a compelling combination of history, romance, and a touch of magical realism, as well as a remarkable depiction of two girls tied by blood and separated by time” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

I found the girl’s stories to be interesting and well developed. The art does a great job portraying the emotions evoked in each character. If you are looking for a book with more character and relationship development and only a hint of the paranormal, this may be the graphic novel for you.

book cover for LolaLola: A Ghost Story
written by: J. Torres
illustrated by: Elbert Or

“Jesse sees dead people, monsters, demons, and lots of other things that go bump in the night that no one else can see. No one except his ailing grandmother – a woman who used her visions to help those living in her small town… the same rural community in all the scary stories Jesse’s heard as a child. Man-eating ogres in trees. Farmhouses haunted by wraiths. Even pigs possessed by the devil. Upon his grandmother’s passing, Jesse has no choice but to face his demons and whatever else might be awaiting him at grandma’s house” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

I liked how the story intertwines the legends from Jesse’s family with the reality that Jesse faces. I also enjoyed how the author enriched the story with Filipino sayings and culture. If you are looking for a book set in a foreign land that is about ghost stories and fate, this may be the book for you.

book cover for The Unsinkable Walker Bean

The Unsinkable Walker Bean
by Aaron Renier

“Walker Bean never wanted to be a high-seas pirate waging a pitched battle against the forces of the deep. It just worked out that way. Mild, meek, and a little geeky, Walker is always happiest in his grandfather’s workshop, messing around with his inventions. But when his beloved grandfather is struck by an ancient curse, it falls on Walker to return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it and his path will be strewn with pirates, magical machines, ancient lore, and deadly peril” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

This was by far my favorite of all the graphic novels listed here. This book is full of adventure, mystery, pirates, sea witches and curses. The art is superb and adds so much to the story. I love looking at all the extra details you can find in each caption. The story is inventive and the characters are unique. This is definitely a fantastic graphic novel!

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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Great, timely post for fans of graphic novels.

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