Welcome to the 3rd post in my “Best of 2017” series. These are the graphic novels/manga that I read in 2017 and really loved. There are quite a few of them. I have really been enjoying the graphic novel genre and read a lot of really great ones this year!
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Uzumaki by Junji Ito
I would highly recommend to those who enjoy horror manga. This was an incredibly well done manga that obviously had a lot of time and thought put into both the story and the illustration. It is incredibly gory and disturbing so I would recommend to adult readers only
Flight Series by Kazu Kabuishi
I read volumes 4 and 5 of Kabuishi’s Flight series this year and enjoyed them alot. These are such eclectic and interesting stories; all of them having to do with flight in some way (flights of imagination, actual flight, etc). This anthology of graphic novel stories is just consistently awesome. Each story is unique and intriguing.
The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe
I love this series! It is incredibly fun and entertaining to read. I love the characters and the mystery. The drawing is incredibly intricate and amazing as well. This is my favorite manga/graphic novel after Rat Queens. This is the 2nd year in a row Black Butler has appeared on this list. Below I have linked to my favorite Black Butler volumes of the year.
Monstress series by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
This is an amazing graphic novel series and I am excited to read more about this story and world. The characters are complex and amazing and the whole story and artwork is beautifully put together.
Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura
This is another manga series I have been reading for years that just keeps getting better and better. These are epic historical mangas that are not only fascinating and entertaining but also pay close attention to detail and are beautifully illustrated. I love this manga series; it is definitely one of the most well put together manga series I have ever read.
The Bird Boy by Anne Szabla
This continues to be a fantastic graphic novel series that I think all ages will enjoy. There is action and adventure, beautiful illustration, fun and engaging characters, and a wonderful storyline.
Berserk by Kentaro Miura
This is an amazing start manga series. Unlike other manga series this one sucks you right in and builds a great story right from the first volume. I really am enjoying it and would recommend to mature manga readers who enjoy action fantasy manga.
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
This is an amazing series and I loved every moment of it. This is a fantasy graphic novel that is aimed at middle grade readers but is great for readers of all ages. Everything about this graphic novel is perfect from the story to the illustration. Highly recommended.
The Nameless City by Faith Eric Hicks
Overall I really loved this 2nd volume in the Nameless City series. I would recommend to those who enjoy fantasy graphic novels about war and politics. This is an incredibly well done series with excellent illustration and an amazing world.The Stone Heart
Lady Mechanika by John Benitez
This graphic novel series has been out for awhile. I really enjoyed the detailed artwork, the interesting world and the amazing Lady Mechanika. I look forward to reading more graphic novels in this series!