Graphic Mysteries

I started reading Watchmen by Alan Moore this weekend after being convinced by several people that my graphic novel reading was sorely lacking without this classic. (There’s also a movie coming out, and there’s nothing that makes me feel like a shamed librarian more than seeing a movie without having first read – or at least glanced at – the book.) Watchmen is a little like a murder mystery in graphic novel form, and if you would like to read more mystery-graphic novel hybrids, Dea and I recommend these:

  • Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba – A budding criminal mastermind with a god complex and a notebook that allows him to murder from afar will stop at nothing to outwit the investigators assigned to his case.

  • The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar – The love story of a mummy and a maiden in the 1930s, complicated with accidental murders, kidnappings, and parents. Strange and quirky and wonderful.
  • Runaways: Escape to New York by Brian K. Vaughan – The Runaways help hide an old friend who has been framed for murder. (Or start at the beginning of the series to find out who the Runaways are and how they found out about their powers.)

  • Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman reimagines the Marvel Universe as it would have been in the Elizabethan era, and builds an intricate mystery plot with spies, magicians, witches, and winged assassins.

  • Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama – A confrontation with a powerful criminal organization leaves teen detective Kudo in the body of a first grader, but his search for a cure (or his new pint-sized body) doesn’t stop Kudo from solving any of the many myseries that he finds along the way.
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One response to “Graphic Mysteries

  1. I’ll add a few to the list:

    – The Kindaichi Case Files by Yozaburo Kanari and Fumiya Sato – Like Case Closed, this is another one with a young detective.

    – Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman – This actually started off as a short story, which was later adapted into an audio drama, and then even later adapted into a comic book by P. Craig Russell. It’s a twisty little story that’s, for the most part, about the very first murder.

    There are lots of other titles I could add to the list that would probably appeal to mystery readers, but I think I’ll leave it at just two. I definitely second (or third?) the Death Note recommendation. It’s an interesting and addictive story, plus the premise can lead to some fascinating debates with others.

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