Welcome to The Hub’s third and final installment of Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten 2012! In our previous post, we had a look at media, kung fu, and a new version of the classic superhero, Thor. Today, we are focusing on an even more unlikely collection of subjects ranging from historical fiction to surreal crime fighting to post-apocalyptic survival to transgender adolescents.
If I could describe Kaoru Mori’s style in one word it would be “meticulous.” Her artwork is gorgeous and painstakingly drawn with splendid detail, but her stories are just as finely crafted. A Bride’s Story is Mori’s latest series, and her skills as an artist and storyteller landed the first volume solidly on the Top Ten list. Set in Central Asia during the 19th Century, A Bride’s Story centers on Amir, a twenty-year-old horsewoman from a nomadic tribe who has been betrothed to a boy much younger than herself. While the premise certainly lends itself to some lighthearted humor, the story takes more than one serious turn. Readers will find themselves delighted by well-drawn cast of characters, especially the highly spirited Amir. An excellent choice for manga readers ready for something with a little more depth.