Frau Faust vols. 1-4 by Kore Yamazaki Kodansha Comics Publication Dates & ISBNs: Vol. 1 – September 26, 2017 – 978-1632364807 Vol. 2 – November 14, 2017 – 978-1632364814 Vol. 3 – January 23, 2018 – 978-1632365491 Vol. 4 – March 6, 2018 – 978-1632365507
Dr. Johanna Faust has been dead for over 100 years, but she is cursed with immortality by her demon, Mephistopheles. The demon was quartered by the church to stop him from giving others immortality, and now, in order to break the curse, Dr. Faust must find all of his pieces and put him back together. With the help of the young, education hungry Marion and her homunculus, Nico, Dr. Faust is well on her way to putting her demon together again in the first 4 volumes of this new manga series.
This month for my Women in Comics post, I’m focusing on science fiction graphic novels. Science fiction is generally one of my favorite genres and there are many great examples that are graphic novels. Whether you prefer near-future, dystopia, or science fiction blended with a hint of fantasy, this list will have a great book to add to your to-be-read list.
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow with art by Jen Wang (2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten) – Anda is a dedicated player of Coarsegold Online, a massively-multiplayer online role playing game by the time she meets a gold farmer from China named Raymond. As she learns about the work that he does – which includes long hours and no benefits – she becomes outraged and tries to take action to help him. The book is transparently aimed at teaching readers about the politics and economics of gaming as well as sparking an interest in activism. It will appeal to fans of online games and of Doctorow’s other works.
Alex + Ada by Sarah Vaughn with art by Jonathan Luna – When Alex receives an X5 android as a surprise birthday gift, he is pretty sure he wants nothing to do with it, but once he meets Ada he becomes deeply conflicted about the idea of returning her. This comic follows Alex and the android he names Ada as they meet and navigate a complicated world where fear of artificial intelligence runs rampant in the wake of an AI organized massacre. Alex must decide what his beliefs about the rights of androids are and how he should interact with a completely lifelike, but non-human being. This is a great series for those with an interest in robots and artificial intelligence. Continue reading Women in Comics: Science Fiction