Take 5


1* Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman – (see page 5) Great story, one of my favorite books of all time and it just happens to be a comic book. – Chase Straight

2* Wet Moon by Ross Campbell – It’s a series about a group of girls starting college in a small, gothy Southern town. There’s just the perfect mix of reality and weirdness, and Campbell crafts the best characters I have ever read. – Alyssa Bailey

3* Fortune and Glory by Brian Michael Bendis – Bendis, a prolific comic book writer, chronicles his misadventures in Hollywood while trying to pitch his stories to various big-time execs. The highlight is when the writer is shut out of a meeting because the producer thinks Eliot Ness is a fictional character owned by another studio. Great stuff. – Trevor Hale

4* Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – (reviewed on this page) Satrapi’s story about growing up in Iran is alternately hilarious and heartbreakingly sad. Satrapi’s words and illustrations are sparse but beautiful and will stick with you for days. – Rachel Hanson

5* Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi – Basically it’s about a boy named Ranma, who lives life with a curse that turns him into a girl whenever cold water touches him. The curse is reversed when his skin makes contact with hot water. Takahashi takes you through this hilarious adventure with several original, unique characters and plots. – Phi Tran