I’ve enjoyed reading these recent graphic novels for mature readers by Koren Shadmi that are available on hoopla. I first became aware of Shadmi’s work through his excellent biographical tales of Rod Serling and Gary Gygax. However, I found that Shadmi’s original stories set in a futuristic landscapes were even more powerful than those books.
Bionic by Koren Shadmi. 2020, IDW Publishing.
Bionic is a coming-of-age story with science fiction elements. Victor, a nerdy teenager falls for a gorgeous new student at his school, Patricia. She works at the mall’s pet store and gifts him an android cat. While she is friendly to him, he doesn’t seem to stand a chance romantically. But then she is hit by a speeding car. When she returns from the hospital with astonishing new robotic parts, both their lives will be changed forever. She is no longer the traditional beauty, but Victor doesn’t seem to mind her augmentations. Has the surgery affected her brain? Patricia begins dangerously acting out. When the two do finally get together, she ends up breaking his hand with her super strength. What were the mysterious circumstances for her accident? And will Victor suffer the same fate as a result of technology? This was a gripping and unusual graphic novel in both the story and visual style. I’d recommend it to fans of Kick-Ass or other genre defying comics.
Highwayman by Koren Shadmi. 2019, IDW Publishing
A short tale about the end of the world follows several episodes in the life of the last man alive, a drifter who cannot die: The Highwayman! Forever on the move, Highwayman travels through the vastness of North America searching for the source of his condition. He suffers from a strange, seemingly incurable disease: immortality. Bound to the road and at the mercy of whomever will give him a ride, he encounters people who reflect the rapidly changing world around him. Moving through centuries of change, he gets picked up by hitchhikers and gets discovered by aliens.
Complete Comic Book Series worth reading on hoopla
Do you love comic book series where you can get heavily invested in character development and interesting plot twists? Below are some more riveting science fiction series, available in their entirety, that you can read online with your Pinal County Library Card via the hoopla app.
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson.
Published by Image.
Paper Girls follows the story of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls caught up in the conflict between two warring factions of time travelers! A mix of science fiction and nostalgia, this is an exciting read for both older teens and adults. It is also slated to be adapted for television.
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pia Guerra. Published by Vertigo.
Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra published by Vertigo from 2002 through 2008. The series centers on Yorick Brown and his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand, the only males who survived the apparent global androcide. This comic book (originally 60 issues) is for adults and is as thrilling and complex as a Stephen King novel.