Aya of Yop City: written by Marguerite Abouet, drawn by Clément Oubrerie

Translated from French by Drawn & Quarterly The three young women in Aya of Yop City, the first in a series of graphic novels, have boys, parties, marriage and future careers on their mind. They rebel against their parents, pick unsuitable boyfriends and try to figure out their place in the world. The three friends—Aya, …

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V for Vendetta: written by Alan Moore, illustrated by David Lloyd

Written in the 1980s, this graphic novel is set in another one of Alan Moore’s dystopian alternative futures. It’s the late 1990s in Britain. A war and a near-miss nuclear conflict has led to the takeover by a fascist government, with Adam Susan at its head. The government is presented by Susan as paternalistic, with …

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Watchmen: written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons

It is 1985, and Richard Nixon is into his fifth term as president of the United States. The superheroes (the watchmen), who have been helping the country, are outlawed. They are now in hiding, retired or secretly working for the US government. One night in October, a watchman, Edward Blake—who is better known as the …

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