Graphic Novels

May the Fourth be With You!

As anyone using the internet today has likely noticed, the Fourth of May is Star Wars Day – a galaxy-wide day of Star Wars Celebrations. What started as a pun on “may the force be with you“, May 4th has become an unofficial nerd holiday that Disney also uses to announce new content.

Whether you have attained the rank of Jedi Master or are a lowly Padawan, the Moraine Valley Library has you covered with books, video, eBooks, comics, audiobooks and more! Check out our Digital Display to see tons more Star Wars from the MVCC Library!

May the Fourth be With You – Always

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If You’re Not Reading Saga, Then You Are Missing One of Greatest Cliffhangers in History

If the day ever comes that comics/graphic novels are granted the same respect as novels, then writer Brian K. Vaughan will be viewed as one of our greatest authors.

Saga is this generations great series. It contains blends a Star Wars-like epic, the scenery of Avatar, the adult content and language of Game of Thrones, a family-driven plotline like Breaking Bad, and the humanity of Friday Night Lights. 

If we’ve piqued your interest, then time is on your side. Saga is currently on hiatus. Long before the coronavirus, creator Brian K. Vaughan planned for Saga to take a planned break of one year. It is now entering its second year. For fans that finished all nine volumes (54 comics), this wait has been pure torture.

Read the entire 9 volume masterpiece for free with our Hoopla database.

Saga Vol. 1 ( Contains comic issues #1-6)

Saga Vol. 2 (Contains issues #7-12)

Saga Vol. 3 (Contains issues #13-18)

Saga Vol. 4 (Contains issues #19-24)

Saga Vol. 5 (Contains issues #25-30)

Saga Vol. 6 (Contains issues #31-36)

Saga Vol. 7 (Contains issues #37-42)

Saga Vol. 8 (Contains issues #43-48)

Saga Vol. 9 (Contains issues #49-54)

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Superman: Red Son

Superman: Red Son

Imagine a reality where the world’s most powerful super-being does not grow up in Smallville, Kansas – or even America, for that matter… Superman: Red Son is a vivid tale of Cold War paranoia, that reveals how the ship carrying the infant, who would later be known as Superman, lands in the midst of the 1950s Soviet Union. Raised on a collective, the infant grows up and becomes a symbol to the Soviet people, and the world changes drastically from what we know – bringing Superman into conflict with Batman, Lex Luthor and many others. The acclaimed story by writer Mark Millar and artists Dave Johnson & Kilian Plunkett is collected here, featuring an extensive sketch section by Johnson, Plunkett and Alex Ross. -Hoopla. Click here to read this compelling story on Hoopla!

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60th Anniversary of Civil Rights Sit-Ins
“Greensboro (NC) Lunch Counter — The National Museum of African American History and Culture Washington (DC) 2017” by Ron Cogswell is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This February marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of sit-in campaigns during the Civil Rights Movement. On February 1st, 1960, four students staged a sit-in at a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina. The idea to stage sit-ins spread, led by student activists across the country. 

Interested in learning more? The Library has a number of books about the history of nonviolent protest in the United states, or check out the ebook Civil Rights Sit-Ins, for a comprehensive history of the sit-in movement.

Prefer a visual history? John Lewis (then a student organizer, now a congressman) describes his experience as a leader of the Nashville Sit-Ins in the first book of his award-winning graphic novel series March.

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