What makes a comic or graphic novel smart? It is an age old question that has haunted writers for decades. Some have moments of sheer brilliance, while others are far less challenging to their readers.
Arguably, there is plenty of material out there deemed revolutionary or thought-provoking by critics and fans alike. The question is: how? Are fascinating characters enough? Are some stories written well enough that they manage to remain distinct? Do the stories include relatable commentary that is a reflection of the audience’s own experiences?
There are many questions at play. Something that is considered “smart” to one person may be considered the opposite to another, so we must contemplate each of these questions when asked about recommendations for a smart …
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