First up this month is a lighter Summer read: Soulless a witty Victorian-era paranormal tale and the first book in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate Series. Our graphic novel is a little less on the light side; Grant Morrison's cute/violent "high-tech fable" We3.
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Buffy meets Jane Austen in the first book of this wickedly funny NYT bestselling series about a young woman whose brush with the supernatural leads to a deadly investigation of London's high society. -Amazon
GoodReads: Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.
First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire--and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
We3 by Grant Morrison
"An affirmation of the better natures of animals and humans alike, a smart and surprisingly touching high-tech fable." - San Francisco Chronicle
GoodReads: Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely tell the unforgettable story of three innocent pets-a dog, a cat and a rabbit-who have been converted into deadly cyborgs by a sinister military weapons program.With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the program's prototypes, and now that their testing is complete, they're slated to be permanently "de-commissioned"-until they seize their one chance to make a desperate run for freedom. Relentlessly pursued by their makers, the WE3 team must navigate a frightening and confusing world where their instincts and heightened abilities make them as much a threat as those hunting them-but a world, nonetheless, in which somewhere there is something called "home."
A pretty representative GoodReads User Review: "A short but unsettling graphic novel. What if animals are made into cybercontrolled murder machines? [...] 3 ordinary, loved pets are by the army made into high tech murder machines. It's unsettling, horrifying, gruesome but ab[ove] all, it touches me to the heart. Once they were loved but fate decided otherwise. Above all, a real page turner but maybe one could have got more deep in the characters. But though the end really touched me so much..."