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Best of hoopla: Comics

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Have you tried hoopla yet? It’s great for reading graphic novels, and there’s never a waiting list for the title you want. You can stream or download 6 items each month. All your need is your Metropolitan Library System card number and a web browser, smart phone, or tablet, and you can keep your loans for 3 weeks. I download comics using the hoopla app on my iPad.

If you don’t have a certain title or author in mind, try browsing some of the fun categories such as “comics for newbies,” “2017 Eisner winners,” or “arcana.”


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Han Solo by Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks

Star Wars is all over hoopla, and Star Wars comics in particular have been killing it lately. This one has everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder, the best Wookiee copilot around, and a ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs—what more do you want from a story? Also, hoopla has a great feature that lets you know when a book you’re reading is part of a series, and links you to the rest of it. It’s perfect for keeping track of long series and crossovers comics.

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Black Lightning: Year One by Jen Meter and Cully Hammer

I found this by searching the “media tie-in” category under comics and downloaded it right away. I don’t know much about this DC character, and I wanted to understand the basics before I started watching the new Black Lightning show on the CW network. I love the easter eggs and nods to fans that the DC Comics-based shows include, so this will be great for getting me up to speed.

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Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

So maybe superheroes and sci-fi aren’t your only interests. Good thing comic books are so much more! Hoopla has awesome collections of crime, horror, mystery, romance, sports, western, and other genre comics. This humor collection from one of the internet’s most famous cartoonists will make you laugh as you celebrate your shared anxieties. If you enjoyed Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, check this one out.

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Watchmen: The Annotated Edition by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Celebrated as one of the greatest graphic novels of all time, Watchmen has been popular for more than 30 years. 2017 saw the release of a special annotated edition of this award-winning Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons classic. Explore the twelve issues that changed comics, and learn new details with extra commentary, interviews, and previously unreleased source material.


Emily Williams

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I was born in the Boston area, but have lived in Oklahoma for over 20 years. I attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and then studied at the University of Oklahoma to get my Masters in Library and Information Studies. My husband and I adopted a retired racing greyhound who is actually super lazy. I paint pet portraits, read comic books, love hiking, and watch a lot of sci-fi television.

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