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10 Graphic Novels You’ll Enjoy if You Loved Soulless (the Manga)

So you’re a graphic novel or a manga reader and you want more like Soulless the Manga? I got you covered!

Soulless Manga Other Graphic Novels Suggested

Graphic Novels & Manga for YOU!

Black Butler

Black Butler by Yana Toboso

The manga that, for me, started it all. The art and the costumes are truly amazing and I feel, in this regard, that you can really see REM’s heritage. (REM is my manga artist.

Just a stone’s throw from London lies the manor house of the illustrious Phantomhive earldom, its master one Ciel Phantomhive. Earl Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria’s faithful servant . . . and a slip of a twelve-year old boy.

His butler is a demon. Or is he?

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore

Probably the square root of steampunk. Don’t blame the crappy movie on this book. The representation is poor and it’s pretty dark, but it was the beginning for many of us.

In this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to Britain.

Invader ZIM by Jhonen Vasquez 

Invader ZIM by Jhonen Vasquez

My favorite cartoon of all time. What can you say about this level of stupid genius?

From the far reaches of weird space to the incomprehensible world of underground art, ZIM is back! And his thirst for world domination has only grown!

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec by Tardi 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec by Tardi

Probably the thing on this list that is most similar to my own stuff in core spirit.

Both a rip-roaring adventure series set in pre-World War I Paris and a parody of the same, Adéle has been enchanting, thrilling, and puzzling readers worldwide through four decades.

Originally in French, there is a fantastic movie by the same name.

Bloodlust Bonnets

Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern

Light weight and cute, and very very bloody.

Set in early nineteenth-century Britain, Bloodlust & Bonnets follows Lucy, an unworldly debutante who desires a life of passion and intrigue—qualities which earn her the attention of Lady Violet Travesty, the leader of a local vampire cult.

I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up by Kodama Naoko 

I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up by Kodama Naoko

The title says it all friends-to-lovers meets sham marriage tropes galore in this sweet lesbian friends to lovers manga. It’s rather weightless, but charming.

Morimoto, a young professional woman in Japan, wishes her parents would stop trying to get her to marry a man and settle down. Her friend from high school offers to be her wife in a sham marriage, to make Morimoto’s parents back off. But this fake marriage could unearth something very real.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Erica Henderson

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Erica Henderson

Suitable for most ages this is just fun and breezy and charming. If you always wanted a powerful, body-positive, brassy, female role model, here she is, starting college and kicking butt.

The Bride Was a Boy by Chii 

The Bride Was a Boy by Chii

What I love most about this is that is tackles serious issues but with a profoundly gentle touch. It’s an almost memoir that manages to be entertaining, happy, and sweet but ALSO extremely informative. Highly recommended for those who might be questioning their own gender identity, but also family and friends of anyone transitioning who need a window towards understanding.

A diary comic with an upbeat, adorable flair that tells the charming tale of Chii, a woman assigned male at birth.

Rat Queens

Rat Queens by Kurtis J Wiebe

This comic is very bloody and violent but raucous good fun. What I enjoyed most was that this is LitPRG parody at it’s very very best. If you grew up reading Dragon Quest and the like (or playing it, for that matter) this is a hoot.

Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit.

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

Nova works in a bookstore but one night this young witch ventures into the woods and finds her childhood friend and crush, Tam, fighting against a demon.

Prince Dressmaker Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

A heartwarming historical option, set in Paris has beautiful, vivid, and colorful artwork and a charming yet important story-line for children or adults. So sweet and cute.

If you like the San Andreas Shifters…

Before I read m/m or gay romance, before I even thought about writing it, when everyone else was reading and writing slash and fanfic, I read yaoi. I cut my teeth, so to speak on Yuzuha Ougi.

Brother

Still some of the sexiest stuff out there, I dare you to try Brother. Brings new meaning to the word graphic.

And on that pun, I end this list!

If you have more you’d like to suggest, particularly written by/featuring women, POC, and queer characters, please leave a comment! Please keep if fluffy and fun.

This blog post came about via a discussion in the Parasol Protectorate fan group, honestly, it is one of the best places to get book suggestions tailored to your specifications, especially if you love my stuff.

Yours (destined to be killed by a tumbling TBR pile),

Miss Gail

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4 Responses

  1. Diadem Snickerdoodle said:

    Miss Gail, I have already purchased and devoured The Prince and the Dressmaker based solely on your earlier recommendation, and I was not disappointed! Reading the above descriptions, it seems that Adele, Squirrel Girl, and Black Butler will be right up my alley. Thank you bunches for taking the time to put together this lovely list! (I may or may not have several pages in my book journal covered in lists of recommendations by my fellow fans from the FB page…)

  2. Jennifer said:

    The Tea Dragon Society – Katie O’Neil
    The Tea Dragon Festival – Katie O’Neill
    Princess Princess Ever After – Katie O’Neill

    Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

    Princeless series – the princess saves herself – Jeremy Whitley

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