Black, Holly. The Good Neighbors
Sixteen year old Rue Silver thinks she might be going crazy. Her mother vanished a few weeks ago, her father has been acting very strangely, and now Rue has started to see things…strange beings walking among the people of her town. But then Rue learns that not only are those strange beings real, but she herself is one of them. Her mother is a faerie, one of the Good Neighbors of human folklore, and Rue herself is half-faerie as well. Not only that, but Rue’s grandfather has a sinister plot to steal the entire town away to create a new faerie realm and a prophecy has declared that only his own flesh can stop him. Since Rue’s mother shows no signs of doing so, Rue has to take it upon herself to save both her peoples from each other.
The three volumes of this urban fantasy graphic novel (Kin, Kith, and Kind) are a fascinating self-contained story of the fair folk in the modern world. Rue is a sympathetic character, and her assortment of friends and family members add depth and interest to the story. The illustrations, all black and white, are detailed and switch easily between the mundane and the bizarre as Rue moves between the worlds.