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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Great Graphic Novels for Teens
The Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and comprises recommended graphic novels for readers ages 12 to 18. Titles published in late 2012 are noted; all others were published in 2013. The committee’s top 10 choices are identified with a star (*).
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love. By George O’Connor. Illus. by the author. First Second, paper, $9.99 (9781596437395).
Mighty Aphrodite is born from the sea to provide love and drama to Mount Olympus.
How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial. By Daryl Cunningham. Illus. by the author. Abrams ComicArts, $16.95 (9781419706899).
Science and myth duke it out.
* March: Book 1. By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illus. by Nate Powell. Top Shelf, paper, $14.95 (9781603093002).
John Lewis is a congressman now, but back in the ’60s, he was a teenager standing up for justice. A 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book and a 2014 Notable Children’s Book.
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party. By Nathan Hale. Illus. by the author. Amulet, $12.95 (9781419708565).
You thought the Donner Party’s story couldn’t be told with a sense of humor.
Poseidon: Earth Shaker. By George O’Connor. Illus. by the author. First Second, paper, $9.99 (9781596437388).
Poseidon makes a case for his standing among the gods.
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. By Jim Ottaviani. Illus. by Maris Wicks. First Second, $19.99 (9781596438651).
Three women and three stories of the primates they encounter.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. By Lucy Knisley. Illus. by the author. First Second, paper, $17.99 (9781596436237).
A life framed through food.
Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling. By Marc Mauer and Sabrina Jones. Illus. by Sabrina Jones. New Press, paper, $17.95 (9781595585417).
A history of incarceration in America, from its origins as a Quaker-influenced institution to the present.
Adventure Time. By Ryan North. Illus. by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline.
Adventures of Jake the Dog and Finn the Human in the land of Ooo.
* The Adventures of Superhero Girl. By Faith Erin Hicks. Illus. by the author. Dark Horse, $16.99 (9781616550844).
The life of a superhero is not all monsters and flying—especially when you have no archnemesis and a more popular superhero brother.
All New X-Men, v.1: Yesterday’s X-Men. By Brian Michael Bendis. Illus. by Stuart Immonen. Marvel, $24.99 (9780785168201).
Past and present X-Men collide.
Bad Machinery, v.1: The Case of the Team Spirit. By John Allison. Illus. by the author. Oni, paper, $19.99 (9781620100844).
How do you deal with Mad Terry? With soccer, England, and being 13.
Bandette, v.1: Presto! By Paul Tobin. Illus. by Colleen Coover. Dark Horse, $14.99 (9781616552794).
A teenage burglar executes whimsical robberies, landing her in the crosshairs of an organization of assassins.
Battling Boy. By Paul Pope. Illus. by the author. First Second, $24.99 (9781596438057).
Can monster-plagued Acropolis be saved by a 12-year-old demigod? A 2014 Notable Children’s Book.
*Boxers & Saints. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by the author.
Little Bao’s peaceful village is disrupted when a priest and a group of soldiers begin terrorizing the locals. Four-Girl is unwanted by her family and finds solace among the Christians who are invading her country.
City in the Desert: The Monster Problem. By Moro Rogers. Illus. by the author. 2012. Archaia, $24.95 (9781936393558).
A suspicious holy man is investigated by Irro the monster hunter and his assistant.
The Complete Don Quixote. By Miguel de Cervantes and Rob Davis. Illus. by Rob Davis. Self Made Hero, $27.50 (9781906838652).
Alonso Quexada loves stories of knights-errant, so he decides to become one—the great Don Quixote de la Mancha, Knight of the Sorry Face.
Crater XV. By Kevin Cannon. Illus. by the author. Top Shelf, $19.99 (9781603091008).
Army Shanks wants to give up adventuring, but some mysteries won’t leave well enough alone.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. By Tony Cliff. Illus. by the author. First Second, paper, $15.99 (9781596438132).
Her life is one crazy adventure after another. Do you think you can keep up with Delilah?
* Dogs of War. By Sheila Keenan. Illus. by Nathan Fox. Scholastic/Graphix, $22.99 (9780545128872).
Dogs can be heroes, too.
Eldritch! v.1. By Aaron Alexovich. Illus. by Drew Rausch. SLG, $29.95 (9781593622442).
Two teens discover the power to make their cult a reality.
The Flash, v.1: Move Forward. By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. Illus. by Francis Manapul. DC Comics, $24.99 (9781401235536).
A friend from Barry Allen’s past returns just as a new villain disables the city.
Hawkeye. By Matt Fraction. Illus. by David Aja and others.
Clint Barton tries to take a day off and finds out that if you want to kill an Avenger, the easiest target is the normal guy.
The Heart of Thomas. By Moto Hagio. Illus. by the author. Fantagraphics, $39.99 (9781606995518).
An enigmatic suicide note sets off a chain of drama at a German boarding school.
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus. By Mike Mignola. Illus. by Duncan Fegredo. Dark Horse, $14.99 (9781616552381).
Little Hellboy runs away from home and finds himself at the demonic circus.
The Hypernaturals. By Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Illus by Tom Derenick and others.
The future world, run by an artificial intelligence, is protected by the Hypernaturals—until they are all lost. A new guard must be found.
Injustice, v.1: Gods among Us. By Tom Taylor. Illus. by Jheremy Raapack and others. DC Comics, $19.99 (9781401245009).
The Justice League watches Superman snap.
Jane, the Fox, and Me. By Fanny Britt. Illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Groundwood, $19.95 (9781554983605).
Helene is bullied and escapes into the world of Jane Eyre, until she finds a way to see life differently.
Jerusalem: A Family Portrait. By Boaz Yakin. Illus. by Nick Bertozzi. First Second, $24.99 (9781596435759).
A family in Jerusalem faces the reality of war and political conflict in the 1940s.
Kitaro. By Shigeru Mizuki. Illus. by the author. Drawn & Quarterly, paper, $24.95 (9781770461109).
Kitaro helps the villagers of Japan fight against monsters called Yokai.
Knights of Sidonia. By Tsutomu Nihei. Illus. by the author.
The Sidonia carries the last of ever-evolving humanity and continues to fight the Gaunts with its dwindling resources.
Marble Season. By Gilbert Hernandez. Illus. by the author. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (9781770460867).
Growing up in ’60s California, Huey reads comic books, tries to avoid bullies, and learns how to fit in on his block.
Marceline and the Scream Queens. By Meredith Gran. Illus. by the author and others. KaBoom! Studios, paper, $19.99 (9781608863136).
Only Princess Bubblegum can keep the band together while Marceline has an identity crisis on tour.
The Massive, v.1: Black Pacific. By Brian Wood. Illus. by Kristian Donaldson and others. Dark Horse, paper, $19.99 (9781616551322).
The environmental-action ship Kapital searches for its sister ship, The Massive, in a post-apocalyptic world.
* MIND MGMT, v.1: The Manager. By Matt Kindt. Illus. by the author. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781595827975).
A journalist trails a missing passenger from “Amnesia Flight 815” and discovers a much bigger mystery.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. By Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Illus. by the author.
When Amuro stumbles upon a secret prototype weapon, he becomes part of a planetary civil war.
Monster on the Hill, v.1. By Rob Harrell. Illus. by the author. Top Shelf, paper, $19.95 (9781603090759).
Rayburn the monster tries to change his reputation and make a name for himself. A 2014 Notable Children’s Book.
No. 6. By Atsuko Asano. Illus. by Hinoki Kino.
Shion lives a privileged life in a futuristic city. Everything changes when he saves Rat’s life and people start mysteriously dying.
* Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. By Prudence Shen. Illus. by Faith Erin Hicks. First Second, paper, $16.99 (9781596436596).
The Cheerleaders and the Robotics Club team up to get money for their school activities. A 2014 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
The Odyssey. By Seymour Chwast. Illus. by the author. Bloomsbury, $20 (9781608194865).
Odysseus must make an epic effort to get back home.
Over the Wall. By Peter Wartman. Illus. by the author. Uncivilized, paper, $14.99 (9780984681433).
A young girl’s brother is missing and the abandoned city holds the key.
Paul Joins the Scouts. By Michel Rabagliati. Illus. by the author. Conundrum, paper, $20 (9781894994699).
Paul discovers Wolf Cub Scouts and Helene during a time of civil unrest.
Romeo and Juliet: A Play by William Shakespeare. By Gareth Hinds. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $21.99 (9780763659486).
A classic story of star-crossed lovers with a multicultural cast.
* Rust, v.2: Secrets of the Cell. By Royden Lepp. Illus. by the author. Archaia, $24.95 (9781936393589).
Is Jet a killing machine or just a boy who’s being used to fight a distant war?
Sacrifice. By Sam Humphries. Illus. by Dalton Rose. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781595829856).
Hector has a fit that changes history.
Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights. By Sergio Toppi. Illus. by the author. Archaia, $29.95 (9781936393480).
To evade execution, Sharaz-de spends every night weaving a new story to appease her captor.
The Silver Six. By A. J. Lieberman. Illus. by Darren Rawlings. Scholastic/Graphix, $22.99 (9780545370974).
Six orphans find out they all own a piece of a faraway moon—could it be connected to their parents’ deaths?
* Strobe Edge. By Io Sakisaka. Illus. by the author.
Ninako has fallen in love for the first time and must learn how to navigate her feelings.
Sunny, v.1. By Taiyo Matsumoto. Illus. by the author. VIZ Media, $22.99 (9781421555256).
Orphaned children escape their troubles using their imagination in a broken-down Nissan Sunny 1200.
Superior Spider-Man. By Dan Slott. Illus. by Ryan Stegman and others.
Will Doctor Octopus make a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker?
Templar. By Jordan Mechner. Illus. by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland. First Second, $39.99 (9781596433939).
When the king of France swoops in to arrest everyone in the Knights Templar, a few stragglers escape.
Tiger & Bunny. By Mizuki Sakakibara. Illus. by Masakazu Katsura.
Hot-shot superhero reality star Barnaby is forced to team up with washed-up Wild Tiger.
Tropic of the Sea. By Satoshi Kon. Illus. by the author. Vertical, paper, $14.95 (9781939130068).
Yosuke Yashiro’s family takes care of a mermaid egg in exchange for safe seas around their island community.
Tune, v.1: Vanishing Point. By Derek Kirk Kim. Illus. by the author. 2012. First Second, paper, $16.99 (9781596435162).
Andy is down on his luck and accepts a job at a strange zoo.
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice. By Mike Carey. Illus. by Peter Gross and others. Vertigo, $22.99 (9781401229764).
Tommy Taylor was orphaned as a babe when his wizard parents went down in a shipwreck. Years later, he is learning there is more to the story.
Vinland Saga, v.1. By Makoto Yukimura. Illus. by the author. Kodansha, $19.99 (9781612624204).
Teenage Viking marauder Thorfinn seeks vengeance for his father’s death.
*War Brothers. By Sharon McKay and Daniel Lafrance. Illus. by Daniel Lafrance. Annick, $27.95 (9781554514892).
Kids are kidnapped and forced to be killers in Uganda’s Resistance Army.
* Will & Whit. By Laura Lee Gulledge. Illus. by the author. Amulet, paper, $12.95 (9781419705465).
Will faces the death of her parents, a hurricane, and her fear of the dark but finds courage in the presence of friends, new and old.
Wonder Woman. By Brian Azzarello. Illus. by Cliff Chiang and others.
Wonder Woman goes on a diplomatic rescue mission to Hell and deals with her new family, a string of gods and goddesses who might do her more harm than good.
Zombillenium, v.1: Gretchen. By Arthur De Pins. Illus. by the author. NBM, $14.99 (9781561637348).
Zombillenium is a place where the undead compete with the likes of Disneyland and Universal Studios.
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