2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations
Updated August 10, 2015. Have you read a great graphic novel lately? Feel free to suggest a title.
101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die. By Ricardo Carvolo. Illus by author. Nobrow Press, hardcover, $22.99, (9781910620007). The story of music through 101 essential artists: from Bach to Radiohead, to Amy Winehouse, Nirvana and Daft Punk.
Area 51: The Graphic History of America’s Most Secret Military Installation. By Greg Scott Zimmerman. Illus by author. Zenith Press, paperback, $19.99, (9780760346648). A history of what has actually happened at Area 51 based on recently declassified documents.
Aries, Bringer of War. By George O’Connor. Illus by author. First Second, paper, $9.99, (9781626720138). Aries reveals his bloodthirsty nature during the Trojan War.
Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan. By Christine Inzer. Illus by author. Naruhodo Press, paper, $11.95, (9780990701408). A 16 year old teen presents a sketchbook of her a solo journey to Japan.
March, Book Two. By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell. Illus by Nate Powell. Top Shelf, paper, $19.95, (9781603094009). Congressman John Lewis recounts important moments of his participation in the Civil Rights Movement.
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: the Underground Abductor. By Nathan Hale. Illus. by author. Abrams, hardcover, $12.95, (9781419715365). Araminta Ross, a.k.a. Harriet Tubman, speaks out against slavery and leads slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.
The Other Side of the Wall. By Simon Schwartz. Illus by the author. Graphic Universe, paper, $9.99 (9781467760287). Simon Schwartz tells the story of his childhood in communist East Berlin in the ‘80s.
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great. By Jessie Hartland. Illus by the author. Schwartz and Wade, hardcover, $22.95, (9780307982957). A biography of Steve Jobs that covers his successes and setbacks, his passions and his demons, and the many contradictions that made up this brilliant individual.
Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I. By Henrik Rehr. Illus by author. Graphic Universe, Paper, $11.99, (9781467772846). Gavrilo Princip carries out a plot to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Adventure Time: The Flip Side. By Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin. Illus by Wook-Jin Clark. BOOM! Studios, paper, $19.99, (9781608864560). Finn and Jake need to convince the Monkey Wizard to kidnap Painting Princess to sort out everything that’s wrong in Ooo, but it’s easier said than done!
Ajin, vol. 1. By Miura Tsuina. Illus by Gamon Sakurai. Vertical, paper, $12.95, (9781939130846). After he is killed by a car, Kei Nagai discovers that he is an ajin, a demi-human. Now he must run from everyone--his family, the government, other ajin, and other shadowy groups.
Ajin, vol. 2. By Gamon Sakurai. Illus by author. Vertical, paper, $12.95, (9781939130853). New pursuers arrive and now Kei must negotiate the release of his sister from other Ajin.
Assassination Classroom vol. 1. By Yusei Matsui. Illus by author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421576077). Students in the lowest rank class in the school (3-E) must kill an octopus-looking creature who also happens to be their teacher before he destroys the world at graduation.
Assassination Classroom vol. 2. By Yusei Matsui. Illus by author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421576084). The government brings in a foreign assassin to kill the teacher but she ends up being no more successful than any of the students.
Assassination Classroom vol. 3. By Yusei Matsui. Illus by author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781425176091). The students of class 3-E try to kill their teacher on a class trip, rescue some kidnapped classmates, and dish out humiliation to a couple of bullies.
Baba Yaga’s Assistant. By Marika McCoola. Illus by Emily Carroll. Candlewick Press, paper, $16.99, (9780763669614). Masha thinks she would be the perfect assistant to the witch Baba Yaga and is prepared to pass her tests. However, when children actually arrive, will she be able to be Baba Yaga's assistant and still save the children?
Batgirl vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside. By Cameron Stewart. Illus by Babs Tarr. DC Comics, hardcover, $24.99, (9781401253325). Big changes are here for Barbara Gordon as she moves across Gotham City to begin a new chapter in her ongoing fight against crime as Batgirl.
Bee and PuppyCat, vol. 1. By Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson. Illus by Natasha Allegri. Kaboom!, paper, $14.99, (9781608864874). Join Bee, a charmingly clumsy temp worker, and her perpetually grumpy partner Puppycat as they take on jobs across dimensions to earn enough cash for rent and snacks.
Bob’s Burgers, vol. 1. By various authors. Illus by various. Dynamite, paper, $17.99, (9781606906606). A collection of new in-canon stories about the Belcher family from the popular TV show Bob’s Burgers.
Copperhead, vol. 1: A New Sheriff in Town. By Jay Faerber. Illus by Scott Godlewski & Ron Riley. Image, paper, $9.99, (9781632152213). Single mother Clara Bronson is the new sheriff in Copperhead, a grimy mining town on a backwater planet. And she’s about to have a rough first day on the job.
The Divine. By Boaz Lavie. Illus by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka. First Second, paper, $19.99, (9781596436749). Mark is recruited to go to Quanlom, a rural Southeast Asian county, to wire explosives to bring down a mountain. When he arrives in Quanlom, he realizes there is a major civil war going on and the mountain is protected by a mystical dragon and the Divine.
Drone. By Scott Chitwood. Illus by Randy Kintz and Gary Henderson. Red 5 Comics, paper, $9.95, (9781926513010). Computer hackers hack in to a military computer program for drones to watch a battle. They accidentally witness a terrorist takeover of the drones and are the only ones able to help.
Drug and Drop, vol. 1. By CLAMP. Illus by author. Dark Horse Manga, paper, $10.99, (9781616555955). Kazahaya awakens from a disturbing dream of the sister he had to part from, Kei--covered in blood and clutching him close to her.
Exquisite Corpse. By Penelope Bagieu. Illus by author. First Second, hardcover, $19.99, (9781626720824). When Zoe stumbles into Thomas Rocher’s apartment – and into his life – she has no idea that he is a famous author who has faked his own death or that she has uncovered the literary scandal of the century.
Girl in Dior. By Annie Goetzinger. Illus by author. NBM, hardcover, $27.99, (9781561639144). A young fashion journalist in Paris 1947 gets an inside perspective on the House of Dior when an assignment to cover a fashion show turns into a life-changing dream job.
Haunted. By Scott Chitwood. Illus. by Danny Luckert and Ivan Plascencia. Red 5 Comics, paper, $9.95, (9780986898594). Sarah was a child when The Haunted invaded and now she joins a group of strangers to try to end their reign on earth.
Hawkeye Vol. 3: LA Woman. By Matt Fraction. Illus by Annie Wu and Javier Pulido. Marvel, paper, $15.99 (9780785183907). Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York life and Clint Barton – but not away from trouble.
Henni. By Miss Lasko-Gross. Illus by the author. Z2 Comics, paper, $19.99, (9781940878027). A humanoid race with cat-like features maintains a strict patriarchal society, but Henni refuses to accept the rules that subjugate her.
Howtoons: [Re]Ignition, vol. 1. By Fred Van Lenti. Illus by Tom Fowler, Jordie Belaire. Image Comics, paper, $9.99, (9781632150561). Tuck and Celine must work together to save their parents and the world using science and everyday objects.
Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, vol. 1: A Brave is Brave. By Greg Smith. Illus by Greg and Michael Tanner. Oni Press, hardcover, (9781620101445). The Junior Braves of Tribe 65 just finished a weekend camping trip, only to return to a town in ruins, their families missing, and the streets filled with wandering mutants.
Justice League United, vol. 1: Justice League Canada. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Mike McKone. DC, hardcover, $24.99, (9781401252359). Adam Strange discovers mysterious alien activity in northern Ontario leading to an impromptu formation of a new International Justice League.
Last of the Sandwalkers. By Jay Hosler. Illus by the author. First Second, paper, $16.99, (9781626720244). An intrepid band of beetles sets out on a scientific mission to discover what lies beyond the borders of their colony, New Coleopolis.
Last Man, vol. 1: The Stranger. By Bastien Vivès, and Balak. Illus by Bastien Vivès and Michaël Sanlaville. First Second, paper, $9.99, (9781626720466). Young Adrian Velba joins with a mysterious fighter, Richard Aldana, to compete in the kingdom's annual Games, a gladiatorial contest.
Last Man, vol. 2: The Royal Cup. By Bastien Vivès, and Balak. Illus by Bastien Vivès and Michaël Sanlaville. First Second, paper, $9.99, (9781626720473). The unlikely team of Richard Aldana and Adrian Velba continue to advance in the Games, becoming contenders for the Royal Cup. But do they have what it takes to defeat the reigning champions?
Last Man, vol. 3: The Chase. By Bastien Vivès, and Balak. Illus by Bastien Vivès and Michaël Sanlaville. First Second, paper, $9.99, (9781626720480). With the help of the young Adrian by his side, Richard Aldana is beginning to look like a likely contender for the Royal Cup. But this world is not what you thought it was, and Richard Aldana is certainly not who he claimed.
Lumberjanes, vol. 1. By Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Shannon Watters. Illus by Brooke Allen. Boom! Box, paper, $14.99, (9781608866878). Five best friends spend the summer at Lumberjane Scout Camp defeating Yetis, three-eyed wolves and giant falcons.
Macbeth. By Gareth Hinds. Illus by the author. Candlewick Press, hardcover, $21.99, (9780763669430). In this retelling of Shakespeare's classic play, an evil seed takes root in the mind of Macbeth, a general in the king’s army, when three witches tell him he will one day be king.
Ms. Marvel vol. 2: Generation Why. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus by Jacob Wyatt & Adrian Alphona. Marvel, paper, $15.99. (9780785190226). As Ms. Marvel crosses paths with Wolverine and Lockjaw, she discovers more about her past while the Inventor threatens her future.
My Neighbor Seki, vol. 1. By Takuma Morishige. Illus. by author. Vertical, paper, $10.95, (9781939130969). Rumi is constantly distracted by the antics of her classmate Seki who indulges in elaborate extra-curricular activities at his desk but never gets caught.
Nimona. By Noelle Stevenson. Illus by author. Harper Teen, hardcover, $17.99, (9780062278234). Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy.
Outcast, vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him. By Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta. Illus by Elizabeth Breitweiser. Image, paper, $9.99, (9781632150530). Kyle has the misfortune of living near people who become possessed by something evil and, despite his best intentions to help, he becomes the town pariah.
Part-time Princesses. By Monica Gallagher. Illus by author. Oni Press. Paper, $19.99, (9781620102176). When four girls’ post-high school plans fall apart they go back to working as costume princesses at a local amusement park and end up defending it against local thugs.
Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula. By Andi Watson. Illus by author. First Second, paper, $14.99, (9781626721494). Princess Decomposia scrambles to run the underworld herself until the new cook, Count Spatula, arrives.
Princess Ugg, vol. 1. By Ted Naifeh. Illus by author. Oni Press, paper, $15.99, (9781620101780). When Princess Ulga attends the prestigious Princess Academy at her mother’s bequest, she realizes that when you're a princess, you're bound to have a few enemies.
Roller Girl. By Victoria Jamieson. Illus by author. Dial Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $20.99, (9780525429678). Astrid goes to a roller derby match and signs up for roller derby camp, but has no idea how hard it will be or what it will cost her.
Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart. By Jonathan Maberry. Illus by Tony Vargas. IDW, paper, $19.99, (9781631401862). Benny Imura and his four friends travel the country 14 years after the zombie apocalypse, looking for a safe place and hoping for a better world.
Secret Coders. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Mike Holmes. First Second, paper, $9.99, (9781626720756). Teens learn about binary code in order to understand strange occurrences at their school.
Soppy: A Love Story. By Philippa Rice. Illus by author. Andrews McMeel, paper, $14.99, (9781449461065). A love story that emphasizes simple moments of joy and challenges in a relationship.
Spider-Man 2099, vol. 1: Out of Time. By Peter David. Illus. by William Sliney and Rick Leonardi. Marvel, paper, $17.99, (9780785190970). Miguel O’Hara, the spider-Man of 2099, is stuck in 2014 and must navigate work and relationships while trying to figure out how to get back to his time.
SuperMutant Magic Academy. By Jillian Tamaki. Illus by author. Drawn & Quarterly, paper, $22.95 (9781770461987). SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches but their paranormal activities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns.
Teen Titans: Earth One, vol. 1. By Jeff Lemire. Illus by Rachel and Terry Dodson. DC Comics, hardcover, $22.99, (9781401245566). Five teens develop strange powers and battle government agencies, extraterrestrials, and secret experimental facilities.
The Fade Out, vol. 1. By Ed Brubaker. Illus by Sean Phillips. Image, paper, $9.99, (9781632151711). Charlie Parish, a Hollywood movie writer, wakes up after a wild party only to discover his movie’s leading actress has been murdered.
The Motherless Oven. By Rob Davis. Illus by author. SelfMadeHero, paper, $19.95, (9781906838812). In a world where children make parents, Scarper Lee and his two frenemies go on an odyssey before his rapidly approaching deathday.
The Scarlett Letter. By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Crystal Chan, and Stacy King. Illus by SunNeko Lee. Udon, hardcover, $24.99, (9781927925348). A manga retelling of the classic story of a Puritan woman caught in adultery and forced to publicly bear her shame.
The Sculpture. By Scott McCloud. Illus by author. First Second, hardcover, $29.99, (9781596435735). A struggling young artist makes a deal with Death to unlock his true potential.
Wayward, vol. 1: String Theory. By Jim Zub. Illus. by Steve Cummings, Tamra Bonvillain, and John Rauch. Image, paper, $9.99, (9781632151735). When things don’t work out living with her Dad, Rori moves to Japan to live with her mother, where she is enlisted to battle against an evil unlike any she’s seen before.
Yukarism vol. 1. By Chika Shiomi. Illus by author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421575902). Mahoro learns that her classmate Yukari remembers his past life in full detail and how Mahoro was a part of it.