2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations
Updated May 26, 2015. Have you read a great graphic novel lately? Feel free to suggest a title.
Area 51: The Graphic History of America’s Most Secret Military Installation. By Greg Scott Zimmerman. Illus by the 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 sketch book 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 the author. Abrams, hardcover, $12.95, (9781419715365). Araminta Ross, a.k.a. Harriet Tubman, speaks out against slavery and leads slaves to freedom vis the Underground Railroad.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exquisite Corpse. By Penelope Bagieu. Illus by the 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 the 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, paperback, $9.99, (9781632150561). Tuck and Celine must work together to save their parents and the world using science and everyday objects.
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.
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.
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 the 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.
Roller Girl. By Victoria Jamieson. Illus by the 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 the 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 the 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, hardover, $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.