Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations

Updated June 6, 2017.  Please fill out this form to suggest a title to the committee.


Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father. By Jonathan Hennessey. Illus. By Justin Greenwood. 2017. Ten Speed Press, $19.99 (9780399580000). The life and times of Alexander Hamilton, from his rise out of poverty, the heights of his career in post-Revolutionary War politics, and his scandal-ridden fall from grace.

The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays. By Jason Quinn. Illus. by Lalit Kumar Sharma. 2017. Campfire, $16.99 (9789381182222). The Beatles weren't always super stars, but through chance meetings and pure determination, they finally got their big break. This is the story of how they all met and the events that led to them becoming one of the most influential bands in history.

Becoming Unbecoming. By Una. Illus. by the author. 2016. Arsenal Pulp, $24.95 (9781551526539). Una gives a searing analysis of how societal norms can support sexual violence, with both personal and public narratives.

The Best We Could Do. By Thi Bui. Illus. by the author. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419718779). A Graphic memoir debut work about author Thi Bui's family, from her grandparents and parents in warn torn Vietnam, through present day California where she tries to reconcile her and her families past spurred on by the birth of her first child.

California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas. By Pénélope Bagieu. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $16.50 (9781626725461). This is the story of Mama Cass Elliot from the 60's folk rock group the Mamas and the Papas. It details her early childhood up through the formation of the band.

The Creeps. By Fran Krause. Illus. by the author. 2017. Ten Speed Press, $11.13 (9780399579141). A collection of fears, showing all the irrational, hidden worries we have as humans that have never before spoken aloud, much less illustrated.

Dreams in Thin Air. By Michael Nybrandt. Illus. by Thomas E. Mikkelsen. 2017. Conundrum Press, $25.00 (9781772620108). While biking in Tibet, Michael encounters a small group of monks who are playing football and has an inspirational dream of coaching the non-existent national team.  Years later, he takes a leap of faith and becomes the founder of the first Tibetan National sports team since the Chinese Occupation.

Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me. By Lorena Mapa. Illus. by the author. 2017. Conundrum Press, $18.00 (9781772620115). When Lorena learns of her father's death, she flies back to the Philippines with her family in tow. She shares stories of her childhood mixed with those of her extended family, and in the retelling weaves in the background politics of Marcos and the political climate of the Philippines in
the mid-1980s.

Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story. By Peter Bagge. Illus. by the author. 2017. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (9781770462694). A biography of the writer Zora Neale Hurston. It covers her humble beginnings and follows her life through all its twists and turns.

Glenn Gould: A Life off Tempo. By Sandrine Revel. Illus. by the author. 2016. NBM, $25.99 (9781681120652). This story highlights key moments in classical pianist Glenn Gould’s life, as well as his obsessive love of music. It includes a discography at the end.

It's All Absolutely Fine: Life is Complicated so I've Drawn it Instead. By Ruby Elliot. Illus. by the author. 2017. Andrews McMeel, $16.99 (978144948424). Through a series of black and white drawings and some text, Ruby Elliot shares her experience with mental illness and with trying to function within the world. Honest, sometimes funny, and insightful.

Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us. By Ananth Hirsch and Yuko Ota. Illus by Yuko Ota. 2017. Oni Press, $34.14 (9781620103838). A collection of comic panels exploring Anath and Yuko's life after college with their friends and cats. The collection spans 8 years and includes some great moments.

Real Friends: A True Story About Cool Kids and Crybabies. By Shannon Hale. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2017. First Second, $12.99 (9781626727854). A wonderfully depicted graphic memoir about fitting in (or not), growing up and finding your friends.

Secret Path. By Gord Downie. Illus. by Jeff Lemire. 2016. Simon & Schuster, $26.99 (9781501155949). Chanie Wenjack was a young boy who escaped the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in 1966. The horrors of the school are revisited in flashback memories as Chanie tries to make the 400 mile trek to his home.


Afar. By Leila Del Duca. Illus. by Kit Seaton. 2017. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632159410). Siblings Boetema and Inotu tackle being separated from their parents, escaping the law, and Boetema's newfound ability that allows her to astral project into the bodies of entities across the galaxy.

Anonymous Noise, Volume 1. By Ryoko Fukuyama. Illus. by the author. 2017. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421594200). Nino is so devastated when her childhood friend, Momo, moves away that she is filled with an uncontrollable urge to scream. Things seem bleak until she befriends a young composer, Yuzu, who convinces her to turn her screams into a song to bring Mom back.

Another Castle: Grimoire. By Andrew Wheeler. Illus. by Paulina Ganucheau. 2017. Oni Press, $15.99 (9781620103111). Princess Misty of Beldora goes on an epic adventure to rescue herself from the clutches of the Evil ruler Badlug of Grimoire.

Archie, Volume 2. By Mark Waid. Illus. by Veronica Fish. 2016. Archie Comics, $19.99 (9781627387989). Picking up where volume one left off, Archie is still struggling to make his relationship with Veronica work, but can it survive viral videos and election season?

The Backstagers. By James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh. 2017. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869930). Jory, a new student at an all-boys school, feels left out of school life until he stumbles upon the backstage crew of the drama club and the mysterious tunnels that they keep watch over.

Bad Machinery: The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor. By John Allison. Illus. by the author. 2016. Oni Press, $19.99 (9781620103517). School is out for summer, and for the Tackleford mystery team, that means lazy days, balmy evenings, and...creeping existential dread that threatens the whole city. With half the team gallivanting off to exotic locales can Linton, Jack, and Lottie solve this season's most dire case?

The Baker Street Four. By Olivier Legrand. Illus. by J.B. Dijan and David Etien. 2017. Insight Comics, $16.99 (9781608878789). A group of street kids who work for Sherlock Holmes must solve mysteries on their own in order to save their friends.

Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Rafael Alburguerque. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268404). Batgirl is on vacation to get away from everything, but soon after she arrives in Japan, she runs into an old friend who's attacked by a mysterious school girl. It's now up to her to track down the mysterious "Teacher" and figure out what the secret formula is for and why everyone wants it.

Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dean Ormston. 2017. Dark Horse, $14.99 (9781616557867). Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien are trapped! In their old lives they were super heroes, but because of a strange occurrence in their multiverse they are thrust into life in a rural town from which they cannot escape. None of their powers work, and they must keep their real identities secret in order to survive.

Brave. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2017. Yen Press, $11.00 (9780316363189). Jensen, a daydreaming artist obsessed with sunspots and NASA, navigates middle school, bullies and math!

Bungo Stray Dogs. By Kafka Asagiri. Illus. by Sango Harukawa. 2016. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316554701). Atsushi Nakajima has been kicked out of his orphanage and is on the brink of starving on the streets when he rescues a member of the  Armed Detective Agency, a group of investigators with
supernatural powers who take on cases that the regular police and military cannot handle. With nowhere else to go, Atsushi has no option but to help the detectives with a series of dangerous cases.

The Can Opener’s Daughter. By Rob Davis. Illus. by the author. 2017. SelfMadeHero, $19.95 (9781910593172). Vera Pike spent her childhood as the Weather Clock's daughter, hidden away from society, but when she is sent to a boarding school where everyone is expected to plot out their optimal suicide chart, she begins to question the rules enforced by authorities and more specifically, her mother. 

The Case Study of Vanitas. By Jun Mochizuki. Illus. by the author. 2016. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316552813). Rumors revolving around The Book of Vanitas, a clockwork grimoire of dubious reputation, draw Noé, a young vampire in search of a friend's salvation, to Paris.

CiCi’s Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training. By Joris Chamblain. Illus. by Aurélie Neyret. 2017. First Second, $16.99 (9781626722484). CiCI loves to observe people and imagine their secret lives, after all she wants to be a writer someday, but sometimes she ignores those closest to her in her pursuit of a good story.

Crawl Space. By Jesse Jacobs. Illus. by the author. 2017. Koyama, $19.95 (9781927668412). Daisy has found a way to visit another sphere of the universe via her laundry machines. After she shows a friend at her new school, the world comes under threat and Daisy's world begins to shift.

Decelerate Blue. By Adam Rapp. Illus. by Mike Cavallaro. 2017. First Second, $17.99 (9781596431096). 15 year old Angela lives in a future world where everything is condensed and corporatism rules-- all for the sake of money and efficiency. When she stumbles into a group of Underground rebels, she realizes her place is with them, in the slow lane. But rebelling against the Guarantee Committee has consequences.

Descender, Volume 3: Singularities. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen. 2016. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632158789). The secret histories of each cast member involved in TIM21's story.

Erased, Volume 1. By Ken Sanbe. Illus. by the author. 2017. Yen Press, $30.00 (9780316553315). Satoru Fujinuma has a unique ability that allows him to identify and course-correct tragic events. When his power sends him back in time and into the body of his 11 year old self, he is faced with fixing his past and finding a way back to the present.

Faith. By Jody Houser. Illus. by Pere Pérez and Marguerite Sauvage. 2016. Valiant Entertainment, $14.99 (9781682151631). Faith continues to settles into being a solo superhero, but with looming deadlines, new relationships, and random attacks breaking out across the city, she finds she still has a lot to learn.

Fish Girl. By Donna Jo Napoli. Illus. by David Wiesner. 2017. Clarion Books, $25.00 (9780544815124). Fish Girl lives in a tank in a boardwalk aquarium. She's the main attraction, but visitors can only get a glimpse of her. That is until a girl goes into an off-limits area of the aquarium and meets Fish Girl.

The Flintstones, Volume 1. By Mark Russell. Illus. by Steve Pugh. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268374). It is the beginning of civilization, and Fred, Barney and the rest of the Flintstone family are trying their best to adapt to modern times.

Giant Days, Volume 3. By John Allison. Illus. by Max Sarin. 2016. Boom Box, $14.99 (9781608868513). Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue their college adventures with sleep deprived nights, relationship troubles, student elections, and the pressure to meet everyone's expectations.  Making it through their first semester is proving to be not as easy as they had thought.

Giant Days, Volume 4. By John Allison. Illus. by Max Sarin. 2017. Boom Box, $14.99 (9781608869381). It's springtime at Sheffield University and friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue to survive their freshman year of college. Susan is barely dealing with her breakup with McGraw, Esther is considering dropping out of school and Daisy is trying to keep everything from falling apart.

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run. By Nagabe. Illus. by the author. 2017. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626924673). Left in the care of "Teacher", a young girl named Shiva must survive in the Outside, a land filled with vicious beasts that can curse you with a touch.

Goldie Vance. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Brittney Williams. 2016. BOOM! Studios, $9.95 (9781608868988). Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and dreams to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.

Hana & Hina After School. By Milk Morinaga. Illus. by the author. 2017. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626924628). Hana is breaking school rules by having a part-time job at a cute character goods shop. Everything is going fine until the beautiful and popular Hina begins working there as well.  To keep their jobs a secret from the school and avoid expulsion, the two girls try to keep
their distance from each other, but both soon find themselves with the other one constantly on their minds.

Harbinger Renegade, Volume 1: The Judgement of Solomon. By Robert Rafers. Illus. by Darick Robertson and Juan Jose Ryp. 2017. Valiant Entertainment, $9.99 (9781682151693). Six months after the Renegades took down the Harbinger Corporation and awaken the world to the existence of psiots, a new underground organization is attempting to build its own army. Faith, Torque, Kris, Ax, and Peter must once again ban together and save psiots and possibly the world.

Henchgirl. By Kristin Gudsnuk. Illus. by the author. 2017. Dark Horse Originals, $17.99 (9781506701448). Mary Posa is a henchgirl--a hired goon for Crepe City baddy Monsieur Butterfly.  The hours are long, the pay is low, and it's all highly illegal--but it's a job, and one she relishes after being such a disappointment to her own superhero parents. 

The Isolator, Volume 1. By Reki Kawahara. Illus. by Naoki Koshimizu. 2017. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316504645). Utsugi wants nothing more than to be left alone and forgotten by everyone, but his former classmate, Minowa, really wants to be his friend.  While he is trying to politely avoid being friends with her at his new school, he's also experiencing strange new physical powers that he doesn't understand.  What exactly happened to him three months prior? And why is he suddenly getting pulled out of his life of isolation?

Jonesy, Volume 1. By Sam Humphries. Illus. by Caitlin Rose Boyle. 2016. BOOM! Studios, $9.99 (9781608868834). Jonsey's superpower is that she can make anyone fall in love with anything... except herself!

Jughead, Volume 2. By Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North. Illus. by Derek Charm. 2017. Archie Comics, $17.99 (9781682559987). It's summer vacation, and it appears that just about everyone in Riverdale is focused on romantic relationships.  Can Jughead survive the drama and have a relaxing summer with his friends? Or will love find him after all?

Kid Savage, Volume 1. By Joe Kelly. Illus. by Ilya. 2017. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632159380). A family in the not too distant future, crash lands their spaceship on an alien planet. On the planet, they collide with all kinds of dangers, but with the help of a "savage" boy they find some safety while they figure out what they will do next and how to survive.

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. By Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler. Illus. by John Jennings. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419709470). It's 1976 and Dana is trying to settle down to a comfortable life with her husband when she finds herself unexpectedly ripped from the present and sent hurtling to the slavery-era past. Here, she is tasked with saving the life of her ancestor, lest she risk never being born.

The Lighthouse. By Paco Roca. Illus. by the author. 2017. NBM Graphic Novels, $15.99 (9781681120560). A young republican soldier, Francisco, is fleeing the Spanish Civil War ends up receiving refuge from a quirky lighthouse keeper.

Love: The Dinosaur. By Frederic Brremaud. Illus. by Frederico Bertolucci. 2017. Magnetic Press, $17.99 (9781942367369). Life can be a challenge when you're a small dinosaur trying to survive at the bottom of the food chain.

Lumberjanes, Volume 6: Sink or Swim. By Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2017. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781608869541). When The Lumberjanes all decide to learn more about mysterious Seafarin' Karen, things take a turn for the strange.

Lumberjanes/Gotham City. By Chynna Clugston-Flores. Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. 2017. BOOM! Box, $19.99 (9781608869459). When a teacher at Gotham Academy goes missing, it's up to the crew to figure out how to get her back. When they find themselves in the middle of the woods with no idea of where to start, they stumble upon the Lumberjanes, who are on the hunt for their missing Camp Director. All clues point to an abandoned cabin with more secrets than cobwebs.

Mer. By Joelle Sellner. Illus. by Abby Boeh. 2017. Diamond Book Distributors, $14.99 (9781941302286). New girl in town Aryn, must deal with her mother's death and the possibility that her new friends may not be entirely human. Could they be Mer?

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. By Ben Hatke. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $14.99 (9781626722668). After Maddy is taken against her will and carried off through a portal, her brother Jack and her neighbor Lilly must fight creatures both big and small in order to save her life and bring her back home.

The Mighty Thor, Volume 2: Lords of Midgard. By Jason Aaron. Illus. by Russell Dauterman. 2016. Marvel, $24.99 (9780785195238). Has S.H.I.E.L.D. Discovered Thor's secret identity? Whose side is agent Roz Solomon on? Thor battles evil corporate CEOs with superpowers! And, finally, the story of Mjolmir.

Motor Crush. By Brenden Fletcher. Illus. by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534301894). Motorcycle racer Domino Swift competes for fame and money in sanctioned races during the day, and battles it out with gangs in drag races at night.

Ms. Marvel, Volume 6: Civil War II. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona. 2016. Marvel, $17.99 (9780785196129). When Kamala gets called to the battle between superheroes' front line, she faces a fight she can't embiggen her way out of. As war intensifies, tragedy strikes too close to home - and Ms. Marvel must choose between her heroes and her family.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters. By Emil Ferris. Illus. by the author. 2017. Fantagraphics, $39.99 (9781606999592). Ten year old Karen Reyes loves her mom, her artist older brother and Movie Monsters. Set against the backdrop of 1960's Chicago, and written as entries in Karen's diary, we meet the people in Karen's life that affect her the most. When her upstairs neighbor dies, Karen tries to solve the mystery of her death and what other secrets she may have been hiding.

Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman. By Tim Seeley. Illus. by Yanick Paquette and Javier Fernandez. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268039). Dick Grayson has left the Spiral Agency to reclaim his mantel as Nightwing. However, his homecoming isn't as calm and welcoming as he would like.

One Trick Pony. By Nathan Hale. Illus. by the author. 2017. Amulet Books, $10.01 (9781419721281). In a future Earth, alien "Pipers" keep humans on the run. The Pipers steal away all metal and technology from the planet. When three teens find a mass cache of hidden tech, they end up running for their lives. One ends up at the very heart of the beast responsible for the Earth terror. Her love of a robot horse could destroy them all. Or save them all.

Paper Girls, Volume 2. By Brian K. Vaughan. Illus. by Cliff Chiang. 2016. Image Comics, $12.99 (9781632158956). The four paper girls travel through time from 1988 to 2016 only to find that the future isn't quite what they thought it would be.

Pashmina. By Nidhi Chanani Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $21.99 (9781626720879). Priyanka discovers a magical pashmina in her mother's belongings. The pashmina leads Priyanka on a journey to India to understand secrets of her family and to claim her own personal identity.

School-Live! Volume 5. By Norimitsu Kaihou. Illus. by Sadoru Chiba. 2016. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316310017). The School Living Club, four teen girls trapped in a school during a zombie apocalypse, is planning a festival to help pass the time when they happen upon another survivor. Or so they think.

School-Live! Volume 6. By Norimitsu Kaihou. Illus. by Sadoru Chiba. 2017. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316502726). Yuki and her friends have left the school to go on a graduation trip and while out, they overhear a voice on the radio that leads them to believe there are more survivors out there. Will they find the person behind the voice or is it a dead end?

Secret Coders: Secrets & Sequences. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Mike Holmes. 2017. Roaring Brook Press, $10.99 (9781626726185). Determined to learn the history of once-elite Stately Academy, Hopper, Eni, and Josh are challenged to outmaneuver Principal Dean, who demands that the team turn over their most powerful robot and threatening coding genius, Professor One-Zero.

Secret of the Princess. By Milk Morinaga. Illus. by the author. 2017. Seven Seas, $13.99 (9781626924694). When Miu witnesses cool girl, Fujiwara accidentally break a priceless vase at school, Fujiwara tells Miu she will do anything She wants. It turns out that Miu wants to have a fake dating relationship.

Seven to Eternity, Volume 1: The God of Whispers. By Rick Remender. Illus. by Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534300613). Many in the land of Zhal have heard the God of Whispers' offer: your heart's desire in exchange for being a spy. When the last free man, Adam is summoned to hear the God's proposal he must chose between saving his family or the world.


Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy. By Cecil Castellucci. Illus. by Marley Zarcone. 2017. Young Animal, $16.99 (9781401270995). An extraterrestrial girl decides to steal a Madness coat after a particularly bad break up. The coat enables her to jump into other bodies in other worlds, and she lands in the body of a comatose earth teenager. She reanimates Megan Boyer, but at a cost to them both.

Sherlock: A Study in Pink. By Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Illus. by Jay. 2017. Titan Comics, $12.99 (9781785856150). Manga adaptation of the TV series.

Snotgirl, Volume 1: Green Hair Don’t Care. By Bryan Lee O'Malley. Illus. by Leslie Hung. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534300361). Three things to know about Lottie Person: 1. She is a fashion blogger with over 2 million followers on social media. 2. She's going through a breakup. 3. She has crippling allergies that may or may not cause homicidal tendencies.

The Sound of the World by Heart. By Giacomo Bevilacqua. Illus. by the author. 2017. Magnetic Press, $24.99 (9781941302385). A man decides to try an experiment; no talking for 60 days (except his editor thru email). Will he crack under the pressure, or will it force him to see himself and New York City in a new and wondrous light? Will this be able to help him survive past tragedies and find new love and meaning in his life?

Soupy Leaves Home. By Cecil Castellucci. Jose Pimienta. 2017. Dark Horse, $14.99 (9781616554316). A girl disguises herself as a boy so she can run away from her abusive father. She meets up with a Hobo named Remy who introduces her to the wandering life and Hobo culture. Set in depression era America, the book explores themes of poverty, friendship, abuse and sexism.

SP4RX. By Wren McDonald. Illus. by the author. 2016. Nobrow, $18.95 (9781910620120). Hacker SP4RX reluctantly joins a resistance movement to fight an evil mega-corporation that is turning human into cyber-controlled slaves.

Space Battle Lunchtime: A Recipe for Disaster. By Natalie Riess. Illus. by the author. 2017. Oni Press, $12.99 (9781620104040). Chef Peony has made it to the Space Battle Lunchtime season finale...only, no one can find her. A little investigating shows she may have been kidnapped and forced to compete for her life on Cannibal Coliseum. Can she make her way out and, with the help of her friends, live to cook another day?

Spillzone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland. 2017. First Second, $22.99 (9781596439368). Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared.

The Stone Heart: The Nameless City. By Faith Erin Hicks. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $21.99 (9781626721593). After the attempted assassination of the General of All Blades, the Nameless City is thrown into chaos. Kaidu and Rat must find a way to save the city and restore peace.

Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume 1. Edited by Arigon Starr. Illus. by editor and others. 2016. Native Realities Publishing, $19.99 (9780990694755). A great deal of writing the past several decades exists about Native American Code Talkers of World War Two, namely about Navajos and the tremendous contribution they made in the Pacific campaigns of the war. What is often overlooked is the role played in both World Wars by men of other tribes.

Wires and Nerve. By Marissa Meyer. Illus. by Douglas Holgate. 2017. Feiwel & Friends, $21.99 (9781250078261). Iko, an android with a personality all her own, sets out to track and capture former Lunar military operatives and current rogue wolves wreaking havoc on Earth.

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion. By M.T. Anderson. Illus. by Andrea Offermann. 2017. Candlewick Press, $14.84 (9780763659394). In this interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chrétien de Troyes, the knights of the round table and King Arthur's court are brought to life. Sir Yvain goes on an epic quest to defeat monsters and enemies to win the heart of his lady love Laudine.