THE TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR TEENS

The Young Adult Library Services Association has released its annual recommended reading list for teenagers. Their top 10 is a pretty diverse collection, it’s unranked—so each of the ten is as much the YALSA’s #1 recommendation as its #10:

  • Giant Days Volumes 1 and 2 (Boom! Box)
  • Black Panther, Book One: A Nation Under Our Feet (Marvel)
  • Mighty Jack (First Second)
  • Plutona (Image)
  • March: Book Three (Top Shelf)
  • Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film (Self Made Hero)
  • Prez Vol. 1 (DC)
  • Orange: The Complete Collection (Seven Seas Entertainment)
  • Paper Girls Vol. 1 (DC)
  • We Stand On Guard (Image)

Kind of a surprise to see “We Stand On Guard,” Brian K. Vaughn’s least-best, and least-best known work of the past few years. I really liked it, but I understand many found it a bit too…Polemic? Violent? Anyway, a nice variety mentioned in their list—love that they included Prez, a criminally underrated book—that includes the obvious (March, Black Panther) and esoteric (Orange, Prez).

The YALSA also included a very long list of recommended books, which you can find here but I thought I’d use my bully pulpit to call out a few that I think we all should buy for our teens…

  • Tetris: the Games People Play (First Second). Yet another brilliant historical/biographical novel by Box Brown.
  • Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu (Kodansha Comics). Whimsical, beautiful magna from the housecat’s perspective.
  • Harrow County Vol 1 (Dark Horse). Great, offbeat horror book.
  • The Vision, Vol 1 (Marvel). Best comic of 2016.
  • Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham (DC). A reissue of a Mike Mignola classic.
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 3 and 4 (Boom! Box). Everyone loves this book, but I confess I haven’t read it myself.
  • All-New Wolverine Vol. 1 (Marvel). It’s fairly standard superhero(ine) fare, but for what it is, it’s very good.

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