Young Adult Librarians Select Great Graphic Novels for Teens!


yalsa1Since 2007, YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association, has been releasing lists of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The long list (112 titles this year!), and Top Ten titles, are released in January, after the Midwinter Conference.

Although not as prestigious as the Newbery or Caldecott honors, the titles chosen represent some of the best titles from the previous year, and are an excellent resource for any librarian searching for great titles for almost every reader!

I’ve spotlighted the top ten titles, but really, every title on this list should find its way onto a library shelf!

Current and previous lists can be found here!

Here’s the PR from the American Library Association:


2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

The list of 112  titles, drawn from 170 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.

Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are: Chair Jason M.  Poole, Webster Public Library, Webster, NY; Kim Farnsworth, administrative assistant, Nevada County Library, Nevada City, CA; Molly Collins, Tewksbury Public Library, Tewksbury, MA; Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, Eugene, OR; Jennifer Hartley, Danville Public Library, Danville, VA; Bethni King, Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, TX; Elizabeth Moss, North Mason Timberland Library, Belfair, WA; Jayla Parks, Houston Public Library, Houston, TX; Kristina Reynolds, Portland District Library, Portland, MI; Nikki Santiago, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA; Bonnie Svitavsky, Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, WA; Nate Wagner, Carol Stream Public Library, Carol Stream, IL.

* denotes the title was selected as a top ten.


NONFICTION

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. By Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine. Illus by Claudia Davila. Kids Can Press, hardcover, $17.95, (9781771381260). Michel describes his experiences being kidnapped to be a child soldier, escaping, and continuing to live in fear in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. By Don Brown. Ilus by the author. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $18.99, (9780544157774). Don Brown chronicles Hurricane Katrina and the impact it had on the city and people of New Orleans.

Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan. By Christine Mari Inzer. Illus by the author. Naruhodo Press, paper, $11.95, (9780990701408). A 16 year old teen presents a sketchbook of her a solo journey to Japan.

Human Body Theater. By Maris Wicks. Illus by the author. First Second, hardcover, $19.99, (9781626722774). Skeleton teaches the reader about the human body using humor and various singing and talking body parts.

Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and other Macabre Tales from Japan: A Graphic Novel. By Sean Michael Wilson. Illus by Michiru Morikawa. Shambhala, paper, $16.95, (9781611801972). A selection of eerie Japanese folktales collected by Lafcadio Hearn in Japan around the turn of the century.

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.

March, Book Two. By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Illus by Nate Powell. Top Shelf Productions, 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. Harry N. 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 1980s.

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great. By Jessie Hartland. Illus by the author. Schwartz and Wade Books, 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.

Take It As a Compliment. By various authors. Illus by Maria Stoian. Singing Dragon, hardcover, $24.95, (9781849056977). A collection of short stories about experiences of sexual abuse, male and female, from childhood through adulthood.

Vincent: Art Masters Series. By Barbara Stok. Illus by the author. SelfMadeHero, paper, $19.95, (9781906838799). Vincent van Gogh spends time in the south of France, creating some of his best known works, while battling mental illness and attempting to set up an artists’ studio.

Zen Pencils, vol. 2: Dream the Impossible Dream. By Gavin Aung Than. Illus by the author. Andrews McMeel Publishing, paper, $14.99, (9781449471927). Inspirational and famous quotes adapted into cartoon stories.

FICTION

Adventure Time: The Flip Side. By Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin. Illus by Wook-Jin Clark. KaBOOM!, 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: Demi-Human. By Tsuina Miura. Illus by Gamon Sakurai. Vertical, paper, $12.95, (9781939130846).
  • vol. 2: Demi-Human. By Gamon Sakurai. Illus by the author. Vertical, paper, $12.95, (9781939130853).

Kei Nagai discovers that he is an ajin, a demi-human, and must run from everyone–his family, the government, other ajin, and shadowy groups.

Akame Ga Kill!, vol. 1. By Takahiro. Illus by Tetsuya Tashiro. Yen Press, paper, $13.00, (9780316259460). Tatsumi crosses paths with Night Raid, a team of ruthless assassins who target the upper class and who just might be the good guys?!

Ant Man, vol. 1: Second-Chance Man. By Nick Spencer. Illus by Ramon Rosanas. Marvel Comics, paper, $15.99, (9780785193876). Scott Lang attempts a second chance with his family in Miami by starting his own security business.

Apocalyptigirl: An Aria for the End Times. By Andrew MacLean. Illus by the author. Dark Horse Originals, paper, $9.99, (9781616555665). Alone at the end of the world, Aria and a cat named Jelly Beans search for an ancient relic with immeasurable power.

Assassination Classroom.

  • vol. 1. By Yusei Matsui. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421576077).
  • vol. 2. By Yusei Matsui. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421576084).
  • vol. 3. By Yusei Matsui. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421576091).
  • vol. 5. By Yusei Matsui. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99. (9781421576114).

Students in the lowest-ranked class in the school must kill a tentacled creature who also happens to be their teacher before he destroys the world at graduation.

Awkward. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus by the author. Yen Press, $11.00, (9780316381307). Art club and science club go head-to-head for a table at the Annual School Club Fair, while a boy and a girl from each try to figure out how to be friends despite a bitter rivalry.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant. By Marika McCoola. Illus by Emily Carroll. Candlewick Press, hardcover, $16.99, (9780763669614). Masha thinks she would be the perfect assistant to the witch Baba Yaga, but when children actually arrive, will she be able to be an assistant and save the children?

Bad Machinery, vol. 4: The Case of the Lonely One. By John Allison. Illus by the author. Oni Press, paper, $19.99, (9781620102121). It’s up to Shauna to solve the mystery behind the new classmate at Griswald’s Grammar School.

Batgirl, vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside. By Cameron Stewart. Illus by Babs Tarr. DC Comics, hardcover, $24.99, (9781401253325). Big changes are in store for Barbara Gordon as she moves across Gotham City to begin a new chapter in her ongoing fight against crime as Batgirl.

Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga, vol. 1. By Jiro Kuwata. Illus by the author. DC Comics, paper, $14.99, (9781401252779). Batman fight villains with the help of his sidekick Robin, Japanese-style.

Copperhead, vol. 1: A New Sheriff in Town. By Jay Faerber. Illus by Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley. Image Comics, paper, $9.99, (9781632152213). Clara Bronson is about to have a tough first day as the new sheriff in Copperhead, a grimy mining town on a backwater planet.

Descender, vol. 1: Tin Stars. By Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. Illus by Dustin Nguyen. Image Comics, paper, $9.99, (9781632154262). Members of the United Galactic Council team up with a scientist to uncover the connection between giant Harvester robots and a robot boy found on a forgotten mining world.

The Devil is a Part-Timer.

  • vol. 1. By Satoshi Wagahara. Illus by Akio Hiiragi. Yen Press, paper, $13.00, (9780316383134).
  • vol. 2. By Satoshi Wagahara. Illus by Akio Hiiragi. Yen Press, paper, $13.00, (9780316385077).
  • vol. 3. By Satoshi Wagahara. Illus by Akio Hiiragi. Yen Press, paper, $13.00, (9780316385084).

Satan flees a war in his dimension and becomes a fast food worker in Japan, planning to work his way up the corporate ladder and take over the world!

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, vol. 1: After Life. By Al Ewing and Rob Williams. Illus by Simon Fraser and Boo Cook. Titan Comics, hardcover, $19.99, (9781782761747). Alice’s life is sad and drab until she meets a certain bow-tie wearing time traveler and encounters an alien that feeds on emotion.

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, vol. 1: Revolutions of Terror. By Nick Abadzis. Illus by Elena Casagrande. Titan Comics, hardcover, $19.99, (9781782761730). Gabriela Gonzalez meets the eccentric Time Lord when a psychic horror uses her father’s laundromat to invade New York City.

Doomboy, vol. 1. By Tony Sandoval. Illus by the author. Magnetic Press, hardcover, $24.99, (9780991332472). A lonely, metal-obsessed teen sends a heartfelt song to his missing beloved, only to find out that his music has traveled to the beyond, and re-broadcast to the entire city.

Ei8ht, vol. 1: Outcast. By Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson. Illus by Rafael Albuquerque. Dark Horse Books, paper, $17.99, (9781616556372). Joshua agrees to go on a mission through time to save his wife, but finds himself in a world outside of time.

Girl in Dior. By Annie Goetzinger. Illus by the author. Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 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.

Gotham Academy, vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy. By Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher. Illus by Karl Kerschl. DC Comics, paper, $14.99, (9781401254728). Olive Silverlock and her friends at Gotham Academy solve mysteries while Olive struggles to remember what happened last summer.

Harley Quinn, vol. 1: Hot in the City. By Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Illus by various. DC Comics, hardcover, $24.99, (9781401248925). A former client leaves Harley Quinn an apartment building in Brooklyn, but it’s hard to settle into her new home when Harley’s got a price on her head!

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, vol. 1. By Nami Sano. Illus by the author. Seven Seas, paper, $12.99, (9781626921962). Whether it’s bullies, overzealous male models, or giant hornets, nothing stands a chance against unassailable Sakamoto, the coolest kid in school.

Hawkeye, vol. 3: L.A. Woman. By Matt Fraction. Illus by Annie Wu and Javier Pulido. Marvel Comics, 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.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952. By Mike Mignola and John Arcudi. Illus by Alex Maleev. Dark Horse Books, paper, $19.99, (9781616556600). Hellboy goes on his first mission.

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.

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, vol. 1: A Brave is Brave. By Greg Smith and Michael Tanner. Illus by Zach Lehner. Oni Press, hardcover, $19.99, (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.

Last Man.

  • vol. 1: The Stranger. By Bastien Vivès and Balak. Illus by Bastien Vivès and Michaël Sanlaville. First Second, paper, $9.99, (9781626720466).
  • vol. 2: The Royal Cup. By Bastien Vivès and Balak. Illus by Bastien Vivès and Michaël Sanlaville. First Second, paper, $9.99, (9781626720473).
  • vol. 3: The Chase. By Bastien Vivès and Balak. Illus by Bastien Vivès and Michaël Sanlaville. First Second, paper, $9.99, (9781626720480).

Young Adrian Velba joins a mysterious fighter to compete in the kingdom’s annual games, but in a breathtaking twist, everything changes.

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.

Love, vol. 1: The Tiger. By Frédéric Brrémaud. Illus by Federico Bertolucci. Magnetic Press Inc, hardcover, $17.99, (9780991332441). This wordless graphic novel follows a tiger through a day of survival, hunting prey in the jungle and defending itself from other predators.

Lumberjanes.

vol. 1. By Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Shannon Watters. Illus by Brooke Allen. Boom! Box, paper, $14.99, (9781608866878).

vol. 2. By Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Shannon Watters. Illus by Brooke Allen. Boom! Box, paper, $14.99, (9781608867370).

Five best friends spend the summer at camp defeating magical monsters and trying to find out what the junk is going on.

Master Keaton.

  • vol. 1. By Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki. Illus by Naoki Urasawa. Viz Media, paper, $19.99, (9781421575896).
  • vol. 2. By Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki. Illus by Naoki Urasawa. Viz Media, paper, $19.99, (9781421575919).
  • vol. 3. By Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki. Illus by Naoki Urasawa. Viz Media, paper, $19.99, (9781421575926).

Taichi Keaton, professor of archaeology, investigates insurance claims as a side job–which leads to some very dangerous situations!

Meteor Men. By Jeff Parker. Illus by Sandy Jarrell. Oni Press, paper, $19.99, (9781620101513). After a meteorite crashes on his land, Alden Baylor has a close encounter with an alien that will change his life forever.

Moose. By Max de Radigues. Illus by the author. Conundrum Press, paper, $17.00, (9781894994934). When Joe’s tormentor falls into a hole in the woods while chasing Joe, Joe must decide how much his peace of mind and safety is worth.

The Motherless Oven. By Rob Davis. Illus by the 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 death day.

Ms. Marvel.

  • vol. 2: Generation Why. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus by Jacob Wyatt  and Adrian Alphona. Marvel Comics, paper, $15.99, (9780785190226).
  • vol. 3: Crushed. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus by Takeshi Miyazawa and Elmo Bondoc. Marvel Comics, paper, $15.99, (9780785192275).

Ms. Marvel teams up with Wolverine, faces the Inventor, and struggles with her first crush.

My Neighbor Seki.

  • vol. 1. By Takuma Morishige. Illus by the author. Vertical Comics, paper, $10.95, (9781939130969).
  • vol. 2. By Takuma Morishige. Illus by the author. Vertical Comics, paper, $10.95, (9781939130976).
  • vol. 3. By Takuma Morishige. Illus by the author. Vertical Comics, paper, $10.95, (9781941220481).

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.

Nanjing: The Burning City. By Ethan Young. Illus by the author. Dark Horse Originals, hardcover, $24.99, (9781616557522). This harrowing tale follows a Chinese captain and one of his soldiers as they try to escape the city of Nanjing in 1937, which has been overrun by the invading Japanese army.

Nimona. By Noelle Stevenson. Illus by the author. Harper Teen, hardcover, $17.99, (9780062278234). Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy.

The October Faction, vol. 1. By Steve Niles. Illus by Damien Worm. IDW Publishing, paper, $19.99, (9781631402517). The adventures of retired monster hunter Frederick Allan and his family include encounters with a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock.

One-Punch Man.

  • vol. 1. By ONE. Illus by Yusuke Murata. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421585642).
  • vol. 2. By ONE. Illus by Yusuke Murata. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421585659).

Saitama may look average, but he’s capable of beating every monster in just one punch, which makes for a pretty boring life as a superhero.

Outcast, vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him. By Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta. Illus by Elizabeth Breitweiser. Image Comics, paper, $9.99, (9781632150530). Kyle has the misfortune of living near people who become possessed by something evil and becomes the town pariah despite his best intentions to help.

Princess Ugg, vol. 1. By Ted Naifeh. Illus by the author. Oni Press, paper, $15.99, (9781620101780). Warrior Princess Ulga attends the prestigious Princess Academy at her dead mother’s request.

Roller Girl. By Victoria Jamieson. Illus by the author. Dial Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $20.99, (9780525429678). Astrid 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 Publishing, 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.

Sacred Heart. By Liz Suburbia. Illus by the author. Fantagraphics, paper, $24.99, (9781606998410). In a town where all the adults seem to be missing, a group of teens struggle to figure out who they are and who is killing them.

Satoshi Kon’s: Opus.  By Satoshi Kon. Illus by the author. Dark Horse Manga, paper, $19.99, (9781616556068). When one of his characters doesn’t like the ending of a mangaka’s series, he steals the last page and the mangaka falls into the world of his story to resolve the mess.

The Scarlet Letter. By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Crystal Chan, and Stacy King. Illus by SunNeko Lee. Udon Entertainment, 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 Sculptor. By Scott McCloud. Illus by the author. First Second, hardcover, $29.99, (9781596435735). A struggling young artist makes a deal with Death to unlock his true potential.

She-Hulk.

  • vol. 1: Law and Disorder. By Charles Soule. Illus by Javier Pulido and Ron Wimberly. Marvel Comics, paper, $15.99, (9780785190196).
  • vol. 2: Disorderly Conduct. By Charles Soule. Illus by Javier Pulido. Marvel Comics, paper, $15.99, (9780785190202).

Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk, takes on legal cases and supervillains.

A Silent Voice.

  • vol. 1. By Yoshitoki Oima. Illus by the author. Kodansha Comics, paper, $10.99, (9781632360564).
  • vol. 2. By Yoshitoki Oima. Illus by the author. Kodansha Comics, paper, $10.99, (9781632360571).
  • vol. 3. By Yoshitoki Oima. Illus by the author. Kodansha Comics, paper, $10.99, (9781632360588).

Shoya’s life was dramatically altered after he was ostracized in elementary school for teasing Shoko for being deaf–five years later, could he hope for forgiveness?

So Cute It Hurts!!, vol. 1. By Go Ikeyamada. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421579856). When fraternal twins Meguru and Mitsuru switch places to go to their separate schools, they each fall for an unlikely person—at the same time!

Space Dumplins. By Craig Thompson. Illus by the author. Graphix, hardcover, $24.99, (9780545565417). Violet embarks on a mission to save her outer space lumberjack father.

Spider-Man 2099, vol. 1: Out of Time. By Peter David. Illus by William Sliney and Rick Leonardi. Marvel Comics, paper, $17.99, (9780785190790). 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.

Spider-Man 2099, vol. 2: Spider-Verse. By Peter David. Illus by William Sliney. Marvel Comics, paper, $19.99, (9780785190806). Miguel is back in 2099, but now faces a crisis that will affect Spider-Men and Spider-Women from all times and dimensions.

Starlight, vol. 1. By Mark Millar. Illus by Goran Parlov. Image Comics, paper, $14.99, (9781632150172). Forty years ago, Duke McQueen saved an alien planet from an evil dictator and now he’s about to do it again.

Step Aside Pops: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection. By Kate Beaton. Illus by the author. Drawn & Quarterly, hardcover, $19.95, (9781770462083). Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, Benito Juárez and other historical, literary, and contemporary figures are featured in this hilarious collection.

Strong Female Protagonist Book One. By Brennan Lee Mulligan. Illus by Molly Ostertag. Top Shelf Productions, paper, $19.95, (9780692246184). Alison Green, a former and very powerful superhero named Mega Girl, endeavors to balance real life while grappling with her past as a biodynamic.

Sunny Side Up. By Jennifer L. Holm. Illus by Matthew Holm. Graphix, paper, $12.99, (9780545741668). Sunny is sent to live with her grandfather during the summer, which gives her distance to consider the changes in her life back home.

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.

The Suspended Castle: A Philemon Adventure. By Fred. Illus by the author. TOON Graphics, hardcover, $16.95, (9781935179863). Bartholomew has been rescued from an alternate dimension but now misses it and wants to go back, little suspecting the adventure in store for him and Philemon.

Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I. By Henrik Rehr. Illus by the author. Graphic Universe, paper, $11.99, (9781467772846). Gavrilo Princip carries out a plot to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

They’re Not Like Us. By Eric Stephenson. Illus by Simon Gane and Jordie Bellaire. Image Comics, paper, $9.99, (9781632153142). Desperate for peace from the voices in her head, a young girl jumps off a building and wakes up in the care of a group of amoral young people with extraordinary powers.

Thor.

  • vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder. By Jason Aaron. Illus by Russell Dauterman. Marvel Comics, hardcover, $24.99, (9780785192381).
  • vol. 2: Who Holds the Hammer?. By Jason Aaron. Illus by Russell Dauterman. Marvel Comics, hardcover, $24.99, (9780785197843).

A mysterious woman bears the mantle and wields the hammer of Thor.

Tokyo Ghoul.

  • vol. 1. By Sui Ishida. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $12.99, (9781421580364).
  • vol. 2. By Sui Ishida. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $12.99, (9781421580371).

A violent encounter turns Ken Kaneki, an ordinary college student, into the first human-ghoul hybrid.

Trashed. By Derf Backderf. Illus by the author. Abrams ComicArts, hardcover, $24.95, (9781419714535). Inspired by real life experiences, the author uncovers the messy inside world of garbage collection.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

  • vol. 1: Squirrel Power. By Ryan North. Illus by Erica Henderson. Marvel Comics, paper, $15.99, (9780785197027).
  • vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True. By Ryan North. Illus by Erica Henderson. Marvel Comics, paper, $14.99, (9780785197034).

Squirrel Girl and her sidekick Tippy-Toe kick butts and eat nuts.

Wayward, vol. 1: String Theory. By Jim Zub. Illus by Steve Cummings, Tamra Bonvillain, and John Rauch. Image Comics, paper, $9.99, (9781632151735). Rori moves to Japan to live with her mother and is enlisted in battle against an evil unlike any she’s seen before.

The Wicked + The Divine.

  • vol. 1: The Faust Act. By Kieron Gillen. Illus by Jamie McKelvie. Image Comics, paper, $9.99, (9781632150196).
  • vol. 2: Fandemonium. By Kieron Gillen. Illus by Jamie McKelvie. Image Comics, paper, $14.99, (9781632153272).

Every ninety years, twelve gods appear as teen idols and are dead within 2 years.

Wild Blue Yonder. By Mike Raicht, Austin Harrison and Zach Howard. Illus by Austin Harrison and Zach Howard. IDW Publishing, hardcover, $29.99, (9781613778630). While navigating the dangers of a post-apocalyptic society in the sky, Cola and her family fight to protect The Dawn, their solar powered flying fortress and home.

Wonder Woman.

  • vol. 5: Flesh. By Brian Azzarello. Illus by Cliff Chiang and Goran Sudzuka. DC Comics, hardcover, $24.99, (9781401250973).
  • vol. 6: Bones. By Brian Azzarello. Illus by Cliff Chiang and Goran Sudzuka. DC Comics, hardcover, $22.99, (9781401253509).

Wonder Woman must take her place as the God of War as the rest of the pantheon prepares for an assault on Olympus.

The Woods, vol. 2: The Swarm. By James Tynion IV. Illus by Michael Dialynas. Boom! Studios, paper, $14.99, (9781608864959). The students of Bay Point Preparatory High School deal with their mysterious disappearance into an alternative dimension.

Your Lie in April, vol. 1. By Naoshi Arakawa. Illus by the author. Kodansha Comics, paper, $10.99, (9781632361714). Disgraced piano prodigy Kosei Arima meets a brilliant violinist who challenges his status quo.

Yukarism

  • vol. 1. By Chika Shiomi. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421575902).
  • vol. 2. By Chika Shiomi. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421576008).
  • vol. 3. By Chika Shiomi. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421575995).
  • vol. 4. By Chika Shiomi. Illus by the author. Viz Media, paper, $9.99, (9781421579719).

Yukari remembers his past life in Edo Japan and encounters others who were also part of it.


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