Graphic Novel Adventures

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I love to read and I love art, so I wonder: what better way is there to enjoy the two than by reading a graphic novel?

Graphic novels combine dialogue and images (often gorgeously illustrated) to create compelling stories. In the past, I have enjoyed reading graphic novels, but recently I have really come to appreciate everything the medium has to offer. Everyone knows about superhero comics. In fact, some people only know of superheroes and not much else. It was not until I started delving deeper that I realized the wealth of genres and topics graphic novels cover and how much I had been missing out. Just like novels, graphic novels are not limited to any specific genre–the variety of topics are limitless. They range from nonfiction memoirs and quiet slice-of-life stories to science fiction dystopias and gritty thrillers. For me, one of my favorite genres is fun adventure stories. They can be exciting and fast-paced but also deep and thought provoking. They can take you on a journey across the land on a quest, solving riddles and defeating monsters. Or you can find yourself exploring a city’s maze-like streets while you evade the enemy within.

I love adventure graphic novels because they can transport you to another world for just an afternoon. It’s a great way to escape the confines of reality when you do not have a lot of time. But what’s even better is that most graphic novels are series, so the story doesn’t end with just the first volume. You can enjoy a lazy day, binging the volumes together, or savor the experience and read them over a longer period. However you choose to consume your graphic novels, these series that I’ve included will no doubt keep you entertained for afternoons to come. Best of all, you do not need to be a kid to enjoy a good adventure story.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Delilah Dirk has traveled the world on adventure after adventure when she lands in Constantinople on her flying boat. She drags her newfound friend, Selim, into her plan to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan. Together, they evade the Sultan’s guards and leave behind angry pirates as they fight their way through the countryside.

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together at Lumberjane scouts camp, and they aren’t going to let an insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

Misfit City

Inspired by the movie The GooniesMisfit City takes place in Wilder’s hometown, which happens to be the same town that a cult kids’ adventure movie was filmed in the 80s. Wilder wants nothing more than to escape her boring hometown, but one day she and her friends discover a centuries-old pirate map. She discovers that adventure was hiding in plain sight all along and to get to the bottom of it, they must work together.

The Nameless City

Every time it is invaded the City gets a new name, but to the natives it is the Nameless City, and they survive by not letting themselves get involved. Now the fate of the City rests in the hands of Rat, a native, and Kaidu, one of the Dao, the latest occupiers. The two must work together if the City is to survive.

The Stonekeeper

After their father dies, Emily and Navan move with their mom into their deceased great-grandfather’s strange house. One day their mom is lured through a door in the basement and they must follow into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Together, with a small mechanical rabbit, they must face terrifying monsters and save the one they love.