Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Graphic novels and manga aren’t always about superheroes. While there are multiple superheroes on this list, including a Spider-Man of African American and Puerto Rican descent, a Pakistani American Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl, it also features teens who play roller derby, experience bullying, navigate changing friendships and monsters.

Attack on Titan. No Regrets

Discover the origin stories of humanity’s only hope against the monstrous Titans and a criminal who lives in the Underground.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it combines lively drawings and authoritative memoir in graphic novel format to recount one of the most destructive and devastating natural disasters in our American history.

Ms. Marvel. Vol. 1, No Normal

An ordinary girl from Jersey City is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts.

Roller Girl

A graphic novel adventure about a twelve-year-old girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Sacred Heart

Ben Schiller is a high schooler who is facing impending tragedy while living among other youth who are also awaiting their parents’ return from a religious pilgrimage. During this time, Ben struggles with her changing relationships with her best friend and her sister.

A Silent Voice

Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class she becomes the target. Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. The children’s cruelty goes too far and Shoko is forced to leave the school while Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again, but can Shoya make up for his past mistakes?

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Vol. 1

Miles Morales is the new Spider-Man! Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, will this thirteen-year-old live up to Peter Parker’s legacy?

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Vol. 1, Squirrel Power

When Squirrel Girl starts college, she must adjust to a new roommate, learn how to navigate the campus, and deal with an assortment of villains including Kraven, the Hunter, and Galactus. Fortunately, her squirrel friend Tippy-Toe is on hand to help out.