Graphic Novel Reads for Adults

Updated December 4, 2023
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Daughters of snow and cinders
Tamarit, Nuria
Fleeing the fires of her war-torn homeland, a young woman travels to the New World in search of gold to rebuild her life. In this strange, lawless land, Joana encounters friends (the kind Native women Tala and Opa), foes (the cruel gold hunter Matwei and his men), and an unexpected traveling...
The Blue Flame
Cantwell, Christopher
A cosmic action adventure for fans and readers of Watchmen, Strange Adventures, and Hawkeye, The Blue Flame tells the story of a blue collar working man/DIY vigilante/cosmic hero, who must defend Earth with an answer to the question: "Is humanity worth saving?"
A guest in the house
Carroll, Emily, author, illustrator.
New York Times' Notable Book of 2023 Winner of the 2024 LA Times Book Prize In Emily Carroll's haunting adult graphic novel horror story A Guest in the House, a young woman marries a kind dentist only to realize that there's a dark mystery surrounding his...
The last Count of Monte Cristo
Jama-Everett, Ayize, 1974- author.
An Afrofuturist, fully colored, illustrated graphic-novel retelling of Alexandre Dumas's classic 19th-century novel The Count of Monte Cristo, from writer Ayize Jama-Everett and award-winning artist Tristan Roach A bold retelling of Alexandre Dumas's classic...
Chivalry
Gaiman, Neil
Winner 2023 Will Eisner Award - Best Adaptation from Another Medium. Another delightfully humorous and sweet fantasy graphic novel adaptation of a Neil Gaiman short story, brought to you by the Eisner award-winning creative team behind Troll Bridge and Snow, Glass, Apples<...
Wash day diaries
Rowser, Jamila, writer.
From writer Jamila Rowser and artist Robyn Smith comes a captivating graphic novel love letter to the beauty and endurance of Black women, their friendships, and their hair. Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends--Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie--through...
So much for love how I survived a toxic relationship
Lambda, Sophie
A 2023 Eisner Award Nominee for Best Graphic MemoirA 2023 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection Part memoir, part self-help book, So Much For Love offers hilarious and empathetic advice on how to survive a relationship with a master manipulator.
Pinball a graphic history of the silver ball
Chad, Jon
in this dynamic, nonfiction graphic novel, Jon Chad illustrates the little-known story of pinball--how it works and why it all matters in an age of special effects and on-screen gaming. In 1976, champion player Roger Sharpe stepped up to a pinball machine in a Manhattan...
Robin & Batman
Lemire, Jeff, writer.
Robin is just starting out at the side of Batman, struggling to find his own path from personal tragedy to being a Superhero. The Eisner-winning superstar team of writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and artist Dustin Nguyen (Batman) unite for a three-issue limited-series exploring the...
A career in books a novel about friends, money, and the occasional duck bun
Gavino, Kate, author, illustrator.
Shirin, Nina, and Silvia have just gotten their first jobs in publishing, at a University Press, a traditional publisher, and a trust fund kid's 'indie' publisher, respectively. And it's...great? They know they re paying their dues and the challenges they meet are just part of 'a career in books'....
Dictatorship it's easier than you think
Kendzior, Sarah
Co-hosts of the popular podcast Gaslit Nation outline the authoritarian's playbook, illuminating five steps every dictator needs to take to successfully amass and maintain power. Do you crave the power to shape the world in your image? Can you tell lies...
Chef's kiss
Melendez, Jarrett
"A perfect mix of romance and self-discovery." -- Publishers Weekly 2023 Alex Award Winner 2023 Eisner Award Nominee 2023 GLAAD Award Nominee 2023 YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens 2022 New York Public Library...
Castaways a graphic novel
Pérez Granell, Laura, 1983- author, illustrator.
Madrid in the eighties, and Barcelona ten years later. In these two vibrant locales, Castaways follows the relationship between Alejandra and Julio against the backdrop of these poetic urban spaces where dreams, love, and uncertainty intertwine.   Drawn to...
Number one is walking my life in the movies and other diversions
Martin, Steve, 1945- author.
** New York Times Bestseller ** Number One Is Walking is Steve Martin's cinematic legacy--an illustrated memoir of his legendary acting career, with stories from his most popular films and artwork by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. ...
Duck. Two years in the oil sands
Beaton, Kate
A New York Times Notable book! One of Barack Obama's favorite books of 2022! Winner of Canada Reads 2023! "An exceptionally beautiful book about loneliness, labor, and survival."--Carmen Maria Machado Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times...
The liminal zone
Ito, Junji, 1963- author, illustrator.
Three-time Eisner Award winner Junji Ito presents brand-new nightmares! What destiny awaits them after the screaming? After abruptly departing from a train in a small town, a couple encounters a "weeping woman"--a professional mourner--sobbing inconsolably at a...
Radium girls
Cy
"Compelling, inspiring, and radiant." -- FOREWORD "Excels in showing the camaraderie of the 'Ghost Girls.'" -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Another example of how great graphic...
Birdking. Vol. 1
Freedman, Daniel, writer.
From the creators of Raiders, Daniel Freedman and and CROM, comes an original dark fantasy graphic novel of epic adventure and magic. Bianca, teenage apprentice to an infamous arcane blacksmith, is forced to flee her homeland and seek out Atlas, a fabled land of light...
After the rain
Jennings, John, 1941- author.
After the Rain is a graphic novel adaptation of Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor's short story "On the Road." During a violent and unexpected storm in a small Nigerian town, the destiny of a Nigerian-American woman named Chioma is...
Adler
Tidhar, Lavie
It's the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, as Adler teams up with a host of famous female faces from science, history and literature to defeat the greatest criminal mastermind of all time! "Women are never to be entirely trusted - not the best of them." - Arthur Conan Doyle....
Lost on planet earth
Visaggio, Magdalene, writer.
It's 2381, and Basil Miranda, on the verge of graduation, knows exactly what she's doing with the rest of her life and always has: a primo assignment on the best ship in the fleet alongside her best friend in the world. She has meticulously prepared herself, and the final Fleet Exam is tomorrow. But...
Seek you a journey through American loneliness
Radtke, Kristen, author, artist.
From the acclaimed author of Imagine Wanting Only This--a timely and moving meditation on isolation and longing, both as individuals and as a society. There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is...
Noir is the new black noir stories from black creators
40 Black Creators. 16 Noirstories. Unhinged. Unfiltered. Unstoppable...This is NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK! Therecertainly have been many Noir Comics written and drawn by black creators in thepast....
Bubble
Cliff, Tony (Comic book author)
Based on the smash-hit audio serial, Bubble is a hilarious high-energy graphic novel with a satirical take on the "gig economy." Built and maintained by corporate benevolence, the city of Fairhaven is a literal bubble of safety and order (and amazing coffee) in...
The Black Ghost hard revolution
Gallagher, Monica, 1979- author.
Meet Lara Dominguez - a troubled Creighton cops reporter obsessed with the city's debonair vigilante - the Black Ghost. With the help of a mysterious cyber-informant named LONE, Lara's inched closer to uncovering the Ghost's identity. But as she searched for the breakthrough story she desperately...
Black widow. Vol. 1, The ties that bind
Thompson, Kelly, 1976- author.
Kelly Thompson. Black Widow. 'Nuff Said! The best-selling, Eisner-nominated writer of Captain Marvel joins rising star artist Elena Casagrande to change everything for Natasha Romanoff! The Widow has been a spy almost as long as she's been alive. And she's never stopped running, whether she was...
Lore Olympus. Volume one
Smythe, Rachel (Comics artist), author, artist.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love--witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of the best-known stories in Greek mythology, featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story from creator Rachel...
The day the Klan came to town
Campbell, Bill
The year is 1923. The Ku Klux Klan is at the height of its power in the US as membership swells into the millions and they expand beyond their original southern borders. As they grow, so do their targets. As they continue their campaigns of terror against African Americans, their list now...
Wake the hidden history of women-led slave revolts
Hall, Rebecca, 1963- author.
A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake is an imaginative tour-de-force that tells the "powerful" (The New York Times Book Review) story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall's...
Our not-so-lonely planet travel guide. Volume 1
Sorai, Mone, author, illustrator.
Tunnels
Modan, Rutu
A race for the Ark of the Covenant finds an exploration into the ethics and world of the international antiquity trade When a great antiquities collector is forced to donate his entire collection to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Nili Broshi sees her last chance to finish...
Frieren, beyond journey's end. 1
Yamada, Kanehito
The adventure is over but life goes on for an elf mage just beginning to learn what living is all about. Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. But Frieren will long outlive the rest of her former party....
Hakim's odyssey. Book 1, From Syria to Turkey
Toulmé, Fabien, 1980- author.
What does it mean to be a "refugee"? It is easy forthose who live in relative freedom to ignore or even to villainize people whohave been forced to flee their homes. After all, it can be hard to identify withothers' experiences when you haven't been in theirshoes.
An embarrassment of witches
Goldstein, Sophie, author, illustrator.
A coming-of-age urban fantasy set in a world full of animal familiars, enchanted plants, and spell-casting that explores the mundane horrors of breakups, job searches, and post-graduate existential angst. Life after college isn't turning out exactly as Rory and Angela had planned...
A man and his cat. 1
Sakurai, Umi
The top manga launch in Japan in the first half of 2018, A Man and His Cat was also voted one of the top ten manga of 2018 by Japanese bookstore employees nationwide. Having won hearts and topped charts in Japan, this hotly anticipated series about an older gentleman and his unique,...
Oak flat a fight for sacred land in the American West
Redniss, Lauren
NATIONAL BESTSELLER .A powerful work of visual nonfiction about three generations of an Apache family struggling to protect sacred land from a multinational mining corporation, by MacArthur "Genius" and National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss, the acclaimed author of Thunder & Lightning<...
Folklords
Kindt, Matt
Parable of the sower
Butler, Octavia E.
The acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's groundbreaking dystopian novel, Parable of the Sower, is a don't-miss classic that resonates today more than ever. As The Washington Post noted: "A 1993 dystopian novel imagined the world in 2024. It's...
My riot
Spears, Rick (Comic book writer) author.
1991--Val, a teenager from a conservative family,has grown up dreaming of becoming a ballerina, but recently something haschanged. She's begun feeling pressure to conform to a specific idea ofbeauty, body type, and a personality that just doesn'tfit. ...
Fangs
Andersen, Sarah (Sarah C.), author, illustrator.
A New York Times bestselling love story between a vampire and a werewolf by Sarah Andersen, the creator of the enormously popular Sarah's Scribbles comics. Elsie the vampire is three hundred years old, but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all...
The way of the househusband. 1
Oono, Kousuke
Pros and (comic) cons
Nicholson, Hope.
Following the bestselling The Secret Loves of Geeks comes this brand-new anthology featuring comics and prose stories by cartoonists and professional geeks about the world of comic book conventions from the guests who've attended them across the world. Featuring stories that are funny, sad...
Snow, glass, apples
Gaiman, Neil
Winner of the 2020 Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel! A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by New York Times bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran! A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous...
Blackbird. Book 1, The great beast
Humphries, Sam
Included in Tor.com's Best Comics of2018 Included in Book Riot's BestComics of 2018 "Much like BARTEL'sart, the world of BLACKBIRD thrums with a fantastical...
Die. Volume 1, Fantasy heartbreaker
Gillen, Kieron
Tor.com's Best Comics of2018 THE WICKED + THE DIVINE writerKIERON GILLEN teams up with artist supernova STEPHANIE HANS (WicDiv, JourneyInto Mystery) for her first ongoing comic. DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where agroup...
They called us enemy
Takei, George, 1937- author.
New York Times Bestseller! A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale...
The hard tomorrow
Davis, Eleanor, 1983- author.
Winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel! 30 best of the year and best of the decade nods from The Guardian, Wired, NPR, and more! Hannah is a thirty-something wife, home-health worker, and antiwar activist. Her husband, Johnny, is a...
Rise of the Black Panther
Narcisse, Evan
Witness the early years of the man who will come to rule one of the most scientifically advanced countries in the world! Wakanda has always kept itself isolated from Western society, but that's all about to change. Young T'Challa knows he is destined to become king, but when his father is brutally...
Tales from la Vida : a Latinx comics anthology
Aldama, Frederick Luis
In the Latinx comics community, there is much to celebrate today, with more Latinx comic book artists than ever before. The resplendent visual-verbal storyworlds of these artists reach into and radically transform so many visual and storytelling genres. Tales from la Vida ...
Ice Cream Man. Volume one, Rainbow sprinkles
Prince, W. Maxwell
Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror,addiction, musical fantasy...there's a flavor for everyone'smisery. ICE CREAM MAN is agenre-defying comic book series, featuring disparate "one-shot"tales of sorrow, wonder,...
Henchgirl
Gudsnuk, Kristen
Mary Posa hates her job. She works long hours for little pay, no insurance, and worst of all, no respect. Her co-workers are jerks and her boss doesn't appreciate her. He's also a supervillain. And her parents... well, they're the most famous superhero couple in Crepe City, along with her sister....
Goodnight Punpun. 1
Asano, Inio
Kill or be killed. Volume 1
Brubaker, Ed
The bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS (THE FADE OUT,CRIMINAL, FATALE) return with KILL OR BE KILLED, the twisted story of a youngman forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret fromdestroying his life. Both a thriller and a deconstruction...
Monstress. Volume one, Awakening
Liu, Marjorie M.
2018 Eisner Award winner, BestWriter 2018 Eisner Award winner, BestPainter/Multimedia Artist 2018 EisnerAward winner, Best Continuing Series ...
Saga. Volume one
Vaughan, Brian K.
Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story! When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall inlove, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous olduniverse. From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (...
Giant days. Volume one
Allison, John
Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, "personal experimentation," influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted...
Paper girls. 1
Vaughan, Brian K.
Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Eisner Award winning series PaperGirls is coming Amazon Prime Video in July 2022! From Brian K. Vaughan,#1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artistof WONDER WOMAN, comes the first volume of an all-new...
East of West. Volume 1, [The promise]
Hickman, Jonathan.
This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one wedeserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the EndTimes for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH!
Vinland saga. Book one
Yukimura, Makoto
FOR HONOR AND VENGEANCE As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever...
I hate Fairyland. Volume 1, Madly ever after
Young, Skottie
From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard ofOZ, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all-new series ofadventure and mayhem. An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epicthat smashes it's cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl...
My favorite thing is monsters. Book one
Ferris, Emil
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor,...
Lady killer. Volume one
Jones, Jo©±lle
Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife and mother - but she's also a ruthless, efficient killer! She's balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American dream life is in danger! A brand-new original black...
Fun home : a family tragicomic
Bechdel, Alison
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic...
Relish : my life in the kitchen
Knisley, Lucy.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at...
The heroic legend of Arslan. 1
Tanaka, Yoshiki
The fantasy epic from the creator ofFullmetal Alchemist! "An epic fantasy with plenty of historical detail and a deft artistic hand." -Anime News Network "Arakawa has no problem depicting the bloody reality of war- severed limbs, decapitated heads, and torture...

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