Find Out the 13 Marvel Titles That Made YALSA's List of Great Graphic Novels for Teens
These heroes are young, diverse, and behind some of the year's best Marvel stories!
Marvel has been telling stories for True Believers of all ages for decades, and some books are just especially excellent for teenage readers. YALSA -- the Young Adult Library Services Association -- released its 2020 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, which featured 13 Marvel comic collections featuring a stellar squad of characters. Here are the Marvel books that took the honors this year (including links to where you can buy them):
Ironheart, Volume 1: Those with Courage
Written by Eve L. Ewing, art by Kevin Libranda, Luciano Vecchio, Matt Milla
As Ironheart, Riri Williams struggles to balance her career and personal life in Chicago. When someone she knows goes missing, Riri must suit up and take down a secret, villainous organization.
Miles Morales: Straight Out Of Brooklyn
Written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Javier Garron
Miles teams up with Rhino to recover children who have been abducted. Meanwhile, Miles is targeted by the Vice Principal of his school as a bad egg and things heat up between Miles and his friend Barbara.
Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: Destined
Written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Minkyu Jung
Ms. Marvel is back with a new writer and illustrator. In this first volume, she must fight Deathbringer (twice) and save a planet who believes she is the Destined One. Unfortunately, her parents both now know that Kamala is Ms. Marvel and end up traveling with her to the alien planet Saffa to save it from the Beast Legions.
Runaways Volume 3: That Was Yesterday and Volume 4: But You Can’t Hide
Written by Rainbow Rowell, art by Andres Genolet, Kris Anka, and David LaFuente
The return of Alex Wilder. The origin of Nico's staff's power. And a reckoning with the children of the Gibborim, the source of their parents' and Alex's original betrayal. It's enough to ruin Christmas.
shuri, Volume 1: The Search for Black Panther
Written by Nnedi Okorafor, art by Leonardo Romero
Shuri is a scientist, an inventor, and always in the shadow of her Black Panther big brother. But when the Super Hero king of Wakanda disappears on a space mission, the mantle falls to Shuri. Her mission to find T'Challa is complicated by space bugs, astral projection, Groot and Rocket, and pressure from her queenly mother. The nation's cry is "Wakanda forever"—but where does Shuri fit in, and what does she want for herself?
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Impossible Year
Written by Seanan McGuire, art by Takeshi Miyazawa, Rosi Kampe
Her identity no longer a secret, Gwen Stacy strives to maintain a balance between her everyday life and the sudden fame her Super Hero status has brought her. Unfortunately for Gwen, nothing can ever be easy.
The Unstoppable Wasp, Unlimited Volume 1: Fix Everything and Volume 2: G.I.R.L. VS. A.I.M.
By Jeremy Whitley, art by Gurihiru, Alti Firmansyah
Nadia Van Dyne and the other girl geniuses of G.I.R.L. Labs have been proving their worth as a new Super Hero team. When a new group of scientific girl genius Super Villains starts attacking local labs, the girls of G.I.R.L. must band together to stop this threat from terrorizing the city—and tearing their newfound family apart.
West Coast Avengers Volume 1: Best Coast and Volume 2: City of Evils
Written by Kelly Thompson, art by Daniele Di Nicuolo, Gang Yuk Lim, Moy R, Stefano Caselli, Triona Farrell
When the West Coast Avengers, led by the best Hawkeye (Kate Bishop, of course) relocate to LA, they notice a dearth of Super Heroes protecting our shorelines out West. Kate's got some great friends with her like America Chavez, Kid Omega, and Gwenpool! But, when Tigra shows up supersized, not everything is as it seems. Is a certain Super Villain calling the shots to take down the WCAs?
X-23 Volume 1: Family Album and Volume 2: X - Assassin
Written by Mariko Tamaki, art by Juann Cabal, Marcio Fiorito, Georges Duarte, Diego Oloregui
After years of nothing but loneliness, tragedy, and violence in her life, the original X-23 clone, Laura Kinney, is finally at peace, living with her teenaged cloned sister, Gabby. When Gabby is kidnapped by the Cuckoos, three sisters who are clones of Emma Frost, Laura will do whatever it takes to get her back, even if it means turning other sisters against each other.
Congratulations to all the creative teams who made this year's list!
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