Diverse Comic Books and Graphic Novels We Love

National Comic Book Day soars into a community near you this year on September 25, 2023. The genre has always been controversial as it has grown to include full-length comic books, or graphic novels. Reluctant readers have always gravitated towards comics after reading picture books was no longer an option in the middle grades, so thankfully, authors took note and applied the comic style to storytelling. Whether it’s Japanese manga, the adventures of superheroes, or non-fiction stories, we hope you enjoy these Diverse Comic Books and Graphic Novels We Love.

We would love for you to comment below with other comic books or graphic novels you recommend.

Diverse Comic Books and Graphic Novels We Love 



Photo Description: Book Cover of LEON THE EXTRAORDINARY

Leon is an ordinary kid who becomes extraordinary when he fights a supervillain to save his school!

In the city where Leon lives, superheroes — and supervillains — are commonplace. So how does an ordinary kid like Leon, who has no superpowers himself, become the superhero he wants to be? When all his classmates suddenly become obsessed with a new phone app that turns them into zombies, Leon gets his chance to prove that using his brain and following his heart can save the day.

Equal parts New Kid and The Incredibles, the first graphic novel in this action-packed, heartfelt, and joyously funny series by Jamar Nicholas reminds readers that when it comes to being a hero, you just need to believe in yourself.

Written by  and Illustrated by Jamar Nicholas
Published by Graphix/Scholastic


Photo Description: Book Cover of MABUHAY!

Written by Zachary Sterling
Published by Graphix/Scholastic


Photo Description: Book Cover of MILES MORALES: SHOCK WAVES

Miles Morales is a normal kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother’s birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student’s father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles’ fundraiser.

Who is behind the disappearance, and how does that relate to Spider-Man? A true middle grade graphic novel starring one of Marvel’s most popular characters, bestselling author Justin A. Reynolds (Opposite of Always) and Eisner award-nominated artist Pablo Leon (Refugees) create a riveting story that will connect with new and well-versed comics readers alike.

Written by Jacqueline Woodson and Illustrated by Rafael López
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House

Love this list and want more Graphic Novel recommendations? Check out this resource:

Graphic Novels Your Tween Can’t Resist

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