Comic books have a lot going for them. Gorgeous art, intriguing and unique storylines, magic and powers that one could only imagine, and a certain personality that just draws you in. Whether you’re attracted to the lack of words, the surplus of pictures, or the underrepresented cultures and themes we find so often in the pages of comics, these books will have something, or everything, for you.
The Perfect Reads for Comic Book Fans
1. Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller
Let’s state the obvious draw of this book: illustrations by comic book LEGEND Frank Miller himself. Beyond that, it has an action-packed story filled with glorious battles, magical beings, and powerful vigilante hero at its center. It’s basically a comic book, except with a bit less illustration.
2. Slayer by Kiersten White
Set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, this novel also comes from classic comic book roots. If it’s the action you’re attracted to in comic books, you’ll find plenty of that in this demon-hunting next generation tale from the world of Buffy.
3. Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
We all know some of us read comic books because they’re all pictures. If lack of pictures is the only thing driving you away from novels, then start here! This graphic novel is full of charm and hear and yes—pictures!
4. SLAY by Brittney Morris
If you’re a comic book fan, you might also be a gamer. This book has all things gaming in a unique and diverse world that comic book fans—gamers or not—will fall in love with. It’s also packed with characters and drama that will steal your heart and keep you turning the pages.
5. Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
One fantastic aspect of comic books is their tendency to reflect an openness with sexuality and heavily represent diverse and marginalized groups. If that’s something that brings you to their pages, then you’ll love this LGBTQ fantasy novel featuring the strongest female protagonist we’ve seen in a long time.
6. A Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
This choice is self-explanatory. This book follows a comic book nerd taking another comic book nerd that he’s crushing on to comic con to win her heart. We’ve all been there, am I right? If you’re in need of some relatable teen fiction about nerds like you, pick up this book; you won’t regret it.
7. Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegel
A teenage ballet dancer struggles to find her next step, and her place in the world, in this exquisite graphic memoir—a follow-up to the Sibert Honor–winning To Dance.
Comic book nerds unite!