YALSA's 2015 Greatest Graphic Novels For Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association or YALSA, have put together a list of the 2015 Greatest Graphic Novels For Teens. The list comprises of 79 titles (from 108 nominations) and "celebrates the enormous variety of the graphic format including tales about forgotten heroes and heroines, online rebellions, new takes on beloved characters, and so much more. The richness of these titles will engage and delight teen readers for years to come." That last part was a quote from Chair Marcus Lowry.

Some of the titles on the list include:

FifthThe Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story By VivekTiwary. 2013, illus by Andrew C Robinson. M Press, $19.99, (9781616552565). Worldwide phenomenon The Beatles hit the big time with the help of an extraordinary and secretive manager.

Gandhi: My Life is My Message. By Jason Quinn. 2013. Illus. by the author. Campfire, paper, $16.99, (9789380741222). Biography of the legendary peace-maker of India.

Shackleton. By Nick Bertozzi. Illus. by the author. First Second, $16.99, (9781596434516). An account of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition in the early 1900s.

Woman Rebel:  the Margaret Sanger Story. By Peter Bagge. Illus. by the author, Drawn and Quarterly, $21.95, (9781770461260).  The story of the Planned Parenthood founder who tirelessly fought for reproductive rights her entire life.

Adventure Time.  By Ryan North. Illus. by Braden Lamb and others.

V. 4. KaBOOM!, $14.99, paper,  (9781608863518)

V. 5. KaBOOM!, $14.99, paper,  ( 9781608864010).  More fun from the land of Ooo

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake. By Natasha Allegri.. 2013. Illus. by the author. KaBOOM!, paper, $19.99, (9781608863389). It's up to Fionna and Cake to save the day from the Ice Queen.

*Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale. By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Illus. by Francesco Francavilla. Archie Comics, paper,  $17.99, (9781619889088).  A zombie outbreak in Riverdale forces Archie and his fellow survivors to take refuge in Veronica's mansion.

Batman: Black and White. Vol 4. By Various. Illus. by Various authors and illustrators. DC, $29.99, (9781401246433).  Batman short stories written and  illustrated by an all-star cast.

Batman '66. Vol. 1. By Jeff Parker. Illus. by Jonathan Case. DC, paper,  $14.99, (978-1401249311). When crime strikes in Gotham City, police commissioner Gordon calls upon the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin.

Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread, V.1. By Nathan Edmondson.  Illus. by Phil Noto.  Marvel, paper $17.99, (9780785188193). When not fighting as part of the Avengers, Black Widow seeks redemption on her own terms.

Breath-of-Bones-HC-graphic-novel-reviewBreath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem. By Steve Niles. Illus. by Dave Wachter.  Dark Horse, $14.99, (9781616553449). A Jewish village brings to life a giant monster to defend themselves against the Nazis.

Buzz. By Ananth Panagariya.  2013. Illus. by Tessa Stone. Oni Press, paper, $19.99, (9781620100882).  Webster finds himself swept up in the cutthroat world of competitive, head-to-head spelling bees.

*47 Ronin. By Mike Richardson.  Illus. by Stan Sakai. Dark Horse, $19.99, (978159582954). The Japanese Legend of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master.

The Graveyard Book. By Neil Gaiman. Illus. by P. Craig Russell.

V.1. Harper Collins, $19.99, (780062194817)

V. 2. Harper Collins, $19.99, (9780062194831). The story of Nobody, a boy raised in a graveyard, and the danger that threatens his life.

Mara. By Brian Wood. 2013, Illus. by Ming Doyle. Image, paper, $12.99, (9781607068105). A volleyball player in the future gets superpowers and it changes her life.

*Ms. Marvel: V.1. No Normal.  By G. Willow Wison. Illus. by Adrian Alphona. Marvel, paper, $15.99, (9780785190219).  Kamala Khan is a geeky teenager navigating her Muslim identity and parents' expectations when she gains bizarre and inexplicable powers.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Volume 5 By Katie Cook. 2014, illus. by Andy Price, IDW Publishing, $17.99, (9781631401053). The ponies travel to a new world that mirrors their own.

RedSonjaRed Sonja.Vol 2:The Art of Blood and Fire. By Gail Simone. Illus. by Walter Geovani. Dynamite, paper,  $19.99, (978-1606904817.)  A dying king promises to free 1000 slaves if Sonja will  bring him the world' s greatest artisans in time for his last hurrah.

Rust vol 3:Death of the Rocket Boy. By Royden Lepp. Illus. by the author. Archaia, $24.99, (9781608864133). Jet's secret might force him off the farm where he works while risking the family that took him in.

*Seconds: a Graphic Novel. By Bryan Lee O'Malley. illus. by the author. Ballantine Books, $25.00, ( 9780345529374). Katie is not satisfied with her life and discovers a way to make some changes to the past using magic mushrooms.

The Secret Service: Kingsman. By Mark Millar., illus. by Dave Gibbons. Marvel, $14.99, (978-07851654607). A secret service agent takes his deadbeat nephew under his wing.

Silver Surfer. Vol. 1: New Dawn. By Dan Slott. Illus. by Michael Allred. Marvel. Paper, $17.99, (9780785188780). Silver Surfer challenges the Never Queen to save the life of an earth girl he's never met.

*Trillium. By Jeff Lemire.  Illus. by the author. paper, Vertigo, paper, $16.99, (9781401249007). The twentieth and thirty-eighth centuries meet in a time-travel romance

X-Men: Battle of the Atom. By Brian Michael Bendis and others.  Illus. by Frank Cho and others. Marvel, $49.99, (9780785189060). X-Men past, present, and future collide.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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