40 New and Upcoming Graphic Novels to Discover

Posted by Marie on July 11, 2019
Ah, graphic novels—the delightful medium where visual art merges with the written word to create unforgettable stories! This year's titles are no exception.

For this roundup, we took a look at the hottest graphic novels published this year so far, as well as highly anticipated upcoming releases (you can also find their publication dates below). Then we focused on the average ratings, number of ratings, and the number of additions to Goodreads members' Want to Read shelves to measure popularity.

From there, we created easy-to-browse categories to ensure that there's something for everyone. These include the can't-wait-for sequels in the Monstress and Paper Girls series, adaptations of beloved classics, including The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, and buzzy graphic novel memoirs like Good Talk by Mira Jacob and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

Share your favorites with us in the comments! Don't forget to add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf.


Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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Superheroes

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Nonfiction

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YA & Middle Grade

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message 1: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Arst Sad that it isn't possible to find some of those in printed version with shipping to https://worldpostalcode.com/united-st... . I still prefer old-school way of reading, even when it comes to graphic novels.


message 2: by Marian (new)

Marian Kamatchi Agreed. Graphic Novels look better in Print!

Andrew wrote: "Sad that it isn't possible to find some of those in printed version with shipping to https://worldpostalcode.com/united-st... . I still prefer old-school way of reading, even when ..."


message 3: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Andrew wrote: "Sad that it isn't possible to find some of those in printed version with shipping to https://worldpostalcode.com/united-st... . I still prefer old-school way of reading, even when ..."

I prefer comics and graphic novels in physical form as well. But I read them either way, whichever I can get them!


message 4: by Kate (new)

Kate I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Doctor Who. I also love fantasy.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!


message 5: by Elyse (last edited Jul 11, 2019 11:02AM) (new)

Elyse Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Doctor Who. I a..."

Saga, Vol. 1 is amazing. Definitely adult, there are some graphic scenes (nudity) but the story is so so wonderful.
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery is adult, some graphic scenes.
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 is great too, not graphic.
Skyward, Vol. 1: My Low-G Life I've just gotten into, Vol 3 comes out in August. All ages.
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF are all so fun and all ages.

I've just gotten into graphic novels in the past year. So this is just a small list. I don't really read superhero comics.


message 6: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Doctor Who. I a..."

Saga Vol. 1 is a must read!


message 7: by Christina (last edited Jul 11, 2019 12:01PM) (new)

Christina Kostock Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Doctor Who. I a..."
The Saga series is amazing.

OMG!! did not see that two other people already recommended.


message 8: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Christina wrote: "Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Do..."

That's good, she'll know to trust in the numbers! lol.


message 9: by Kate (new)

Kate Elyse wrote: "Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Do..."

Thanks so much! My library carries Saga and I put it on my request list.


message 10: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Doctor Who. I a..."

I see some other people have already recommended stuff, but all their recommendations are from the last few years. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but here are some older suggestions as a complement:

If you want realism, I highly recommend Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson. It's like a really good play or prose novel; with fine characters and excellent dialogue. An underrated gem. And it's length--500+ pages with lots of dialogue!--gives it room for ample character development.

Another excellent realist book is The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. It's a collection of her ongoing comic strip about a group of lesbian women. The plot, which developed in real-time with realistically aging characters, described how their lives changed and intertwined during the 25 years the strip ran in papers.
Its outstanding cast includes the neurotic Mo, girl-chaser Lois, long-time devoted couple Toni and Clarice, spiritual Sparrow, the academic Ginger, and Jezanna, the no-nonsense owner of the feminist bookstore Madwimmin Bookstore.

And of course, there's Watchmen. The Citizen Kane of graphic novels. Do yourself a favor and just get it, from a store or a library. Don't bother finding out about the plot--you won't get an accurate impression of this book unless you read it. It's got depths you don't even notice on the first read-through.

As superhero comics go, Runaways: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 is a good place to start. The plot is about six teens (well, five teens and one pre-teen) who discover that their parents are supervillains and subsequently run away from home. The plot is a great allegory for teenage rebellion, and the characters are all great too.
(It's got all-new protagonists, so you won't have to research any backstory before you start reading it.)

Last but certainly not least, there's Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1. It's darn good right from the start, but after a few story arcs it improves into one of the best comic strips I've read in my entire life.


message 11: by Kate (new)

Kate Cindy wrote: "Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Do..."

Thanks for replying! Two recommends is a go for me. I ordered it from my library.


message 12: by Kate (new)

Kate Katsuro wrote: "Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Do..."

Oh, wow! Thanks! My library has them all.


message 13: by Katsuro (last edited Jul 11, 2019 01:49PM) (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Kate wrote: "Oh, wow! Thanks! My library has them all. "

Although I've never been there, I now love your library.

(I would have recommended some Doctor Who graphic novels, except that the ones I've found at the library all felt like slightly rushed versions of the TV show. Still decent reading, but not the kind of thing that would give a good impression of graphic novels to a beginner.)

BTW, if two recommendations of Saga made you check it out then allow me to mention that Watchmen is the most acclaimed graphic novel of all time. And the fact that I can tell that it is ought to be an indicator of how much so. :)

Oh, and another thing--while The Essential Dykes to Watch out For is perfectly fine on its own, the original little paperback editions of the comic strip also included some bonus stories. So if you like that book, you might want to check out the little paperback editions (if you can find them) when you feel like a reread.


message 14: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Elyse wrote: "...and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF are all so fun and all ages.."

Good to see that series getting some well-deserved love. It deserves more readers.


message 15: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Katsuro wrote: "Elyse wrote: "...and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF are all so fun and all ages.."

Good to see that series getting some well-deserved love. It deserves more readers."


It does! It's wonderful!


message 16: by Kate (new)

Kate Katsuro wrote: "Kate wrote: "Oh, wow! Thanks! My library has them all. "

Although I've never been there, I now love your library.


That made me laugh and also made me want to add some clarification. I said "library" but should point out that it's my "county" library system. It's the sum of all libraries in the county which aren't city owned. So, if my specific local library doesn't have something, I put in a request to have it shipped from another city library. But still...they've got them all. :-)


message 17: by Jessica (new)

Jessica TheBookAddict I'm still pretty new to graphic novels, but i have REALLY enjoyed The Park Bench by Chaboute. It's mindful, heartwarming and touching, and its also a silent graphic novel! :D


message 18: by Richard (new)

Richard Dominguez Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Doctor Who. I a..."

I go quite a ways back, long before the invention of money (just kidding), the 2 best graphic novels i have ever read were "The Death of Captain Mar-vell" (Stan Lee's/Marvels first graphic novel) and The X-men's "God Loves, Man Kills" ....


message 19: by Christina (new)

Christina Kostock Watchman is amazing Ill add my hat to that one as well.


message 20: by Kate (new)

Kate Jessica wrote: "I'm still pretty new to graphic novels, but i have REALLY enjoyed The Park Bench by Chaboute. It's mindful, heartwarming and touching, and its also a silent graphic novel! :D"

My library's first strike; they do not carry this title. What is a "silent" graphic novel?


message 21: by Kate (new)

Kate Richard wrote: "Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Do..."

They both went on my expanding graphic novel list. Thank you!


message 22: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Kate wrote: "Jessica wrote: "I'm still pretty new to graphic novels, but i have REALLY enjoyed The Park Bench by Chaboute. It's mindful, heartwarming and touching, and its also a silent graphic novel! :D"

My l..."


My question too. I assume it has no dialogue. Illustrations only.


message 23: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Kate wrote: "My library's first strike; they do not carry this title. What is a "silent" graphic novel? "

One with no dialogue whatsoever. It's told purely in pictures, discarding dialogue.


message 24: by Cathy (last edited Jul 13, 2019 01:14AM) (new)

Cathy Excellent recommendations in this comment thread! I would like to add as an excellent SF graphic novel series:
Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

I wholeheartedly endorse Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening.

And for a good grounding in classic SF I recommend The Incal.

Also very good, post-apocalyptic: Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family


message 25: by Kate (new)

Kate Cathy (cathepsut) wrote: "Excellent recommendations in this comment thread! I would like to add as an excellent SF graphic novel series:
Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

I wholeheartedly endorse [book:Monstress..."


Thanks! My library has everything except The Incal. The only thing they have by this author is Showman Killer.


message 26: by Cathy (last edited Jul 13, 2019 07:47AM) (new)

Cathy I did not actually like The Incal series all that much. It is old and a little dated. However, the art is amazing in some spots, the page layouts are so smart sometimes and it has been a massive influence on a bunch of great SF movies—Dune (Jodorovski was planned to direct, but dropped out), Alien, The Fifth Element (a lot!), Star Wars.... you keep going „oooh, I recognize that!“.


message 27: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Doctor Who. I a..."

Besides the ones mentioned already (such as Saga and Watchmen, which I love) here are some others I've enjoyed:
--Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile is an all time fave. There are some side series so if you do get into it check out suggested reading orders online to integrate them. It is a longer series so be prepared. But very much worth it in my opinion.
--The Complete Maus is another classic and non-fiction.
--Welcome to Lovecraft is the first volume of Locke and Key by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King). I feel like I don't hear about it enough but I loved it when I read it a few years ago.
--The Prince and the Dressmaker = adorable
--Fence #1 = also adorable
--Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls, I really like Snyder's Batman arc. Still have to get my hands on the last couple.


message 28: by Kate (new)

Kate Amanda wrote: "Kate wrote: "I have yet to read a graphic novel and intend to for the summer reading challenge. I wanted to read a Doctor Who graphic novel. Can anyone suggest where to start? Doesn't have to be Do..."

Thanks so much! I just finished my first graphic novel - Saga, Vol. 1, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd no idea what to expect, which was kind of fun. I've got Vol. 2 ready to go.
I just might get into the world of graphic novels. :-)


message 29: by Ronnie (new)

Ronnie Graham Wot, no Judge Dredd: the Small House?


message 30: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Robinson I would recommend Fence hands down. It is so good.


message 31: by James (new)

James Parsons The Complete Maus was the very first graphic novel I ever read. It's a great intro into the depth that graphic novels can go and how well stories can be told in that medium. Even though I read it over 20 years ago, it's stuck with me ever since. Subject matter is predominately Holocaust-related.


message 32: by Daniel (last edited 13 hours, 3 min ago) (new)

Daniel I've read 3 from the above list - East of West, Mister Miracle and Gideon Falls - and I'd recommend them all. East of West in particular is a current favourite of mine.

I saw that people above recommend Saga, Fables, Lazarus and Descender, I'll add my vote for those. Monstress has brilliant art work and is about as good as it gets story wise if you like stories that only have characters that are of a (essentially) single sex.

Two that I'd add are Black Hammer, Vol. 1: Secret Origins and Astro City, Vol. 1: Life in the Big City, especially if you like superheroes.

Oh, and of course, Watchmen is the ducks nuts of graphic novels (to reiterate what others have said).


message 33: by Hugh (new)

Hugh Dolan Very pleased to see such interest in Graphic Novels. I am one of Australia's few GN authors and I have published four titles (non fiction) with Newsouth - Gallipoli the Landing, Reg Saunders, Ned Kelly and Eureka. They are in print. Please have a look. Hug Dolan


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