Graphic novels are hotter than hotcakes right now. They are quick, easy, full of great artwork, and let’s face it, very entertaining. These titles are a must for fans of fantasy adventure. Though I’ve chosen these for boys, girls will like some of these titles just as much. The same goes for the titles chosen for girls in a previous post, which tend toward more realistic themes.
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
While cleaning an attic room in her great grandfather’s house, Em discovers an amulet that speaks to her. Soon after, her mother gets pulled into an alternate world through a portal in the basement. Em and her brother go in after her and find their great grandfather on death’s door. Em must decide if she will be the new stonekeeper.
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Frank Gallows is a ghost hunter who sends escaped ghosts back to the afterlife. He’s a bit of a washout and on his current mission he accidentally sends a living boy to the afterlife. The afterlife is composed of regions inhabited by the skeletons, mummies, zombies and specters. Garth finds himself chased by a T-Rex, meeting his dead grandfather, and trying to bring down the evil ruler, Vaugner.
Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Captain Amazing is getting on in years. He decides to hold auditions for a sidekick. What he doesn’t realize is that his own pets have been training on the side to be superheros. Roscoe the dog, Fluffy the hamster, Shifty the chameleon, and Manny the cat, team up to help save Captain Amazing when a villain comes to the audition and tries to undo the superhero once and for all.
Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang
Hopper is new at Stately Academy. Right away she senses that something is off about the school. She gets off on the wrong foot with a group of bullies, but ends up of working with one of them to solve the mystery of the school using computer coding.
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
Claudette is a tomboy who wants to slay monsters. When she hears about an evil giant who once came down from the mountains to steal babies, without hesitation she decides to sneak off with her brother and the Marquis’ daughter to kill the giant. First they must pass through the Forest of Death and the Mad River. Fun adventure with the town in hot pursuit.
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Jack’s mom is barely making ends meet and his sister, Maddy, doesn’t talk. While at a flea market, a creepy vendor offers him seeds in exchange for the car. Surprisingly, Maddy speaks up and tells Jack to make the trade. They plant the seeds and get more than they bargained for. With the help of new friend, Lilly, they are fighting off evil plants left and right.
Hilo by Judd Winick
Hilo crashes to earth like a meteor and freaks out innocent bystander, Daniel Jackson. Hilo has forgotten who he is, but little by little he remembers that he’s a robot from a world where robots do everything. One robot has turned evil and wants to wipe out all humanity. It’s Hilo’s job to stop him.
Dream Jumper by Greg Grunberg
Ben has an interesting ability. He can jump into other people’s dreams. Unfortunately, there’s a dream jumper turned evil who traps kids in the dream world. In the real world they are in a coma. Only Ben, with the help of a dream jumper rabbit, can rescue them from their nightmare.
Bird & Squirrel by James Burks
Bird and Squirrel are being chased by Cat and decide to band together to survive. Squirrel loses all his acorns while trying to attack Cat, so Bird convinces him to journey south with him for the winter. Bird is optimistic, always happy. Squirrel is wary, always expecting the worst. Cat is invincible and never lets up on the chase.