10 Incredible Graphic Novels Coming Out in 2023
Graphic novels are a book form that sneaked up on me. I think the first one I read for review here (which blew me away) was ESTRANGED: THE CHANGELING KING by Ethan Aldridge. Once I feasted my eyes on that incredible story, I knew there was no going back. Since then, I’ve built a list of graphic novel writers and artists whose work is too good to be missed. Here are the ones with books coming out this year.
Notably absent is Tim Probert, whose third book in the Lightfall series I’m eagerly anticipating. I haven’t seen any release news on it yet, but I’m hoping it’ll be out in 2024.
10 Amazing Graphic Novels to Read This Year
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty, Michael Moreci, and Braeden Sherrell
What You Need to Know: Missing children, a girl secretly living in a mansion basement, a mysterious man in a black cloak only she can stop. The graphic novel version of the bestselling middle-grade adventure.
Published: April 4, 2023 | Ages: 8 to 12.
Squire & Knight by Scott Chantler
What You Need to Know: I think the author said he pitched this as “T.H. White plays Dungeons and Dragons with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.” Which is brilliant and pretty accurate! I loved the characters and attention to detail in the panels.
Published: May 9, 2023 | Ages: 8 to 12.
Constellations by Kate Glasheen
What You Need to Know: When a drunken accident lands Claire in rehab, they reluctantly begin to learn about addiction and recovery. A tender, vulnerable journey of identity and acceptance. This is another one that made me cry!
Published: May 23, 2023 | Ages: 14 up.
Deephaven by Ethan Aldridge
What You Need to Know: Words I like about this graphic novel description: gothic middle grade, nonbinary main character, boarding school with secrets. By the author of the ESTRANGED duology and LEGEND OF BRIGHTBLADE, and also my favorite graphic novel author.
Published: September 5, 2023 | Ages: 10 to 14.
Wingborn (Wingbearer #2) by Marjorie Liu and Grace Kum
What You Need to Know: The Wingbearer series continues, delivering new adventures of this gorgeous, emotive fantasy. The first book in the series is a favorite in my house.
Published: November 21, 2023 | Ages: 8 to 12.
Heartstopper: Volume Five by Alice Oseman
What You Need to Know: The fifth installment of Nick and Charlie’s love story. With Nick heading to university next year, are things about to change? A sweet story of love and friendship.
Published: December 12, 2023 | Ages: 14 up.
What are your favorite graphic novels?
If you are a graphic novel reader, leave a comment telling me about your favorite author. Have you read any of the books on this list? What graphic novels are you most looking forward to this year? Leave a comment and let me know!
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