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YALSA announces 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1

The American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association has unveiled its annual list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The 56 titles come from 24 publishers, led by First Second Books with nine and Marvel/Icon with seven.

Chosen by the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee from among 78 official nominations, the books are recommended for readers age 12 to 18 as meeting “the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.” In addition, the committee singled out 10 titles “that exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences”:

  • Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir and Khalil (First Second)
  • Scarlet, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev (Marvel/Icon)
  • Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgal (First Second)
  • The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media, by Brooke Gladstone, Josh Neufeld and others (W.W. Norton and Company)
  • Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vols. 1 and 2, by Roger Langridge, Chris Samnee and others (Marvel)
  • Infinite Kung Fu, by Kagan McLeod (Top Shelf Productions)
  • A Bride’s Story, Vol. 1, by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press)
  • Axe Cop, Vol. 1, by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle (Dark Horse)
  • Daybreak, by Brian Ralph (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Wandering Son, Vol. 1, by Takako Shimuro (Fantagraphics Books)

The complete list of the 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens can be found at the YALSA website.



Scarlet? Really?

Very happy to see Infinite Kung-Fu and Daybreak on the list.

I have to agree on Scarlet. What it is a really good title it is one that does not have a very positive message.

I appreciate Scarlet but I thought it was about raging against authority…like sure, corrupted authority and all that, but…?

Regardless, congrats to Brian, Alex and the other recipients.

Once again, we have to ask why Marvel cancelled Thor the Mighty Avenger.

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