Sometimes I just want to pick up a graphic novel and read about amazing girls doing amazing things, and thankfully this is becoming easier all the time! It's exciting to see so many fun comics featuring all different kinds of girls, from the girly to the not-so-girly, the super book-smart to the more cleverly streetwise, the human-strength to the super-powered.
The following are a handful of fun, fast-paced graphic novels with colorful and dynamic artwork that are geared toward middle schoolers on up. If you want more recommendations, you'll find a full list at the end with even more books to choose from!
WARNING: these books may make your heart go all squishy, inspire you to randomly and compulsively shout "FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!", or give you the distinct desire to hunt down some ne'er-do-wells.
This dynamic comic follows Lunella Lafayette, a science wiz from New York whose work on a mysterious artifact opens a time rift that unleashes a giant T-Rex and a group of cavemen on Manhattan. Fun Fact: Lunella was officially named Marvel’s smartest superhero at Comic Con this year!
This book about a group of friends spending the summer at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is so full of fun, adventure, positivity, friendship, and an overall quirky sense of humor. LOVE!
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter who shows up one day on Lord Ballister Blackheart's doorstep with the plan to be the best sidekick this supervillain has ever seen. Despite her great loyalty and heart for villainy, Blackheart begins to wonder about Nimona's mysterious past as well as her intentions. Between this and Lumberjanes, Noelle Stevenson is one of my favorite comic writers!
The always amazing Brian K. Vaughan brings us a story of four gutsy paper girls in the late 1980s as strange and unusual things start happening (disappearing people, mysterious machines in basements, foes on two opposing sides of some unknown struggle). This is the perfect book for fans of Stranger Things!
A-Force is an Avengers-like group of women that protect the utopian island of Arcadia. When one of their members is outcast due to a mistake made while battling a giant murderous shark, the group must battle infighting and find a suspected traitor as they try to discover the source of the monsters that are continually wreaking havoc on their world.
Kamala Khan is a 16-year-old Muslim girl from Jersey who takes up the mantel of Ms. Marvel after she gains superpowers from a mysterious mist. It is so much fun to watch her figure out her new powers and new identity and she tries to balance being a superhero with being a regular American girl.
Princeless follows a princess who's been locked up in a tower and left to wait for her prince charming to come to her rescue- that is, until she decides to save herself and all of her imprisoned sisters instead! This series (5 books, plus a short story collection and a spin-off series!) is no less fun but is a bit more direct in its "girls can do anything!" message.