Comic Corner: Fresh Takes
Welcome to YABC’s newest monthly feature: The Comic Corner. Here you’ll find a little slice of YABC devoted to our comic book and graphic novel lovers. Each month our Newsletter Manager, Hannah Hudson, will curate lists, explore the genre, and share her love of comic books with our readers. Join us, we’d love to hear from you!
Hello! Welcome to the Comic Corner at YABC! I thought I’d kick off the first installment with my top 5 middle grade graphic novels featuring kick-butt girls in non- traditional fantasy settings!
Comic books have a long history of relaunching and revamping every so often with a fresh take for new times. Below are a few of my favorites from the last few years!
1. Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson
“Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she's comin' for you, Jersey!”
2. Runaways: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell
“The "IT" book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back - Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be? GERT?! The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won't believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart! Did Chase and Gert's love survive their time apart? Have Karolina and Nico's feelings made their friendship impossible? What emotional landmines lie in wait to DESTROY the Runaways?!”
3. Jem & the Holograms: Dimensions by Kate Leth
“Jem: Dimensions brings both new and beloved creators to the world of The Holograms! In a story by Kate Leth and Tana Ford, the Holograms throw a Dungeons and Dragons game night with Jerrica as the Dungeon Master, and even Synergy joins the fun! And in Sophie Campbell's story, the Misfits (plus some NEW faces) take a break to go on a ski trip, when all hell breaks loose…and so does Pizzazz's cat!”
4. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Kyle Higgins
“Based on the long-running Power Rangers franchise, five teens from Angel Grove High are granted superpowers and giant robot dinosaur Zords to defend Earth against the alien villain Rita Repulsa. When Repulsa creates an evil Green Power Ranger by brainwashing recent transfer student Tommy, the team is able to free him from her grasp and get him on their side. But with remnants of Repulsa's control still stirring in the back of Tommy's mind, he must confront the fact he may be more of a danger to his new team than a help.”
What are some of your favorite comic reboots? Leave a comment below!