NPR Announces Top 100 Comics and Graphic Novels

Summer is the time for comics with superhero blockbusters breaking records in theaters and comic conventions dominating venues across the country. In celebration of the comics format, NPR has put together a Super Summer Reader Poll where they asked people to nominate their favorite comics and graphic novels. With over 7,000 nominations, NPR has narrowed down the final list to include 100 amazing comcis and graphic novels suitable for all ages and tastes from early reader to adults only.

Including titles such as Monstress from Image Comics and Bad Machinery from Oni Press, this list serves as an indicator for the most popular and loved titles published. For an overview of titles from the NPR Top 100 list, see below. For the full list from NPR, click here.

Bad Machinery: The Case of the Forked Road
Published by Oni Press
Written by John Allison
Illustrated by John Allison
Format: Softcover, 128 pages, Color, $14.99
ISBN: 9781620103906
Ages: 12+
Available now!

The Case of the Forked Road, the seventh book in John Allison's award-winning Bad Machinery series. Time is a fickle creature, especially when there's wormhole in the science cupboard. When a strange boy who seems far too entranced by cell phones appears, it's up to Lottie, Shauna, and Mildred to figure out his strange purposes.


Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch
Published by Image Comics
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma
Format: Softcover, 144 pages, Color, $14.99
ISBN: 9781632157171
Ages: 16+
Available August 2017

A few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords results in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. But what happened on Earth that this new world order came to pass in the first place? Return to the grim corridors of Auxiliary Compliance Outpost #2, to uncover the first clues to the history of the world as we know it…and meet PRESIDENT BITCH. This volume collects issues #6-10, a reader discussion guide and additional bonus materials.


The Complete ElfQuest Volume 4
Published by Dark Horse 
Written by Richard Pini, Wendy Pini
Illustrated by WEndy Pini
Format: Softcover, $16.99
ISBN: 9781506701585
Ages: 16+
Available August 2017

The latest collection of the classic fantasy series by Wendy and Richard Pini continues the canonical adventures of the Wolfriders. The tale takes a dark turn as the seductive Winnowill allies herself with a brutal human warlord, Grohmul Djun, fanning the flames of hatred for all "elf-demons" and setting the course for inevitable war between humans and elves.


Goodnight Punpun
Published by VIZ Media
Written by Inio Asano
Illustrated by Inio Asano
Format: Softcover, 448 pages, $24.99
ISBN: 9781421586205
Ages: 13+
Available now!

This is Punpun Onodera’s coming-of-age story. His parents’ marriage is falling apart. His dad goes to jail, and his mom goes to the hospital. He has to live with his loser uncle. He has a crush on a girl who lives in a weird cult. Punpun tries talking with God about his problems, but God is a jerk. Punpun keeps hoping things will get better, but they really, really don’t.


How to be Happy
Published by Fantagraphics
Written by Eleanor Davis
Illustrated by Eleanor Davis
Format: Hardcover, 152 pages, $24.99
ISBN: 9781606997406
Ages: 16+
Available now!

Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she’s drawn for such curatorial venues as Mome and No-Brow, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. 


Monstress Volume 2: The Blood
Published by Image Comics
Written by Marjorie Liu
Illustrated by Sana Takeda
Format: Softcover, 152 pages, Color, $16.99
ISBN: 9781534300415
Ages: 13+
Available 

The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past... and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12


Mouse Guard 
Published by BOOM! Studios
Written by David Petersen and others
Illustrated by Ted Naifeh and others
Format: Paperback, 144 pages, $19.95
ISBN: 9781932386943
Ages: 13+
Available now!

The fearless Mouse Guard are dispatched to find a missing merchant. Their search reveals much more than they expect, as they stumble across a traitor in the Guard's own ranks. Features an Epilogue and special bonus material!


Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Volume 1
Published by VIZ Media
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
Illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki
Format: Softcover, 136 pages, $12.99
ISBN: 9781591164081
Ages: 16+
Available now!

Nausicaa, a young princess who has an empathic bond with the giant Ohmu insects and animals of every creed. She fights to create tolerance, understanding and patience among empires that are fighting over the world's remaining precious natural resources.


Oh Joy Sex Toy Volume 4
Published by Oni Press
Written by Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan
Illustrated by Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan
Format: Softcover, 304 pages, Color, $29.99
ISBN: 9781620104446
Ages: 18+
Available November 2017

Erika & Matthew think the world of sex is fantastic. Using comedy, real-life experiences, and research, they create some the best educational, informative, sex-positive comics around. (The puns are an added bonus!)


Saga Volume 7
Published by Image Comics
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated by Fiona Staples
Format: Softcover, 152 pages, Color, $14.99
ISBN: 9781534300606
Ages: 16+
Available now!

From the worldwide bestselling team of FIONA STAPLES and BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained SAGA event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience. 


Sex Criminals Volume 4: Fourgy!
Published by Image Comics
Written by Matt Fraction
Illustrated by Chip Zdarksky
Format: Softcover, 136 pages, Color, $16.99
ISBN: 9781534302310
Ages: 16+
Available September 2017

Everybody's favorite sex-having, time-freezing, bank-robbing crew of lovable love-misfits come together and ask themselves the big question: are we still into this? THE ANSWER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU (if you think the answer is no).


Sweet Tooth Deluxe Edition Book Three
Published by Vertigo
Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Jeff Lemire
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages, $29.99
ISBN: 9781401267391
Ages: 16+
Available August 2017

From the frozen seas and snowy wasteland of early 20th century Alaska, to present day, plauge-devastated Nebraska, this third and final deluxe edition of Jeff Lemire's New York Times best-selling series travels through time and place to reveal the truth behind the mysterious and deadly virus that wiped out humanity and brought for the age of the hybrids. 


The Walking Dead Volume 28  
Published by Image Comics
Written by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn, Dave Stewart
Format: Softcover, 136 pages, Black & White, $16.99
ISBN: 9781534302440
Ages: 16+
Available October 2017

In the aftermath of The Whisperer War--ALL IS LOST as Rick and all of Alexandria fight for survival against the largest horde of walkers they’ve ever faced.

Collects THE WALKING DEAD #163-168.


The Wicked + Divine Volume 4: Rising Action
Published by Image Comics
Written by Kieron Gillen
Illustrated byJamie Mckelvie
Format: Softcover, 144 pages, Color, $14.99
ISBN: 9781632159137
Ages: 13+
Available October 2017

Every ninety years, twelve gods are reincarnated as young people. They are loved. They are hated. And sometimes - just sometimes - they fall into open Superstar wars.

The fourth volume of the award-winning, best selling series from acclaimed creators KIERON GILLEN, JAMIE McKELVIE and MATT WILSON is the most explosive yet.

Collects issues 18 through 22


Through the Woods
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Written by Emily Carroll
Illustrated by Emily Carroll
Format: Softcover, 208 pages, $16.99
ISBN: 9781442465961
Ages: 16+
Available now!

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong. The breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.


*Bold denotes Diamond publisher

Monstress Volume 2: The Blood Monstress Volume 2: The Blood
Image Comics
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power. >>
Saga Volume 7 Saga Volume 7
Image Comics
From the worldwide bestselling team of FIONA STAPLES and BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained SAGA event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. >>
Bloodborne Official Artworks Bloodborne Official Artworks
Udon Entertainment
In the terrifying video game Bloodborne, deranged mobs and nightmarish creatures lurk around every corner of a horror-filled gothic city. Bloodborne: Official Artworks collects the hair-raising artwork behind this modern action role-playing classic.  >>
Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War
Image Comics
The time has come. The forces are aligning. The war has begun! Has Rick brought about the demise of everything he's built? Or will he triumph once again? Know this... there will be a cost. Collects THE WALKING DEAD #157-162. >>
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 47 Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 47
Gemstone Publishing
One of the most influential comic book artists ever, Jim Steranko, brings his compelling mastery of the art form to the cover of the book that has been the Bible of serious collectors, dealers and enthusiasts since 1970!  >>
Rick and Morty Volume 1 Rick and Morty Volume 1
Oni Press
Based on the hilarious animated show RICK & MORTY by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, depraved genius Rick Sanchez embarks on insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty across the universe and across time. >>
Providence Act 1 Providence Act 1
Avatar Press
Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Providence Act 1 Hard Cover edition that contains Providence issues #1-4. >>
Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care
Image Comics
WHO IS LOTTIE PERSON? Is she a gorgeous, fun-loving social media star with a perfect life or a gross, allergy-ridden mess? Enter a world of snot, blood, and tears in this first collection from New York Times Best Seller BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds) and dazzling newcomer LESLIE HUNG! >>
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook
Paizo
This complete standalone fantasy roleplaying game takes your fantasy campaigns to new heights of adventure! Backward-compatible with the 3.5 fantasy rules but offering new solutions and options that place it firmly on the cutting edge. >>