Best Comics & Graphic Novels Books for Teen & Young Adults

Here are the top 30 comics & graphic novels books for teen & young adults. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic

by: J. R. R. TolkienCharles DixonDavid Wenzel
Release date: May 29, 2001
Number of Pages: 133
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AN ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE FANTASY CLASSIC WITH SIX NEW PAGES OF ILLUSTRATIONS!
 
First published in the United States more than seventy-five years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is one of the best-loved books of all time. Now a blockbuster film by Peter Jackson, Academy Award–winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit was also adapted into a fully painted graphic novel, a classic in its own right, presented here in a new expanded edition.
 
When Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves embark upon a dangerous quest to reclaim stolen treasure from the evil dragon Smaug, Gandalf the wizard suggests an unlikely accomplice: Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented hobbit. Along the way, the company faces trolls, goblins, giant spiders, and worse. But in the end it is Bilbo alone who must face the most dreaded dragon in all Middle-earth—and a destiny that waits in the dark caverns beneath the Misty Mountains, where a twisted creature known as Gollum jealously guards a precious magic ring.
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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

2. Bad Machinery Volume 2: The Case of the Good Boy

by: John Allison
Release date: Mar 25, 2014
Number of Pages: 136
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  • Everyone’s favorite pre-teen British detectives are back for another case! With toddlers disappearing and rumors of a large, beast-like creature roaming the woods, Tackleford is in serious danger. And then there’s Mildred’s new dog Archibald… if you can even call it a dog. After all, what kind of dog drinks tea out of a cup? Everything comes to a head once the boys get a picture of the beast and Archibald goes missing. Is there a connection? And what does it all have to do with the magic pencil Mildred won from a carnie con game?
  • Don’t miss the second installment of John Allison’s award-winning webcomic series in print!
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Mystery

3. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 1- Activation

by: Yoshikazu YasuhikoMelissa TanakaYoshiyuki TominoHajime Yatate
Release date: Mar 26, 2013
Number of Pages: 456
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It is the year Universal Century 0079, in a space colony the Earth Federation is storing and testing a new piloted robot for use in the battle against the Principality of Zeon. The experimental RX-78 Gundam mobile suit is scheduled to be transported to Federation command in Jaburo, deep within the Brazilian jungles. Unfortunatley, before the transporter would arrive, the Federation would come under attack from Zeon. With few resources available against the Zeon’s most mobile mechs, Federation forces strike back using their new weapon, the mobile suit Gundam.

Caught in the crossfire is a young teen named Amuro Ray. Not willing to see innocent people die like this, Amuro crawls into the cockpit of the closest machine around him. Whether it be a tank, jeep or jet, he was going to use it to help stop this slaughter. And what he happened to slide into was another Gundam. Having never operated a machine like this, what are the chances he can do anything to repel an experienced squad of mech-piloting invaders?

Volume 1 includes an essay from Hideaki Anno, director of the hit anime Neon Genesis Evengelion.

Color pages from Yas.

And an essay from Kadokawa Publishing Executive Shinichiro Inoue.

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Science Fiction

4. Sailor Moon Box Set 2 (Vol. 7-12)

by: Naoko Takeuchi
Release date: Oct 29, 2013
Number of Pages: 240
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This second box set collects volumes 7-12 of the main Sailor Moon series. Like the first box set, this box set will also contain stickers of the 6 Sailor Scouts that are on the covers of each individual volume. Get ready for the exciting conclusion to this classic series!

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Romance

5. Valkyria Chronicles: Design Archive

by: Sega
Release date: Aug 09, 2011
Number of Pages: 400
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  • In Valkyria Chronicles, SEGA’s critically acclaimed tactical RPG, Welkin and the members of the 7th Platoon struggle for freedom as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Valkyria Chronicles: Design Archive takes you behind the scenes, showcasing the gorgeous artwork of this truly epic world. The book features 400 pages of character designs, vehicle and weapon designs, maps and promotional art, all accompanied by detailed background information and creator commentary.
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Arts & Photography > Graphic Design

6. Death Vigil Volume 1 (Death Vigil Tp)

by: Stjepan Sejic
Release date: Oct 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 284
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  • Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! Only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Fantasy

7. Spice and Wolf, Vol. 2 – light novel

by: Isuna HasekuraJu Ayakura
Release date: Jun 15, 2010
Number of Pages: 288
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Following his good fortune in Pazzio, Lawrence is confident that he is on the path to realizing his dream of becoming a town merchant. One ill-informed business decision, though, leaves him teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and ruin! With no assets to his name – other than the cunning of his fetching traveling companion, Holo the Wisewolf – Lawrence may need to resort to illicit means to put his affairs in order. With all of the merchant’s plans hinging on one beautiful young shepherdess – for whose vocation Holo holds no affection – Lawrence’s prospects, both personal and professional, are looking grim!
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Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical

8. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 2- Garma

by: Yoshikazu YasuhikoMelissa TanakaYoshiyuki TominoHajime Yatate
Release date: Jun 25, 2013
Number of Pages: 432
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With the Federation’s White Base now on Earth and his assault carrier loaded with civilians, Bright Noah must now navigate his ship safely through enemy occupied territory. Unfortunately on his tail are a host Zeon troops. Lead by the Commander of North American Earth Forces, Captain Garma Zabi, a fleet of aircraft is preparing to lay siege on the Federation ship with ambitions to capture its new Mobile Suit. But before the Zeon make their move in the American desert, an old acquaintance of Garma’s has arrived. Lt Char Aznable, known on the field of combat as The Red Comet, followed the White Base from space and is here to on a reconnaissance mission to gain information on the Federation’s new suit.

To prove his worth, Garma engages the Feds soon after his brief reunion. The results were not ideal. In fact, the Federation may have found new weapons for their defense in the process. And Garma, who led the charge himself, was fortunate to survive this first confrontation.

Now with the White Base heading towards South America, and word of an insurgence movement developing, Garma must find a way to quash the Federation’s plans…There is no turning back!

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Science Fiction

9. Collected Sam and Max: Surfin’ the Highway

by: PurcellHenry Purcell
Release date: Nov 22, 1995
Number of Pages: 160
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Containing all of the Sam and Max material published by Marvel’s Epic Comics and the one-page strips commissioned by the comic’s current publisher, LucasArts, The Collected Sam and Max is replete with the wry humor, witty repartee, and first-class graphics that have earned this quirky pair of furry flatfoots a rabidly devoted following. Color illustrations throughout.
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Arts & Photography

10. Naruto, Vol. 68

by: Masashi Kishimoto
Release date: Dec 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 192
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Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja!

Even as the Shinobi Alliance’s resolve begins to falter in the face of Obito’s overwhelming power, Naruto refuses to give in. But how can he turn the tables with the odds so stacked against him? Can Naruto and Sasuke work together long enough to lead the ninja world to victory?!

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Fantasy

11. Naruto, Vol. 68

by: Masashi Kishimoto
Release date: Dec 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 192
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Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja!

Even as the Shinobi Alliance’s resolve begins to falter in the face of Obito’s overwhelming power, Naruto refuses to give in. But how can he turn the tables with the odds so stacked against him? Can Naruto and Sasuke work together long enough to lead the ninja world to victory?!

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Fantasy

12. One-Punch Man, Vol. 5

by: ONEYusuke Murata
Release date: Mar 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 216
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Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!

To stop a Demon-level crisis, Saitama and company head toward the action. However, even Class S heroes prove to be no match for the Deep Sea King! In order to protect the good citizens, our heroes will need to summon all of their courage and confront this threat!

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Fantasy

13. Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus, Book 4

by: CLAMPCLAMPCarl Gustav Horn
Release date: Oct 02, 2012
Number of Pages: 592
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The conclusion of the Cardcaptor Sakura saga!

Now is the time for people to admit the feelings for other people they’ve held secret . . . but there are so many feelings, running in so many directions! What are the true desires of Eriol, the powerful young boy who is the reincarnation of Clow Reed . . . and why did he wish that Sakura would replace him as Master of the Clow?

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Children’s Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga

14. Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 10

by: Bisco HatoriBisco HatoriNancy Thistlethwaite
Release date: Jan 29, 2008
Number of Pages: 200
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Ever since the day he helped her up after a nasty tumble, Black Magic Club member Reiko Kanazuki has been obsessed with Hunny. She is devoting all her knowledge of the dark arts to curse him and steal his soul. Will the sweetest member of the Host Club fall victim to her spells?
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Action & Adventure

15. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 3- Ramba Ral

by: Yoshikazu YasuhikoYoshikazu YasuhikoMelissa TanakaHajime Yatate
Release date: Sep 24, 2013
Number of Pages: 480
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In the third volume of Gundam the Origin, the White Base is on the run after a successful attack against the Zeon forces in Los Angeles. As they refuel en-route to their Federation base in Jaburo, hidden in the heart of the Amazonian jungle, the crew learns they may be holding on to a new weapon just as valuable as their new Mobile Suit.

On the Zeon side, their leadership has been shaken to its core. A grand ceremony is produced in honor of a fallen Zabi youth. Shocked by this death, there are many within the Zeon ranks left frustrated with intent on seeking vengeance.

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Science Fiction

16. A Voice in the Dark Volume 1

by: Larime Taylor
Release date: Jul 15, 2014
Number of Pages: 208
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It’s been 72 days since Zoey killed someone. With her recent move to college, Zoey is eager to start a fresh chapter of her life – one where she can control her dark urges the way she has before. But when she becomes the host of a late-night campus radio show, Zoey must consider if she has given a voice to something far more troubled than her anonymous callers.

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Horror

17. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 7: City Fall Part 2

by: Tom WaltzKevin B. Eastman
Release date: Feb 25, 2014
Number of Pages: 104
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  • “City Fall” concludes as Shredder reveals his new second-in-command and launches a full-scale war on New York City! With allegiances shifting, the Turtles must fight back against their most deadly enemy.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Science Fiction

18. The Truth Is Out There Brendan & Erc in Exile Volume 1

by: AmadeusAmadeus
Release date: May 30, 2013
Number of Pages: 120
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Brendan and Erc are just your average interplanetary mailmen trying to find their way in the galaxy. But one day, while piloting cargo through the far reaches of space, they suddenly find themselves on a journey they didn’t expect: a journey to the truth. The Truth Is Out There combines the visual excitement and quirky humor of graphic novels with solid popular philosophy and theology. The result is a book in which everyone from teens to adults can find accessible answers to questions about God, the soul, true happiness, and much more and have fun doing it! And because Brendan and Erc start their journey at the very beginning, readers don’t have to possess any kind of faith to appreciate the thoughtful ideas and arguments they’ll encounter. If you just have an open mind (and a sense of adventure) you will come away from these pages with a clearer sense of life’s purpose, and a better understanding of the reasons for believing in God, Jesus, and the Church. And if you’re already a believer, The Truth Is Out There will deepen your knowledge of the Faith and sharpen your skills at defending it.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

19. Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus, Book 2

by: CLAMPCLAMP
Release date: Aug 09, 2011
Number of Pages: 600
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The beautiful new teacher in Sakura’s class, Kaho Mizuki, soon reveals that she’s a shrine maiden with magic powers of her own. But as always, the struggle to capture the Clow cards is woven together with the mysterious — and complicated — threads of love and affection between Sakura and all the people in her life. Will her heart be strong enough as she faces the one who will judge her worthiness to master the cards at last?
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Fantasy

20. Black Butler, Vol. 12

by: Yana Toboso
Release date: Jan 22, 2013
Number of Pages: 176
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The decks of the Campania run red with blood when the corpses brought back to a semblance of life by the Aurora Society’s “absolute salvation” turn on the ship’s passengers in a ghoulish farce. With their investigation waylaid by this primitive struggle for survival, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his exceptional butler, Sebastian, are trapped at the mercy of both the unnatural and Mother Nature herself. For even as dead feet shuffle along the opulent decks of the luxury liner in search of living prey, in the distance there looms before the cursed vessel a massive iceberg that glows and crackles eerily in the gloom of night…
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Fantasy

21. Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN, Volume 4: Jaburo

by: Yoshikazu YasuhikoYoshiyuki TominoMelissa TanakaHajime Yatate
Release date: Dec 17, 2013
Number of Pages: 504
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A sci-fi epic set in space, ‘Mobile Suit Gandam’ retells the beginning of one of the biggest manga franchises ever created. This edition contains extra content including interviews with leading figures in manga.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Science Fiction

22. Lay Siege to Heaven

by: Louis de Wohl
Release date: Sep 01, 1991
Number of Pages: 361
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Continuing his popular series of novels about saints of the Church, de Wohl devotes his considerable talents to an interpretation of one of the most unusual women of all time, St. Catherine of Siena. The daughter of a prosperous dyer in 14th-century Siena, Catherine devoted her life to Christ, persuaded the Pope to move from Avignon to Rome, subdued the warring City-States of Italy, and changed the face of her world.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction

23. Witch Doctor, Vol. 2: Mal Practice

by: Brandon SeifertLukas Ketner
Release date: Jul 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 176
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Dr. Vincent Morrow, specialist in supernatural diseases, is back – but this time, he’s the patient! In the second collection of the hit medical horror series, Doc Morrow himself is targeted by shadowy supernatural forces. With his body betraying him, Morrow races against the clock to diagnose the threats he faces – and to punish those responsible! Collects Witch Doctor: The Resuscitation and Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #1-6.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Horror

24. Big Hard Sex Criminals

by: Matt Fraction
Release date: Apr 07, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
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“Great fun!” – The Miami Herald
Collecting the first ten issues of the Eisner and Harvey award-winning, TIME Magazine Best Comic of the year of our lord 2013, SEX CRIMINALS, in an oversized hardcover format guaranteed to embarrass you to order.
Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here, by Matt Fraction (Satellite Sam, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies, Monster Cops).

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Fantasy

25. Fruits Basket Vol. 8 (En Espanol) (Fruits Basket (Spanish)) (Spanish Edition)

by: Natsuki Takaya
Release date: Oct 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 192
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Tohru Honda, an orphaned high school freshman, is invited to stay with the mysterious Sohma family in exchange for cooking and cleaning. She soon discovers the family’s great secret…its members are possessed by the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, and when they are hugged by members of the opposite sex, they transform into their Zodiac animal! Charming…Highly recommended. –Library Journal
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels

26. Invincible: The Ultimate Collection Volume 9 (Invincible Ultimate Coll Hc)

by: Robert Kirkman
Release date: Aug 19, 2014
Number of Pages: 336
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  • Invincible’s battle with Dinosaurus kicks off the start of a very tumultuous time in Mark Grayson’s life.
  • Collects Invincible #97-108.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Superheroes

27. Lazarus Book 1 (Lazarus Hc)

by: Greg Rucka
Release date: Dec 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 245
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“Lark’s artwork is fabulous, capturing both the scenes of violence and those of introspection, in which Forever tries to accept who she is and how she feels about it. It’s top-notch SF worldbuilding. With an introduction by Warren Ellis.” – Publishers Weekly

This prestige hardcover collects the first two arcs of the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling series; “Family,” which introduces Forever Carlyle and her Family as they are brought to the brink of war in a future of economic collapse; and “Lift,” where Forever uncovers a terrorist plot against her Family while another family altogether, the Barrets, take desperate measures to escape their life of poverty.

PLUS! Never-before-seen work by Michael Lark and graphic designer Eric Trautmann, and exclusive world-building content. Collects Lazarus #1-9 with four-page preview and additional content.

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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Science Fiction

28. Nightmare World: 13 Tales Of Terror Volume 1

by: Dirk Manning
Release date: Aug 21, 2012
Number of Pages: 128
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  • Psychological horror in the vein of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt! In this first “Definitive” Collection of stories from the acclaimed online comic series, we delve into a world of ghostly lovers, demonic abductors, vengeful victims, and sexy Cthulhu priestesses as these loosely connected stories weave an epic tale of a world not unlike our own where nothing is what it seems. Welcome to Nightmare World!
  • Written by “Write Or Wrong” Newsarama columnist Dirk Manning, featuring remastered art, extras, and a new in-continuity prose story.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Horror

29. The Big Book of Barry Ween, Boy Genius

by: Judd Winick
Release date: Aug 16, 2011
Number of Pages: 376
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  • Meet Barry Ween, the smartest living human. What does a ten-year-old boy do with a 350 I.Q.? Anything he wants! Cranky, egotistical, arrogant, and foul-mouthed, Barry in general wants to conduct his experiments and be left alone, but it never seems to work out. Hurdles that Barry must outmaneuver range from time warps, to art thieves, to inter-dimensional warfare with gorillas, to accidentally turning his best friend into a dinosaur!
  • This massive volume collects all three Barry Ween mini-series — 12 issues in all — for a complete compilation of the hit series, The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels

30. Black Butler, Vol. 13

by: Yana Toboso
Release date: Apr 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 176
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His betrothed’s unexpected skill with a sword having narrowly saved him from a gory fate at the gnashing jaws of the undead, Earl Ciel Phantomhive, along with his intrepid butler, Sebastian, fights to see another day aboard the doomed Campania. But as they draw nearer to the heart of the Aurora Society’s scheme to reanimate the dead, the pair are met by the beautiful young “Kaiser,” who holds all the keys to this mystery in the palm of his gloved hand, platinum blond locks fluttering in his wake…
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga > Fantasy

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