In this article we have talked about 10 best graphic novels of 2021 so far. There are many comic books or graphic novels which are widely popular since their publication (We have already talked about this in our other article). However, In this one we are going to talk about the top 10 comic books or Graphic novels of this year so far. You will find some of the best released graphic novels of 2021 in this list.
10 Best Comic Books or Graphic Novels of 2021 so far:
- Stone Fruit by Lee Lai
- Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
- Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani
- The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel
- Djelia by Juni Ba
- Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
- And Now I Spill The Family Secrets by Margaret Kimball
- Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd
- In by Will McPhail
- Bunuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles by Fermin Solis
Stone Fruit by Lee Lai
This heartwearming graphic novel follows the lives of Ray and Bron, a queer couple who live a happy life going on play dates with Ray’s niece. However, soon their emotional intimacy withers, and they’re forced to look to family for love. In their dealings with their respective difficult siblings, they find a new meaning to family and their own dynamic.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
This book recently made a huge buzz in the book community and its fourth volume is finally here. This book focuses on the love story of two adorable boys, Nick and Charlie. Charlie wants to tell Nick that he loves him but has no idea how. Meanwhile, his own mental health seems to be getting worse, with his OCD acting up. But there’s also a lot of fun – a beach trip, two dogs and pure love. This book will steal your heart, like the first three in the volume.
Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani
This book follows Shaheen and her cousin Tannaz as they use a cryptic glowing jukebox to decipher the mystery behind Shaheen’s father’s disappearance. There’s an element of fantasy, as the jukebox pulls the girls into another time frame altogether. This coming of age adventure will make you feel excited and happy, and that’s exactly what everyone needs right now!
The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel
This non-fiction graphic novel is the intersection of two important genres – sequential art and memoir. In this ‘graphic memoir,’ she talks about her journey from childhood to adulthood. She talks about fitness crazes and influences by Eastern philosophers and literary geniuses. In the process, she describes where her superhuman strength comes from
Djelia by Juni Ba
This graphic novel is inspired by West African folklore, and follows the life of Prince Mansour and his royal storyteller Awa. The duo encounters the once powerful wizard Soumaoro who has the capacity to destroy the world. Their adventures feel like a breath of fresh air, and this book is definitely a must read.
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
In this book, we meet Turtle, an 11 year old is a tough girl with no room for delicacy. When her mom gets a job as a housekeeper for someone, Turtle leaves for Florida to live with relatives she doesn’t know. Here, a new world full of possibilities and excitement opens up for her. This book definitely needs to be on your TBR, for the wondrous worlds it opens up.
And Now I Spill The Family Secrets by Margaret Kimball
This graphic memoir gathers bits and pieces of Kimball’s childhood to create a mosaic of a full life. It includes Kimball’s struggles with her mother’s bipolar disorder and the calamities that her family faced. This is intimate to the point of being uncomfortable, but also empathetic. There is a chapter where Kimball interviews her brother, adding a perspective to the novel form that is essentially self centred.
Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd
This is the perfect middle grade graphic novel to soothe your inner kid. This follows Maggie who’s looking for a perfect pet but lands up having allergies with fur. She needs a pet because she’s lonely. Her parents are preparing for the arrival of a new baby and her twins are engrossed in their own world. Now she needs to somehow win over her allergies and find a perfect pet.
In by Will McPhail
McPhail is a lead New Yorker cartoonist and this graphic novel is ripe with his beautiful illustrations. It follows Nick, an illustrator who is struggling with forming connections. He feels isolated and seeks solace in Joni Mitchell albums and quaint cafes, but soon realizes that if he is heartful in his conversations, he can find genuine, meaningful connections. This is a story full of heart, warmth and heartbreaking sincerity that definitely deserves a place on your shelf.
Bunuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles by Fermin Solis
This is a beloves Spanish graphic novel, which has been translated into English for the first time. It follows a turbulent period in the life of Bunuel, the classic surrealist Spanish filmmaker who revolutionized modern Spanish cinema. This book is set in the time period when Bunuel was collaborating with Ramon Acin to make a movie to capture the hardships of people in Las Hurdes. But in the process, his unconscious childhood memories began to resurface and spilled into his work as surrealist elements, posing a threat to his friendships and sanity.