Both Marvel and DC have graphic novels for middle-grade readers slated for release this fall. Although it dropped the DC Zoom and DC Ink branding some time ago, DC has continued to publish original graphic novels at a rate of about two a month. Marvel typically does two or three kid-friendly collected editions every month as well. All of the Marvel books are rated for ages 10-14 and collect earlier comics in the 6” x 9” format that has become standard for middle-grade graphic novels, while both of the DC titles are sequels to earlier original graphic novels and are rated for ages 8 to 12.
Spider-Verse: Amazing Spider-Man,
by Stan Lee, Robbie Thompson, Ralph Macchio, and Chris Eliopoulos and artists John Romita Sr., Nathan Stockman, Chris Allen, and Lanna Souvanny, collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
#51-52, Spider-Man: Master Plan, Spider-Man: Reptilian Rage,
and material from Marvel Action Origins
#1. The 104-page paperback collects several Spider-Man stories, including an action-filled version of his origin story, and will be released on September 14 with an MSRP of $9.99.
Ms. Marvel: Generations,
by writers G. Willow Wilson, Eve L. Ewing, and Clint McElroy and artists Nico Leon, Paolo Villanelli, Joey Vazquez, and Ig Guara, collects Ms. Marvel (2015)
# 36-38, Generations: Ms. Marvel and Ms. Marvel (2017)
#1, and Marvel Team-Up (2019)
#1-6 in a chunky, 224-page paperback that will be released on October 12 with an MSRP of $13.99.
by writers Nnedi Okorafor and Vita Ayala and artists Leonardo Romero, Paul Davidson, Bernard Chang, Arianna Florean, and Mario Del Pennino, takes the Wakandan princess to New York, where she teams up with Miles Morales and Kamala Khan to find her missing brother T’Challa. The 120-page paperback collects Shuri
#1 and #6-7, Marvel Action: Black Panther
#5-6 and material from Marvel’s Voices
#1 and will be released on October 12 with an MSRP of $9.99.
Green Lantern: Alliance,
by writer Minh Le and artist Andie Tong, is a followup to Green Lantern: Legacy,
in which Tai Pham, a teen in a Vietnamese immigrant family, inherited the title and ring of Green Lantern from his grandmother. In Green Lantern: Alliance,
Tai gets help in fighting a string of fires from an unexpected source: Kid Flash. The 144-page paperback will be released on October 18 with an MSRP of $9.99.
Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons,
by writers Shannon and Dean Hale and artist Victoria Ying, is less of a sequel to Diana: Princess of the Amazons than a new story set in the same world. In the first book, Diana loved living on the island of Themyscira with all the other Amazons but didn’t love being the only kid. In Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons, it’s Nubia who is feeling lonely, until a total stranger, Diana, appears in her bedroom and all the adults act as if she has always been there. The 160-page paperback will go on sale on November 8 with an MSRP of $9.99.