21 Graphic Novels For People That Don’t Read Graphic Novels

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Have you ever wanted to read graphic novels but just don’t know where to start?

Do you want to read graphic novels but don’t like super heroes or zombies?

Then look no further! These graphic novels are perfect for people that don’t read graphic novels but would like to try them out. And no, I didn’t just go pick a bunch of random ones for this list. I’ve actually either read all of these or have them borrowed on the Libby app.

This last winter I was at the library (in the good old days when you could browse as you please) and found the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina graphic novel. I had to get it out of curiosity because I enjoy the show (in the way I enjoy Riverdale) and I also enjoyed the graphic novel.

So, I forgot about them for months and just saw a bunch of graphic novels on Kindle deals so I picked some up then remembered the Libby app and here we are.

I hate reading actual books on a screen (iPad or phone screen, not Kindle, I love my Kindle dearly) but the iPad I have been debating keeping for about two years now is just what I need for borrowing the graphic novels! It’s big enough that I can actually read them (wow, how old am I?) unlike my phone.

So I downloaded Libby and couldn’t find anything I was specifically looking for, so I just borrowed a bunch of witch graphic novels, YA graphic novels, even juvenile graphic novels to get me through the next few weeks (lots of driving coming up.)

And now, I present to you, wonderful graphic novels to read if you don’t read graphic novels.

Through the Woods

This is a collection of five macabre illustrated tales. It’s not graphic or gory, but unsettling and creepy. Each story has it’s own creepy and unnerving plot that will leave you scared with a little suspense in the atmosphere.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

If you love the show Sabrina the Teenage Witch (the Melissa Joan Hart version) this is for you! I read this one and really enjoyed it, especially the art and alternate covers in the back!

Sabrina is struggling to juggle regular teen life and teen-witch life. She has recently moved to Greendale with her Aunts Hilda and Zelda. She finds herself with a rival right away, in a love triangle, and trying to save the high school from evil monsters.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

It’s the day of her sixteenth birthday and Sabrina has to choose between her magical life and her mortal one. But Madame Satan, an old family foe, has arrived in Greendale with her own plans and deadly agenda.

If you like the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina show, this is a must-read. I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait to read more of them.

Monstress

This art deco-steam punk world is an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia where we follow the story of a teenage girl struggling to survive the trauma of war and who also happens to share a mysterious psychic link with a very powerful monster. This connection will make both of them the target of terrible human and otherworldly powers.

Wytches

If you thought you knew everything about witches, you were wrong. They are much darker and much more horrifying. While the Rooks have moved to the remote town of Litchfield, New Hampshire to escape a haunting trauma and start over, something even more evil is waiting for them in the woods.

The Midwinter Witch

Aster has always looked forward to the Midwinter Festival, a family gathering with a fun magical competition, the Jolrun tournament, that he plans on participating in as a witch.

His friend Ariel is facing much darker things, like who the witch is that’s been visiting here in her dreams. She attends the festival with Aster and nothing goes as planned. A dark force has invaded the festival and everyone has to come together to fight it.

This is the third in the Witch Boy series, but I don’t think it’s totally necessary to read them in order (I read this one first and wasn’t that lost.) I did really enjoy this one and will definitely be reading the first two. This is a great juvenile graphic novel for all ages.

Surviving the City

Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe and Dez is Inninew. Together, they navigate the perils of growing up in a city. They’re so close they’re more like sisters and even did their berry fasts together.

But Dez’s grandmother becomes too sick for Dez to keep living with her and the threat of a group home looms over her. Knowing this, Dez doesn’t want to go home and disappears. This brings back the memories of Miikwan’s mother’s disappearance. It’s up to their community to help find Dez.

This was SO GOOD. It was very touching and I actually almost cried when I was reading it. I would highly recommend this, especially if you’re trying to diversify your reading.

A Girl Called Echo

Echo is a 13-year-old Métis girl who was separated from her mother and is adjusting to her new life and school. Then, one lecture in school turns extraordinary and her life will never be the same.

During the lecture, she finds herself transported to another time – a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie – and back to the present. She slips back in time over the next few weeks visiting a Métis camp, seeing the old fur-trade routes, and even experiencing the Pemmican Wars.

I also read this one and liked it quite a bit. It’s much more graphic heavy than word heavy, which was really well-done in this one. This is also a great one to read if you’ve ever felt a little lost with yourself and your identity.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you’re a fan of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer show, you have to read these. All Buffy Summers wants at her new school are friends, decent grades, and to escape her destiny as a vampire slayer tasked with defeating all forces of evil.

Betty and Veronica: Senior Year

All that’s standing between Betty and Veronica and freedom is their senior year of high school. Their friendship is put to the test when they realize they won’t be attending the same college in the fall. If you like the original Archie comics, this is a great more modern spin-off.

Vampironica

Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire and her thirst for blood is threatening to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. This is another great one to read if you like the classic Archies and want something new with a twist or if you enjoy the Riverdale show/world.

Cheshire Crossing

This is a crossover story for fairytale lovers. Dorothy from Oz, Alice from Wonderland, and Wendy from Neverland meet up in boarding school where they learn to harness their magical powers. Soon enough they’re dashing from one universe to the next saving each other while trying to stop the Wicked Witch and Hook who have made quite the deadly love match.

Steeple

This is the story of two friends from wildly different backgrounds and world views. One is a member of the Satanic Church and the other is a Vicar in the catholic church. They soon find themselves having to choose sides between good and evil during the rapture that is taking over their small town.

I read this one and didn’t love it, but I did enjoy the style of art in it. The story itself wasn’t my favorite but it’s not terrible either.

The Witch’s Hand

Pete and Alastair Montague are living an ordinary life as a pair of mystery-solving twins, but after a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they find out there is more to their detective skills than they originally thought. Their caretaker, David Faber, has been keeping secrets about their parents and what they are truly capable of.

At the same time, three girls go missing after casting a mysterious spell which set off a chain of events taking their small town down an unexpected path.

A Study in Emerald

This is a supernatural detective mystery where a brilliant detective and his friend try to solve a horrific murder, following the clues and the murderers tracks through the slums of Whitechapel to the Queen’s Palace.

I read this and also thought it was just ok. It’s vaguely reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and I did like that the mystery kind of keeps going, but it wasn’t my favorite. It definitely isn’t bad though. I liked it more than Steeple.

Everything

Everyone in this small town in Michigan is thrilled with the arrival of EVERYTHING and it’s picture-perfect manager, Shirley. Soon, the thrill turns to mania when bouts of random fires, violent explosions, and unshakable psychic experiences start to overtake the population. A couple of residents begin to think EVERYTHING is behind it all.

Dark Shadows

Barnabas Collins is re-adjusting to life under his vampiric curse, though he is haunted by terrifying dreams of Angelique, his age-old lover and nemesis, and his bloodlust. He fears danger lies ahead and the residents of Collinwood are being threatened.

Trickster

This is a collection of 24 Native American folktales told to 24 comic artists by Native American storytellers from across America. Some are serious and some are funny, but all are a great way to learn about Native American culture in a new way.

Manor Black

Roman Black is the patriarch of a powerful family of sorcerers whose children will fight for who will take the reigns of Manor Black and become the representative of the black arts someday.

Roman Black takes a young mage under his wing and gifts them all his powers in the hope that someone good will take his place and fight the evil spirits threatening to take his family down.

I also read this one and it was OK. Better than Steeple and A Study in Emerald, for sure, but still not my favorite. Again, I did enjoy thee art style a lot.

Wires and Nerve

If you like the Lunar Chronicles, you need to read this. This is an extension of the series featuring Iko. When a rogue pack of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the delicate alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down their leader and she finds herself working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and humanity.

As I’ve written this I’ve found about a million more graphic novels I want to read, so stay tuned for more about graphic novels! There is something out there for everyone whether you love witches, vampires, Archie, fairytales, culture, or history.

Have you read any of these graphic novels? Any others I can’t miss? Which is your favorite? Which of these would you want to read?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a Wisconsin native currently working my way around the US. You can probably find me reading on the beach, wandering through the desert, or hanging out in a cute little coffee shop.

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