Welcome to our third standalone comics and graphic novels seasonal preview! They say the third time’s the charm and, for once, they may be right.

You’ll find a smorgasbord of tasty treats, served up by our intrepid comics reviews editor, Meg Lemke, with an assist from manga specialist Shaenon K. Garrity. On the menu are top 10 and longlist picks for spring in the adult, middle grade, young adult, and manga categories, as well as a delectable roundup of early reader comics. Be sure to save room for dessert—Meg’s entertaining profile of Leela Corman (that’s her on the cover), whose graphic novel Victory Parade hits shelves in April—and the digestif: a q&a with National Book Award finalist David Small about his latest, The Werewolf at Dusk. To cap it all off, there’s an annotated guide to how Tessa Hulls’s new graphic memoir, Feeding Ghosts, got made.

From superhero sagas to summer camp romances and devastating social critiques, this feast showcases the breathtaking range of the comics format. Turn the page and tuck in! David Adams, adult reviews director

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Middle Grade Comics & Graphic Novels


Leela Corman Knows Trauma Is Exhausting
The latest graphic novel from the cartoonist draws on trauma in all its forms.

Still Got Bite: PW Talks with David Small
With the illustrated stories of 'The Werewolf at Dusk' (Liveright, Mar.), Small examines what he calls “the vestibule of old age.”

Endnotes: ‘Feeding Ghosts’ by Tessa Hulls
An inside look at the publication process for the author and artist’s debut graphic novel.