Eisner, W. (2000). A Contract with God. New York, DC Comics. Excellent shorts stories that deal with New York and Judaism. One particular story is problematic and changeable.
Gaiman, Neil (1991) Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes New York: DC. Very interesting fantasy novel. Humans imprison the embodiment of Dream through sorcery. Chaos ensues. Dream eventually escapes and must reclaim three talismans of power. Along the way, some interesting portrayals of the best and worst of humanity. Very influential graphic novel. Some vulgarity, some nudity, some occult references.
Hale, S., D. Hale, et al. (2008). Rapunzel's Revenge. New York, Bloomsbury.
Hicks, Faith Erin. (2012) Friends with Boys New York: First Second. Maggie has been homeschooled her whole life and now is starting high school. She worries about finding friends and finding her way through the big building. Fortunately, her oldest brother, a likable member of the theater group, is around, as are her twin brothers (though they are usually too busy fighting with each other to be of some use). Maggie meets Lucy (a hyper, but likable kid) and her moody punk brother Alistaire and things seem to be going okay. Maggie's only other problem is that she is haunted by a ghost. Very good story with a lot about childhood (and a group of kids who are not into drugs, drinking, or hyper-sexuality.) It is a good book. Main themes are developing your own identity, defining friendship, and developing courage by standing up to what you fear (ghosts or bullies)
Hinds, Gareth (2010) The Odyssey Somerville, MA: Candlewick
A few years ago, Marvel comics came out with a graphic novel version of the Iliad. Then there was the graphic novel 300 about the Spartans holding the pass at Thermopylae. And I remember thinking when I first saw them how it made perfect sense for a comic version of these ancient Greek stories because they read like comic books anyway, with the gods and demigods as superheroes. In each of those cases I found though, that it didn't quite work. The Odyssey and the Iliad are not really comic book stories -- the fit isn't as perfect as I thought.
Then along came George O'Connor. His Olympians series showed that the stories of the Greek Gods could be done and done well. (If you haven't read them yet, do so).
I was so excited about O'Connor's work that I missed Gareth Hind's graphic novel version of the Odyssey that came out in 2010. It is brilliant. His artistic style is very different from O'Connor's stuff -- O'Connor is more confident and more vibrant -- Hinds seems muted and cautious by comparison -- but frankly, I don't care -- because Hinds nails The Odyssey perfectly. I'll include some images below. You can see what I mean.
But here is why I am excited -- this is The Odyssey. He captures it. First of all, he tells the story in the right order. His images help us picture the action, but for the first several pages, the text still carries the bulk of the meaning. By the end of the first chapter or so, you will be hooked. The blinding of the Cyclops, the sirens, the book of the dead, and best of all, Odysseus gets his revenge on those freeloading suitors. This is the kind of a graphic novels that will pique studnets' interest in reading the original.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I really liked it. Get hold of it and read it.
Huizenga, Kevin, (2006) Curses. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly Amazing short stories dealing with hope despair, religion, morality, how to live, etc. The story “28th Street is a kind of modern fable. Quest story. Excellent. Maybe for use with upperclassmen.