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Tirzah Price

Senior Contributing Editor

Most of Tirzah Price's life decisions have been motivated by a desire to read as many books as humanly possible. Tirzah holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked as an independent bookseller and librarian. She’s also the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and Bibliologist at TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. Follow her on Twitter @TirzahPrice.

The second quarter of 2019 is an exciting season for YA graphic novels! After a slow start to the year, your TBR is going to be bursting with DC Universe graphic novels, newest volumes in favorite series, exciting new graphic novels from award-winning authors and illustrators, and some great debuts!

Spring 2019 YA Graphic Novels

Mera: TidebreakerMera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne

In this DC Universe original graphic novel, Princess Mera is heir to the throne of Xebel, but in order to battle an uprising, she must assassinate Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. Her mission and her loyalties become even more complicated when Mera and Arthur begin falling for each other.

Out April 2.

Lumberjanes Vol. 11Lumberjanes Vol. 11: Time After Crime by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters, Brook Allen

Molly isn’t ready for summer with her best friends to end, so she makes a deal with the disembodied voice outside of camp to slow down time to make it last for as long as possible…except it doesn’t quite turn out like that. Instead, time freezes and skips all over the place, and it’s up to the Lumberjanes of Roanoke Cabin to fix it!

Out April 2.

Ms. Marvel Vol 10Ms. Marvel Vol. 10: Time and Again by G. Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed, and Rainbow Rowell

Kamala is having a sleepover with her best friends when evil strikes Jersey City, leaving her torn between duty and loyalty her friends. All the while, Bruno is back in town and he and Kamala bond over experimenting on her powers—what could possibly go wrong?

Out April 9.

Backstagers Vol. 3Backstagers Vol. 3 by James Tynion IV, Sam Johns, Rian Sygh

The Backstagers crew reunites in this long-awaited third volume for anti–Valentine’s Day antics and haunted Halloween shenanigans!

Out April 30.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With MeLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Laura Dea is Frederica Riley’s dream girl, but she doesn’t make a very great girlfriend. When a psychic gives Frederica a mysterious piece of advice to “break up with her,” Frederica thinks she means Laura Dean. But how can she do that when Laura Dean keeps coming back?

Out May 7.

Under the MoonUnder the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodheart

When teenager Selina Kyle is left to fend for herself on the streets of Gotham, it takes all of her bravery and toughness to survive. But does survival mean that the future Catwoman will risk her humanity along the way?

Out May 7.

Spectacle Book 2Spectacle Vol. 2 by Megan Rose Gedris

Twin sisters Kate and Anna are back, still trying to Kate’s killer. It seems like the closer Anna gets, though, the more obstacles she encounters, making it difficult for the sisters to protect their circus home from the killer at large.

Out May 21.

This Was Our PactThis Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Every Autumn Equinox, Ben’s town releases lanterns into the sky and no one knows where they go. This year, Ben and his classmates form a pact: they’re going to follow the lanterns, but no turning back and no quitting. As his classmates break the pact throughout the night, 0nly Ben and loner Nathaniel are left to discover the truth.

Out June 11.

Hotel DareHotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre

Siblings Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte are stuck spending the summer at their grandmother’s creepy old motel, which is boring and tedious work…until they discover that each motel room is a portal to a different dimension. Exploring is fun, but when the inhabitants of the various worlds begin to cross over, it’s chaos that only Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte can solve!

Out June 11.

Queen of the SeaQueen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

Loosely based on the true story of Elizabeth I and her sister Mary, this graphic novel tells the story of Eleanor, who is banished to an island when her sister takes the throne. There Eleanor meets an orphan named Margaret, and together the girls hold the key to unlocking a treasonous plot that could change their lives forever—or imperil them.

Out June 25.