Comic books are a great way to get children interested in reading. While there are endless options for adults, the selection available to readers of all ages is decidedly narrower. Thankfully, major comic book companies and independent publishers alike are paying attention to this valuable part of the market. Finding an all ages comic book you and your child can enjoy together is invaluable. Bonding over a love of a particular hero or genre of comic book can lead to a lifetime of memories. Take a look at these amazing comics suited for readers of all ages.
1. Tiny Titans
Creators: Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani
Tiny Titans is the perfect start series for young readers. The amount of text is kept to a minimum, and lettered so young readers can easily understand it. Each issue collects two or three short stories, making it perfect for readers with shorter attention spans. The jokes themselves are funny enough that parents reading the comic with their kids won’t be bored. Tiny Titans fan for 50 issues over four years and has been collected into eight trade paperbacks.
Where to begin: The first trade paperback volume, Tiny Titans Vol. 1: Welcome to the Treehouse is the best place to start.
2. Goldie Vance
Creators: Hope Larson and Brittney Williams
Goldie Vance is a young detective who solves crimes on a resort in Florida. The series is set fifty or so years ago, and follows Vance and her friends as they wander into mysteries on their quest for truth and justice. Larson and Williams have created a compelling comic, featuring a young queer woman of color who is so much more that how she identifies. It’s a must read for readers of all ages.
Where to begin: Goldie Vance Vol 1. was recently released in trade paperback, or you can pick up the single issues at your local comic book retailer.
Creators: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brook A. Allen
This is a must read series for fans of mystery or adventure or camp or fun, regardless of age. The series takes place at summer camp, where a group of friends are just trying to enjoy their time together. Unfortunately, they keep stumbling into mystery after mystery, each one stranger than the last. It’s an awesome read, with a story line compelling enough to keep parents just as eager for the next issue as their kids. This one is probably best for slightly older kids, who can handle the wait between issues for a cliffhanger. If not, consider picking the series up as it is released in trade paperback. These trades usually collect an entire storyline (or arc) into one book.
Where to begin: To be sure you don’t miss a mystery, the best place to start is with Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy.
4. Adventure Time
Creators: Various (strongly recommend stories written by Ryan North and Kate Leth)
Adventure Time is one of the most entertaining kids shows for adults on television. The stories are layered, with something for fans of all ages to enjoy (or to find hauntingly depressing, depending on the episode). There are a number of different series featuring these characters, both ongoing and limited runs. The comics are a great way to add something extra to the world, and could be your child’s first introduction to the idea of an Extended Universe.
Where to begin: That’s really up to you and your child. If you have a favorite character, see if they have a miniseries or storyline. Otherwise, you can start with the first volume, released in trade paperback. Personally, I strongly recommend Seeing Red, by Kate Leth and Zack Sterling. It was my son’s first graphic novel, and we’ve read it together quite frequently. Despite these repeated re-reads, the comic holds up as a fun read.
5. Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur
Creators: Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is one of Marvel’s most adorable titles. Lunella is your regular old average genius ten year old who just happens to have a latent Inhuman gene and is living in fear of what will happen to her. In trying to find a solution to her problem, she accidentally transports a dinosaur to present-day New York. Hilarity, action, and heartfelt moments ensue.
Where to begin: Start with the beginning, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF to see the story unfold from the beginning.
These are just a few of our favourite all ages reads. What are yours?