7 Wonderful Kids and All-Ages Comics
By Amy Ratcliffe on May 11, 2014
Have you or your kid recently stumbled into a comic book shop for the first time to search for titles from TV shows like Adventure Time or My Little Pony? First of all, awesome! Welcome to the joy that is reading comics; we’re excited you’re here. Secondly, are you ready to take your first step into a much larger world? While you can keep busy with several arcs in the Adventure Time and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comics, you can also find a long list of stories to try on for size in the kids and all ages section of your friendly neighborhood comic book store. We have a few suggestions for you:
Itty Bitty Hellboy
If you’d like a dose of cute along with some monsterrific fun, Dark Horse Comics’ Itty Bitty Hellboy by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani is right up your alley. The series is a more cartoony and silly take on Mike Mignola’s Hellboy (maybe you saw the movie starring Ron Perlman?), and it’s colorful, exciting, and endearing.
Bonus: Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani have other comics available in the same style including Superman Family Adventures and Tiny Titans. All of these books and Itty Bitty Hellboy are available in trade paperbacks (collections of the single issues).
For another precious take on existing superheroes, try DC Comics’ Li’l Gotham. This version of Gotham City from creators Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen isn’t dark or gritty – it’s tinier and more adorable. The story stars the familiar faces of the Bat family and their villains, but you see a funnier side. It’s a book not quite like anything else, right down to its unique, watercolor art. This is a Batman story for the entire family.
Buy Li’l Gotham in trade paperbacks.
Forget damsel in distress stories! In Jeremy Whitley and Mia Goodwin’s Princeless, Princess Adrienne saves herself. It is as wonderful as it sounds. The swashbuckling fantasy tale doesn’t follow any of the tropes of the genre and offers a lot of laughs. Plus, Adrienne makes a suitable role model for both children and grown-ups.
You can get Princeless, published by Action Lab Comics, in single issues or trade paperbacks.
Herobear and The Kid
When Tyler inherited a teddy bear from his grandfather, he had no idea what extreme adventures awaited him. Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and The Kid, published by Boom! Studios, is the kind of book that delights kids of all ages and tickles imaginations. Readers will find amusing experiences, but also uncover a mystery as Tyler and Herobear try to figure out what happened to a missing friend.
You can find Herobear in single issues.
One of the longest running all ages comics can be found in Jeff Smith’s Bone. The story is lighthearted but told with a sweeping fantasy tone. The tale will keep young readers engaged and grab the attention of adults. Over the course of each issues, you’ll follow the Bone cousins after they’ve been run out of their hometown. Accompanying them on their heroic journey is like going to Mordor with Frodo, except not as bleak and heavy.
Get Bone in trade paperbacks.
Superheroes and fantasies are all good and well, but what about stories depicting real life? Jimmy Gownley’s Amelia Rules! follows the life of nine-year-old Amelia as she adjusts to small town living after her parents get divorced. She has to make new friends and handle hairy situations, and Gownley tackles the subject with hilarity and charm.
Purchase the many volumes of Amelia Rules! in paperback collections.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger
Not all superhero comics are meant for kids but some titles provide clean, roaring heroics for all ages. Marvel’s Thor: The Mighty Avenger by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee nails it. You don’t have to know decades of backstory to enjoy this collection about the god of thunder, and you won’t have to worry about gore or extreme violence. Langridge and Samnee capture much of the joy and vibe from the 1960s era of comics without all the corny moments. You’ll follow Thor as he fights robots, Loki, and more.
You can purchase Thor: The Mighty Avenger collection in paperback.
Still looking for more? Plenty of other cartoons such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bravest Warriors, and The Powerpuff Girls have comics, too. Don’t be afraid to ask your comic book shop for further recommendations!
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