15 Over 10: Comic Books for Pre-Teens

Last week, we listed out 15 comics that were designed perfectly for kids under 10 years old. Now, we flip the narrative and take a look at 15 comics made to be loved by pre-teens, kids over 10… and all the way up to adulthood!

So, without further ado, our 15 Over 10 for kids of all genders and backgrounds.


1. Ms. Marvel

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa
Published by Marvel Comics

Marvel’s biggest hit since Deadpool, teenager Kamala Khan was living a normal life just outside Manhattan in New Jersey when the Terrigen Mists hit and she developed brand new Inhuman powers. Inspired by the original Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, Kamala became the new Ms. Marvel!


2. Nimona

Written by Noelle Stevenson
Art by Noelle Stevenson
Published by Harper Collins

Multiple award-winning graphic novel, Nimona tells a story full of dragons, science, symbols, knights, and more! Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. She’s the sidekick of villain Lord Blackheart, and they’re out to show up the heroes!


3. Rust

Written by Royden Lepp
Art by Royden Lepp
Published by Archaia Entertainment

When the mysterious Jet Jones crash lands onto the Taylor family farm, followed by a giant rusted robot, young Roman Taylor is sure this new visitor and his secrets are there to save them. It’s adventure on the prairie!


4. This One Summer

Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Jillian Tamaki
Published by :01 First Second Books

Every summer, Rose and her family spend the summer at a lake house in Awago Beach, and Rose is reunited with her friend, a local girl Windy. This year, though, is pivotal in their adolescence and Rose’s parents won’t stop fighting, and it affects their friendship big time.


5. A Wrinkle in Time

Written by Madeleine L’Engle
Adapted and art by Hope Larson
Published by Square Fish

Adapted to graphic novel by Hope Larson, Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s novel is the story of three kids in search of their father in a land that exists on the other side of a tesseract — otherwise known as a wrinkle in time. What they find there is a whole new world.


6. Goldie Vance

Written by Hope Larson
Art by Brittney Williams
Published by BOOM! Studios

Living the life of a Nancy Drew in 1960s Florida, Goldie Vance sets out to solve a mystery in every issue, much to the dismay of the inhabitants of the Crossed Palms Resort. Depicting a wide variety of body shapes and sizes, ethnicities, and sexualities, the book is a fresh take on teenage romance, adventure, and fun.


7. The Nameless City

Written by Faith Erin Hicks
Art by Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire
Published by :01 First Second Books

There once was a city that kept getting invaded, over and over. Its colonizers would choose a new name for the city each time, but for the natives, it always remains The Nameless City. One of those natives, Kat, has to deal with an invader, Kai, as they become unlikely fast friends.


8. New Super-Man

Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Viktor Bogdanovic and Philip Tan
Published by DC Comics

China wants its own Justice League, but you can’t have a League without a Superman. One government experiment on an impulsive Shanghai resident later, and a New Super-Man is born. Will Kong Kenan live up to his brand new name?


9. Spinning

Written by Tillie Walden
Art by Tillie Walden
Published by :01 First Second Books

Ice-skating was Tillie’s entire world. She was amazing at it. And she hated every minute of it. So when Tillie changes school and meets her first girlfriend, she begins to wonder if there isn’t more for her out there than the ice.


10. Raven, the Pirate Princess

Written by Jeremy Whitley
Art by Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt, and Xenia Pamfil
Published by Action Lab Entertainment

Spinning off from Princeless (included in our 15 Under 10 list!), Raven, daughter of a Pirate King, takes to the open seas with her crew of women. Love blossoms among them, especially for Raven, and the adventure and danger finds them all.


11. Raven

Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Alisson Borges and Diogenes Neves
Published by DC Comics

Daughter of the demon Trigon and a Teen Titan, young Rachel Roth is moving in with her mother’s sister, who isn’t quite normal. But she’s about to face the most evil thing of all: high school.


12. Your Pal, Archie

Written by Ty Templeton
Art by Dan Parent
Published by Archie Comics

A return to classic Archie Comics style, Your Pal, Archie features the entire Riverdale gang: Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Jughead, and more! Perfect for kids who may be too young still for the Riverdale TV show, this book is perfect for all ages.


13. Jem and the Holograms

Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Sophie Campbell and Gisele Lagace
Published by IDW Publishing

A re-envisioning of the 1990s popular cartoon band, Jem and the Holograms takes the stage against the (not nearly as villainous) Misfits to make music, fall in love, and get famous. The only hitch for Jem? Her alter ego Jerrica Benson isn’t nearly as outgoing as the pink-haired star she pretends to be.


14. Runaways

Written by Brian K. Vaughan and Rainbow Rowell
Art by Adrian Alphona and Kris Anka
Published by Marvel Comics

Six kids who couldn’t be more different. Six sets of parents who come together every year for a mysterious gathering that leaves their children in the dark. Until they aren’t. Now runaways in the Marvel Universe’s Los Angeles, these kids are ready to take their role as the newest heroes — by stopping their parents.


15. The Backstagers

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Rian Sygh
Published by BOOM! Studios

Queer drama kids take centerstage as Tynion and Sygh tell a coming of age story about a stage crew of a high school drama department and the boys that make it up.



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