11 Graphic Novels for Black History Month!

Published February 5th, 2020

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What’s going on Third Eye Faithful?

February is here, and while there is TONS going on this month, we wanted to highlight a few of our graphic novels and single issues featuring black creators for BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Please note, this is in no way a full list, nor is it a rankings list. This is simply a list of books that we LOVE! Check them out below!

1. BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1 – NATION UNDER OUR FEET

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze

For years, T’Challa has protected Wakanda from all invaders. Now, he will discover that his kingdom is much bigger than he ever dreamed. Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now learn the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! COLLECTING BLACK PANTHER 1-6

WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a Black Panther story unlike any that we’ve ever read before. Ta-Nehisi Coates expertly combines superhero lore with intense Afrofuturism themes that are both refreshing and exciting! Paired with Brian Stelfreeze’s beautiful art, they create a world where you really feel two parts of the same world colliding.

2. IRONHEART VOL 1 TP THOSE WITH COURAGE

(W) Eve Ewing (A) Kevin Libranda & Various (CA) Amy Reeder

Riri Williams steps boldly out of Tony Stark’s shadow to forge her own future! When one of Spider-Man’s old foes holds a group of world leaders hostage, Ironheart must step up her game. But she’s thrown for a loop when an old acquaintance from Chicago re-enters her life! Caught between her need for independence and her obligations at M.I.T., Ironheart needs to make some tough decisions! Luckily, Riri has a will of steel, a heart of iron and a new A.I. on her side! COLLECTING IRONHEART 1-6

WHY WE LOVE IT: Eve Ewing does a wonderful job of expanding on what Bendis had done with the previous Ironheart arc, while creating a brand new authentic voice for Tony Stark’s quirky successor.

3. MILES MORALES VOL 1 – STRAIGHT OUTTA BROOKLYN

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Javi Garron (CA) Brian Stelfreeze

Miles Morales swings back into the spotlight! When the rampaging Rhino and a cadre of mysterious criminals start plaguing Brooklyn, things take a dark turn for the young Spider-Man! What mystery lurks under the surface of this newest villainous uprising? Why does the Rhino have minions? And who is the new antagonist who may just become Miles’ most dangerous foe? Maybe Captain America has the answers! Collecting MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1-6.

WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s not secret that we LOVED Into The Spider-Verse, and with its success brought a brand new reboot of Miles Morales! We are big fans of Bendis’ extensive work on the character, and the team of Saladin Ahmed, Javi Garron and Brian Stelfreeze bring even more depth to one of Marvel’s future legends.

4. GOLDIE VANCE VOL 1 TP

(W) Hope Larson (A/CA) Brittney Williams

16-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and dreams to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery utilizing her smarts, random skills, and connections with the hotel staff and various folks in town. Collects issues #1-4 of the ongoing series. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: Goldie Vance is a fun all ages Nancy Drew meets Veronica Mars book that you’re bound to fall in love with. Hope Larson and Brittney Williams work in tandem to create a bright, inclusive world of fun and diverse characters!

5. MARCH BOOK 1 TP

(W) John Lewis, Andrew Aydin (A/CA) Nate Powell

As seen on The Colbert Report and CNN, this is the first graphic novel from a sitting member of Congress, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and American icon. John Lewis rose from humble beginnings to become a national leader of the civil rights movement. This is his story, from an Alabama farm to the March on Washington and beyond, co-written by Andrew Aydin and brought to astonishing life by Nate Powell in a graphic novel trilogy. With a back cover blurb by President Bill Clinton! 

WHY WE LOVE IT: John Lewis is a legend, and tells a powerful story of the trials, tragedy, tribulations and triumph of the Civil Rights movement.

6. BINGO LOVE TP

(W) Tee Franklin (A) Jenn St-Onge (CA) Genevieve Ft

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Bingo Love is one of those feel good books that catches you by surprise as you read. Tee Franklin tells a story that resonates with many, and features a rich colorful world as seen by Jenn St Onge.

7. FARMHAND VOL 1 TP

(W/A/CA) Rob Guillory

Jedidiah Jenkins is a simple farmer. But his cash crop isn’t corn or soy. He grows fast-healing, highly-customizable human organs. For years, Jed’s organic transplants have brought healing to many, but deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm something sinister has taken root. Today this dark seed will begin to sprout, and the Jenkins family will be the first to taste its bitter fruit. Collects FARMHAND #1-5.

WHY WE LOVE IT: We are BIG fans of Rob Guillory, and after his work on Chew we are excited to see him working on his his own book. Farmhand is takes you by surprise, and leaves you wondering “what the heck did I just read?”….in a good way!

8. SHURI VOL 1 TP – SEARCH FOR BLACK PANTHER

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Sam Spratt

T’Challa has disappeared, and everyone is looking at the next in line for the throne. Wakanda expects Shuri to take on the mantle of Black Panther once more and lead their great nation – but she’s happiest in a lab, surrounded by her own inventions. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them down! So it’s time for Shuri to go rescue her brother yet again – with a little help from Storm, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, of course! But when her outer-space adventure puts the entire cultural history of her continent at risk from an energy-sapping alien threat, can Shuri and Iron Man save Africa? Collecting SHURI #1-5.

WHY WE LOVE IT: We have loved Shuri since we saw her kicking butt in the Marvel cinematic universe, that’s why we were so hype when she got her own book. What’s more, it’s written by yet another Afrofuturist aficionado Nnendi Okorafor, and ties into the Coates Black Panther run!

9. KILLADELPIA #1

When a small-town beat cop comes home to bury his murdered father-the revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr.-he begins to unravel a mystery that leads him down a path of horrors that will shake his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality… and vampires. Welcome to KILLADELPHIA.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Now this isn’t a graphic novel YET, but we are big fans of all things supernatural, and Rodney Barnes weaves a world of macabre magic that sends you on a wild, satisfying ride of twists and turns.

10. NAOMI SEASON ONE HC

DC’s biggest, newest mystery starts here! When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi begins to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home-and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Follow Naomi’s journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. Collects NAOMI issues #1-6.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Naomi set the DCU ablaze over summer 2019, and ushered in one of DC’s newest black female protagonists in a major way. Bendis is a master at building new characters, and with Jamal Campbell’s gorgeous realism, we definitely can’t wait to see what else they have in store for Naomi.

11. FAR SECTOR #1

(W) N.K. Jemisin (A/CA) Jamal Campbell

For the past six months, newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people. The city has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of, and murder is nonexistent. 
But that’s all about to change in this new maxiseries that gives a DC Young Animal spin to the legacy of the Green Lanterns!

WHY WE LOVE IT: Far Sector also isn’t a graphic novel yet, BUT we already want more of Jo Mullein in the Green Lantern universe. This is NK Jemisin’s first foray into comic books, but she has already proven that she has what it takes to change the Lantern Corps in a major way. Jamal Campbell is an absolute gem to the comic world, and anytime his art is featured we are onboard.