Five All-Ages Comic Gift Ideas For The Holidays

by James Ferguson

Around Halloween, I handed out comics to trick-or-treaters at a local trunk-or-treat event. The woman in the car next to mine asked what comics I could recommend to an 8 year old who didn’t like reading. I live for questions like this because I love getting more people into comics. This medium is full of some incredible stories and those that aren’t reading them are missing out on so much.
So with the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to put together a few recommendations for parents looking to get their kids into comics. There is virtually no downside to kids reading funny books. It encourages reading and there are a ton of awesome all-ages books out right now that you can read together. Here are just a few:

Mech Cadet Yu – This comic spoke personally to my inner child. The all-too-brief twelve-issue series follows a young man named Stanford Yu who finds himself bonded with a giant robot. He gets recruited to the academy that trains cadets in piloting these robots to protect the world from aliens. Written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa, Mech Cadet Yu is a perfect blend of adventure and heart. Stanford is a fantastic role model because he’s a downright good kid. He also serves as a proxy for the reader as we’d be just as wide-eyed and excited if we were in the same position.
The first two volumes of Mech Cadet Yu are out now, with the third and final scheduled for release in April.

Super Sons – If you’re looking for more of a super hero flare, you cannot go wrong with the Super Sons. The series written by Peter J. Tomasi and illustrated by Jorge Jimenez, follows Jon Kent and Damian Wayne (aka Superboy and Robin), the sons of Superman and Batman, respectively as they get into a number of crazy and hilarious adventures. Both kids take on some attributes of their fathers, while maintaining that level of childlike innocence. The dynamic between the two of them is a joy to read.
The fun continues in the current Adventures of Super Sons comic and these characters will be the focus of one of the DC Zoom original graphic novels aimed for a middle-grade audience coming next year.
There are four trade paperbacks for Super Sons out now from DC Comics, with a hardcover omnibus collecting all of the comics scheduled for release on Christmas Eve.

Lumberjanes – This long-running series from Boom! Studios is as gorgeous as it is fun. It follows a group of girls at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types as they get into a variety of madcap adventures with a supernatural flare. They encounter everything from Greek gods, to yetis, to magical kittens. They develop strong bonds of friendship while kicking monster butt.
Lumberjanes has a number of trade paperbacks out now, so it’s probably best to start at the beginning. There’s also a hardcover that collects the first eight issues (the same content as the first two trade paperbacks).

Star Wars Adventures – Dig into the expanded Star Wars universe with new stories from everything from the prequels to the new trilogy. There’s a nice variety of stories in here featuring all different characters. As a bonus, IDW Publishing is also releasing comics from the Forces of Destiny toyline focused on female characters, so there’s something for every young Jedi out there.
There are several volumes available now for both lines.

Wrapped Up – If you’re looking for something a bit more monstrous, I can highly recommend this series from Lion Forge Comics. Written by Dave Scheidt and illustrated by Scoot McMahon, the comic follows Milo the Mummy, a 12-year-old boy who loves pizza and deals with all kinds of crazy monsters from vampires and witches to kaiju and a love-crazed gorilla. It’s one of the most fun comics I’ve read all year.
There are two volumes out now that collect the entire twelve-issue run and I sincerely hope we get more soon.
This is just a sampling of the many comics for kids and all-ages that have been coming out lately. There’s never been a better time to be a kid reading comics. Hopefully this gives you an idea of what’s out there this holiday season. Enjoy!

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