Before you get too far into graphic mysteries, take some time to check Robert's previous posts. He has one on YAL that is connected to Politics and Activism and a second on Female Coming of Age in the Graphic Novel.
YA Graphic Mysteries
Furthermore, when combined with the graphic novel format, the mystery might be said to inspire “double-detective* work” on the part of the reader. (And aren’t we always trying to encourage YA readers to think deeply?) In a typical mystery, the reader is constantly on the alert. She is paying attention to physical clues, to mysterious past events, and to character behavior, as well as to the tone and language of the story she is reading. Ultimately, she is working to solve the riddle of the crisis before the detective does! Additionally, one might note that the reader of the comic book also does special work in an effort to follow the plot of the graphic text. He is paying attention to both the written words on the page and to the graphic imagery. It is the pictures in the comic book that communicate major events of the plot, the feelings of characters, and the tone of the story. Ultimately, when one combines the mystery narrative with the medium of the comic book, the critical thinking requirements are amplified. In their efforts to solve mystery puzzles, readers of these texts are inspired to investigate the interaction between text and image, the coloring of a panel, or the discrepancies that may exist between character dialogue and blocks of narration. They have to become reader-detectives.
A “classic” Hollywood noir, presented with style, this story follows Dolores Dare, a former starry-eyed ingénue turned enforcer, whose past and present collide when an old friend is found murdered.
Two groups of sleuths: three girls, three boys compete (and sometimes collaborate) to solve mysteries around Keane End, Tackleford and Griswalds Grammar School. Very humorous. Very British.
This collected graphic novel (of the original 13 issue series) follows Batman as he tries to catch a serial killer. Can Batman catch the murderer, who is killing only on holidays, before the killer strikes again?
Named a 2017 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Nonfiction, this graphic novel recounts the life and death of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short , who would become known in 1947 as “Black Dahlia”.
This manga centers around gifted detectives with supernatural powers who form the “Armed Detective Agency” solving mysteries and carrying out missions for the mafia.
Tony Chu is a detective. Tony Chu is Cibopathic – meaning he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Tony Chu is a good detective as long as he doesn’t mind chewing a corpse or two.
Anastasia Collins and Nick Hammond are the Mystery Society. They are rich, resourceful, refined, determined to uncover the paranormal secrets of the world’s underbelly . . . and in need of new recruits: a ghoul named Secret Skull, two twin girls from Area 51, and a robot with the brain of Jules Verne round out the gang.
Teenage brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, are accused of murdering their father. They must prove their innocence by teaming up with Nancy Drew to solve the mystery. This is a re-imagining of the classic teen detectives.
The classic gang is back (or rather in the post-apocalyptic future): Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby Doo still fight crime – but “the apocalypse has happened” and “the old rules about logic do not apply.” Like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, check out this re-imagining of classic mystery sleuths.
This is a particularly unique text; it combines a traditional mystery novel with graphic segments, so it is not quite a “graphic novel” or a “traditional novel,” but it is excellent nonetheless. Two best friends create a comic book princess together. A few years later, one of the girls, Libby, dies in a car crash. The surviving friend, May, now sixteen discovers a sticker with a remarkable likeness to Princess X, the princess created many years ago. Soon, May sees the Princess everywhere.
Until next time.