15 Graphic Novels Set Across the Galaxy

Looking to expand your Universe of Stories this month? Why not try one of these space-themed graphic novels or comic book omnibuses?

Not only do these books have amazing stories and characters, but they fit right into the summer reading theme. Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge: A Universe of Stories — there’s still time to participate and earn great prizes for reading.


Aliens! by R. McGeddon
When a mysterious UFO is spotted above the town of Sitting Duck, Sam, Arty and Emmie work to crack a signal being transmitted by the aliens, who organize an attack when the town’s bumbling mayor offends them.

CatStronauts Series by Drew Brockington
A four-book series featuring a world populated entirely by cats, brimming with jokes, charm, science, and enough big boxes and tuna sandwiches for everyone!

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
Loving to fix all kinds of cars but especially loving hip-hopping, dip-dropping lowriders, friends Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack and Elirio Malaria compete in a “best car” contest in hopes of winning enough money to open their own shop. Includes a Spanish-English glossary. Also available as an eBook

Sardine in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert
The adventures of the intrepid Sardine, who travels across the universe meeting cosmic squids, space leeches, talking clouds, and other strange beings.

Science Comics series by various authors
Readers can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! Try Solar System: Our Place in Space and Rockets: Defying Gravity.

Teen and Adult

Aliens OmniBus by various authors
The Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens series are collected in omnibuses, each featuring nearly 400 story pages in full color. Available on hoopla.

Bitch Planet series by Kelly Sue DeConnick
In a future just a few years down the road, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive? Also available as eBook.

Descender series by Jeff Lemire
Young Robot boyTIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Also available as eBook.

Planetes by Makoto Yukimura
It’s the 2070s, and mankind has conquered space, making interplanetary travel possible and igniting the imaginations of the world. It’s also vastly increased the amount of dangerous space debris, and someone has to clean it up. Hachimaki, Yuri, and Fee are a crew on that beat, each with their own goals, tendencies, and personal problems.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
The sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old world.

Serenity Firefly Class 03-K64 series by various authors
A small Firefly-class starship, Serenity, is crewed by mercenaries and fugitives with a unique brand of honor, who are always searching for a job–legal or not–that will pay them enough to keep afloat.

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
Violet Marlocke sets out with a group of misfit friends on an outer space mission to save her father who has gone missing during a hazardous job, leading them all into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

The Spire by Simon Spurrier
At the Spire, a sprawling mountain of metal and stone in the middle of a radioactive desert, Sha, the Commander of the City Watch, is tasked with keeping the hodgepodge of forgotten technology and new biology safe. Available on hoopla.

Valerian: The Complete Collection by Pierre Christin
Set in Galaxity, capital of the Terran Empire in the 28th century. Valerian and Laureline are agents who protect mankind from rogue time travelers.

The Woods series by James Tynion IV
On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there?