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Graphic Novels at HMCPL

A guide to help navigate our extensive graphic novel collection, broken down my genre and format.

The Collection Manager

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Jon Schafle
Huntsville Madison County Public Library - Downtown Branch

Placing Holds

Found a graphic novel you're interested in and want to place a hold on it? Click on the title you'd like in this guide and it will take you to it's record in HMCPL's catalog. From there you should see a "Place Hold" option on the right hand side of the screen, click on that and you will be prompted to log in to your account if you aren't already. Once logged in you'll be able to review the book you're about to place on hold and choose a branch destination for you to pick it up at. Click the Place Hold button and you're done!

Keep in mind if you're looking for a specific volume in a series (Like Walking Dead, Saga, Fables, ect.) that the volume you're looking for may be in a record with multiple volumes. If you do not specific which one you'd like to put on hold, the system will pull the next available copy regardless of which one it might be. To place a specific volume on hold, click on the title you'd like in this guide and it will take you to it's record in HMCPL's catalog where you should see a "Place Hold"option on the right hand side of the screen. From this screen click the "Show more options" box and click the "A specific item" box where you'll be able to select the specific volume you need!

Keep in mind that for larger series records it will not immediately show all the items in it and will display a message "this record has many physical items" and will not give you the option to place a hold until you click "click here to view them all." 


Other Guides

Young Adult Graphic Novels

Highlighting the young adult graphic novels of the Huntsville Madison County Public Library

Comics & Graphic Novels for Kids!

An overview for of our juvenile graphics collection, featuring graphic novels and comic books for kids.

Top Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books To Read Before You Die

An overview of the most important and influential science fiction and fantasy titles to read in your lifetime.

Star Wars Reading Chronology

A guide on the reading chronology of the Star Wars books and graphic novels including the current canon as well as the old Expanded Universe (pre-Disney).

Upcoming Maintenance

The library has moved to a new catalog system is more intuitive and user friendly, unfortunately this means the migration will break all of the previous links in our libguides and blogs referencing links to books in our old system. Our team will be working to fix the issue as soon as possible, but in the meantime you may experience broken links while browsing, we apologize for the inconvenience.

New to the Collection!

Found Footage Vol. 1

Crime, Horror (Modern)

The Illustrated Al: the songs of "Weird Al" Yankovic

Anthology, Non-Fiction (Graphic Novel)

Stranger Things Volume 6: Kamchatka

Espionage, Historical Fiction, Horror (Modern)

Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe Vol. 2

Fantasy, Horror (Manga)

This Guide


This guide is constantly being updated and features the complete adult graphics collection of the Downtown branch as well as highlights from several of our other branches that feature graphic novel collections, our entire catalog can be viewed at

Although a large variety of the titles present are acceptable for teens, each book summary will have an age range recommendation. The young adult overview of graphic novels at the Main Branch can be found here.

This guide is broken up into several genres and then into subsections, with the fiction titles broken down into modern graphics, vintage graphics, comic books and manga while the non-fiction titles are broken down by Dewey classifications. Fiction titles are arranged alphabetically by title and non-fiction titles numerically and alphabetically as they appear on the shelf. Many titles fall under multiple genres so they are listed in more than one section to be easily found and each title links to our catalog to check availability and the ability to place holds. On the left-hand side of each page you'll find a listing of complete series we have of that specific page's genre, with a master list of the adult graphics complete series on the "Read By Genre" page, Clicking the title of the series will bring you to it's respective catalog entry.


A Brief Overview


Comic books refer to single issue periodicals (typically monthly) while graphic novels generally refer to original material that has never before been serialized in comic book form. TPBs or trade paperbacks tend to refer to a collected storyarc of a comic book series. much like books these usually are released in hardcover form first and then softcover. Light Novels are short novellas that are commonly collections of serialized work or companion pieces to popular manga and anime. Manga referes to Japanese comics that are serialized in magazines, successful ones being printed in paperback which are commonly referred to as 'manga,' typically in black and white and read the reverse of Western comic, right to left.


Boom Studios- Responsible for such titles as Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, Munchkin and others.

   Kaboom- Boom's all ages line of books with titles which have included Pixar and Disney properties in the past.

   Boom Box- Boom's teen-oriented line of titles like Backstagers.

Bongo - Typically all ages friendly, responsible for such titles as The Simpsons, Futurama and Spongebob Squarepants among others. No Longer Publishing

Dark Horse- Typically for teens and up, responsible for such titles as Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy, Goon and 1990's-200's Star Wars books among others.

DC- Responsible for such titles as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and others.

   Vertigo- DC's mature imprint made popular by such series as Sandman, Fables and Y the Last Man. Now Defunct

   Wildstorm- DC's mature imprint headed by Jim Lee featuring series such as The Authority, W.I.L.D.Cats. Now Defunct 

   Black Label- DC's new mature label imprint that previous works have been folded into. 

Dynamite- Responsible for such titles as Red Sonja, Game of Thrones, Lone Ranger and others.

IDW- Responsible for such titles as Transformers, Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe and more mature titles like 30 Days of Night among others.

Image- Typically for teens and up, responsible for such titles as Walking Dead, Invincible, Fatale and others.

    Shadowline- partner studio with titles like Bombqueen.

    Silverline- Shadowline's all ages imprint with titles like Dear Dracula. 

Marvel- Responsible for such titles as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and others.

   Ultimate- Marvel's updated universe with more diverse characters and more relatable stories for new generations of readers. Now Defunct

   Marvel MAX- Marvel's mature imprint featuring titles such as The Punisher, Cage, and Fury. 

Toykopop- Responsible for manga titles such as Kingdom Hearts.

Viz Media- Responsible for manga titles as well as popular magazines like Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat.

Yen Press- Responsible for manga titles such as Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and others.

Graphic Novels at the Downtown Branch of HMCPL

At the Downtown Branch, the adult graphics section is located go the left as you enter the building in a nook next to the International Media Center. The fiction graphics are arranged alphabetically by title for easier browsing (i.e. looking for Batman? Frank Miller, Denny O'Neil, and Bob Kane are together in one place in the B's) and our nonfiction titles are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System. Each branch has their own collection of Adult Graphics, consult with the desk at your local branch to see where their collection is located! We are always expanding our catalog and add new books monthly! We gladly accept patron suggetions, if you see a title or series that we don't have please put in a request. We also readily accept donations, please contact if you are interested in contributing to Downtown's collection or contact your local branch for donating to them. 

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