Our Planet, Our Home: Earth Day 2022 Picks

By Kat La Mantia | April 22 2022 | GeneralGraphic NovelsChildren'sYoung Adult

Just as Batman seeks to save the soul of corrupted Gotham, and Superman defends Metropolis from villainous threats, we have been tasked with our own heroic mission: to save the Earth. Or rather, to save the Earth as we currently know it. Even in the worst-case scenario of climate change, this planet will far outlive us–processing our poisons and eventually birthing a new era of life. But if we wish for Earth to remain our home, with enough food to eat and places to live and oceans that haven’t become acidic fish graveyards, we will be compelled to act.

This Earth Day, we are asked both to be mindful of our individual carbon footprints as well as to identify opportunities to disrupt the systemic forces which continue to harm the planet and our way of life. To this end, we’ve highlighted titles across all ages that advocate for global collaboration for planetary change, appreciate nature’s bountiful wonders, terrify us with tales of eco-horror, and inspire us to get back in touch with the environment and the balance of life.

The Most Important Comic Book on Earth
Stories to Save the World
978-0-7440-4282-5
120 inspiring visual stories on environmentalism from key figures, charities, activists, and artists.  
$30.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
Paperback
352 Pages
DK
Age 14 and up

Expedition Backyard
Exploring Nature from Country to City (A Graphic Novel)
978-0-593-12734-6
Join two best friends—a mole and vole—on their everyday expeditions to find beautiful plants, meet new animals, and learn more about the world all around them in this nonfiction graphic novel.
$12.99 US
Jun 21, 2022
Hardcover
128 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 4-8 years

Fly by Night
(A Graphic Novel)
978-0-593-12530-4
In this environmental-thriller graphic novel with a supernatural twist, Dee must find out what happened to her missing twin. An amazing mystery filled with strange creatures, high school drama, and family, this darkly illustrated book shows us that monsters are all around us.
$24.99 US
Nov 30, 2021
Hardcover
320 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 12 and up

The Renegades: Arctic Meltdown
978-0-7440-2454-8
This action-packed graphic novel follows the adventures of three inspirational superheroes to explore the issues of the climate emergency, for the individual and the planet.
$14.99 US
Oct 20, 2020
Paperback
96 Pages
DK Children
Age 10-17 years

The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean
978-1-60309-494-8
Watch Surfside Girls from Apple TV+!From biology to physics to ecology and beyond, the ocean is packed with science! Ride the waves of knowledge with Sam and Jade as they discover the amazing wonders of the sea, and have a blast doing it.
$9.99 US
Dec 14, 2021
Paperback
112 Pages
Top Shelf Productions
Age 9-12 years

Hen Kai Pan
978-1-78773-837-9
Dismayed by the havoc wreaked on the Earth by humankind, its five guardian spirits decide to act. But as they argue amongst themselves on what the judgement should be, one enraged spirit, Nila, becomes determined to take matters into her own hands, forcing the remaining four to unite in a desperate final battle to prevent her from wiping not just humans, but all life from the face of the planet. 
$14.99 US
Apr 12, 2022
Paperback
192 Pages
Titan Comics

The Wake
978-1-4012-5491-9
The 2014 Eisner-Award-winner for Best Limited Series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Syder!
$17.99 US
Jun 16, 2015
Paperback
256 Pages
Vertigo

Little Monarchs
978-0-8234-4260-7
This graphic novel adventure tells the story of 10-year-old Elvie and her crucial mission to save humanity from extinction after a sun shift has changed life on earth as we know it.
$22.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
Hardcover
256 Pages
Margaret Ferguson Books
Age 9-12 years

A Mountain of a Problem
978-0-593-20535-8
Mystery-solving duo Shelby & Watts are back on the trail! They're saving the environment, one case at a time.
$12.99 US
Feb 22, 2022
Hardcover
96 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 6-9 years

The Massive Omnibus Volume 1
978-1-5067-1332-8
In a post-war, post-crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, the environmental-action trawler Kapital scours the earth's oceans for its mysteriously missing sistership, The Massive.
$24.99 US
Jul 16, 2019
Paperback
392 Pages
Dark Horse Books

The Grot: The Story of the Swamp City Grifters
978-1-60309-466-5
"Anyone willing to get filthy can also get rich." In this dystopian swamp city, two brothers find that opportunity and exploitation lurk around every corner. But who's smarter: the hordes of people rushing to move in, or the equal horde desperate to leave?
$19.99 US
Jun 23, 2020
Paperback
200 Pages
Top Shelf Productions