When I was a kid, my younger brother and I used to love it when the newspaper arrived. We'd peel off all the "boring" pages until we got to the one that had all of the comics on it. Then we'd lay on the floor and take turns reading the strips. There was something cool about capturing action and dialogue in a series of boxes, and my brother and I were hooked.
Today, a lot of kids enjoy action hero comics, or Japanese manga. The problem with some of these kinds of comics is they can be violent, or sexually suggestive, or even spiritualistic...which is a shame, because good comics can be a lot of fun.
Zondervan Graphic Novels are superhero and manga-style comic books, but they're biblically-based stories. The publisher calls them "a God-honoring alternative," and has several series, including the Manga Bible, Kingdoms (about the people of Judah during the time of the judges), Son of Samson, Hand of the Morningstar, and more.
If you're interested, you can watch a short video clip and download sample chapters here.
I read a couple of the sample chapters, but if you decide to check them out, I'd love to know what YOU think.
Here is a picture of the different series of graphic novels: